Maine Farm Days 2014 Dates
Merrymeeting Trail Initiative
Maine Farm-A-Syst Program
3,200 in 2013
2,940 in 2012
2,410 in 2011
3,210 in 2010
3,720 in 2009
3,260 in 2008.
3,930 in 2007.
3,200 in 2006.
Order your trees and shrubs now! The
deadline approaches. See below
The Soils Health Forum at the Augusta City Center
was fairly well attended. The
webcast featured producers who have been using practices to improve and
maintain soil health. Caraugh Fitzgerald from the Cooperative Extension helped
us to "localize" the discussion and presented materials demonstrating
the use of cover crop and low till practices on Maine soils. There will be
follow up soils meetings and demonstrations in the area over the next 18-24
months. Check here for items we may offer.
Given the discussion after the meeting we will be
involved it a Soils Health grant application with our neighboring counties.
If you are interested in checking out some
additional information, you may want to link to the following -
Soil Health Website (Gateway to a lot of resources; such as videos, articles,
presentations, farmer testimony, etc):
Health Webinars (Several one-hour informational talks on different Soil Health
Newsletter has begun to arrive in people's mailboxes.
Unfortunately its printing and mailing was delayed and people
will have a short time to make and submit their tree and shrub orders.
The digital version
was sent out +and is available
Winter 2014 issue is here. This issue has our 2014 tree and shrub sale
information included. For the tree and shrub information
continue seeking sponsors in order that we can once again offer and produce
four annual editions of the newsletter.
to thank Elizabeth Davidson for becoming a sponsor to support the paper
production of the Somerset/Kennebec newsletter.
finally gone through the leftover trees banked at my house. Many are trees and
shrubs from a couple years ago which have been potted and banked. The survival
rate is excellent and the selection in relatively good. I even have a couple
Camperdown Elm and a few lilacs. Check below for the list or go to Dale's Garden
Contractors now need to be "Certified" for shoreland zone work. While
the State had extended time for contractors to have their BMP sites certified,
that time is past. If you are doing work in the shoreline, your contractor needs
to be "certified". Check
for more information.
or e-mail Bill Laflamme at 215-9237 or email@example.com
Maine DEP has modified their website. We have posted a list of the modified
links on our "Useful Links"
you are looking for gravel/camp road materials,
you want permit information, including the Permit by Rule [PBR]
general resource page at the Maine DEP website includes all kinds of reference
material. They have an excellent selection of manuals and technical guides.
Select that DEP page here.
Here at the
Kennebec District --
** We continue doing Gravel Road Plans
throughout the County for road groups..
**The Togus Pond 319 watershed grant
is making progress. We have completed two road plans and are currently and are meeting with
landowners to review erosion problems. We met with the Togus Pond Association in
Dale's garden update --
Dale's Garden Page
--- The gardens have been "put to bed" i.e. they
have been cleaned and covered with leaf mulch or cover seeded with annual rye.
-- The December snow covered most plants
before the January ice arrived. However some of my large mature trees took a
beating. Unfortunately will all the rain and warmth, the gardens are now
uncovered again. What that will mean once we get cold weather again, has yet to
--- I must comment on the great peach crop
this year. The Reliance Peach ripened first. Then the Contender Peach which were
superb. ...and then the Madison Peach produced.
--- In addition I had my first Asiatic Pears.
I'll be adding another tree next year. They ripened late but were the best pear
I've ever tasted from around here.
For local weather information you may want to check
for very local information and history
may purchase from the tree and shrub bank!!! Now's the
time to begin thinking about next spring's plantings. Our January newsletter
will have our tree sale information.
If you are thinking about planting from the leftovers, take a look at the list from Dale's Garden
take a look at the list here.
There are a number of plants good for buffer planting.
It is a good time
to focus on your soils for the coming year. A simple
list for soil improvement is 1) enhance organic material, 2) prevent soil
compaction, 3) avoid excess tillage, 4) manage pests & nutrients EFFICIENTLY, 5)
keep the ground covered [cover crops] and 6) diversify your crops. For a
good discussion of soil improvement check out the following.
here for the specific article.
planning buffers and other ways to control erosion and stormwater damage on property and along shorefront,
check out the
Conservation Fact Sheets
and other information
at the Maine DEP
website or the Portland Water
District website. Both of these websites have more than just the Fact
Sheets for information you may find useful.
Calendar of Events/Workshops and other opportunities.
click here for events to keep on your calendar for the