HD1 Growing a
Have you ever considered
growing money in your garden? Considerations needed to start and market a
marketing techniques will be discussed.
Organic Matter & Interpreting Soil Test Reports
matter is a very important component of soil fertility. Learn how to manage
the use of cover crops, compost, and other organic soil amendments.
Maine Soil Testing Service
a Key Component of the Living Landscape
Our field and
woodland mushrooms are usually overlooked, frequently beautiful, endlessly
partners in sustaining our natural landscapes. In this session we will meet
learn how and what they do in our shared landscape and how they do it.
Plant Physiologist, Northern Research Station, USDA Forest Service
simplified fruit growing practices from a number of angles: fruit and
varietal selection, pruning,
soil, site and
natural pest management. We’ll examine the pest triangle, showing how pest
strategies for avoiding or controlling problems.
Lee Reich, Lee
Reich Ltd, Author
Maintaining Curb Appeal With Native Plants
understand that we will not save our nation’s biodiversity if we do not
native plants in suburban landscapes, but they do not know how to create
using native plants. Tallamy will dispel common misconceptions and suggest
ways to make
a showpiece without losing its function in the local ecosystem.
University of Delaware, Author
HD6 Eat the
Suburbs: A Permaculture Case Study (Turning a 1/3 Acre Lot into an Edible Ecosystem)
“permaculture” and how can it help convert any property or garden into an
edible perennial ecosystem?
Participants will learn about the core permaculture design principles, how
to apply them via good design
methods and Lisa’s “top twenty” edible perennial plants.
The Resilience Hub & Portland Maine Permaculture
Morning, 8:30 – 9:45
for Home and Garden
Orchids are a
large and diverse group of plants. Kevin will cover varieties, habitats and
needed to successfully grow orchids in the home and garden.
QD2 Sow It Forward: How
Gardeners Are Cultivating Change from the Ground Up
How do we feed a growing population nutritiously, sustainable and
deliciously using a depleted resource base? While the challenge is big,
Roger Dorion thinks that the solution is as small and close as our own
backyard. In this entertaining and provocative multimedia presentation,
Roger connects the dots between small gardens and big-picture problems such
as hunger, obesity and climate change.
Kitchen Gardens International
QD3 The Edible
plants are edible…but how many burdock roots and chokecherries will you
really eat? This
presentation looks at edible landscapes for real gardeners: plants that add
beauty to the landscape and provide food
for the table; and how to balance food, beauty and labor in the context of
your gardening and cooking
for Wild Edibles
presentation will help wild food enthusiasts learn how to
identify and use wild edible plants found throughout Maine.
The Maine Garden Journal – A Non-traditional Gardening Book
How The Maine
Garden Journal was created and written is a compelling story involving
gardeners from around the
state. Explore some of the knowledge and experience shared by ornamental
gardeners who contributed to
the book as well as Lisa’s non-traditional road to publishing this
fascinating resource for Maine
and Freezing Basics
from a UMaine Extension Master Food Preserver the basics of hot water bath
canning and freezing. Participants will learn recommended techniques, equipment and recipes.
Producer, UMaine Extension
Quarter-Day Sessions: Morning, 10:00 – 11:15
How do you
produce tasty, beautiful tomatoes in your home garden? We will discuss
starting seeds, growing and
planting transplants, ground preparation and use of mulches, pruning and
training, common insects and
diseases. There will also be a chance to rave about your favorite varieties
and warn others off of poor
Alternative Crops for Woodlands – American Ginseng & Other Herbs
Join Kevin as
he takes you on a virtual journey to Hong Kong, the hills of Appalachia and
the wilds of Maine to review the history and cultural conditions needed to grow American
ginseng, goldenseal and
other medicinal herbs and then takes you on a virtual journey to Hong Kong,
the hills of Appalachia and
the wilds of Maine.
Pests in the Vegetable Garden and Landscape (Limit 20)
identify vegetable insect pests and explore integrated strategies for a
least toxic approach to their management.
Foods, Lost Flavors, & Why They Matter
What place do
historic regional foods deserve in our gardens, farms, and markets, and how
are we to go about
collecting and preserving them? David will present strategies to help
growers balance the need for efficiency and
uniformity with matters of taste, ecology, and regional identity.
in the Shade Garden
diversity of perennials available to gardeners is at an all-time high. Come
and learn about some uncommon perennials for the shade garden including
trilliums, primroses and lady slippers.
Orchard Pruning & Tree Planting (Limit 25)
discussion and demonstration of tools, techniques and cultural practices for
pruning and planting
landscape shade trees and fruit trees.
