Virtual Twilight Meetings
Join us Wednesdays from 6-7pm for a Virtual Twilight Meeting!
For each meeting we will have a crop, pest, or farm management topic lined up for demonstration and discussion. Some weeks will have more presenation, other weeks will have more time for discussion, but you are always welcome to ask questions of us or other growers who have called in on any farm-related topic. Going forward, meetings may be every week or every other week, so check our Upcoming Events page for a complete schedule.
Farmers can join by phone or by computer—those who join by computer will be able to see some shared photos and presentations.
This is a new program that we hope will allow us to connect with growers while we are not able to physically visit farms for routine scouting and assistance. It is intended for our commercial farmers and will cover topics relevant to small and large scale farm businesses and conventional and organic production systems.
Some portions of some calls may be recorded and posted for later listening. Links to previous recorded calls will be linked to on this site.
Pesticide recertification credits may be available for some topics. If pesticide credits are available for a topic, it will be indicated in the event listing on our Upcoming Events page.
To see upcoming topics, please visit our Upcoming Events page.
To view recordings of past calls, click the linked titles below.
- April 22: Early-Season Pest Scouting
Sue Scheufele, UMass Extension Vegetable Program, presents concepts of vegetable pest scouting, some scouting resources and tools, and details about a few early-season vegetable pests.
- April 29: COVID-19 Business Relief Programs & Assistance
Tom Smiarowski, UMass Extension Risk Management/Crop Insurance Program, leads a discussion of business relief programs currently available to MA farms, including the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, the USDA Food Box Distribution Program, the Paycheck Protection Program, and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. Michael Botelho, MDAR Produce Safety and Market Access & Certification Program, and Brad Mitchell, MA Farm Bureau Federation Deputy Executive Director, also present relevant business assistance information.
- May 6: Organic insect pest management
Sue Scheufele, UMass Extension Vegetable Program, presents a simple season-long primer on the few OMRI-approved insecticides that are available and their use in managing perennial vegetable pests.
- May 20: COVID-19 Marketing Adaptations
Co-hosted by the UMass Extension Vegetable & Fruit Programs. Sue Scheufele, UMass Extension Vegetable Program, moderates a panel discussion about marketing adaptations undertaken by farms amidst COVID-19.
- May 27: Cleaning, Sanitizing, & Disinfecting on the Farm: COVID-19 and Beyond
Lisa McKeag, UMass Extension Vegetable Program, discusses the difference between cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting and how to apply all 3 on the farm, in light of food safety pathogens and COVID-19.