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Farmer Connector Series

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"FARMER CONNECTOR SERIES"
The Southern Aroostook Soil and Water Conservation District hosted a series of gatherings in 2013 for farmers to network with one another and participate in discussions led by crop and livestock specialists. Thanks to all who participated and made the Farmer Connector Series such a success!
 
Check under our "Events" tab for listing of workshops to be held in 2014.
 
2013 Events in the FARMER CONNECTOR SERIES 
January 21, 6-8pm:  Forage and Underseeding Discussion with Barenbrug
 
March 21, 11am-12:30pm: Farmer Lunch and Speaker Topic:  "Pesticide Risks 2013: What Are They and How to Avoid Them" with Lebelle Hicks, Board of Pesticides Control. Meduxnekeag Ramblers Snowsled Club, Wiley Rd, Littleton. Cost of lunch is $12. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged!  To register, email SASWCD.
1 Pesticide Credit
 
September 11, :  Four Season Forward: Producing Year-Round Crops Using High Tunnels, Low Tunnels and Quickhoops with Clara Coleman of Four Season Farm Consulting from 8:30am to 2:30 pm in Littleton.
 
October 29: "Innovations in Building Better Soils for Healthy Crops": a free day-long workshop with Ray Archuletta, NRCS Technology Center, NC and Brendon Rockey, high-altitude potato farmer, CO. Ray Archuletta is a conservation agronomist with NRCS and is a dynamic and passionate speaker on soil health. Brendon Rockey is a potato farmer in the Rockey Mountains of Colorado. He farms his specialty and seed potatoes with companion crops and a mixture of 10 cover crops, reducing outside inputs dramatically.
This workshop would not have been possible without the support of local businesses such as:
Daigle Oil; York's of Houlton; Agri-Cal, Inc.; McCain Foods; Highway Tire; Crown Equipment; Casella Organics; Louisiana-Pacific; Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians; Maine Farmers Exchange; Farm Credit of Maine; Northern Tilth; Lilley Farms
 
 
 

Workshops

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2014 Summer Events
July 31: "Fall Planting in High Tunnels" hosted by the SASWCD and Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association. The workshop will be led by MOFGA's Dave Colson and begin at 4pm at Barry and Debbie Campbell's farm, 304 Campbell Rd, Littleton with discussions of cold-hardy greens, timing of planting, and more. The class continues at 5:30pm at The Horn Restaurant on the North Road, Houlton with a Q&A with Dave. Pre-registration is suggested. Please contact the SASWCD by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or phone 532-2087 x101.
 
August 13: "Conservation Farm Tour" hosted by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service and SASWCD. Learn about the diverse benefits of cover cropping sequences at Good Dirt Garlic and Good Farms, 518 Fletcher Rd in Monticello. This informal farm tour and discussion will provide real life examples of how a well designed cover crop sequence can lead to the soil health conditions favorable for marketable crops. Pre-registration is appreciated by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  (email) or 568-4142.
 
August 14: "Coffee and Cover Crops". Early morning field visits to farmers planting underseeding mixes into grain crop. Hosted by Natural Resources Conservation Office and led by Sam Wright. Meet at 6am at Littleton Pit Stop.
 
 
 Southern Aroostook Soil & Water Conservation District Annual Events
WINTER AG SCHOOL: Held annually in March and April. If there is a class topic you are interested in, please let us know.

For more information on the classes or if you require special accommodations please call:
Southern Aroostook Soil & Water Conservation District: 532-2087 ext.3 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 
 

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