WALPOLE, N.H. — Soil steaming on farms is an emerging technology that is being utilized to manage disease, weeds, and pests in high tunnels. There is also an application for steam in sanitizing greenhouse goods and distribution containers. The use of steam offers a solution to perennial challenges for growers. Although this is a proven technology, it is not yet widely adopted in the Northeast.
One problem is that soil steamers are expensive and unattainable for small and medium scale producers, who make up the bulk of fruit and vegetable producers in NH. The CCCD has acquired a soil steamer to make available to growers through their equipment rental program in 2021. This will allow producers to access the equipment in an affordable manner. The CCCD is partnering with Picadilly Farm, UNH Cooperative Extension, and the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) to provide trainings for farms, on-farm demos, and facilitate peer-to-peer education on the best practices of soil steaming.
The first on-farm demonstration on soil steaming will be offered at Picadilly Farm in Winchester on Friday, November 13th from 10:30am-12:30pm. Interested growers are invited to join this demonstration to watch the equipment in action and learn more about how it could fit into their high tunnel management systems.
Picadilly Farm is located at 264 South Parrish Road in Winchester, NH. Demonstrations will be held inside the high tunnels at the farm so for safety reasons, participation is limited. If you want to reserve your spot, please email amanda@cheshireconservation.
This demonstration is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, through the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program under subaward number ONE20-370-34268.
The Cheshire County Conservation District promotes the conservation and responsible use of our natural and agricultural resources for the people of Cheshire County by providing technical, financial, and educational assistance. Our goal is to encourage the stewardship of healthy soils, productive ecologically sound farms, diverse wildlife, productive sustainable forests, healthy watersheds, and clean water to ensure those resources are available for future generations. Established in 1945, the Conservation District operates out of Walpole, NH where we work alongside the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and other conservation partners. For more information, contact Amanda Littleton at 603-756-2988 ext.4 or email at amanda@cheshireconservation.
–Cheshire County Conservation District
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