Date: Wednesday, June 3rd, 2014 Time: 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Program: Want information on how to install or improve a drip irrigation system? Such highly efficient systems are becoming increasingly important given more frequent drought and food safety concerns.
Trevor Hardy of Brookdale Fruit Farm in Hollis, NH, one of New England’s largest irrigation suppliers and designers, will walk us through the basics of drip irrigation in the field and greenhouses. Specific topics will include:
- Design, layout, and component selection
- Determining water requirements and irrigation scheduling
- Operation and maintenance of the system
- Fertigation for efficient nutrient applications
Ginger Nickerson, UVM Extension Produce Safety and GAPs Coordinator, will discuss source water sampling protocol and how drip irrigation fits into a produce safety plan.
Location: Walker Farm
1190 US Route 5
East Dummerston, VT 05346
Walker Farm has been family-operated since 1770. They grow organic fruits and vegetables for sale at their farmstand and through summer and winter CSA programs. In addition, they raise garden and container annuals, rare perennials, trees, shrubs and conifers as well as Certified Organic heirloom and ethnic vegetable starts. Thirty acres and twenty-two greenhouses are actively used for production. They have been selected as one of the 5 Best Nurseries in New England by Yankee Magazine in 2012, featured in The New York Times and included in The Adventurous Gardener – Where To Buy the Best Plants In New England.
Sponsored by: UVM Extension, UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture, UVM Agriculture and Rural Livelihoods Group, and the Vermont Community Foundation
For more information:
Farming & Climate Change Program Coordinator
UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture