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June 3 Micro-Irrigation Workshop to Help Farmers Save Energy While Addressing Produce Safety and Drought

Burlington, VT – Want information on how to install or improve a drip irrigation system? Such highly efficient systems are becoming increasingly important given more frequent drought and food safety concerns.

Trevor Hardy of Brookdale Fruit Farm in Hollis, NH, (and well-regarded as an irrigation supplier and designer), will walk us through the basics of drip irrigation in the field and greenhouses. Specific topics will include:

  • Design, layout, and component selection
  • Determining water requirements and irrigation scheduling
  • Operation and maintenance of the system
  • Fertigation for efficient nutrient applications

Ginger Nickerson, UVM Extension Produce Safety and GAPs Coordinator, will discuss source water sampling protocol and how drip irrigation fits into a produce safety plan.

About Our Farmer Hosts: Walker Farm has been family-operated since 1770. They grow organic fruits and vegetables for sale at their farmstand and through summer and winter CSA programs. In addition, they raise garden and container annuals, rare perennials, trees, shrubs and conifers as well as Certified Organic heirloom and ethnic vegetable starts. Thirty acres and twenty-two greenhouses are actively used for production. They have been selected as one of the 5 Best Nurseries in New England by Yankee Magazine in 2012, featured in The New York Times and included in The Adventurous Gardener – Where To Buy the Best Plants In New England.

Sponsored by: UVM Extension, UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture, UVM Agriculture and Rural Livelihoods Group, and the Vermont Community Foundation

For more information:
Joshua Faulkner
Farming & Climate Change Program Coordinator UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture

Individuals requesting a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program should contact Cheryl Herrick at 802-656-5459 by May 22, 2014.

Established in 1994, the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture provides timely information to Vermont communities and the UVM campus. The Center cultivates partnerships, supports innovative research and practices, and informs policy to advance sustainable food and farming systems. Learn more at