Dealing with Garden Pests the Sustainable Way, April 7

The PSI (Portsmouth Sustainability Initiative) Spring Gathering will feature Eric Sideman speaking on Dealing with Garden Pests the Sustainable Way on Saturday, April 7th, at the Portsmouth Library at 9:30 a.m. This event is free and open to the public:

Dealing with Garden Pests the Sustainable Way
PSI Spring Gathering with Eric Sideman
Portsmouth Public Library, 175 Parrott Ave, Portsmouth, NH
Saturday, April 7, 2012

Public welcome at 9:15am. We’ll begin the program at 9:30am and close at 12 Noon.

Eric Sideman, MOFGA Organic Crop Specialist

Eric Sideman grew up just a stones throw outside of New York City where he could see the Empire State Building way off in the distance from his bedroom window. Slowly he edged north and to the country while he tested different colleges. During those years he earned a BS in agriculture from Cornell University, an MS in biology from Northeastern University and a PhD in Botany from the University of New Hampshire. Eric moved to Maine in 1982 to teach biology and ecology at Bates College. In 1986 he moved on to MOFGA to become what some call “the nation’s first Organic Extension Agent.” He provides technical support for farmers and gardeners, serves as staff scientist for MOFGA, plans and produces educational events for MOFGA and Cooperative Extension, and serves on various agricultural committees for the Maine Department of Agriculture and the University of Maine. From 1997 to 2002 Eric served a term on the National Organic Standards Board, an advisory board to the USDA National Organic Program. On the side Eric runs a PYO strawberry farm.

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