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2014 Maine Pollination Workshops

Friday, April 11th, 2014

2014 Maine Pollination Workshops

During the spring and summer of 2014, researchers from the University of Maine are hosting a series of free pollination workshops for fruit and vegetable growers. These workshops are supported by a grant from the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. The workshops will provide instruction on assessing bees’ impact on fruit set and identifying wild bees. They will also include information on strategies to improve habitat for wild bees. For more information, contact Kourtney Collum at kourtney.collum@maine.edu. In case of inclement weather, visit the following website for more information:  http://mainepollinationworkshops.weebly.com/. No preregistration is required for these workshops.

 

Pollination Workshop for Apple Growers

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Rain date:  Thursday, May 22, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Highmoor Farm, UMaine Experiment Station, 52 U.S. Route 202, Monmouth, Maine 04259

This workshop is designed specifically for apple growers.

 

Pollination Workshop for Lowbush Blueberry Growers

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Rain date:  Tuesday, June 3, 2014 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Seven Tree Farm, Route 235, 2740 Western Road, Warren, Maine 04864

This workshop is designed specifically for lowbush blueberry growers.

 

Pollination Workshop II for Lowbush Blueberry Growers

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Rain date:  Wednesday, June 4, 2014 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Blueberry Hill Farm, UMaine Experiment Station, 1643 Route 1, Jonesboro, Maine 04648

This workshop is designed specifically for lowbush blueberry growers.

 

Pollination Workshop for Squash and Pumpkin Growers

Monday, July 14, 2014 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Rain date:  Thursday, July 17, 2014 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Highmoor Farm, UMaine Experiment Station, 52 U.S. Route 202, Monmouth, Maine 04259

This workshop is designed specifically for squash and pumpkin growers.

Morning Sentinel Advances UMaine Cooperative Extension Pruning Workshops

Monday, March 31st, 2014

The Morning Sentinel reported on two upcoming pruning workshops offered by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. On Saturday, April 12, 2014 Franklin County Soil and Water Conservation District will host the UMaine Extension’s David Fuller who will discuss how to prune apple trees at the Extension office in Farmington. Walter Gooley, a conifer expert and retired Maine state forester, will also speak at the event. UMaine Extension will also offer a free apple tree pruning and grafting field day at Avalon Acres Orchard and Farm in Saint Albans on Saturday, April 19, 2014.

UMaine Extension Offers Free Apple Tree Pruning Field Day

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Pruning a fruit tree branchThe University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering a free apple tree pruning and grafting field day Saturday, April 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Avalon Acres Orchard & Farm, 234 Dexter Road, in Saint Albans.

Avalon Acres owner Mark Sheriff, an alumnus of the UMaine Extension Master Gardener Volunteers program, will host. He’ll present information about general planting and management practices for apple trees then demonstrate pruning and grafting in the orchard. Apple tree growers and people who plan to plant apple trees this spring are invited to attend.

Pre-registration is requested but not required. Attendees should wear footwear appropriate for walking on uneven terrain. Rain date is Saturday, April 26. For more information, to register, or to request a disability accommodation, contact Peter Bastien, 207.474.9622, 800.287.1945 (toll free in Maine).

Tree Fruit Preseason Meeting on March 5, 2014

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Apples

Tree Fruit Preseason Meeting

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
USM Lewiston-Auburn College, Room 170
51 Westminster Street, Lewiston, Maine 04240
Registration fee:  $20.00 per person, or $25 per person on the day of the meeting.

To register contact Glen Koehler  at glen.koehler@maine.edu or call 207.581.3882.

Everyone is welcome to attend.  This meeting will provide pest and horticultural management updates for commercial, hobbyist, large and small-scale orchardists. Three pesticide applicator recertification credits will be offered for attending from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Registration cost includes lunch and is $20 per person for those who preregister, or $25 per person on the day of the event. Preregistration is requested to ensure an accurate lunch count and to minimize registration time on the day of the meeting.

