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MOFGA's Conservation Farm Tours take place throughout the growing season. They are co-sponsored with local soil and water conservation district partners to highlight conservation strategies used on farms and woodlots throughout the state. Each tour focuses on a specific conservation theme and is a great way to see how farmers manage their land to support soil health, wildlife and the natural environment. In 2016 and 2017 the tours are supported by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under number 69-3A75-16-012. Have an idea for a great tour? Contact Katy Green.

Upcoming Tours:

August 17 - 5 p.m. – Conservation Practices on a Diversified Farm. Tour the animal and vegetable operation at Frith Farm in Scarborough and learn about some of the conservation practices used there, including no-till, high tunnels, cover cropping, mulching and tractor-less veggie growing. Potluck to follow. Co-sponsored by MOFGA, Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Natural Resources Conservation Service. For information, contact Katy Green, kgreen@mofga.org, 568-6021.

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Conservation Farm Tours Held Earlier This Year

June 29 – Touring the cover crop demonstration planted at New Leaf Farm in Durham, led by Dave Colson, MOFGA's agricultural services director. Learn about types of cover crops and the pros and cons of each, and about programs to help with crop rotation on your farm. Cosponsored by MOFGA, the Androscoggin Valley Soil and Water Conservation District and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

June 22 – Conservation Forestry: Brochu Homestead in Dover-Foxcroft. Forestry planning and programs to benefit your farm. The Brochus purchased their property on Bear Hill Road in Dover-Foxcroft in 2010. About half the land is in fields and the other half is forested. Presenters for the Conservation Farm Tour were Kirby Ellis of Ellis Forest Management, Jamin Johanson of the USDA NRCS Soil Science Division, Katy Green of MOFGA and Leslie Nelson, District Conservationist for Piscataquis County NRCS. Kirby Ellis and Jamin Johanson discussed and toured the forest stand improvement practices on the Brochu Homestead and the relationship between tree species in the woodlot to soil profiles. Jamin also discussed his work on ecological site evaluation. Katy Green and Leslie Nelson answered questions about NRCS practices, including the high tunnel program and Katy's work implementing NRCS organic transition programs. Cosponsored by MOFGA, the Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

April 15 - Beyond the Field Edge: Farming and Maine's Most Perennial Crop. Indoor/outdoor workshop examined how knowledge of soil characteristics can help guide where to farm and where to grow trees. Also: what's good to know about the woods on your farm, where you can find more information, and how to get help with implementing conservation practices.

Indoor Presentations

Evening Star Grange, 31 Old Union Rd, Washington, Maine 04574

Field Tour

Eli Berry's Family Woodlot and Farm, 246 Youngs Hill Rd, Washington, Maine


David Rocque, State Soil Scientist, Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry (DACF)

Steph Gilbert, Farmland Specialist, DACF

Morton Moesswilde, District Forester, Maine Forest Service (MFS), DACF

Andy Shultz, Landowner Outreach Forester, MFS, DACF

Barrie Brusilla, Consultant Forester, Mid-Maine Forestry

Eli Berry, logger, nurseryman, and land steward

Lunch provided by Hammond Tractor Company of Union.

FMI: Hildy at Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District at 596-2040 or

Information about other workshops at www.knox-lincoln.org/beginning-farmer-2016/

This workshop was supported by grants from USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service in partnership with Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation Service, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, and Aldermere Farm.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.



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