High Tunnel Production Conference

Mon, 12/03/2018 to Tue, 12/04/2018
Manchester Downtown Hotel
700 Elm Street
Manchester, NH 03101

Mark your calendars for the second High Tunnel Production Conference! 

This conference is for high tunnel growers and agricultural service providers of all experience levels. There will be plenty of opportunities to share expertise and learn from one another. See flyer for details. The full schedule is below:

Monday, December 3 - offers 3.5 private and commercial pesticide recertification credits

12:00pm  Registration

1:00pm  Welcome & introduction to the conference

1:00-3:30pm  Test your knowledge and stump the experts! In this session, you will rotate through three concurrent engaging sessions focused on:

  • identifying insects (good and bad!) in high tunnels – Margaret Skinner and Cheryl Sullivan (University of Vermont), Anna Wallingford (University of New Hampshire Extension)
  • identifying and managing common high tunnel diseases – Cheryl Smith (UNH Extension), Ann Hazelrigg (University of Vermont), Eric Sideman (Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners’ Association)
  • turning your soil test into practical recommendations – Bruce Hoskins and Mark Hutchinson (University of Maine), Katie Campbell-Nelson (University of Massachusetts), Olivia Saunders (University of New Hampshire Extension)

        1:15-2:00pm Session I                   2:10-2:55pm Session II                  3:00-3:45pm Session III

4:00-6:00pm Featured Farm: Organic Family Farm 2.0 - Frédéric Jobin-Lawler, L’Abri-Végetal, Compton, Québec.  Fred will talk about his fertility and management strategies, maximizing quality and production in organic/soil, greenhouse soil fertility strategy including pre-plant fertility and supplemental, using greenhouse environmental control software/systems, and more.

Tuesday, December 4 -offers 5 private and commercial pesticide recertification credits

9:00-10:00am        Keynote: Tunnel Vision - Looking Back and Thinking Ahead about High Tunnels in the Northeast. Vern Grubinger, University of Vermont

10:00-10:15am     Break

10:15-10:45am     Setting up a biocontrol program that works for you. Carol Glenister, IPM Laboratories

10:45-11:15am     Recent research in high tunnel soil management: lessons learned. Bruce Hoskins, University of Maine & Becky Sideman, UNH Extension.

11:15am-noon      Lightning Round: What’s new in the world of high tunnels. Several presenters will give an overview of recent research developments from near and far, and will facilitate a discussion of what is most needed for future work in high tunnels.

12:00-1:30pm       Lunch (provided) & visit trade show

1:30-3:00pm         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

                               Frédéric Jobin-Lawler, L’Abri-Végetal, Compton, Québec.

3:00-4:00pm          The next quagmire: How to water tunnels effectively? Stephanie Burnett & Mark Hutton, University of Maine.

4:00pm                  Wrap up and head home.

Note: We were able to hold a limited number of overnight rooms at the hotel for the conference. Conference registrants interested in making hotel reservations should contact the hotel directly at 603-625-1000, and mention "UNH 2018 high tunnel conference" to get the conference rate. 


$75 first registrant, $40 additional registrants or students