In the Thick of It
July 14-15 | Portland, Maine
Sunday, July 14
Snell Family Farm, 1000 River Road, Buxton
Meet at Snell Family Farm for registration and introductions.
Learn about nurturing soil health from Jason Lilley of University of Maine.
His current research involves cover crop variety trials for earliness
in organic and conventional conservation tillage practices.
Tour Snell Family Farm with Carolyn Snell.
Her four-acre flower farm works within her multigenerational plant, vegetable, and apple farm.
See growing systems and equipment in greenhouses and fields, as well as her
processing and design studio and the Snells’ retail farm stand.
Lunch at Snell Family Farm (included with registration)
Pizza, soup, and sweet treats from the Snell Farm Kitchen. Gluten-free and vegan options available.
Drive on your own to Broadturn Farm, 388 Broadturn Road, Scarborough
Tour the farm and see intensive flower production in fields, and several styles of tunnels and greenhouses.
Watch a demonstration of efficient cut flower processing and workflow to fulfill multiple bouquet orders quickly,
as well as how the team has arranged their design studio for wedding work.
Depart Broadturn Farm
End-of-day networking TBD
Monday, July 15
Drive on your own to Johnny’s Selected Seeds Trial Grounds, 201 State Route 9, Albion.
Introductions to Johnny’s trialing programs and growing methods will be given at 9:00 a.m. and at 10:00 a.m.,
then you’ll be able to tour on your own to see over 700 varieties of cut flowers, many of which will likely be in bloom.
Drive on your own to Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay.
Discounted admission is $12 per person for those who RSVP for this portion with your registration.
A block of 15 rooms has been reserved for July 13 to July 16 at the Clarion Hotel, 1230 Congress Street, Portland. Ask for the ASCFG’s 20% discount off their standard summer rates. Saturday (everywhere in Maine) will be higher than Sunday and Monday. It’s best to call the hotel directly at (207) 553-9505. The cutoff date for this block is June 13.
A block of 15 rooms has been reserved for July 13 to July 16 at America’s Best Value Inn, 321 U.S. Route 1, Scarborough. Saturday is $179, Sunday and Monday are $129. It’s best to call the hotel directly at (207) 883-6004. The cutoff date for this block is April 30.
Cancellation policy: A full refund will be paid if cancellation is received prior to June 1,
one half refunded prior to June 15; after June 15, 2019, no refund can be made. No exceptions.
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