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. However, Soil steamers are expensive and unattainable for small and medium scale producers, who make up the bulk of fruit and vegetable producers in NH.
To further support Cheshire County growers, the CCCD has acquired their own Soil Steamer and will be renting it out to farmers free of charge in 2021!
Growers are also invited to join the CCCD along with project partners from UVM Extension, Picadilly Farm, NCAT, and UNH Cooperative Extension for a virtual workshop on Wednesday March 17th from 11am-1pm, to learn about Soil Steaming basics, benefits to soil health, use, and how to sign up to rent it. To register visit: https://
Becky Maden of UVM Extension will be the primary speaker for this workshop. Becky Maden is a vegetable nutrient management specialist with UVM Extension who focusses on supporting vegetable farmers in their quest for improved soil health. Becky lives and farms with her family in Orwell, Vermont. Bruce Wooster, owner and farmers at Picadilly Farm in Winchester, NH, will share the specifications of the new equipment that will be available to growers in and around Cheshire County, NH.
For questions about this workshop or about the Soil Steamer generally, please reach out to amanda@cheshireconservation.
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
For more articles out of New England, click here.