Camden farmer Cooper Funk of Dooryard Farm and Mark Hutchinson of Knox-Lincoln Cooperative Extension will lead a walk and talk on the role of cover crops in building and maintaining soil fertility, suppressing weeds, and controlling pests and diseases June 14 at 6 p.m. at Dooryard Farm, 208 Mechanic St., Camden. Funk and Hutchinson will discuss types of cover crops, pros and cons of each, and programs to help with crop rotation on your farm. A potluck will follow the presentation.

This workshop is co-sponsored by Maine Coast Heritage Trust and Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District as part of its 2017 Beginning Farmer Workshops, and in conjunction with MOFGA's weekly Farm Training Project. Funk and Marina Sideris purchased Dooryard Farm from Maine Farmland Trust in 2013 under a Forever Farms conservation easement. The couple are committed to an ecological approach to farming and raise a diversity of MOFGA certified organic vegetables for their farmstand on the 40-acre site.

To register for this free workshop,contact Joelle Albury at 236-2739 or Those wishing to stay for food are asked to bring something to share.

In the event of rain, the workshop will be held Thursday, June 15, at 6 p.m. Check by noon June 14 for rain date rescheduling, as well as information on upcoming workshops in the 2017 Beginning Farmer series.