|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.
June 22 - 1-3 p.m. – Tour the Brochu's homestead in Dover-Foxcroft to learn about 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 will include 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 will present together and will discuss and tour the forest stand improvement practices that were implemented on the Brochu Homestead and the relationship between the tree species found in the woodlot to soil profiles. Jamin will also discuss his work on ecological site evaluation and how local residents and landowners can get involved in this interesting and beneficial work. Katy Green and Leslie Nelson will be on hand to answer questions that attendees have about NRCS practices, including the high tunnel program and Katy's work implementing NRCS organic transitions programs. This event is cosponsored by MOFGA, the Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Natural Resources Conservation Service. To register (you will receive directions to the site when you register) and FMI: Katy Green, email@example.com, 568-6021.
June 29 - 5 p.m. – Dave Colson, MOFGA's agricultural services director, will lead a tour of a cover crop demonstration planted at New Leaf Farm in Durham. 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. Join us for potluck supper afterwards (optional). To register and FMI: Katy Green, firstname.lastname@example.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.
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
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 email@example.com.
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.