Time in Knox County:

Office Hours
8:30-4:30 weekdays*

*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

info@knox-lincoln.org

Maine State Soil

    Chesuncook Soil Profile   

The Chesuncook soil series is a classic Spodosol that typifies the northern temperate and cool forested regions of Maine. It consists of very deep, moderately well drained soils on till plains, hills, ridges, and mountains.  

Chesuncook soils produce wood fiber used in paper production, saw logs for lumber, and timber for wood products, such as furniture. These soils have a high woodland productivity rating. The most common tree species are red spruce, balsam fir, yellow birch, American beech, sugar maple, white ash, and red maple.  

These soils are considered prime farmland where slopes are less than 8 percent  and where surface stones have been removed. Small areas are used for potatoes, oats, barley, hayland, pasture, or low density urban development. It is estimated that Chesuncook soils occur on more than 150,000 acres in Maine. The soils are named after Chesuncook Lake, in northern Maine.

On April 16, 1999, Governor Angus S. King, Jr. signed Legislative Document 592 into law, making Chesuncook Maine’s Official State Soil.

Upcoming Events

Click on links below or cal 596-2040 for more information about these programs:

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Jun 7: Invasive Plants & Pests Talk & Walk. 1pm. Deer Foot Farm, Union

Jun 14: Cover Crop Walk & Talk. 6pm. Dooryard Farm, Camden

Jun 19: Board Meeting. 6:30pm. District office. All welcome!

Jun 21: BioBlitz. Noon. Deer Foot Farm, Union

Jun 23: Fern ID & Ecology Walk. 10am. Merryspring in Camden

Jun 26-30: Eco-Explorers Ecology Camp (ages 7-9). Merryspring

Jun 30: Invasive Plants Talk & Walk. 9am. Boothbay Harbor.

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    Beginning Farmer Resources

    Soil & Water Conservation Districts

    To find out what is being offered in counties around the state, visit Maine Association of Conservation Districts at maineconservationdistricts.com. There you can check the Calendar as well as find the location and contact information for your district office.

         Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District

    Beginning Farmer Workshop Series Winter/Spring 2016

    Check Beginning Farmer Workshope Series and Upcoming Events for more details as we develop the curriculum for this series of workshops. If you have special areas of interest, let us know!

    On our website 

    Test Your Soil
    Web Soil Survey Tutorial
    Farm and Field Publications
    Upcoming Events / Calendar
    Conservation News Journal
    EarthSmart - Farming for the Future (Energy reduction certification program for Maine farms)

    Beginning Farmer Resource Network of Maine

    Maine Association of Conservation Districts is a member of the Beginning Farmer Resource Network of Maine (BFRN), a coalition of Maine agriculture agencies and organizations working to connect aspiring and beginning farmers; farmers considering farm succession and transfer planning; as well as farmers interested in starting a new enterprise to resources for farm business success.

    On the BFRN website (http://umaine.edu/beginning-farmer-resource-network/), you will find pages that provide resources that address a variety of topics from buisness planning, learning how to farm or acquiring land to managing risks and understanding regulations and taxes.

    Each year BFRN sponsors workshops at the Agricultural Trades Show at the Augusta Civic Center.

    MOFGA Farm Training Project

    Click HERE for more information and the complete schedule.
    These workshops are designed for and targeted to participants in MOFGA's Apprenticeship Program, but are free and open to anyone interested. They are intended to give apprentices and other young, beginning, or aspiring farmers the chance to visit other farms, learn from farmers about their areas of expertise, and socialize with peers. They generally begin in the late afternoon with a farm tour, followed by a presentation and demonstration on the topic of the day.

    Maine Cooperative Extension

    Knox-Lincoln
         Mark Hutchinson
         mhutch@maine.edu
         207-832-0343   
         377 Manktown Rd, Waldoboro, ME 04572

    Piscataquis

    So You Want to Farm in Maine?
    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/.

    Waldo

    2012 Beginning Farmer Series
    This webpage has resources associated with the Beginning Farmer Series offered in Waldo County in 2012.

    USDA-NRCS   Maine home page

    Farm Bill conservation programs and technical assistance

    Knox County
         Brittany Hummel, Soil Conservationist
         207-338-1964 x3

         brittany.hummel@me.usda.gov
         49 Little River Dr, Belfast, ME 04915

    Lincoln County
        
    Peter Abello, District Conservationist
         207-622-7847 x3
         peter.abello@me.usda.gov
         21 Enterprise Dr, Augusta, ME 04333

    Soil Health Awareness  (website)

    Resources for New Farmers  (website)

    Resources for Small and Mid-size Farms (website)

    USDA Farm Service Agency      Maine home page

    Farm programs, farm loans, price support

    Knox-Lincoln counties
         Maria Granger, County Executive Director
         maria.granger@me.usda.gov
         207-622-7847
         21 Enterprise Dr, Augusta, ME 04333

    Woodland Stewards Program

    The Woodland Stewards 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 Stewards Program