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Oct 24

Managing Soil Nutrients in High Tunnels

Thursday, October 24 –

Event Time: 5:00-6:30pm

Sheepscot General Farm & Store
98 Town House Rd, Whitefield

A free presentation on Managing Soil Nutrients in High Tunnels will be held Thursday, October 24 from 5-6:30 pm at Sheepscot General Farm & Store, 98 Town House Road in Whitefield. Bruce Hoskins, University of Maine Soil Testing Program Coordinator, will discuss high tunnel soil testing at the University of Maine and how the lab addresses the specialized management concerns of this unique growing environment. High tunnels – or unheated hoop houses – provide many benefits to farmers and. However, these covered growing spaces provide challenges for managing soil nutrients. The combination of high temperatures and the need for water to be supplied only by irrigation creates what is essentially an irrigated desert, which over time results in nutrient salt build up and soil stratification. Hoskins will discuss how to manage nutrients to compensate for these conditions and the much greater nutrient demand on these soils. This talk in the Farmer-Gardener Workshop Series is co-sponsored by Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District, Maine Coast Heritage Trust and Midcoast Farmers Alliance. FMI and to register for this free program contact, 596-2040 or visit
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About Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District

893 West Street
Rockport, ME 04856

Our mission is to provide assistance in conservation of land & water resources ro our community through proactive efforts, actions & education. We offer environmental & agricultural education for children & adults; Annual Spring Plant & Compost Bin Sale, Conservation Farm Tour; Technical assistance for invasive species ID & management, erosion control & buffer plantings…and more.

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