Blueberry farm to host Extension meeting, farm and field tour

Aug 24, 2017
Source: Facebook Highland Blueberry Farm owner Tom Gaffney, lying down on the job at the height of blueberry season. Tour the Gaffneys' farm and learn about their innovative products during the Waldo County Extension annual meeting Aug. 30.

Stockton Springs — Waldo County Extension Association will hold its annual meeting at Highland Blueberry Farm here Wednesday, Aug. 30, and the public is welcome to visit the farm and attend the meeting.

Beginning at 5:30 p.m., the public is invited to tour the farm at 94 Old County Road and discover its innovative products, and then learn more about the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Waldo County.

Theresa and Tom Gaffney have been stewards of Highland Blueberry Farm in Stockton Springs since 1988. They make the transition to organic production in 1999 and have been certified through MOFGA Certification Services since 2002.

Their farm produces a number of products beyond simply blueberries and introduced the first-ever Organic Whole Plant Wild Blueberry Tea in 2006. The farm recently received a seed grant from Maine Technology Institute for product development and marketing.

The Extension Association will conduct a brief annual meeting to approve the 2018 budget and elect new officers and board members. This is an opportunity to find out more about Cooperative Extension in Maine and its mission.

The farm tour will begin around 5:30 p.m., followed by light snacks and the business meeting. The entire event is expected to last about two hours.



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