Extending the Gardening Season in New England [webinar]

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The growing season is short in New England, but techniques ranging from simple to ambitious can help extend it by weeks, months or even year-round. That could mean being able to grow crops you haven’t been able to before, or simply getting to grow and harvest during months previously out of reach. Season extension techniques often make for healthier and more productive plants, too! This webinar will share the possibilities of season extension, different strategies ranging from strategic use of mulches and row covers to small high tunnels, and in-depth guidance on how to build and implement these systems in your gardens.

This webinar is co-hosted by UNH Extension and UMaine Extension. When you register, you will do so through the UMaine Extension website. 

Instructors

  • Becky Sideman joined UNH in 2004, and has a split appointment as Cooperative Extension sustainable horticulture specialist, researcher with the NH Agriculture Experiment Station, and Professor of Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems in the Department of Agriculture, Nutrition & Food Systems. Before coming to UNH, she worked as a plant geneticist and lettuce breeder with the USDA Agricultural Research Service in Salinas, California. Becky developed an appreciation for plants and agriculture on a highly diversified farm in Vermont. Her program takes an integrated approach to research & extension activities that focus on high-value specialty crop production & methods of extending the growing season for NH farmers. She is particularly interested in researching strategies to minimize production costs and ecological impacts, while producing economically viable yields of high-quality crops. Recent projects have focused on identifying new crops, cultivars and production practices, including season extension technologies, that expand opportunities for vegetable and berry production in northern New England.
  • Frank S. Wertheim is an Associate Extension Professor of Agriculture/Horticulture with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension based in York County, ME. During his 30+ year career Wertheim has developed educational programs for the farming and gardening communities across Maine. Frank also has worked on hunger-related issues his entire career from being a US Peace Corps Volunteer in Chile from 1980-82 to leading the Maine Hunger Dialogue.

We offer our program fee on a sliding scale ($0-10)

Registration is required – Participants will receive the Zoom information after registering for this event.

Need help connecting with Zoom? Contact the US:IT Service Help Desk: 800.696.4357  or  help@maine.edu

If you need technical assistance with registration, please contact Michele Lodgek at michele.lodgek@maine.edu or 207.949-4057.

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