Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
Spring Growth Conference

Saturday, March 3, 2018

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Common Ground Education Center, Unity

Seedling Production

Registration (includes lunch):
$75 individual / $100 couples
$50 students and apprentices

There is no place more important to get off to a good start than growing seedlings for your farm. Weak or diseased seedlings rarely recover to produce timely and good crops. The program at Spring Growth this year will help you evaluate your production with topics from how to set up the production equipment (benches, containers, etc.), evaluate your soil mix, keep up the plant nutrition and avoid problems. Hear from farmers and service providers including Ann Mefferd, Mary Ellen Chadd, Alicyn Smart, Bruce Hoskins and Stephanie Burnett.


Schedule

9:30
Registration and Check-In

10 - 10:45
Structures, heating, ventilation, floor coverings, renewable energy with Stephanie Burnett, UMO Associate Professor of Horticulture

10:45 - 11:30
Evaluating soil mixes, N burst, watering, fertigation with Bruce Hoskins, UMO Analytical Lab and Maine Soil Testing Service

11:30 - 12
Q & A

12 - 12:45
Lunch

12:45 - 1: 30
Hear from Farmers: Containers, soil blocks, trays benches, other infrastructure featuring Ann Mefferd, Seedlings by Annie/One Drop Farm and Mary Ellen Chadd of Green Spark Farm

1:30 - 2:15
Diseases in Seedlings with Alicyn Smart D.P. M., Assistant Extension Professor & Plant Pathologist

2:15 - 2:45
Q & A

Supported by