Saturday, March 22, 2014 (snow date March 23)
All day - Common Ground Education Center, Unity
MOFGA's 2014 Spring Growth Conference will focus on practical,
whole-farm approaches to ecological weed management.
The day will include presentations by MOFGA Agricultural Services Staff Eric Sideman and Dave Colson,
who will leverage their 60+ years of combined experience farming and advising their fellow farmers
to discuss weed ecology and physiology and highlight real world,
proven strategies to manage weeds from a whole-farm, ecological perspective.
The afternoon will feature a panel of farmers sharing their approaches to weed management
across different scales and using various technologies. We will conclude with
ample time for discussion and idea-sharing, giving everyone in attendance a chance to
share their strategies and get their questions answered.
Registration includes lunch and resource materials.
Spring Growth 2014 Schedule
Registration & Coffee
Introduction to Weed Management
Eric Sideman, MOFGA Crops Specialist & Eastwind Farm
Eric will introduce the basics of the various approaches to weed management,
including mulching, both hand and tractor cultivation, and using cover crops in rotations.
Examples of failures will be used to show that no matter which approach is taken,
success depends on the management, not the tool or approach taken.
Evaluating Weed Management in a Crop Rotation System
Dave Colson, MOFGA Agricultural Services Director & New Leaf Farm
Not all crop rotations are created equal. Green manures and tillage
can be used in different ways, depending on weed pressure
and farm management goals. Dave will discuss overall system design and
provide examples for rotation based weed control.
Lunch – catered by Frank Giglio of Three Lily Farm
Putting it all together for a whole-farm approach to weed management
at different scales and technological approaches.
Moderated by Eric Sideman
Nicolas Lindholm, Hackmatack Farm, Penobscot
Sam Hazlehurst, Terranian Farm, Troy
Dalziel Lewis, Dig Deep Farm, Dresden
Open discussion, Q&A, resource sharing