New England

September, 2012
Regional Report

Shows & Events

UMass Sustainable Vegetable Production Course
Are you thinking about making the leap from gardening to farming? Or perhaps you've already started growing vegetables for market and are looking for more information. To help new vegetable farmers get off to a successful start, UMass Extension is offering a Sustainable Vegetable Production course, running from October 31- December 12, 2012. Taught by UMass Extension specialists and faculty, the 60-hour course is designed for beginning farmers wishing to gain an understanding of horticultural fundamentals and strategies and their relation to environmental quality. Cost: $675, includes all materials. Registration deadline: October 24, 2012. Location: Holiday Inn, 265 Lakeside Ave., Marlboro, MA. For more information, contact UMass Extension at (413) 545-0895 or eweeks@umext.umass.edu or Dr. Frank Mangan, fmangan@umext.umass.edu. For a complete schedule and to register online, go to http://extension.umass.edu/landscape/education/green-school-sustainable-vegetable-production-track.

Web Finds

New England Apples
Whether you grow your own, pick your own, or you let others do the growing and picking and just concentrate on the eating, you'll find something of interest at New England Apples. The website of the New England Apple Association introduces you to the wide variety of apples grown in our region. A host of varieties from heirlooms like Belle de Boskoop to modern favorites like Honeycrisp is profiled, along with Macoun, my very favorite fresh eating variety. They note that "Some insist that the best tasting apple is a Macoun, fresh from the tree," and I couldn't agree more! You'll also find apple recipes, information on grafting and pruning trees, and videos on storing apples properly, cider making in New England, and the proper ettiquette for pick-your-own orchards. You can search for regional orchards by the varieties they grow, as well as by other farm products they may carry, such as honey. An extensive resource section includes links to more specific apple information for the individual New England states.

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