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Live Video Chat with Organic Farmer Eliot Coleman

April 5, 2010

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent Environmental Studies Speaker Series will host a live video chat with Eliot Coleman on Monday, April 12 from 12 noon to 1 p.m. in the Nadeau Hall teleconference room. Coleman’s presentation will be on “Growing and Harvesting Fresh Produce in a Northern Winter." The presentation is free and open to the public.

Eliot Coleman is well-known as an American farmer, author, agricultural researcher and educator, and a proponent of organic farming. Coleman has more than forty years experience in all aspects of organic farming, including field vegetables, greenhouse vegetables, rotational grazing of cattle and sheep, and range poultry. He also is known for his development of cold-weather growing techniques.
 
He is the author of The New Organic Grower, Four Season Harvest and The Winter Harvest Handbook.
 
Coleman and his wife, Barbara Damrosch operates a commercial year-round market garden, in addition to horticultural research projects, at Four Season Farm in Harborside, Maine. They produce year-round vegetable crops under harsh winter conditions, using unheated and minimally- heated greenhouse structures. Four Season Farm website can be found at: http://www.fourseasonfarm.com/
 
Coleman promotes small-scale organic farming practices and sustainable agriculture.
 
Coleman served for two years as the Executive Director of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements and was an advisor to the US Department of Agriculture during its landmark study, "Report and Recommendations on Organic Farming."
 
He shares his expertise through lectures and writings, and has served as a tool consultant to a number of companies. He presently consults and designs tools for Johnny's Selected Seeds located in Winslow, Maine.
 
For more information on the presentation, please contact Steve Selva at 834-7617.                                                                                                        
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