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Friday, September 21
 

10:00am

The Holistic Orchard: Growing Healthy Fruit
Our primary role as orchardists is to build system health. Embracing forest edge ecology is critical when it comes to getting a leg up on fruit tree diseases and addressing pest challenges. Equally telling is the nutrient density—and flavor!—of the apples we then harvest for our families and communities. Come learn about fungal allies, root relationships, and the biodiversity that makes good fruit possible. Holistic orcharding involves a wide breadth of knowledge and timeliness, yet one fact stands clear—we can have beautiful apples, peaches and the like, all grown without chemical intervention. This whirlwind tour touches on a broad range of alternative approaches to meet the challenges at any site.

Speakers
MP

Michael Phillips

Heartsong Farm Healing Herbs


Friday September 21, 2012 10:00am - 11:00am
Hayloft The speakers tent in Agricultural Products, the area between Crafts and Folk Arts

2:00pm

Apple Tasting
Tasting old and new apple varieties.

Speakers
JB

John Bunker Jr

FEDCO Trees


Friday September 21, 2012 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Meet at Booth Look up the Vendors' booth location.

2:00pm

How to Grow High Bush Blueberries
Speakers
DH

David Handley

UMaine Coop. Extn.


Friday September 21, 2012 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Litchfield Tent Agricultural Demonstrations Area

2:00pm

The Culture & Horticulture of Elderberries
A discussion of growing and propagating elderberries, and other antioxidant rich berries native to ME.

Speakers
RB

Ryan Bullock

Maine Medicinals / Eldertide


Friday September 21, 2012 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Hayloft The speakers tent in Agricultural Products, the area between Crafts and Folk Arts

3:00pm

The Organic Tool Box: Orchard Pest Management
Insect pests can do a number on harvest hopes in the organic orchard. Damage is either to the foliage or the fruit itself. Some of this consists of adult feeding, but more often than not it’s the egg hatching out a very hungry caterpillar or grub. Looking at family groupings within the insect world is a quick means of getting a handle on potential pest situations. Safe spray tools to deal with all this require that we understand righteous timing and appropriate mode of action. A core paradigm of holistic orcharding states that we spray not so much to “kill” as to create health so that the system can take care of itself. That begins with helpful allies in the orchard ecosystem which keep balance to the fore.

Speakers
MP

Michael Phillips

Heartsong Farm Healing Herbs


Friday September 21, 2012 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Hayloft The speakers tent in Agricultural Products, the area between Crafts and Folk Arts
 
Saturday, September 22
 

11:00am

The Holistic Orchard: Growing Healthy Fruit
Our primary role as orchardists is to build system health. Embracing forest edge ecology is critical when it comes to getting a leg up on fruit tree diseases and addressing pest challenges. Equally telling is the nutrient density—and flavor!—of the apples we then harvest for our families and communities. Come learn about fungal allies, root relationships, and the biodiversity that makes good fruit possible. Holistic orcharding involves a wide breadth of knowledge and timeliness, yet one fact stands clear—we can have beautiful apples, peaches and the like, all grown without chemical intervention. This whirlwind tour touches on a broad range of alternative approaches to meet the challenges at any site.

Speakers
MP

Michael Phillips

Heartsong Farm Healing Herbs


Saturday September 22, 2012 11:00am - 12:00pm
Hayloft The speakers tent in Agricultural Products, the area between Crafts and Folk Arts

12:00pm

MOFGA Orchard Tour: What We Do & Why
Tour of the orchard with explanation of organic methods.

Speakers

Saturday September 22, 2012 12:00pm - 1:00pm
North Orchard The garden plots and orchard located north of the Folk Arts, east of Energy and Shelter, and south of the Rose Gate Farmers' Market

1:00pm

Poly-Culture Orcharding in the 21st Century
How to create and maintain a poly-culture orchard where fruit trees and a wide assortment of companion plants, small fruits and even vegetables interact and work together to create a healthy environment for growing food.

Speakers
JB

John Bunker Jr

FEDCO Trees


Saturday September 22, 2012 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Hayloft The speakers tent in Agricultural Products, the area between Crafts and Folk Arts

2:00pm

Apple Tasting
Tasting old and new apple varieties.

Speakers
JB

John Bunker Jr

FEDCO Trees


Saturday September 22, 2012 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Meet at Booth Look up the Vendors' booth location.

3:00pm

Edible Landscaping
Speakers
JK

Jack Kertesz

MOFGA Trial Gardens


Saturday September 22, 2012 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Litchfield Tent Agricultural Demonstrations Area

3:00pm

Edible Landscaping
Speakers
JK

Jack Kertesz

MOFGA Trial Gardens
TV

Tom Vigue

KiwiHill Farm


Saturday September 22, 2012 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Litchfield Tent Agricultural Demonstrations Area

4:00pm

Tree Fruit Varieties for Zones 4 / 5
Which are the best apples and other tree fruits to grow in this bioregion that will “knock your socks off” with incredible flavor? Michael will share decades’ worth of insight in answering that fundamental orcharding question. We’ll delve into cider lore, the right number of tree to plant for a homestead or community orchard, and growing considerations for specific cultivars from an organic perspective as well.

Speakers
MP

Michael Phillips

Heartsong Farm Healing Herbs


Saturday September 22, 2012 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Hayloft The speakers tent in Agricultural Products, the area between Crafts and Folk Arts

5:00pm

Growing Grapes in Maine
Selecting grape varieties, training, pruning, site selection, disease and insect control, freeze protection and harvesting.

Speakers

Saturday September 22, 2012 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Litchfield Tent Agricultural Demonstrations Area
 
Sunday, September 23
 

12:00pm

MOFGA Orchard Tour: What We Do & Why
Tour of the orchard with explanation of organic methods.

Speakers

Sunday September 23, 2012 12:00pm - 1:00pm
South Orchard

2:00pm

Apple Tasting
Tasting old and new grape varieties.

Speakers
JB

John Bunker Jr

FEDCO Trees


Sunday September 23, 2012 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Meet at Booth Look up the Vendors' booth location.

3:00pm

Edible Landscaping
Speakers
JK

Jack Kertesz

MOFGA Trial Gardens
TV

Tom Vigue

KiwiHill Farm


Sunday September 23, 2012 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Litchfield Tent Agricultural Demonstrations Area

3:00pm

Edible Landscaping
Speakers
JK

Jack Kertesz

MOFGA Trial Gardens


Sunday September 23, 2012 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Litchfield Tent Agricultural Demonstrations Area