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Saturday, September 10th, 2016

Maine Tree Farm/Small Woodland Owners Association of Maine (SWOAM) Forestry Field Day

Saturday, Sept. 10 is the date for the 62nd annual Forestry Field Day to be held this year at the Pine Tree Camp in Rome. Pine Tree Camp is the 2016 Maine State Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year, and is one of 8 finalists for the National OTFY.

The Camp, a project of the Pine Tree Society, headquartered in Bath, will host the event, which is open to the public, at its 285-acre property on North Pond, where forest management activity is built around the camp’s mission to provide quality recreation experiences for people with special needs

The creation and placement of harvesting routes – some of which are later converted to nature paths – open up the woods to many experiences that are completely new for most campers. These include accessing “remote” places to swim, fish, or sleep overnight in a tent. The Field Day will include woods tours covering a variety of topics such as locating and constructing roads and trails, best management practices to protect water quality, managing deer wintering areas and stands of older trees, and rebuilding camper’s cabins with the help of local forest products businesses. There will be vendors on site and educational stations hosted by a variety of organizations, agencies and other groups. Lunch will be available for a modest fee (cash only).

For more information contact Gretchen Heldmann, the Maine Tree Farm Coordinator or SWOAM.


September 11-12

New England Made Giftware & Specialty Food Show

September will be here before we know it, and with it – the New England Made Giftware & Specialty Food Show in Sturbridge, Massachusetts September 11-12.

The Fall show is an affordable, easy way to connect with buyers who are definitely there to buy. And many of those buyers are from year-round businesses. Don’t miss this great opportunity to boost your sales for the 4th quarter and all winter long! Details can be found online.


September 12th, 2016

Free Renewable Energy Workshop for Agricultural Producers and Rural Small Businesses

Join us for a workshop from 3-5 p.m. at the Unity Food Hub to learn how to access USDA Rural Development guaranteed loan or competitive grant funds for the purchase, installation and construction of renewable energy systems and energy efficiency projects.

Full Agenda

For more information, and to set up a technical assistance appointment on September 12th after the workshop, contact Jennifer Brennan with GPCOG at 207.774.989.





November 1st and 3rd

SAVE THE DATE – Sodexo Informational Meetings

The University of Maine & the University of Maine System in partnership with Sodexo will be holding two informational sessions in early November for farmers and food processors on how to sell their products to the University of Maine System. More information can be found here Maine Course Save the Date v2 (PDF).



Learn to farm online this winter from NE Beginning Farmer Project

Winter is a great time for farmers to rest, slow down the pace, and build new skills for the coming growing season. The Cornell Small Farms Program is pleased to announce the winter roster of online courses available through its Northeast Beginning Farmer Project. These courses help farmers learn from the latest research-based education.

Learn which courses would be best for youread about our team of experienced instructors , see answers to Frequently Asked Questions, and view the calendar of course offerings.


Wolfe’s Neck Farm Dairy Training Program

Wolfe’s Neck Farm is now accepting applications for their newly launched an organic dairy farmer training program on our farm in Freeport, Maine. This is an intensive, experiential 18-month residential paid program that offers a high degree of support to help new organic dairy farmers start their own operation.

Ideal applicants will have dairy farm experience and are certain that they want to be a dairy farmer. The curriculum provides a solid background in the fundamentals needed to start and manage a dairy farm (business management, pasture and soil management, and animal health are the main areas we’ll focus on). Our team of experts provides specialized support through training, securing financing, locating land, and during the first few years of operation.

Learn more:’re accepting trainee applications on a rolling basis.


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