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Mon- Thu: 8:30 am - 4:30pm (mostly)
Fri: 9:00am - 2:00pm

* We try hard to be in the office between 8:30am and 4:30pm from Mon-Thu, but please call ahead to be sure!

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Rockport, ME 04856

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    Farmer & Gardener Workshop Series

    Knox-Lincoln SWCD is once again teaming up with Aaron Englander, Erickson Fields Farm & Program Manager for Maine Coast Heritage Trust, and Midcoast Farmers Allliance to offer programs of interest to farmers, those who would like to farm, as well as home gardeners interested in improving their skills.

    All programs are free and open to the public

    For more information, please call 596-2040, email cathrine@knox-lincoln.org, or complete the form at the bottom of this page.

    2018 Programs

    Mar 1        Tour of Sustainable Year-Round Ag Cluster with ME Sustainable Ag Society
                        4:00pm at Waldoboro Business Park, 1 Pie Rd, Waldoboro

    Join Maine Sustainable Ag Society (MeSAS) for a tour of this prototype energy efficient farm building. See the solar electric integrated roof, solar heating wall, and phase-change material that moderates temperature throughout the year.

     

     

    Mar 29       Food Safety for Maine Farms with Jason Lilley, UMaine Extension
                        5:30pm at Knox-Lincoln Extension Office, Waldoboro

    A major reason that farmers commit their lives to producing food is to provide healthy sustenance for their community. While no one is intentionally going to contaminate food products and make their customers sick, there are several ways that these food borne diseases can get into our food streams. This talk will focus on identifying those hazards on the farm, and will highlight practices that we can all implement to minimize the risk of food borne illness. Much of these topics are mandated under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Although we will discuss the basics of who will have to comply with FSMA and what is mandate under this law, this program is not intended to meet the required FSMA training standards.
     
    Jason Lilley is the Sustainable Agriculture Professional with UMaine Extension in Cumberland County. His work focuses on farm safety as well as soil health, cover cropping, and nutrient management for vegetable production. He is currently involved in a multi-regional project to research the benefits and food safety risks of manure use on organic vegetable farms.

    Jason's presentation is available to view or download here: Food Safety

    May 12      Heirloom Seed Saving for Farmers and Gardeners with Neal Lash
                       9am-noon at Medomak Valley High School, 320 Manktown Rd, Waldoboro

    Are you interested in seed saving and heirloom crops? 
    Join Neal Lash, director of MVHS Heirloom Seed Saving Project for a hands-on workshop on planning, planting, and growing for seed saving.

    Medomak Valley High School has the oldest school-based seed saving program in the United States. They preserve over 800 varieties in their seed bank and the gardens are expanding each year. Their seeds  have traveled to 37 states as well as other countries and are also on display at living history museums such as Thomas Jefferson’s home at Monticello and George Washington’s Home at Mount Vernon.

    The project also includes an heirloom Hosta Garden showcasing ~70 species and a Living History Arboretum with trees from various historical sites and battlefields. Students learn not only botany and horticulture but also significant historical events through living plants. For example, the honey locust tree in the arboretum was grown from a seed collected from the honey locust under which President Abraham Lincoln gave the Gettysburg Address. It is stories like this that stick with students, keep them curious, and keep them wanting to learn more.  

    Join us on May 12 from 9-12 and learn for yourself!   Please bring drinking water, work gloves, and your enthusiasm.

    Jun 14       Natural Farming Techniques with Aaron Englander
                       2-5pm at Erickson Fields Preserve, 164 West St (Rt 90), Rockport

    Aaron Englander, Farm & Program Manager of Erickson Fields Preserve, will lead a hands-on workshop in Korean Natural Farming techniques that encourage self-sustaining, closed loop systems that minimize external inputs. This three-hour, hands-on workshop will present natural farming practices through live demos of various bio-fertilizers and nutrients. 

    Workshop attendees will learn to make inputs such as Indigenous Microorganism (IMO) soil inoculant, Fish Amino Acids, Fermented Plant Juice, Water-soluble Calcium and Calcium-Phosphate, and Lactic Acid Bacteria. Natural Farming is applicable to many types and scales of farming, from backyard veggie gar
    dening to large scale livestock operations. The goal of the workshop is for attendees to leave equipped with the knowledge to implement these practices on their own farm or garden.

    Attendees should dress for the weather and wear work clothes and closed-toe shoes. Please bring something to write with, water, and work gloves. Space is limited.

    Jul 23       Cover Crops and Low-Till for Veggie Systems with Mark Hutton, UMaine, & Rob
                     Johanson, Goranson Farm. In conjunction with MOFGA's weekly Farm Training Project

                       5-6:30pm at Goranson Farm, 250 River Rd (Rt 128), Dresden. Potluck to follow

    Rob Johanson of MOFGA-certified Goranson Farm in Dresden will lead a free walk and talk on the benefits and challenges of using low-till farming practices and cover crops in organic vegetable production. He will be joined by Mark Hutton, UMaine Associate Professor of Vegetable Crops & Extension Vegetable Specialist at Highmoor Farm, who is currently part of a northeast region research project on low-till practices in vegetable cropping systems.

    Potluck following program for those who wish to stay. Please bring a dish to share, something to eat out of, utensils, cup, etc.

    Co-sponsored by MOFGA

    Aug 1     Pollinators in Agriculture: Who’s Who &How to Conserve Them with Eric Venturini,
                   Farm Bill Pollinator Conservationist & NRCS Partner Biologist; Joe DeStefano, NRCS Technical
                   Service Provider and owner Posto Bello Apiaries; and Brady Hatch, Farmer/Owner
                   Morning Dew Farm
                     5-7pm at Morning Dew Farm , Rt 1 in Damariscotta

    Eric Venturini leads this hands-on program to capture some of the pollinators on the farm to learn who they are, how they live, and what their role is, and discuss how to get involved in pollinator conservation efforts – with a focus on successful establishment of wildflower plantings for pollinators.

    Potluck following program for those who wish to stay. Please bring a dish to share, something to eat out of, utensils, cup, etc.

    Co-sponsored by MOFGA

     

    Sep 29      Whole Farm Biodiversity: Co-existing with Carnivores - CANCELLED!!!!
                      with Geri Vistein, Carnivore Biologist; Deb Perkins, Wildlife Habitat Ecologist; Andy Shultz
                      and Morten Moesswilde, Maine Forest Service; Kelly and Anil Roopchand, Farmers

                    1-4pm at Pumpkin Vine Family Farm, 217 Hewett Rd, Somerville

    An ecosystem is defined as “a biological community of interacting organisms and their physical environment,” yet the term is rarely used to describe a farm! A farm is indeed an ecosystem and one of the key elements in any healthy ecological system is a healthy predator-prey balance. However, carnivores are often viewed as a problem for livestock farmers and their role in herbivore control may be underappreciated by veggie growers.  

    Join farmers, foresters and wildlife professionals to gain critical insights into how your farm functions as an ecosystem and how you can actively promote biodiversity to keep that ecosystem healthy and productive. Each explore this subject from their own professional background and experience. Following the presentations, Kelly and Anil will lead a tour to demonstrate how they are putting these principles into practice.

    Directions: From Rt 17, turn north on Hewitt Rd (Jones Corner). The farm is at the end of Hewitt Rd (about one mile).

     

    Spring 2019    Backyard Poultry with Diane Schivera 


     

     

     

     

    If you would like to be notified of upcoming 2018 Workshops for Farmers & Gardeners or register for programs, please fill in the form below, email hildy@knox-lincoln.org, or call 596-2040.

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