Legacy Extension garlic venture retains escalating in Maine gardens

For almost a quarter century, Dave Fuller has been educating untold figures of folks ages 5 to 90 how to grow hardneck garlic. It’s been one of his places of experience as a University of Maine Cooperative Extension agriculture and non-timber forest merchandise qualified centered in Farmington.

He has furnished fingers-on teaching for commercial growers and house gardeners in the cultivation, harvest, curing and storage of the pungent perennial in Maine. With Extension crops professional Steven Johnson, Fuller has developed UMaine Extension publications and videos that have grown garlic lovers globally. With each other with Johnson, Fuller also has experienced many garlic research jobs, such as the hottest, a a few-12 months analyze of the results of scape elimination at diverse advancement levels on the dimension of the harvested bulb. 

This fall, as he ready for his retirement from UMaine Extension in February, Maine’s garlic guru knew he needed to find a property for the 800 bulbs he’s applied in his investigate. He contacted colleagues and Master Gardener Volunteers who worked with organizers of university and community gardens, which include tribal gardens, the place some of the 100 lbs of garlic could be planted and utilised for educational reasons, support with foods sovereignty efforts and feed the hungry.