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University of Maine Cooperative Extension Highmoor FarmMaine Vegetable and Fruit School 2019

The day-long school is offered for Maine farmers on two dates at two locations: March 25 in Portland or March 26 in Bangor. Preregistration is required.

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION:  Cost for registration is $45.00 per person if received by March 8th, or $55 if received after March 8th, and includes lunch. Please register by March 13, 2019.

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS CLOSED.  Please contact Pam St. Peter with any registration inquiries at 207.933.2100 or

WITHDRAWALS:  No refunds or credits of any payment will be made for notification of withdrawal within 5 days of the start of the school. Prior to that time, we will refund your registration fee minus a $10 service fee. Course and material fees will be refunded in full if a class is cancelled.

Maine Vegetable and Fruit School is hosted by

  • University of Maine Cooperative Extension
  • Maine Vegetable & Small Fruit Growers Association

Monday, March 25, 2019
155 Riverside Street, Portland, Maine 04103
Tel. 207.775.6536

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

701 Hogan Road, Bangor, Maine 04401
Tel. 207.947.0355 or 1.800.244.0355

AGENDA – March 25 in Portland and March 26 in Bangor

9:00 AM Legislative Update
— Julie Smith
9:30 AM Multi-Species Cover Crops Can Benefit Your Vegetables
— Jason Lilley
10:15 AM BREAK
10:30 AM Update on “New” Insect Pests and Management Strategies
— Dr. David Handley
11:00 AM Maximizing Farm Operations with Value-Added Products
— Ronda Stone
11:45 AM LUNCH
12:30 PM Simple Ways to Improve Your Record Keeping
— Tori Jackson
1:00 PM Tarping for Soil Conditioning and Weed Management
— Nicholas Rowley
1:30 PM Integrated Pest Management for High Tunnels
— Dr. Mark Hutton at Portland event, Dr. David Handley at Bangor event
2:00 PM Farm Marketing: How Your Marketing Strategy Can Buffer Against Unexpected Weather-related Losses
— Erin Roche
2:30 PM Circle B Farms: Berries in Caribou
— Sam Blackstone
3:00 PM Optimizing Compost Applications for Plant Growth and Soil Health
— Mark Hutchinson
3:30 PM Paper Mulch Trials at Highmoor Farm
— Dr. Mark Hutton at Portland event, Nicholas Rowley at Bangor event


Sam Blackstone – Circle B Farms, Caribou
Dr. David Handley
– Vegetable and Small Fruit Specialist, UMaine Cooperative Extension
Mark Hutchinson – Extension Professor, UMaine Cooperative Extension
Dr. Mark Hutton – Associate Dean for Research, UMaine College of Natural Sciences, Forestry & Agriculture, and Vegetable Specialist and Associate Professor of Vegetable Crops, UMaine Cooperative Extension
Tori Lee Jackson – Extension Educator and Associate Professor of Agriculture and Natural Resources, UMaine Cooperative Extension
Jason Lilley – Sustainable Agriculture Professional, UMaine Cooperative Extension
Erin Roche – Crop Insurance Education Program Manager, UMaine Cooperative Extension
Nicholas Rowley – Research Associate in Vegetable Production, UMaine Cooperative Extension
Julie Smith – Executive Director, Maine Farm Bureau
Ronda Stone – Consumer Protection Inspector, Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

Thank you to our sponsor, Nourse Farms.

Participants may receive one Pesticide Applicator recertification credit and Certified Crop Advisors may earn five recertification credits for participating the entire day.

For more information about this or other workshops, please contact:

Mark Hutchinson, Extension Professor
University of Maine Cooperative Extension
Knox-Lincoln Counties
377 Manktown Road
Waldoboro, ME 04572
Tel. 207.832.0343 or 1.800.244.2104 (in Maine).

If you need a reasonable accommodation, please contact Mark Hutchinson at 1.800.244.2104 by March 11, 2019. If requests are received after this date, we may not have sufficient time to make necessary arrangements; however, all requests will be considered.


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