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Fresh Off The Farm

Good Tern Coop

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Johnny's Selected Seeds

Mid-Maine Forestry

Moose Crossing Garden Center

Plants Unlimited

Rising Tide Coop

Rockport Automotive

Viking Lumber

Upcoming Events

Jul 21-25 - Summer Ecology Camp: Eco-Explorers (grades 1-3). Merryspring Nature Center, Camden

Jul 27 - Open Farm Day. Visit participating farms in Knox & Lincoln counties!

Aug 9 - Conservation Tour: Lincoln County. Register now! 8am - 4pm.

Aug 12 - Invasive Plants of the Midcoast. 12pm. Merryspring Nature Center, Camden

Aug 13 - No District Board Meeting.

Aug 16-23 - Union Fair. Visit our booth in the Exhibition Hall.

Aug 18-22 - Summer Ecology Camp: Alien Invaders (grades 6-8). Merryspring Nature Center

Sep 10 - District Board Meeting. 6:30pm. District office @ 893 West St, Rockport. Public welcome.

Sep 25 - Conservation Fair at Union Fairgrounds

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Welcome to
Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District  

Providing assistance in the conservation of land and water resources for our community through proactive efforts, actions, & education since 1947 

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Tree Farm Field Day and Live Edge Music Festival - Free!

Click poster for larger imageSaturday, Sep 6 from 8:30am-6:30pm
Hidden Valley Nature Center
Egypt Rd, Jefferson (map)

HVNC is the 2014 Maine and NE Region Tree Farm of the Year - join us in celebrating with them! On Sep 6 HVNC (in conjunction with the Small Woodlot Owners Association of Maine (SWOAM), the American Tree Farm System, and the Maine Forest Service) will host a Field Days event from 8:30 – 2 pm to showcase the wide range of initiatives and practices they have to offer. Event includes workshops, guided woodland tours, games, speakers, exhibits, and lunch.
Hildy Ellis will be leading bog tours at 9am, 10:30, and 1:15. And that's not all - the Live Edge Music Festival begins at 2pm and runs till 6:30. A full day of fun in the woods!
FMI: hvnc.org

Mainers: Sign Up for Free Disposal of Banned, Unusable Pesticides by Sep 26

AUGUSTA—This October, the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s (DACF) Board of Pesticides Control (BPC) will team up with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to help Mainers dispose of banned pesticides or unusable pesticides.
This free disposal program is open to homeowners, family-owned farms and greenhouses. Collection will occur at sites located in Presque Isle, Bangor, Augusta and Portland. To qualify, people must register by September 26, 2014.

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Land for Maine's Future: $9.1m for voter-approved bonds

At it's July 15, 2014 meeting the Land for Maine’s Future Board allocated $9.1M of the Land for Maine’s Future bonds approved by voters. Projects include: working forests & farmland, salmon habitat, deer wintering areas, rugged mountains, coastal islands, urban trail connections, working commercial waterfronts, sand beaches, rock climbing areas, wildlife habitat, and many other conservation and recreation assets.
Four projects in Knox & Lincoln counties were approved: Crow Island, Bristol; Gardiner Pond, Wiscasset; High Island, St George; Lower Weskeag Fields & Forests, So. Thomaston.
Read more: LMF; Conservation News

Maine Ag is up in more ways than one!

Maine's agriculture and farm-related demographics are growing and diversifying each year. Check back next Thursday to learn more about the 2012 Census of Agriculture results as we highlight another state.

Both the number of farms and land in farms in Maine increased since the last Census of Agriculture in 2007. In fact, we have the most farms of the New England states, and the land in farms is up eight percent from 2007. - See more at: http://blogs.usda.gov/2014/07/10/maine-agriculture-is-up-in-more-ways-than-one/#sthash.4hJenN0b.dpuf
Both the number of farms and land in farms in Maine increased since the last Census of Agriculture in 2007. In fact, we have the most farms of the New England states, and the land in farms is up eight percent from 2007. - See more at: http://blogs.usda.gov/2014/07/10/maine-agriculture-is-up-in-more-ways-than-one/#sthash.4hJenN0b.dpuf

From the 2012 Census of Agriculture: Our state’s agriculture and farm-related demographics are growing and diversifying each year. Both the number of farms and land in farms in Maine increased since the last Census of Agriculture in 2007. In fact, we have the most farms of the New England states, and the land in farms is up eight percent from 2007. Read more...

