On Saturday, Aug. 9, the Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation Tour will hit the road.

This year's tour puts the spotlight on four unique sites in Lincoln County. Participants see conservation practices in action, learn about the benefits of local foods, farmland and forest preservation, and enjoy the view as participants travel through the Midcoast in a climate-controlled luxury coach.

The day’s itinerary includes:

— Goranson Farm in Dresden, subject of the recent film “An Uncertain Harvest,” is a certified organic farm with products 1 months of the year — everything from maple syrup, to meat and vegetables for their 200-plus member CSA, farmstand and markets, as well as a commercial potato crop. Jan Goranson and Rob Johanson farm about 30 acres using conservation tillage techniques that improve soil health, reduce erosion, and protect water quality.

— Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson is the 2014 Maine and Northeast Regional Outstanding Tree Farm. HVNC includes almost 1,000 contiguous acres of woodland, bog, and shorefront with 25 miles of trails, all under conservation easement and managed for sustainability and education. Director Andy McEvoy will guide visitors through a sustainable forestry practices demonstration area – and perhaps there will be time to visit the bog.

— Newaim Farm in Waldoboro is leading the way in energy conservation. Newaim is a small family farm that breeds and sells CVM Romeldale sheep and wool and operates an onsite fiber-processing mill. Using grid-tied photovoltaics and solar hot water, Al Maloney and Nancy Williams have dramatically reduced their dependence on outside energy sources…all with a seven-year payback.

— Uncas Farms and Sheepscot General Store in Whitefield combine the best of two worlds: a working farm with 5 acres of organically certified vegetables and strawberries (as well as beef and hay), and a one-of-a-kind, contemporary general store — including café, community center, and free WiFi — to sell the harvest. Taryn Hammer will show both in action and share some history of general stores in the region.

Between stops, relax and take in the landscapes of Lincoln County as Knox-Lincoln SWCD staff Hildy Ellis and Rebecca Jacobs provide insights and answer questions about ecology, conservation, and agricultural activities along the way. And, enjoy home-baked goodies, afternoon snacks, and a picnic lunch with all the fixings.

Pre-registration is required and seats fill up quickly. The bus will depart at 8 a.m. and return around 4 p.m. To request more information, costs, or to register for the tour, get in touch with Hildy at 596-2040, hildy@knox-lincoln.org, or visit knox-lincoln.org/conservation-tour/.