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UConn Represented at New England Grows

Donna Ellis speakingNew England GROWS, the Northeast’s largest educational conference and green industry exposition, wrapped up on December 4 after three days of seminars and hands-on learning, combined with an exhibition showcasing the latest innovations from hundreds of leading industry exhibitors.

Opening day saw record-breaking attendance and overall the event attracted nearly 9000 green industry professionals to Boston. Renowned authors, respected educators, influential environmentalists and successful entrepreneurs were among the many experts at the conference who addressed nearly every aspect of the green industry including sustainable landscape design, pest management, safe chain saw handling, hardscaping techniques, worker safety, diverse workforce management, giant tree propagation, proper plant selection, organic turf care, nursery management, successful marketing and more.

Previously scheduled in mid-February, this is the first New England GROWS conference held the week following Thanksgiving. For attendees it was an opportunity to absorb new ideas and prepare to implement them well in advance of spring operations.

UConn was well-represented at the conference. John Campanellli, Ana LeGrand, Steve Rackliffe, and Donna Ellis all gave Sprint Session presentations during the 3-day event, Vickie Wallace delivered a presentation for the main educational program, and several from UConn worked at the Extension “Ask the Experts” kiosk. Greg Tormey and others staffed a UConn booth to recruit potential students.

Robots in the Greenhouse

robots in CK Greenhouse

Photo: Leanne Pundt

CK Greenhouses in Cheshire gave a short demonstration of their robots, which are used to space their plants in both their greenhouses and outdoor mum fields. Here you can see them moving the pots from a pot to pot spacing to a final spacing.   They have a rechargeable battery so can work for 12 hours and use the reflective tape to orient themselves. The grower said that they were relatively easy to program and are a great labor saving tool. Watch the video to see the robots in action.

Proven Biological Controls for Ornamentals

Photos from our Biological Controls Workshop on June 18th. We had a fabulous turnout and great speakers, thank you everyone.

Tina Smith

Tina Smith, UMASS Extension.

Greenhouse Vegetable Workshop

UConn Extension hosted a workshop on December 16th on Growing Container Grown Greenhouse Vegetables. Over 65 attendees listened to five University speakers and two farmers share their insights on greenhouse vegetables.



Bruce Gresczyk, Jr. from Gresczyk Farms in New Hartford, CT discussing his production of greenhouse vegetables (kale, swiss chard, mizuna and other specialty greens on the bench top and hydroponic lettuce.


Ben March from March Farms in Bethlehem, CT explaining his greenhouse tomato production to the attendees.


UConn Extension’s Diane Hirsch discussing food safety for greenhouse vegetables.


Speakers Ben Campbell of UConn’s Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Jude Boucher of UConn Extension.


Ben Campbell discusses how Connecticut grown labeling catches customer attention and impacts decision making.


Dr. Yonghao Li discussing diseases of Greenhouse vegetables at the Dec 16th meeting.


Dr. Rich McAvoy, Head of UConn’s Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture speaking on Growing Greenhouse Tomatoes and Cucumbers in Soilless Media.


Brian Krug from University of New Hampshire, discussing Growing Greens in Greenhouses at the Dec 16th meeting.


Over 65 attendees attended the workshop on growing container grown greenhouse vegetables.


Poinsettias Nov'14

Poinsettias are ready to ship at greenhouses across Connecticut! As you prepare for the holiday season, make sure to support local agricultural businesses.