AGENDA

OPTIONAL PRE-MEETING PRESENTATION

8:00 AM   How Climate Change Works and Observed Changes in Maine Weather
- Glen Koehler, UMaine Cooperative Extension, Pest Management Office

9:00 AM   Coffee and donuts, meet and greet — Provided by Milton Sinclair, Paris Farmers Union

REGULAR MEETING

9:30 AM   Groundcover Management
- William Lord, University of New Hampshire

10:30 AM   Break — Provided by Randy Drown, Crop Protection Services

10:45 AM   Changing Weather in Maine
- Glen Koehler

11:15 AM   Calcium Nutrition and Physiology
- Renae Moran, UMaine Cooperative Extension, Highmoor Farm Agricultural Experiment Station

11:45 AM   Understanding Nutrient Recommendations
- Bruce Hoskins, University of Maine Analytical Lab and Maine Soil Testing Service

12:15 PM   Lunch

1:00 PM   Maine State Pomological Society Update
- Andy Ricker, Ricker Hill Orchards, Turner, Maine

1:15 PM   Climate Risk Reduction and Opportunities for Maine Tree Fruit Growers
- Glen Koehler

2:15 PM   Growing them is Easy… What Makes for Grower Success?
- William Lord

2:45 PM   Break — Provided by Paul Peters, Northeast Agricultural Sales, Inc.

3:00 PM   Insect and Disease Pest Management Update
- Glen Koehler

3:30 PM   Maine Board of Pesticides Control Update
- Gary Fish, Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

4:00 PM   Adjourn

Sponsors

  • Crop Protections Services
  • Northeast Agricultural Sales, Inc.
  • Paris Farmers Union
  • University of Maine Cooperative Extension
  • University of Maine Highmoor Farm Agricultural Experiment Station

Any person with a disability who needs accommodations for this program should contact Glen Koehler at 207.581.3882 to discuss their needs at least seven days in advance, or at 1.800.287.8957 (voice and TDD).

Directions

Travelling North on I-95:
Take Exit 80. Turn left at the light at the end of the exit, and then take your first right onto Lisbon Street (Rt. 196) headed for Lisbon Falls. Turn left at the second stop light (Maine Public Broadcasting will be on your left) onto Westminster Street. The campus is towards the top of the hill on the right, after Ryder Truck.

Travelling South on I-95:
Take Exit 80. Bear right coming off the exit to get onto Lisbon Street (Rt. 196) headed for Lisbon Falls. About 100 meters after you get onto Lisbon Street, you will cross Pleasant Street. After another 100 meters, turn left onto Westminster Street. (Maine Public Broadcasting will be on your left.) Travel about 0.3 miles and the campus is towards the top of the hill on the right, after Ryder Truck.

Maine Vegetable and Fruit School – March 10 and 11, 2014

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Maine Vegetable and Fruit School 2014

Highmoor Farm

Monday, March 10, 2014
8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Seasons
Conference Center, Portland, Maine

OR

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Bangor
Motor Inn Conference Center, Bangor, Maine

Registration Fee:  $35.00, includes lunch

PREREGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Please preregister by February 21, 2014.

This day-long school is offered for Maine farmers on two dates at two locations: March 10 in Portland or March 11 in Bangor. The agenda and registration form are posted on UMaine Cooperative Extension’s Highmoor Farm website.

Apple School – May 3, 2014

Monday, February 10th, 2014

APPLE SCHOOL AT CIRCLE B FARMS

Saturday, May 3, 2014 – Rain or shine
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Circle B Farms, hosted by Sam Blackstone
287 East Presque Isle Road
Caribou, Maine 04736
Cost:  $25 per person, includes lunch. Preregistration is strongly encouraged.

For more information, visit http://www.circlebfarmsinc.com/schedule.html or to preregister, contact Sam Blackstone at 207.498.8238 or email circlebfarms04@hotmail.com.

