Read the Greenhouse, Covered and Year Round Agriculture Program Summary
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.
2018 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.
Maine Agriculture Apps; Low Cost Bio-sensor/AI Development Pilot Program in Colloaboration with the University of Maine
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.)
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Current News and Events:
2020 MESAS SUMMER NEWSLETTER: Some real gems in this one folks. "Vintage ME SAS" Digital Video Release and new educational programs from the Maine Greenhouse Project - Summer News From the Maine Sustainable Agriculture Society -...
The Maine Sustainable Agriculture Society (MESAS) recently finalized a report on a selection of infrastructure options for year round covered agriculture in Maine. The report is the culmination of a research, design and demonstration initiative that began in 2014, ...
Greetings from MESAS, and happy 2020! We are excited about our trade show program and annual meeting next week on Tues Jan. 14 from 1-5 in the Somerset Room, and hope you will join us. If healthy profit margins are the key to keeping good Farmers in business...
The Certified Maine Meat pilot program manual is available to read and review below: Download the full manual as a pdf (or right click to open on a new page)
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...
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.