PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — A new initiative, the Maine Garlic Project, has been designed to produce more and better data to improve garlic growth and quality in the state.
The project, a collaborative research effort between University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Aroostook Farm, the University of Maine’s Potato Research Facility in Aroostook County, seeks volunteers to help collect and log data through a participatory research program.
The Maine Garlic Project will help determine optimal planting and harvest times for different areas of the state and raise awareness about home-produced foods. The project also may add a new crop to many home gardens.
Program participants will be asked to pay a $5 cost-recovery fee, and will receive a garlic bulb in the mail in August, along with planting instructions and data collection information. In exchange for participating, gardeners will receive a $5 discount on a soil test by the UMaine Soil Testing Lab.
Those wishing to participate with their own garlic stocks are welcome to do so and supply the same planting and growth information, along with results.
Further information is available by calling Steven B. Johnson, crops specialist in the Aroostook County Extension office, at 764-3361 or David B. Fuller, agricultural professional in the Franklin County Extension office, at 778-4650.
Additional project details are on the Cooperative Extension website at http://extension.umaine.edu/gardening/maine-garlic-project/.