QD13 A Behind
the Scenes Tour of Johnny’s Selected Seeds
how Johnny’s Selected Seeds decides what goes into the catalog? Join us to see what
goes on at their research
farm in the summer. You’ll see how they evaluate new vegetables and flowers
and get the scoop on the
Hillier, Johnny’s Selected Seeds
Half-Day Sessions: Afternoon, 12:15 – 3:00
HD7 Hypertufa Workshop
Making plant containers with hypertufa is fun and easy. In this workshop, we
will make a hypertufa
trough starting with the raw ingredients. Participant should bring their own
smooth container to use as a
form for the trough.
Edith Ellis, Sunnyside Gardens
HD8 Tussie Mussies: Talking
Tussie mussies are small bouquets made of fresh flowers and herbs. Popular
in Victorian times, they
were used as a means of communication. In this workshop, participants will
learn about the history and
meaning of tussie mussies and create their own bouquet.
Amy Witt, UMaine Extension
HD9 Drying Fruits, Vegetables and Herbs
Drying is a great way to preserve your garden’s produce. Come learn
different techniques for drying
fruits, vegetables and herbs.
Master Food Preserver, UMaine Extension
HD10 Gardening in Tune with Nature
The focus will be on the garden as an ecosystem and the gardener as the
caretaker of garden biodiversity. Reeser will discuss building healthy soil, supporting pollinators by planting
insectaries and providing nesting
sites for native pollinators and reliance on regionally native plants.
Reeser Manley, Author
HD11 Gardening with Youth: Hands on Activities (Limit 20)
Changing kids into voracious veggie eaters is easy when you teach them to
grow and prepare their own
food. Experience gardening and cooking activities from the Kids Can Grow
program and learn about
resources that will help you transform your classroom/home into an
educational (and delicious!) green
Ellie Libby, UMaine Extension
Afternoon, 12:15 – 1:30
QD14 So You
Want to Start A Home-Based Food Business? (Limit 50)
produce into value-added products can be tricky. We will discuss the
regulations surrounding how to start a
food business as well as products that can be safely processed at home. Some
food safety aspects will
be covered. (Tinctures/herbal supplements and meat processing will not be
in the Vegetable Garden and Landscape
diseases are not well understood and hard to identify. This presentation
will focus on identifying and controlling vegetable and ornamental diseases found in Maine
Tree Bench Grafting & Bark Cleft Grafting (Limit 25)
demonstration of two common grafting techniques used in fruit tree
production and older fruit tree rejuvenation.
Participants will be provided an opportunity to
this crowded world carries both moral and ecological responsibilities that
we can no longer ignore.
Tallamy will discuss the important ecological roles of the plants in our
landscapes, emphasize the benefits of
designing gardens with these roles in mind, and explore the consequences of
failing to do so.
University of Delaware, Author
QD18 A Bit
How do you
brew great beer?
In this presentation Jason will talk about hops and
other major ingredients, how to insure long shelf-life, and brewing equipment.
QD19 Slow Food
The slow food
movement is about so much more than long, extravagant meals. Come learn
about slow food
principles and why we need to use them to fix our broken food system.
Quarter-Day Sessions: Afternoon, 1:45 – 3:00
Herbal: A Simple Plan for Growing and Using Herbs
Would you love to have an herb garden, but don't know where to start or what questions to ask? Cindy can help! This presentation will guide you from planning and planting your herb garden through the many ways you can use the herbs you grow.
Hummingbird Farm Greenhouse/Nursery
be the crop most looked forward to by gardeners once they are established. Become one of
those lucky ones and learn how to plan, plant and protect your own strawberry
QD22 Growing Sweet
Potatoes in the Back Yard
discuss how to
successfully grow sweet potatoes in Northern climates. She’ll cover all aspects of sweet
potato production: starting or purchasing “slips,” transplanting, growing techniques, harvesting, and
curing for long-term storage.
University of New Hampshire
are smaller than those of years past. Using 5 dimensions lets you grow a lot
of vegetables in a
small space. We’ll explore each of those dimensions and look at examples of how
to make them work.
Lee Reich, Lee
Reich Ltd., Author
Poultry Management for Beginners
introduction to backyard poultry, we will discuss the basics of
raising chickens for meat or eggs.
Topics will include appropriate housing, feed and water requirements, health and
safety concerns, and
resources for further information.
QD25 Signs of the
Seasons (Limit 25)
Phenology may be
an unfamiliar word, yet taking note of seasonal events (like the first robin in
spring) is part of everyday
life for most of us. Maine citizens have the opportunity to work with climate
scientists to track seasonal
changes. Please join us to learn more about climate change and what you can do.
Stanicoff, UMaine Extension
QD26 Starting Seedlings at
Grow your own high quality garden seedlings. Learn the basics of lighting, temperatures, containers and potting mixes. We will demonstrate building two different models of an inexpensive light stand you can make for yourself at home.
Wertheim, UMaine Extension