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 Conservation Farm Tours

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:

June 22 - Tour the Brochu's homestead in Dover-Foxcroft to learn about forestry planning and programs to benefit your farm. 1-3 p.m. Cosponsored by MOFGA, the Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Natural Resources Conservation Service. To register and FMI: Katy Green, kgreen@mofga.org, 568-4142.

June 29 - Dave Colson, MOFGA's agricultural services director, will lead a tour of a cover crop demonstration planted at New Leaf Farm in Durham. 4-6 p.m. Learn about types of cover crops, pros and cons of each and 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. To register and FMI: Katy Green, kgreen@mofga.org, 568-4142.

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Beyond the Field Edge:
Farming and Maine's Most Perennial Crop

Friday, April 15, 2016
8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Washington, Maine


No, it's not rocks, it's the trees!

This indoor/outdoor workshop will examine how knowledge of soil characteristics can help guide where to farm and where to grow trees. We'll also talk about 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.

8:30 to 11:30 a.m. – Indoor Presentations

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

12:30 to 3:00 p.m. – Field Tour

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

Presenters:

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 will be provided by Hammond Tractor Company of Union.

Dress appropriately for the field portion. We will carpool from grange to field site.

FMI: Hildy at Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District at 596-2040 or
hildy@knox-lincoln.org.

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

This workshop is 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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