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Downeast Agriculture Conference – Land-Sea Connections

January 18, 2020 @ 8:30 am - 4:15 pm

The goal of this new event is to bring agricultural education and resources to Hancock and Washington counties and connect farmers with other farmers, stakeholders, and organizations. Both land and sea-based production will be included. 


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 a.m.        High Tunnel Production
Dr. Mark Hutton, Associate Professor of Vegetable Crops and Extension Vegetable Specialist

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

10:45 a.m.-Noon      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 p.m.          Shellfish, Bait Fish, and Shared Waters
Dana Morse and Jaclyn Rabidoux,
Marine Extension Associates, University of Maine

1:45-2:30 p.m.          Distribution of Goods in Downeast Maine
Inez Lombardo, Machias MarketPlace

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

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


Pellon Center
Machias, ME United States + Google Map