Fruit Tree Class at Highmoor Farm – April 12, 2014

Monday, February 10th, 2014

THIS CLASS IS FILLED.

What:
This class on growing fruit trees in Maine will focus on pruning, and dealing with diseases and insect pests. The workshop is free of charge, but please preregister by calling Renae Moran at 207.933.2100 or email rmoran@maine.edu.

Who:
This class is for those from the general public who would like to learn more about the cultural requirements of fruit trees, in particular pruning, insect pests and diseases. The class will be taught by Renae Moran, Tree Fruit Specialist for the University of Maine.

When: Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Please dress for an outdoor class. If the day turns out to be rainy, the class will be held indoors.

Apple tree at Highmoor Farm; photo by Edwin Remsberg

Where:
Highmoor Farm, UMaine Agricultural Experiment Station
52 US Route
202, Monmouth, Maine 04259
Tel. 207.933.2100

The class will begin in the meeting room behind the barn. If weather permits, we will have a pruning demonstration in the orchard and a tour of our fruit tree research orchards.

Directions

Traveling North on I-95:  Take Exit 75 off the Maine Turnpike in Auburn (left turn off the exit ramp).  Go through Lewiston and travel east 17.9 miles on Route 202.  Highmoor Farm is on your right.

Traveling South on I-95:  Take Exit 109B off I-95 in Augusta and travel west on Route 202 for 15.7 miles.  Highmoor Farm is on your left.

For more information, contact Renae Moran at 207.933.2100 or email rmoran@maine.edu.

If you are a person with a disability and will need any accommodations to participate in this class, please call Pam St. Peter at 207.933.2100 to discuss your needs, TDD 1-800-287-8957 (in Maine).   Please contact us at least one week prior to this event to assure fullest possible attention to your needs.

Pruning Fruit Trees Class – April 5, 2014

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Pruning Fruit Trees Class

pruning a fruit tree

Saturday, April 5, 2014
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Highmoor Farm, UMaine Agricultural Experiment Station
52 US Route 202, Monmouth, Maine 04259
Registration Fee:  $9.00
Preregistration is required through MSAD #11 Adult Education.
Course ID:  6200.01.0.314.51.106501

Register online or contact Diann Bailey at dbailey@msad11.org or 207.582.3774 to preregister.

The Pruning Fruit Trees class will cover basic pruning techniques for apple, pear, peach and cherry trees and will include a demonstration as well as an opportunity for hands-on learning. The class will be taught by Renae Moran, Tree Fruit Specialist for the University of Maine. It will be held outdoors at the University of Maine Highmoor Farm in Monmouth. Students should meet in the parking lot behind the barn.

Please contact Renae Moran for more information about the class at 207.933.2100 or rmoran@maine.edu.

Directions

Traveling North on I-95:  Take Exit 75 off the Maine Turnpike in Auburn (left turn off the exit ramp).  Go through Lewiston and travel east 17.9 miles on Route 202.  Highmoor Farm will be on your right.

Traveling South on I-95:  Take Exit 109B off I-95 in Augusta and travel west 15.7 miles on Route 202.  Highmoor Farm will be on your left.

New England Vegetable and Fruit Conference – December 17-19, 2013

Monday, November 18th, 2013

New England Vegetable and Fruit Conference and Trade Show
Tuesday through Thursday, December 17-19, 2013
Radisson Hotel in Manchester, New Hampshire

The New England Vegetable and Fruit (NEVF) Conference will include more than 25 educational sessions over 3 days, covering major vegetable, berry and tree fruit crops as well as various special topics. A Farmer to Farmer meeting after each morning and afternoon session will bring speakers and farmers together for informal, in-depth discussion on certain issues. There is also an extensive Trade Show with over 100 exhibitors.

The conference is put together with close collaboration between growers and Cooperative Extension from across the region. This is a great opportunity to meet with fellow growers, advisors, researchers, and industry representatives.

For more information and to register, please visit the NEVF Conference website, www.newenglandvfc.org.

