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February 20: YCFN Potluck Brunch & Talk on the Produce Safety Rule of FSMA and GAP - What Growers Need to Know!
Time: 9:00 - 11:00 am
Location: Heritage Rm, Anderson Learning Ctr., 21 Bradeen St., Springvale, ME 04083
  Join the YCFN for a Saturday brunch and presentation by Linda Titus of Ag Matters who will speak on what growers need to know about the updated Produce Safety Rule of the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) and GAP. For more information or directions, contact Frank Wertheim or Becky Gowdy at UMaine Cooperative Extension in Springvale, rebecca.gowdy@maine.edu or 207-324-2814.

March 1: YCFN Off-the-Farm Breakfast
Time: 8:00 am
Location: Hen House Cafe, 446 Main St., Springvale, ME 04083
Cost: Free to members, sponsored by Farm Credit East
  Join the group at the warm and welcoming Hen House Cafe. Welcome to this YCFN winter breakfast, generously sponsored by Farm Credit East, thanks to Rob Horne, who will update the group on financial services for farmers available from Farm Credit East. For more information or directions, contact Frank Wertheim or Becky Gowdy at UMaine Cooperative Extension in Springvale, rebecca.gowdy@maine.edu or 207-324-2814.

March 5: Beginner Sheep Shearing School
Time: 9 am - 3 pm
Location: Wolfe Neck Farm. 184 Burnett Road, Freeport, Maine 04032
Cost: $45, includes shearing manual and lunch
  The Maine Sheep Breeders Association and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension offer this beginner-level class, which will teach a conventional shearing method using hand-held electric shears. There is a limit of sixteen participants, but spectators are welcome. FMI, contact Melissa Libby at 207-581-2788, or melissa.libby1@maine.eduTo register: http://extension.umaine.edu/register/product/beginner-sheep-shearing-2016/.

March 22: YCFN Potluck and presentation: The History of Agriculture as Told by Barns 
Time: 5:30 - 8:00 pm (program starts at about 6:15)
Location: Anderson Learning Center, 21 Bradeen St., Springvale, ME 04083 
  Join the YCFN for a potluck supper and presentation. John Porter, former Dairy Specialist with UNH Cooperative Extension and author of Preserving Old Barns, explains how the evolution of barn architecture tells the story of New Hampshire agriculture. Barns changed from the early English style, to Yankee style, to gambrel and then pole barns to accommodate the changing agriculture. The presentation will be a chronological walk through time, with photo illustrations of barns that are examples of these eras of agricultural history.
  For more information or directions, contact Frank Wertheim or Becky Gowdy at UMaine Cooperative Extension in Springvale, rebecca.gowdy@maine.edu or 207-324-2814.

March 15 and 16: Maine Vegetable & Fruit School 2016
March 15 location: Seasons Event & Conference Center, Portland, ME
March 16 location: Bangor Motor Inn Conference Center, Bangor, ME
Cost: $45, includes lunch; deadline to register March 4
   Pesticide Applicator recertification credits available for participants, pending approval. For more information and to register, see http://umaine.edu/highmoor/blog/2016/01/07/maine-vegetable-and-fruit-school-2016.
   Hosted by University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Maine Vegetable and Small Fruit Growers Association, this day-long conference will cover a multitude of topics, including:
  • Compost Rates in the Field
  • Cover Crops and Strip Tillage
  • Tomatoes: Balancing Fertilizer Needs
  • High Tunnel Pest Management
  • Worker Safety Training: Grower Responsibility
  • Legislative Update
  • Garlic: Growing Tips and Disease Issues
  • Opportunities in Stone Fruit
  • Melon Production Basics
  • Grapes – New Varieties and Potential for Maine
  • Crop Insurance: Updates and New Options for Diversified Growers









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YCFN Potluck Brunch & Talk:
Produce Safety Rule of FSMA and GAP - What Growers Need to Know!
Saturday, February 20, 2016
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Anderson Learning Ctr., 21 Bradeen St., Springvale, ME
See below for details.

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