Read the Greenhouse, Covered and Year Round Agriculture Program Summary
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KEY PROJECT OUTCOMES:
Sustainability analysis tools and framework for businesses: Economic/Environmental
SYRA Final Report (2020); new research and data from field demonstrations
Four demonstration greenhouses developed for testing novel approaches to heating and production
Buxton, Maine. 144 x 45 ft, PV Integrated, Insulated Year Round, Soil-based production in raised beds. Features: hydronic radiant root zone heating, PCM heat storage, roof integrated solar-electric collectors.
Waldoboro, Maine. 55 x 50 ft, Solar Electric + Heater w/ Indoor Ridge/Purlin Duct Venting. Features: Insulated north wall, Powerwise Remote Monitoring System
Brunswick, Maine. Rooftop Hydroponic and aquaponic, multiuse downtown facility. Features: Storefront and test kitchen, basement aquaponics tanks and pumping system, tomato/hot house room.
New Gloucester, Maine. Sensor and supplemental lighting test site for vegetable production. Features: LED supplemental lamps for basil, lettuce, and chard, tomato, environmental sensor arrays system.
Greenhouse Producer Survey
We collaborated with the Mid Maine Greenhouse Growers Association to survey over 30 greenhouse producers around the state. Results of the survey are linked here.We plan to conduct a new round of surveys to increase participation from more producers in Winter 2021.
Three pilot programs developed for statewide applied research, curriculum and workforce training on Maine farms and Higher Ed
ME SAS Twilight Farm Tours and Public Demonstrations (Images)
MESAS hosts occasional tours of commercial farms demonstrating year round production infrastructure. Images below feature system during construction and trial phases of the project.
This short video summarizes the project and its background as an applied research program on working Maine farms. (Produced by Galen Koch, 2017.)
Current News and Events:
A report from the field: by, William Giordano In the first weekend of March, undergraduate and graduate students from approximately 30 universities participated in a “Hackathon” Hosted by the University of Maine and their America East Academic Consortium that focused...
Click here: MESAS Winter 2019 Newsletter
Little River Flower Farm will be open for tours of their year round production facility starting at 4PM Thursday November 8th, at 160 Turkey Lane in Buxton. Tours will showcase their system of organic soil based vegetable and flower production in insulated and heated...
2018 Cool Weather Greenhouse Forums Cost saving greenhouse heating in focus for year round farm series: STATEWIDE – The Maine Sustainable Agriculture Society is hosting a 2018 Cool Weather Growing Series with forums and farm tour focused on greenhouse and year round...
MAINE SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE SOCIETY
MESAS is a farmer-led nonprofit organization that that developes resources to help farms in Maine achieve a triple bottom line of PROFITABLITY, HEALTHY ECOSYSTEMS, and STRONG COMMUNITIES. We work for the benefit of farms across all scales of operation and production methods.