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*Please call ahead to make sure we are in! Although we make every attempt to have the office open during these hours, at times we are both out of the office for education programs or technical assistance.

207-596-2040
893 West St (Rt 90)
Rockport, ME 04856

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    Beginning Farmer Workshops

    Knox-Lincoln SWCD is once again teaming up with Aaron Englander, Erickson Fields Farm & Program Manager for Maine Coast Heritage Trust, to offer programs of interest to farmers, those who would like to farm, as well as home gardeners interested in improving their skills. And this year MCHT is handling the registration!

    If you would like to be notified of upcoming 2017 Beginning Farmer Workshops, please fill in the form below, or just email hildy@knox-lincoln.org.

    Wednesday, June 14 2017 from 6-7:30pm (rain date Jun 15*)

    Cover Crops and Crop Rotation 
    Dooryard Farm
    208 Mechanic St, Camden

    Camden farmer Cooper Funk of Dooryard Farm and Mark Hutchinson of Knox-Lincoln Cooperative Extension will lead a walk and talk on the role of cover crops in building and maintaining soil fertility, suppressing weeds, and controlling pests and diseases. Funk and Hutchinson will discuss types of cover crops, pros and cons of each, and programs to help with crop rotation on your farm.   Potluck will follow the presentation.

    This workshop is co-sponsored by Maine Coast Heritage Trust and Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District as part of its 2017 Beginning Farmer Workshops, and in conjunction with MOFGA's weekly Farm Training Project. Funk and Marina Sideris purchased Dooryard Farm from Maine Farmland Trust in 2013 under a Forever Farms conservation easement. The couple are committed to an ecological approach to farming and raise a diversity of MOFGA certified organic vegetables for their farmstand on the 40-acre site.

    To register for this free workshop, contact Joelle Albury at 236-2739 or jalbury@mcht.org. Those wishing to stay for food are asked to bring a dish to share.

    *In the event of rain, the workshop will be held Thursday, June 15, at 6 p.m. Check knox-lincoln.org/beginning-farmer by noon June 14 for rain date rescheduling.

    Saturday, July 8, 2017 from 8:30am to 3:30pm

    Pasture & Grazing Management
        in conjunction with Beef Basics
    A day-long series of workshops on pasture management for anyone with grazing animals.

    Aldermere Farm
    20 Russell Ave
    Rockport, ME 04856
    Fee:
    $20; includes all workshops, morning snacks, & lunch

    Workshops:

    • Pasture Renovation for Improved Forage
      Presenter: Rick Kersbergen (UMaine Cooperative Extension Sustainable Dairy and Forage Systems Specialist)
    • Pasture Measurements and Biomonitoring
      Presenter: Diane Schivera (MOFGA Organic Livestock Specialist)

    Additional workshops are in the planning stages

    FMI: Contact Hildy at hildy@knox-lincoln.org or 207-596-2040
    Click here to Register Online

    Wednesday, July 26 from 5:30-7:30pm (rain date Jul 27*)

    Pollination Services & Community Partnerships
    Terra Optima Farm
    908 Gurneytown Rd
    Appleton, ME 04862

    Potluck to follow program 

    Pollinators - every farm needs them whether to pollinate fruit and vegetable crops or wildflowers on the edges of fields. If you would like the pollinating services of honey bees on your farm, but aren't interested in - or ready to - keep bees, or if youare a beekeeper looking for a place to keep your hives, join us for this program to see how a local farmer and a local apiary have developed a partnership that provides pollination services for the farm - and honey for the beekeeper.

    Farmer Cheryl Denz of Terra Optima Farm and beekeeper Joe DeStefano of Posto Bello Apiaries will share how this relationship works, including contract specifications and the benefits of the partnership to each. Also on hand will be representatives from local beekeeping associations to answer questions and provide information for those of you who want to get your own hives.

    *In the event of rain, the workshop will be held Thursday, July 27 at 6 p.m. Check knox-lincoln.org/beginning-farmer by noon July 26 for rain date rescheduling.

    TBD: Season extenders

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