Both the number of farms and land in farms in Maine increased since the last Census of Agriculture in 2007. In fact, we have the most farms of the New England states, and the land in farms is up eight percent from 2007. - See more at: http://blogs.usda.gov/2014/07/10/maine-agriculture-is-up-in-more-ways-than-one/#sthash.4hJenN0b.dpuf

USDA FSA Announces Online Hay & Grazing Acres Locator Tool

FSA July Bulletin - Read bulletin or go to Haynet website

Conservation Mowing for Grassland Bird Habitat
by Laura Suomi-Lecker, Somerset SWCD

Loss of grassland habitat - wheter to development, abandonment or conversion to hayfields - is thought ot be a major factor in the steep population declines of grassland birds such as bobolinks, eastern meadowlarks, and Savannah sparrows. Conservation mowing practices may preserve nesting sites and reduce grassland bird mortality.

Read more...

National 2013 Conservation Poster Contest Winners announced!

Two Knox county students, Elizabeth Flanagan and Liam Callanan, received recognition at the national level for their 2013 posters, "Where does your water shed?"
Visit the K-6 Poster Contest page to see their posters, as well as local winners for 2014.

USDA announces support for beginning farmers

USDA has unveiled www.usda.gov/newfarmers, a one-stop shop for new and beginning farmers entering agriculture. It’s a practical, workable tool that will help farmers and ranchers of tomorrow tap into the range of USDA resources today. Read more...

Plant pesticides harm bees

Portland Press Herald recently published an article on neonicotinoids and their effects on pollinators. Read more...


2014 Envirothon Winners - Congratulations!

Congratulations to all winning teams!
Midcoast Envirothon winners (May 16, Camp Cobbosee-Winthrop):
     
1st place: Mt.Ararat High School
       2nd place: Spruce Mtn. Team 1
     
       3rd place: Brunswick H.S

State Envirothon winners (May 30, Viles Arboretum-Augusta):

      1st place: Mt.Ararat High School
       2nd place: Spruce Mtn. Team 1
     
       3rd place: Dirigo High School

April was USDA Invasive Pest & Disease Awareness Month

Check out this video

New USDA Webpage for Smaller Farms

Resources for Small and Mid-size Farms

Year of the Salamander

whitebkgroundWho knew? Read more at Woodland Salamanders-Canaries in the Forest
and ParcPlace.org

Invasive Plant Alert: Hardy Kiwi

Mass Audubon issued this alert in 2011. At that time, the infestation of hardy kiwi in this photo at left covered ~3 acres in Western MA with an intertwining mat more than 4 ft deep. The ground under the mat was littered with trees that succumbed to the vines’ weight. Seeds are dispersed by raccoons & other mammals (possibly turkeys & grouse) and can establish in closed canopy woodlands. This plant has been on my "don't plant" list for years based on some scary populations I've seen right here in Maine. Spread the word.

Read more: Hardy Kiwi Alert

Woodland Steward Program

The Woodland Steward Program is an online curriculum developed to help landowners learn more about their woodlot and options for its long-term stewardship. Because it is web-based, you may take the course at your leisure, at times and paces convenient to you. This program is a collaborative effort of the Small Woodland Owners Association of Maine, Maine TREE Foundation and New England Forestry Foundation.

FMI and to register: Woodland Steward Program

So You Want to Farm in Maine? Webinar Series

This free webinar series was offered by Piscataquis County Cooperative Extension in Spring 2013. It's purpose is to equip people with the business knowledge and skills to start, adapt, and maintain a profitable land-based business. It is designed for people who want to start a profitable farm or expand their farm hobby to a profitable business.

The sessions are currently archived at http://umaine.edu/piscataquis/so-you-want-to-farm-in-maine-2/.