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    Beginning Farmer Workshops

    In 2016, Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District and Aldermere Farm (a program of Maine Coast Heritage Trust) co-sponsored a series of workshops for Beginning Farmers under a grant from USDA-NRCS. About 170 folks attended, many coming to several - or all - workshops in the series.

    This spring and summer, Knox-Lincoln SWCD is 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 Aaron is handling most of the registration!

    2017 Workshops

    Thursday, April 6 from 6-7:30pm 

    hoop house What is the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and how could it impact your farm?
    Knox-Lincoln Cooperative Extension Office, 377 Manktown Road, Waldoboro

    Presenter: David Handley, Vegetable & Small Fruit Specialist, UMaine Highmoor Farm  

      If you are a grower or producer interested in learning more about food safety on your farm, please join us on for an introduction to the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule.
    Dr. David Handley will address produce safety, farm food safety best practices, and upcoming regulations. This will be a valuable information session for all those wanting to improve food safety on their farm. The event is free and open to the public.
    Please pre-register by sending an email to Aaron Englander at aenglander@mcht.org.
    For more information, please contact Aaron at the above email or Mark Hutchinson at 207.832.0343 or mhutch@maine.edu. We look forward to seeing you there!
     

    Sunday, April 23 from 8am - 5pm (2 sessions)
      
    meadowcroft shee[ Shearing and Wool Grading
    Meadowcroft Farm, 45 Hopkins Rd., Washington
    Presented by Midcoast Farmer Alliance

    Please join us for shearing day at the renowned Sea Colors Yarnery (http://getwool.com/meadowcroft) located at Meadowcroft Farm on Sunday, April 23 from 8am to 5pm. Nanne Kennedy, owner of the yarnery and farm, will shear mostly fine wool - and some medium wool - while demonstrating how and why each wool is graded for diverse product use.
    The day will be divided into a morning shift (8am to noon) and an afternoon shift (1 to 5pm). Those who commit to come must be able to stay for a complete session. Participants are asked to practice good biosecurity protocols to avoid transmitting pests and diseases: Please wear boots that have not been on another farm! If that is not possible, a bucket will be provided to scrub boots before going beyond the gate. This workshop will take place in the barn and out of doors - dress for the weather and expect to get dirty.  

    Please bring a water bottle and lunch; some snacks will be provided.

    This event is free and open to the public; pre-registration is required. Please pre-register by sending an email to Aaron Englander at aenglander@mcht.org, indicating whether you would like to attend the morning or afternoon session. There is a limit of 3 participants per session.
    For more information, please contact Aaron at the above email. We look forward to seeing you there!

    Saturday, May 13 from 10am-2pm 

    natural-farming Natural Farming Practices at Erickson Fields Preserve
     
    124 West St (Rt 90) in Rockport
    This free, hands-on Natural Farming Workshop, presented by Erickson Farm and Program Manager Aaron Englander, will teach attendees new farming techniques, including making natural fertilizers. Aaron will demonstrate Korean Natural Farming methods that encourage self-sustaining, closed loop systems through minimizing external inputs. Workshop attendees will learn to make inputs such as Indigenous Microorganism (IMO) soil innoculant, Fish Amino Acids, Fermented Plant Juice, Water-soluble Calcium and Calcium-Phosphate, and Lactic Acid Bacteria. 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, a lunch and work gloves. Space is limited.
    To register:please call 236-2739 or e-mail jalbury@mcht.org.

    Other programs in the works
        June 14: Cover Crops and Crop Rotation
        July 8: Day-long Pasture Workshop in conjunction with Beef Basics at Aldermere Farm
        July 26: Pollination Services and Community Partnership
        TBD: Season extenders?

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

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