UMaine Downeast Agriculture Conference Coming to Machias in January 2020

UMaine Downeast Agriculture Conference

Date: Saturday, January 18, 2020 from 8:30 am – 4:15 pm (Snow date is January 25).

Location: Lee/Pellon Center, Machias

Register here or by calling 207-581-3175 by January 12.

Registration Fee: $0-$50 (Contribute what you can!)

Contact: Mary Michaud 207-581-3175

Both land and sea based production will be included. The full agenda is below.

Goals for this event include:

  1. Bring agricultural and aquacultural education and resources to Hancock and Washington counties.
  2. Connect farmers with other farmers, stakeholders, and organizations.

We are hoping that local organizations and businesses have tables at this event and/or contribute a donation. This being the first year, we would like everyone to be able to attend and/or contribute. Different ways you could contribute to making this event successful include:

  • Request to have a table where your resources and/or products are displayed
  • Contribute a monetary donation ($50-$500 range) to help pay for the event
  • Donate a raffle prize, food item, or table decoration

8:30-9:15 a.m.: Welcome and Wild Blueberry Family Farm Future, Dr. Lily Calderwood, Assistant Professor of Horticulture and Extension Wild Blueberry Specialist
9:15-10:00: High Tunnel Production, Dr. Mark Hutton, Associate Professor of Vegetable Crops and Extension Vegetable Specialist

10:00-10:45: Seaweed Production, Jaclyn Robidoux, Marine Extension Associate, University of Maine/University of New England

10:45-12:00: Grower Panel: Overcoming Challenges in Downeast Maine. Goal: Shed light on challenges AND solutions

12:00-1:00 p.m.: LUNCH; Catered by Angie’s Catering

1:00-1:45: Shellfish, Bait Fish, and Shared Waters, Dana Morse and Jaclyn Rabidoux, Marine Extension Associates, University of Maine

1:45-2:30: Distribution of Goods in Downeast Maine, TBD

2:30-3:15: Value-added and Agri-tourism Ideas, Crystal Hitchings, Washington County Council of Governments

3:15-4:15: Grower Panel: Opportunities for Collaboration. Goal: Discuss processing and distribution overlap