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SkillShare: Season Extension & Hoop House Strategies

  • May 16, 2010 · 9:00 AM
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Imagine harvesting your own
healthy salads right through the Maine winter. What if you could move beyond the traditional Maine growing season to "start earlier" and "harvest later?" Many of us have been experimenting with unheated hoop houses and season extension techniques to deliver quality, nutritious and affordable food around the calender and we want to start spreading it around! Please join David Homa, Tree Tenney, David Whitten and myself for a
half-day SkillShare on options for Season Extension and Hoop House construction. This session, at Dave Homa's place in Otisfield (about 45 min from Portland) will focus on the what, why and how of season extension for the Maine gardener. We will discuss the suitable crops, planting strategies/schedules and types of structures that can help you with season extension. Dave has a great selection of structures for our "Show-and-Tell" portion of the SkillShare.
NOTE: We will follow this up with a series of at least three Hoop House Raising Work Parties in June and July! Those of you who come to this SkillShare can throw your name in the hat to host a Hoop House Raising (and get your Hoop House built!) in the bargain. We will run this SkillShare from 9am to about 12:30. Coffee and Tea provided. Please bring a potluck lunch item to share as well as your own potluck kit (dish/bowl/utensils/napkin/mug). Please dress for the weather (though we will have access to ample space under cover). In the event of heavy rain, check this page by 7am on the day of the event to see if we have been postponed or cancelled. Bring your camera and consider carpooling (I will open up a carpooling thread on the message board).

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  • Lisa F.

    Hi Ethan - the dimensions can vary to suit your needs. The main thing is that you can easily reach in... either from both sides with roll-up sides or from the "front" or sides with a hinged unit.

    May 20, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very informative, great to see several examples and different shapes. Looking forward to the hands on work parties.

    May 19, 2010

  • Julie H.

    This was a great day! Learned a great deal from David, Lisa, and Tree about extending the growing season with new strategies and tools...thank you so much! I'm excited to try some new varieties of cool season crops, not that I'm rushing summer or anything like that...Met some wonderful people with so much in common... Thanks again to David for hosting :)

    May 18, 2010

  • Leslie K.

    Both Ted and I really enjoyed our time with all of you on Sunday. We learned a lot, got many new ideas, met interesting, knowledgeable, generous and friendly people and loved the weather and sharing the great meal. Lisa, we thought you and David did an wonderful job. Thank you!

    May 17, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have always preferred an outdoor classroom! Great home and gardens and group of people sharing useful and important information, thank you!

    May 17, 2010

  • Karl S.

    Great time today! Just posted some photos to our page on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ten-Apple-Farm/112964965404466

    May 17, 2010

  • Jane H.

    SkillShares are an excellent idea. Much gratitude to Dave, Lisa, Tree, and everyone else who freely shared what they know about extending the growing season in ways both practical and empowering. Some other comments:
    well-organized
    heart-warming
    wonderful people
    delicious food
    wish we could get to every one of these!
    Thanks again! Jane and Cliff

    May 16, 2010

  • Franky

    It was a pleasure to meet new people in the Portland area with similar interests. Very informative and look forward to implementing many of the strategies for season extension! Once I got home I restored the 2 rickety cold frames in the shed and placed my seedling in there..

    May 16, 2010

  • Jeannie G.

    Hi I wanted to know if I could sign my friend up for this skillshare too. He is not a member of the portland permaculture group, but would like to learn. Is this ok? If so, do I pay through paypal again? Thanks Jeannie

    May 8, 2010

  • Marion de L.

    I live in Wells and I would love to car pool with anyone who needs/wants to. I just moved to this area, tho, so I don't know what's close/far to me.

    May 7, 2010

  • Jane H.

    Cliff, Julie and I plan to leave from our home in Westbrook around 8 a.m. We have room for one more person, comfortably. Thanks for the directions, David. We're looking forward to this skillshare! Jane

    May 7, 2010

  • David H.

    a little over 45 minutes (w/ traffic )

    May 4, 2010

  • Xiknawi M

    I am heading there from the west side of Auburn. Happy to connect with anyone coming from that direction. Jim

    May 4, 2010

  • Lisa F.

    thanks for the directions dave; would you say 45 min from downtown portland? jane and julie might want to head out right from westbrook, huh?

    May 4, 2010

  • David H.

    I live on Jordan Lane which is off of Camp Nona Road which is off of route 121... the best way to get to Rt121 is by way of rt 302.
    When on Rt 302 ,Take a right at the light (just past Mexicali Blues) in Raymond ....on to Rt121, and follow 121 all the way through Raymond and Casco... be careful when you first get on 121, the road bares to the right, if you don't bare right... the road will take you back on Rt302... question call me 712-2769.
    27 Jordan Lane Otisfield, Maine ...for web mapping

    May 3, 2010

  • Julie H.

    Hi Jane, I live in Gorham, not far from the Westbrook line so I would be interested in carpooling with you and Cliff. I could come to your house if that works for you. Julie

    May 3, 2010

  • Jane H.

    Hi, Cliff and I live in Westbrook and would be happy to carpool from the Marginal Way park-and-ride----or if anyone else is traveling from Westbrook, we could coordinate in this area. We'll have room for 2 riders (or 3 w/ a bit of a squeeze) in our car. Jane

    May 3, 2010

  • Jeannie G.

    Hi, I live in North Yarmouth and would be willing to take a few people to Dave's house. I will need dirrections, as I have never been there before. Let me know if you would like a ride.
    Jeannie

    May 3, 2010

  • Lisa F.

    Please consider this the carpool thread! If going from Portland, I recommend meeting at the Marginal Way park-and-ride (diagonally across the Marginal/Franklin intersection from Planet Dog (not the old spot which is now Miss Portland Diner parking). If you can give a lift or need a lift, post here and then coordinate whatever your carpool will be to arrive at Dave Homa's about 10 min before 9am so we can make the most of our half day together! Cheers, Lisa

    May 3, 2010

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