|Seed Hot Water Treatment Workshops
There will be two free hands-on workshops where growers bring their saved and ordered seed
for hot water treatment using precision water baths and with the assistance of experienced extension
vegetable specialist, Meg McGrath, from Cornell University. Tomato, pepper, eggplant, and crucifer seeds
are those most commonly treated. Seed heat treatment is used to control seed borne bacterial and fungal pathogens.
Pelleted or primed seed cannot be treated and old seed should not be treated. Please note: while this is a scientifically tested
procedure and we will use precision equipment, the universities involved with the workshop cannot accept responsibility
for seed that is treated. Space is limited to about 40 people at each location, so register soon.
For Friday, February 28th at
County Agricultural High School contact Sue Guiducci, (508) 990-2854,
For Monday, March 3rd at the
Research and Education Farm, contact Katie Campbell-Nelson,
(413) 545-1051, email@example.com
for additional information on heat treatment refer to
Winter Production and Marketing workshop
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Sturbridge Publick House
Co-hosted by UMass and UNH Extensions and funded by NE-SARE, this all-day program will cover how to manage
products for winter markets, including washing, packing, and storage, as well as the season extension production
systems being used. Topics will be covered in short presentations with plenty of time for facilitated farmer-to-farmer
discussions. More details and registration information coming soon!
Plant Disease Diagnostic Workshop
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
UMass Amherst Campus
Presented by UMass Extension, this program for
commercial growers of greenhouse crops will include a lecture to
review the basics of diagnostic plant pathology followed by a hands-on workshop using diagnostic test kits for viruses
and root diseases of greenhouse crops. We will also use microscopes to view fungal root pathogens such as Thielaviopsis,
Rhizoctonia and Pythium and foliar pathogens such as Downy mildew and Botrytis that were covered in the
lecture. 4 pesticide contact hours. Cost: $70. Limited to 25 attendees.