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A.E. Sampson & Son

Agricola Farm

Fresh Off The Farm

Good Tern Coop

Green Thumb

Hannaford Supermarkets

Johnny's Selected Seeds

Mid-Maine Forestry

Moose Crossing Garden Center

Mystic Woodworks

NEWAIM Farm

Plants Unlimited

Rising Tide Coop

Schoolhouse Farm

Spear Farm (Nobleboro)

Viking Lumber (Warrren)

Warren True Value

Upcoming Events

FMI: Upcoming Events

Jun 6-9: Backyard Sale Pick-Up. District office.

Jun 16: District Board Meeting. 6:30pm. District office. Public welcome

Jun 27-Jul 1: EcoExplorers Ecology Camp (ages 7-9). Merryspring Nature Center

Jun 30: Bog Walk. 10-11:30am. Hidden Valley Nature Center, Jefferson

Jul 7: Fern ID & Ecology Walk. 10-noon. Head of Tide Preserve, Belfast

Jul 11-15: Little Sprouts Ecology Camp (ages 4-6). Merryspring Nature Center

Jul 30: Beginning Farmer Workshop - Pasture Mgt. Aldemere Farm

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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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Latest News  

New Guide Helps Organic Producers Apply for USDA Buffer Initiative

The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition has published an "Organic Farmers' Guide to the Conservation Reserve Program Field Border Buffer Initiative" to help organic farmers interested in accessing USDA's new Organic Buffer Initiative administered under FSA. The guide includes eligibility and application information, program basics, detailed descriptions of key conservation practices and associated payments, two producer profiles and resources for additional information.
(from MOFGA Bulletin Board)

Spring Plant Sale at Union Fairgrounds - Thank you!

A great big thank you to all the volunteers, staff, board, vendors & PLANT BUYERS who made this education program fundraiser such a great success. The numbers are not all in, but this may be our best sale ever!

Backyard Conservation Sale - Pick-up June 6-9 at District Office

-Pre-order for composters, aerators, scrap pails & thermometers still open
-Cash & Carry composters, aerators, scrap pails and thermometers will available while supplies last.

Pick-up for pre-ordered items is June 6-9. We will have a limited number of compost bins, kitchen pails, aerators and thermometers available for cash-&-carry purchases at that time and throughout the year.

Summer Ecology Camps: 2016 Schedule is Here!

Knox-Lincoln SWCD is once again offering two sessions of suumer camp with Merryspring Nature Center in Camden. The two one-week sessions are:

EcoExplorers from Jun 27-Jul 1 (ages 7-9)
Little Sprouts from Jul 11-15 (ages 4-6)

FMI: Summer Ecology Camps ,596-2040 or rebecca@knox-lincoln.org

Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG): Invasive Plant Problems

shrubby honeysuckle Maine Natural Areas Program (MNAP) was awarded a three-year CIG grant (Sep 2015- Sep 2018) by Maine Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS): Using iMapInvasives Technology to Help Maine Producers Address Invasive Plant Problems.

Knox-Lincoln and Kennebec SWCDs will be working with MNAP to train SWCD staff and local producers to identify, map, and manage invasive plant species on their farms. To be eligible for the project producers must farm in Knox, Lincoln, or Kennebec counties and be eligible for EQIP funding under NRCS.

**If you are interested in participating in this program, please contact:

Knox-Lincoln: Hildy or Rebecca at 596-2040 or info@knox-lincoln.org
Kennebec: Dale at 622-7847 x3 or dfinseth@kcswcd.org

What is your soil IQ?

Click on the image to take the NRCS Soil Smarts Quiz and see how much you know...

Maine Bat Education

Image result for bat drawingNew tools for teachers on teaching students about bats on our K-12 Resources page. To find out about EduBat Activities or how to borrow the Bat Trunk for your class, click here: K-12 Resources

 

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

Loss of grassland habitat - whether 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.

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Invasive Plant Alert: Hardy Kiwi

Mass Audubon issued this alert in 2011. At that time, the infestation of hardy kiwi in the 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 dead trees that succumbed to the vines’ weight. Seeds are dispersed by raccoons (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 plantings I've seen right here in Maine. Spread the word.

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