Farming in a Humid Year, Part of Perennia’s “Getting into the Weeds” Seminar Series

Wednesday, November 10, 2021


We are excited to announce our virtual seminar series Farming in a Humid Year, part of our annual Getting Into the Weeds series.  This year we are excited to host five online sessions to discuss several aspects of farm management in a humid year.  For more details, please click on the links below.  Please join us as we take a deep dive into agriculture production targeting moving the industry forward!

Pesticide points and CCA CEU Points will be available!

Cutworms in Cool-Season Production

Monday, November 8, 2021

The University of New Hampshire is hosting a webinar for vegetable growers dealing with cutworm issues in cool-season production, December 1st 12-1pm.

They will cover cutworm identification, life history, and what we know about control strategies. This webinar will feature a panel of experts from around the region and there will be plenty of time for questions regarding this and other pests affecting cool-season production.

If you are interested in attending the event, register here:

Cleanfarms 2021 Unwanted Pesticides & Old Livestock/Equine Medications Collection

Thursday, November 4, 2021

The Cleanfarms 2021 Unwanted Pesticides & Old Livestock/Equine Medications Collection is happening now.  It runs from November 1 to 12.  You can take your pesticides to one of the following locations between 9 am and 4 pm:

Protected culture fertility survey!

Monday, November 1, 2021

Growing crops under cover is a separate skillset compared to growing under the open sky.  Fertility management, integrated pest management, environmental management are all very different.  Last year a survey went out to find out more about the protected culture industry in Nova Scotia.  To drill deeper on the learnings from that survey, Rosalie Gillis-Madden, Perennia's Vegetable Specialist, Talia Plaskett, Perennia's Protected Crop Specialist, and Caitlin McCavour, Perennia's new Soil Specialist would like to identify where there are knowledge gaps and pain points in protected crop production, specifically targeting fertility management.  Our goal is to determine where outreach and support might help the industry move forward and how we might serve you better.  This applies to growers who grow in soil or in substrate, who use conventional fertility or organic nutrient sources (composts, manures, organic fertilizer, etc.)  Please take the time to complete this survey to help us determine how we might best support growers, it should take you about 10 minutes to complete.

The mission of Perennia is to help farmers, fishers, and food processors be prosperous and profitable.

Nova Scotia Garlic Industry Survey!

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

As garlic planting season is upon us, it seemed timely to roll out our garlic survey!  Garlic is widely grown across Nova Scotia.  We are hoping to put together some programming around garlic production in the coming months and wanted to assess the state of the garlic industry so that we can better serve you!  The goal of this survey is to determine where outreach and support might help the industry move forward.  This survey should take about 15 minutes to complete. 

The mission of Perennia is to help farmers, fishers, and food processors be prosperous and profitable.   

Out With the Old, In With the New!

Thursday, September 30, 2021

 As we head towards the end of the season, it is time to start thinking about the cleanout process. Throwing out the old and preparing for the new is one of the most important components to protected production.

Here are a few key parts to your end-of season wrap-up:

  1. Removing ALL organic matter from the greenhouse, and greenhouse vacinity
    • dried up leaves, old soil, dirty pots and growing supplies are perfect hiding spots for pests and disease to overwinter. Its important that you eliminate as much potential habitat and food source as possible
    • Don't hesitate to do this in stages. Clean out the big stuff, and come back a second and third time to get rid of the bits and pieces that were not picked up the first few times. Vacuums and leaf blowers can be excellent tools for capturing/collecting small organic bits that seem to escape the grasps of a broom
    • Do not leave piles of plant material or old soil next to your greenhouse. As much as these serve as habits inside the production space, they will do the exact same thing outside. No matter how well the inside is cleaned, if you have a major source of insects just steps away from the greenhouse...there will be problems
  2. Collect all old growing supplies from the year, and remove from the space for cleaning. Pots, carrier trays, pruners, clips, support stakes/string etc. should be dealt with to reduce pathogen and pest load into the new production cycle. 
  3. Suds up the space
    • Giving all growing surfaces a soapy scrub is going to grab hold of any bacterial, viral and fungal agents that are still in the space and wash them away. 
    • The best strategy for washing a greenhouse is to start at the top and work down - and this includes your ceiling! Failure to wash the top of the grow space creates a disease bank that can literally rain down on your future crop.
    • Once you have applied your soap, give the production space a thorough rinse and allow it to air dry
  4. Once you have allowed the space to airdry after cleaning, it is time to bring in the big guns- Sanitizer! There are a lot of sanitizers on the market to chose from, but they do have a few things in common:
    • Contact time is important. Different products have different required contact times in order to be effective. Be sure to check what the required contact time is for your product of choice, and do your best to adhere by that. Otherwise there is no guarantee that the product will sterilize to the degree that you are hoping for
    • Organic matter will de-activate sterilizing agents. Any of those leaves or soil bits that got left behind will actually render your product useless. 
    • Consider how corrosive your cleaning agent is. Bleach is effective, but does impact the longevity of growing equipment, both for plastics and other materials.
    • TEMPERATURE. Sanitizer efficacies significantly decrease at lower temperatures. While it is difficult to justify heating a protected space for cleanout, it is a key factor in maximizing your product efficacy.
Once sterilized, be conscious of what is coming into the space. Clean clothes/shoes/growing supplies should be the only thing that enter the space for as long as possible to maintain your clean growing slate.

Here's to a clean start!

Posted by: Talia Plaskett

Cover crop videos

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Perennia's Sonny Murray and Rosalie Gillis-Madden
discussing cover crops.

Did you plant a cover crop this summer?  Curious about how it will perform through the fall and into the winter?  Check out Perennia’s Cover Crop video series!  
To highlight a couple of the hits: