Summer Tour at Highmoor Farm

July 27, 2022, 1:30-6:00 p.m.
Highmoor Farm, Monmouth, Maine (directions)

University of Maine Cooperative Extension at Highmoor Farm will host the annual Summer Tour at Highmoor Farm on Wednesday, July 27, 2022, from 1:30 to 6:00 p.m. The tour will begin in the barn with snacks and beverages, followed by an orchard tour, and ending with a catered dinner. We hope to offer pesticide applicator recertification credits, pending Board of Pesticides approval.

Cost Options:

  • Cost for both the Summer Tour and Dinner: $35
  • Summer Tour only (cost to cover other costs): $10
  • The Pomological Society will cover costs for members of the Society for up to two members from each farm. If you are not a member and wish to join, contact Margie Hansel at or Renae Moran at

Pre-registration is recommended by July 15, 2022.

Questions about registration? Contact Chris Howard at or call 207.933.2100.

Register Online


1:30 p.m. — Welcome and Registration

2:00 p.m. — Announcements and Introductions

2:30-4:00 p.m. — Tree Fruit Tour with Renae Moran, Tree Fruit Specialist, and Glen Koehler, Associate Scientist IPM

Peaches: We will discuss ideas about training and pruning peaches to maximize yield, the new varieties that will bear their second crop this year, the importance of understanding cold hardiness and site selection on potential yield, and managing diseases such as brown rot and bacterial leaf spot.

Sweet Cherries: In our small orchard, we will have flash tape for bird control on display and maybe a few late-ripening cherries for sampling.

Apples: In the tall spindle Honeycrisp orchard, we will talk about biennial bearing and the pruning techniques that prevent it, chemical thinning Honeycrisp and how it well worked this year, possible reasons why fruit set is low, and the new scab-resistant varieties we will be testing.  We will also discuss the basics of scouting for pests and diseases.

T.B.D. — Grower Q & A Panel

4:00-5:00 p.m. — After Tour Program

Maine State Pomological Society Meeting and Committee Reports: Marketing, Labor, and Legislation

Alexander Redfield, Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF), discusses grant programs for agriculture and farming

5:00-6:00 p.m. — Dinner


  • BBQ chicken
  • Pork ribs
  • Pulled pork
  • Coleslaw
  • Hummus wraps
  • BBQ beans (vegetarian)
  • Strawberry Shortcake
  • Brownies

6:00-7:30 p.m. — Twilight Meeting with:

  • Mark Hutton, Vegetable Specialist and Assistant Professor of Vegetable Crops
  • Dave Handley, Vegetable and Small Fruit Specialist
  • Peyton Ginakes, Research Associate in Vegetable Production

Vegetable and berry research and demos at Highmoor Farm.

Directions to Highmoor Farm:

From the South: I95 Exit 186, travel north on Route 9, turn right onto Route 126, turn left onto Route 132, turn left onto Leeds Junction Road, and turn right onto Route 202.

From the North: Take I95 exit 109b, and travel west on Route 202.

Our physical address: 52 US Route 202, Monmouth, ME 04259.

If you need a reasonable accommodation, please contact Renae Moran at 207.713.7083 or 207.933.2100 or by email: by July 20, 2022 (one week before the event]. If requests are received after this date, we may not have sufficient time to make necessary arrangements.

What is meant by “reasonable accommodation”?

Procedure for Accommodating Individuals with Disabilities page, Reasonable Accommodation section (UMaine Office of Equal Opportunity)

The University of Maine is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Director of Equal Opportunity, 101 North Stevens Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5754, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).