Two Midcoast land trusts, Maine Farmland Trust and Maine Coast Heritage Trust are partnering to celebrate Maine farmland preservation at Erickson Fields Preserve on Route 90 in Rockport on Thursday, Aug. 18 from 5 to 8 p.m. All members of the public are encouraged to attend. The event is free of charge.

Maine Farmland Trust is a statewide non-profit organization working to permanently preserve and protect Maine’s agricultural lands, and to keep Maine’s farms farming. Maine Coast Heritage Trust conserves and stewards Maine’s coastal lands and islands for their renowned scenic beauty, outdoor recreational opportunities, ecological diversity and working landscapes.

Thursday evening’s event will celebrate a new program titled “Forever Farms”. “Forever Farms” is a way to celebrate the growing success of farmland protection efforts in Maine. Over the next several months, signs that read “Forever Farm” will be installed on farmland in Maine that has been preserved through agricultural easements. Agricultural easements ensure that the land will forever be available for farming.

Through this signage, a new website, and six events across the state, Maine Farmland Trust and its partner organizations will raise public awareness about what has already been achieved in Maine, while generating excitement for future farmland preservation.

“There is a lot to celebrate about farming in Maine, including the fact that more and more farmland owners see the value of permanently protecting their land and their legacy,” said Maine Farmland Trust Executive Director John Piotti in a news release.

The event will also serve as, “an opportunity to learn more about Maine Coast Heritage Trust’s programs at its Erickson Fields Preserve, including the Teen Ag program and the Kids and Grow Program,” said Aldermere Farm’s General Manager Ron Howard.

The “Forever Farm” event will include prepared local produce, organic grilled chicken of Tide Mill Farm in Edmunds, wine from Bartlett Maine Estate Winery of Gouldsboro, beer from Andrew’s Brewing Company of Lincolnville, and ice cream treats provided by Dolcelino’s of Camden. Jackson Gillman will preform live music.

Visit foreverfarms.org for more information about the Forever Farms program and mainefarmlandtrust.org to learn more about MFT and mcht.org to learn more about Maine Coast Heritage Trust.