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Belfast Garden Club Daytime Program
February 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Preventing and Addressing Plant Diseases in the Garden with Caleb Goossen.
Join MOFGA’s Crop Specialist, Caleb Goossen, for a discussion on organic management of plant disease in the garden. Caleb will start by sharing strategies used to minimize the presence of disease from the outset based on the disease triangle of a conducive environment, a susceptible host, and a pathogen. But sometimes diseases show up anyway, despite our best efforts or during particularly challenging growing seasons. So, Caleb will also discuss what can be done when diseases emerge. He’ll cover some of the most common diseases found in vegetable gardens in Maine.
Caleb has a bachelor’s degree in plant biology and sustainable agriculture from Hampshire College and he recently completed his PhD from the University of Vermont, where he studied the fatty acid content of storage crops. He farmed organic vegetables in Vermont for nine years before graduate school. He also has experience with organic heirloom seed production and organic orchard maintenance on farms in New Zealand.