Pesticide Applicator Training – November 14, 2013

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Pesticide Applicator License Exam Training

Thursday, November 14, 2013
8:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Highmoor Farm, 52 US Route 202, Monmouth, Maine 04259
Registration fee is $10.00. Lunch cost is additional $15.00 (optional).  PREREGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

Contact Pam St. Peter at pamela.stpeter@maine.edu or 207.933.2100 to preregister.

Cost for registration is $10.00 per person for the training session, plus an optional $15.00 if you would like to sign up for the catered lunch. Checks are to be made payable to University of Maine Cooperative Extension.

The Core pesticide training and exam will be offered in the morning, followed by lunch. There will be Orchard Fruit Commodity AND Vegetable Commodity trainings and exams offered concurrently in the afternoon.

Please go to the Pesticide Safety Education Program webpage for information on acquiring study materials, or call Meghan Dill at 207.581.3878. The Core Manual cost is $15.00, which also includes a pesticide application logbook. The Orchard Fruit Private Manual costs $8.00 and a digital version of this manual is available for free. The Vegetable Private Manual cost is $8.00.

Attending a training session or purchase of manuals is not required to take an applicator license exam. The training and manuals provide useful information at subsidized cost to enhance safety and minimize risk.

Do You Need a Pesticide Applicator License?
An Agricultural Basic pesticide applicator license is required for fruit, vegetable and grain growers who use only general use (over-the-counter) pesticides and annually sell more than $1,000 of plants or plant products intended for human consumption. To obtain an Agricultural Basic pesticide applicator license, the candidate must pass a written, closed book examination. The test is called the Core Exam and covers general pesticide information.

A Private pesticide applicator license is necessary for anyone who wishes to purchase, apply or supervise application of general use or restricted or limited use pesticides with the intent of producing a commodity. These pesticides may be used only on property owned, leased or rented by the licensee or licensee’s employer. Typical Private license holders include farmers, greenhouse operators, florists, orchardists, Christmas tree growers and foresters. To obtain a Private license, the candidate must pass the Core Exam, and a second Commodity Exam that measures knowledge of pest management practices for a given crop or crop family.

How Do You Get a License?
Once the required exam(s) are passed, the candidate is certified for three years and is eligible for a license. Licenses are obtained by submitting an application and $15.00 to the Maine Board of Pesticides Control.

AGENDA

8:00 AM Core Pesticide Safety Training, Part I
9:30 AM Break
9:45 AM Core Training, Part II

11:15 AM Core Exam
A passing grade on the Core Exam makes a person eligible for an Agricultural Basic pesticide applicator license.
12:30 PM Lunch – catered or bring your own
1:15 PM Orchard Fruit Commodity Training and Vegetable Commodity Training
Held concurrently
2:15 PM Break
2:30 PM Orchard Fruit Commodity Exam and Vegetable Commodity Exam
Held concurrently
A passing grade on the Core Exam AND Commodity Exam makes a person eligible for a Private pesticide applicator license.


Directions to Highmoor Farm, 52 US Route 202, Monmouth, Maine 04259 (207.933.2100)

Traveling North on I-95:  Drive north on the Maine Turnpike (I-95) and take Exit 86 in Sabattus. Turn left onto Route 9/Middle Road. Travel about 2 miles on Route 9 East, then turn left onto Route 132. After 4.5 miles, turn left onto Leeds Junction Road. Travel about 2.8 miles, then turn right onto U.S. Route 202 and travel about 1.3 miles up the road until you see Highmoor Farm on the right.

Traveling South on I-95:  Take Exit 109B in Augusta. Continue west on U.S. Route 202 and travel about 15 miles. Highmoor Farm will be on the left.

If you are a person with a disability and will need any accommodations to participate in this program, please call Pam St. Peter at the Highmoor Farm at 207.933.2100 or TDD 1.800.287.8957 to discuss your needs at least 7 days prior to this event.