2018 High Tunnel Conference Presentations Available

The second biennial Northern New England High Tunnel Conference took place on Dec. 3-4, 2018, in Manchester. This program was co-sponsored by the Universities of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont and the Maine Organic Farmers' and Gardeners' Association, and was supported by Northeast SARE project LNE 15-343. The full program, along with links to presentations, is now available.

Day 1.

Identifying arthropods (good and bad!) in high tunnels – Margaret Skinner & Cheryl Sullivan (Univ. of Vermont), Anna Wallingford (UNH Extension), Carol Glenister (IPM Laboratories)

Identifying and managing common high tunnel diseases – Cheryl Smith (UNH Extension), Ann Hazelrigg (Univ. of Vermont), Eric Sideman (Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners’ Association)

Turning your soil test into practical recommendations – Bruce Hoskins and Mark Hutchinson (Univ. of Maine), Katie Campbell-Nelson (Univ. of Massachusetts), Olivia Saunders (UNH Extension)

Featured Farm: Organic Family Farm 2.0 - Frédéric Jobin-Lawler, L’Abri-Végetal, Compton, Québec.

Day 2.

Keynote: Tunnel Vision - Looking Back and Thinking Ahead about High Tunnels in the Northeast. Vern Grubinger, University of Vermont

Setting up a biocontrol program that works for you. Carol Glenister, IPM Laboratories

Recent research in high tunnel soil management: lessons learned. Bruce Hoskins, University of Maine & Becky Sideman, UNH Extension.

Lightning Round: What’s new in the world of high tunnels. Several presenters will give super-short overviews of recent research developments from near and far.

Grower insights: optimizing our high tunnel production systems. Tasha Dunning, Spring Ledge Farm, New London NH; Christa Alexander, Jericho Settlers’ Farm, Jericho VT; Nate Drummond, Six River Farm, Bowdoinham ME, and  Frédéric Jobin-Lawler, L’Abri-Végetal, Compton, Québec.

The next quagmire: How to water tunnels effectively? Stephanie Burnett & Mark Hutton, University of Maine.