June 25 - Soils Across the Landscape - 2019 Mass. Soils Conference - Princeton. This one-day conference will focus on investigating soils across a landscape in the field as well as soil information resources available through the USDA Soil Survey. Updates on recent changes to the data and help you understand how to use it. The day will include classroom workshops and field demonstrations. More here.
June 25 - Twilight Meeting at Indian Head Farm - 4:30 to 7:00pm, Indian Head Farm, 232 Pleasant St., Berlin. Hear from Ext. Educators about research and management updates for brown marmorated stink bug, spotted wing drosophila, and high tunnel production issues, which we have worked on with Indian Head Farm over the last few years. Indian Head Farm has also recently updated their irrigation system with Harris Irrigation, converting overhead to drip, through grant support from the MDAR, conservation support from the NRCS. They are also in the process of a farm transfer to the seventh generation, with support from Land For Good. Come learn how they do it all, socialize, and stay for a light supper. Details here.
July 10 - Sustainable Water Management Practices for Nursery and Greenhouse Operations - 9:00am to 3:30pm, UMass, Amherst. Increasing production sustainability is of growing importance for all types of plant production. Improving irrigation practices, understanding water quality, and monitoring nutrients are integral to increasing sustainability. Better management of water and nutrients can improve environmental stewardship as well as your bottom line. Join water and nutrient management specialists from around the country for this exciting workshop. Details here.
July 13 - Christmas Tree Twilight Meeting - 9:00 am - Sugarledge Farm, Plainfield. Hosts: Jon and Carrie Cranston Updates here.
July 25 - MNLA's Down to Earth Summer Conference - Sylvan Nursery, Dartmouth. Where green industry professionals meet! Unique Mass. industry summer meeting and trade show event. The meeting will offer something for everyone. Whether it is the Hort Olympics, the innovative exhibits, hands-on demonstrations or cutting-edge education, exhibitors and attendees are sure to find what they are looking for! More here.