Time in Knox County:

2019 Office Hours
Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri: 8:30 am - 4:30pm (mostly)
Wed: 9:00am - 2:30pm

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

893 West St (Rt 90)
Rockport, ME 04856


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 or call 596-2040 for more information about these programs or see Upcoming Events for complete events listing.

Oct 2 & 16 - Environmental Book Club. 1pm. Bremen Library

Oct 3 & 10 - Environmental Book Club. 1pm. Appleton Library

Oct 24 - Nutrient Management for High Tunnels. 5pm. Sheepscot General, Whitefield

Oct 30 - Basic Erosion & Sedimentation Control. 8am. Union Town Office

Nov 6 - Annual Awards Banquet. 5pm. Jewell Lodge, Jefferson

Nov 9 - Growing Native Plants from Seed. 9:30am. Aldermere Farm, Rockport

Nov 13 - Invasive Forest Pests. Noon. Bremen Library

Nov 14 - Invasive Forest Pests. Noon. Hope Library

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    Midcoast Conservancy

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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

    Check Beginning Farmer Workshops 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
    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

         Mark Hutchinson
         377 Manktown Rd, Waldoboro, ME 04572


    So You Want to Farm in Maine?
    This free webinar series is offered from time to time by Piscataquis County Cooperative Extension. 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.


    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

         49 Little River Dr, Belfast, ME 04915

    Lincoln County
    Peter Abello, District Conservationist
         207-622-7847 x3
         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
         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