Tickets still available for conservation bus tour

Jul 27, 2014
The Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation bus tour is Saturday, Aug. 9. Tickets are still available.

It is not too late to purchase tickets for the Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation Tour on Saturday, Aug. 9, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year's tour puts the spotlight on four fascinating destinations in Lincoln County, where farmers and foresters will give tours of their current projects and practices:

· Uncas Farms in Whitefield, a certified organic farm that uses season-extending high tunnels, micro-irrigation and cover-cropping and has its own general store with café and free WiFi;

· Goranson Farm in Dresden, where they produce everything from maple syrup to potatoes to veggies (all organically certified) and practice conservation tillage to improve soil health and prevent erosion;

· Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson, 2014 Maine & Northeast Region Outstanding Tree Farm with 1000 acres of woodland (and a kettle hole bog) managed for sustainability, education and recreation; and

· NEWAIM Farm and Fiber Mill in Waldoboro, leading the way in alternative energy technology including solar hot water and grid-tied photovoltaics.

Enjoy a coffee break with homemade goodies, a delicious picnic lunch, learn about the benefits of conservation, local foods and farm and forest preservation. Extras include updates on the recent watershed survey by Damariscotta Lake Watershed Association, goings on at Sheepscot Valley Conservation Association, and a chance to shop for local goods at all stops.

Knox-Lincoln SWCD staff Hildy Ellis and Rebecca Jacobs will provide insights and answer questions about geology, ecology, and agricultural activities during the drive past farms, lakes, and blueberry fields.

Pre-registration is required and there are still some seats available. Cost of the tour is $40 per person and includes all food and travel from Waldoboro. (Optional carpooling to Waldoboro from District office on Route 90 in Rockport.) For more information or to register for the tour, call Hildy at 596-2040, email hildy@knox-lincoln.org, or visit knox-lincoln.org/conservation-tour.

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