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Farming with Beneficial Insects for Pest Control: A Conservation Biological Control Intensive

December 15, 2018 - 9:30am to 4:30pm
Queset House, Ames Library
53 Main Street
North Easton, MA

NOFA Members: $65 / Non-members: $82

Registration includes a copy of the book Farming with Native Beneficial Insects ($25 value) and other publications from local organizations.

Conservation biological control is a science-based pest management strategy that seeks to integrate beneficial insects back into cropping systems for natural pest control. In this full-day course, participants will learn how to identify helpful insects in the field at various stages in their life cycles, and how to support species of beneficial insects that provide pest control. We will also touch on the impact of farm practices on beneficial insects, and how to assess and create farm habitat for beneficial insects.

Techniques discussed will include beetle banks, buffers, windbreaks, cover crops, field borders, hedgerows, insectary strips, wildflower meadows, and more. This workshop is ideal for farmers, homesteaders, and serious gardeners who are seeking to reduce inputs and create a healthy agro-ecological system.

Registration includes Xerces’ book, Farming With Native Beneficial Insects, as well as habitat management guidelines and relevant extension publications.

Thelma Heidel-Baker, Ph.D., is a Conservation Biocontrol Specialist with the Xerces Society.

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For questions contact Caro Roszell, education events organizer, at or (508) 360-0874.

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