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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

9:30 a.m.
Registration & Coffee

10 a.m.
You, Your Brain, Your Tools and the Weeds:
The Fundamentals of Ecological 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.

11 a.m.
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.

12:15 p.m.
Lunch – catered by Frank Giglio of Three Lily Farm

1 p.m.
Farmer Panel
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
Hackmatack Farm, owned and operated by Nicolas Lindholm, Ruth Fiske, and their two sons, is a 52 acre farm on a ridge-top in south Penobscot, MOFGA Certified Organic since 1997, the farm produces field-grown fresh vegetables and wild blueberries. Their vegetable production relies on a ridge-tillage system and cover crop/green manure rotation, adapted form the system pioneered by Anne and Eric Nordell of Beech Grove Farm in PA. The system aims to optimize soil health, tilth and nutrient recycling while managing weeds.
Sam Hazlehurst, Terranian Farm, Troy
Sam and his family are carrying on an old Maine tradition by using Percheron draft horses to raise mixed vegetables, grass-fed beef, herbs and flowers. The farm also uses an adaptation of the Nordells’ system, and Sam will discuss the nuances of this approach and how he has fit it to his scale and equipment quiver.
Dalziel Lewis, Dig Deep Farm, Dresden
Dig Deep Farm is a 2.5 acre mixed vegetable and cut flower operation based in Dresden on land leased at the Goranson Farm, serving a 40 member CSA and the Augusta Mill Park Farmer's Market year round. Dalziel has developed a thriving workshare membership program; and views farm-based education as a way to sustain her livelihood of farming.

2:15 p.m.
Open discussion, Q&A, resource sharing



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