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Vegetable Notes: Vol. 26, No. 24 November, 2014

Survey - Expanding Winter Harvest and Sales

We Need Your Input!

More and more vegetables are being grown and sold during the winter in New England, and the addition of new crops and markets has happened rapidly. We're trying to determine what the biggest issues are for growers with respect to production and marketing to guide our future research and programs. We also want to get an idea of the impact that the addition of winter sales has had on farms and farmers' incomes overall.

If you market vegetables between December and April, please take our survey. Your answers will go a long way in determining what the state of winter growing is now, how it has changed over the last few years, and how our organizations can assist you in the future.

The survey should take about 5 minutes to complete.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/winterVN

Thank you for your help!

- Northeast SARE Winter Harvest & Sales Project Partners (UNH Extension, UMass Extension, Communities Involved in Sustaining Agriculture, and Seacoast Eat Local)

UMass Agricultural Field Day 2014

The 2014 UMass Agricultural Field Day presented an opportunity for the public to come tour the UMass Animal and Crop Research Station in South Deerfield, MA.  Nineteen experiments were included in this years program covering a range of topics, including: crop trials, sustainable farming, integrated pest management, intercropping systems, innovative soil amendments and energy-efficient food storage systems.  

If you missed this event but would like to learn more about the current projects at the reasearch farm you can view the program which contains summaries of the research topics that were presented.   You can view the program here.  

 

Summary of EIPM Project Efforts in 2013

The third year of our USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)-funded project has come to end and a summary of our activities is provided here.  The eIPM project allows the UMASS Fruit and Vegetable Extension teams to work with local growers on a broad range of activities related to Integrated Pest Management for diversified vegetable and fruit farms. One of the core components of this project is working with several 'model farms,' who grow both fruits and vegetables and are open to expanding their use of advanced pest management techniques as well as working with us to better understand how a diversified farm can use IPM.

Check out a summary of the work we did on eIPM in 2013 here!

Updated New England Vegetable Management and Northeast Vegetable and Strawberry Pest ID Guides Now Available!!

The new edition of this trusted and comprehensive production resource includes a revised section on soil nutrient management as well as improved resources and information on high tunnel and greenhouse production and includes the Northeast Vegetable and Strawberry Pest ID Guide which has also been expanded and updated. 

To purchase copies of the 2014-2015 New England Vegetable Management Guide, contact your state Extension publication office, or the University of Massachusetts Extension Bookstore at 1-877-UMASSXT or 413-545-2717 (within Massachusetts). The UMass bookstore is staffed Tuesday-Thursday from 9am-2pm. You may complete your order online, print it and mail it with a check, or submit it electronically them make a follow-up phone call to provide credit card information.