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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.

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.

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.

Highmoor Farm Fall Harvest Sale – October 10, 2013

Monday, September 16th, 2013

2013 Highmoor Fall Harvest Sale at UMaine

Staff from UMaine’s Highmoor Farm in Monmouth will be on the Orono campus again this fall to sell high quality apples and pumpkins.  We hope to see you there!

Highmoor Fall Harvest Sale
Thursday, October 10, 2013
– weather permitting
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Located by the Cyrus Pavilion Theatre, between Winslow Hall and Fogler Library

Apples

The following apple varieties will be on sale:
Cortland                            Empire
Gala                                    Golden Delicious
Macoun                             McIntosh
Snow Sweet

Apple prices:  $1.00/lb

$2.00/lb for HoneyCrisp and organically grown HoneyCrisp

Variety of Pumpkins

There will be several varieties of pumpkins on sale.

Pumpkin prices:

$3:00/small
$5.00/medium
$8.00/large

 

For more information, please contact Greg Koller, Highmoor Farm Superintendent, at 933.2100 or gkoller@maine.edu.

Highmoor Farm Field Day and Summer Tour

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Highmoor Farm Field Day and Summer Tour

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Highmoor Farm, 52 US Route 202, Monmouth, Maine 04259
Registration fee is $20.00 (includes lunch).  Preregistration is strongly encouraged.

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

Cost for registration (including lunch) is $20.00 per person and checks are to be made payable to University of Maine Cooperative Extension.

1 Pesticide Applicator recertification credit for the morning program and
1 Pesticide Applicator recertification credit for the afternoon tour

The Maine State Pomological Society and Maine Vegetable and Small Fruit Growers Association will be joining with the Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension to hold a public field day at Highmoor Farm in Monmouth on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, rain or shine.

High Tunnel Tomatoes
High Tunnel Tomatoes, photo by Danielle Murray

Highmoor Farm is the Field Research Station for fruits and vegetables, and has been working with Maine farmers to improve crop production since 1909, when the farm was purchased by the state to carry out research on orchard practices. For more than 100 years, researchers at Highmoor Farm have helped to develop cultural techniques, new varieties and pest management practices to improve the success of Maine’s vegetable and fruit farmers.

This year’s field day will include tours of current research projects in tree fruit, including new apple varieties with scab resistance, and projects in vegetables and berries, including grape and raspberry variety trials, sweet corn evaluations, pumpkin trials, broccoli evaluations, as well as high tunnel tomatoes, irrigation and compost application in high tunnels, trellis installation and ORSI picking platforms.

ORSI Picking Platform
ORSI Picking Platform, photo by Renae Moran

Participants may receive one Pesticide Applicator recertification credit for attending the morning program, and one Pesticide Applicator recertification credit for attending the tree fruit tour or the berry and vegetable tour. Growers are welcome to attend the whole day, or may come for just the morning or afternoon programs and tours. Whichever you decide, please plan to be there for lunch to share some time and informal discussion with fellow farmers, research and Extension staff and state officials.

 

AGENDA

9:00 AM Registration
9:15 AM Maine State Pomological Society Business Meeting
Margaret Hansel, President
9:30 AM Welcome and Introductions
Renae Moran, David Handley and Mark Hutton
9:45 AM University Announcements
Ed Ashworth, Maine Agricultural & Forest Experiment Station Director
John Rebar, UMaine Cooperative Extension Director
10:15 AM Bees and Neonicotinoid Insecticides: What’s the Risk?
Frank Drummond, UMaine School of Biology and Ecology
11:00 AM GAP Update for Fruit and Vegetable Growers
Linda Titus, AgMatters LLC
11:15 AM Break
11:30 AM Legislative Update
State Representatives James Dill and Jeffrey Timberlake
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Concurrent Experiment Station Research Tours
Tree Fruit Tour -
Renae Moran, Glen Koehler, and special guest Terry Bradshaw, University of Vermont Horticulture Research Center
Strategies for controlling apple scab in high density orchards, new apple varieties with scab resistance, grape varieties for the northeast, trellis installation, and ORSI picking platforms for labor efficiency. Sam Ricker will also talk about his research project on the use of foliar fertilizers to prevent frost damage of flowers.
Berry and Vegetable Tour -
David Handley and Mark Hutton
Pumpkin, sweet corn, broccoli and raspberry variety trials; spotted wing drosophila and other pests updates; and high tunnel tomatoes, irrigation and compost application in high tunnels.
3:00 PM Arthritis and Production Agriculture
Amber Wolfe, Arthritis Foundation AgrAbility Project Coordinator
Basics of arthritis as a disease, pain management, sources of joint stress and pain on the farm, operation changes, modifications to farm equipment, and assistive technology tools
4:00 PM Adjourn


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.