USDA presents Summer Soil Health Meetings for female landowners

Free meetings scheduled July 9-11, 2019, in Central Maine

BANGOR (May 29, 2019) – With nearly half of our nation’s farmland currently owned or co-owned by women, their input in the resource conservation process is vital!

Women who own or manage farmland in Maine are invited to participate in free discussions focused on soil health the week of July 9-11, 2019.  These programs – sponsored by the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)and Women, Food and Agriculture Network (WFAN) – are titled Women Caring for the Land, and will be held in three locations in Central Maine.

Women Caring for the Land is facilitated by women conservationists, and offers a peer-to-peer, informal discussion format to allow women landowners to talk about their farm management goals. The Summer Soil Health Meeting Schedule is:

July 9 – Bar Harbor: College of the Atlantic, 105 Eden St., Turrets Building.
July 10 – Augusta: Viles Arboretum, 153 Hospital St.
July 11 – Sangerville: Hall’s Christmas Tree Farm, 816 Douty Hill Rd.

Interactive activities and discussion will focus on how local professionals can assist landowners with soil health and conservation planning for their operation. Free lunch is provided.  During an afternoon field tour, participants will travel to a nearby farm to observe simple soil tests and interesting management practices.

Pre-registration is required and space is limited! If you are interested in attending one of the sessions, visit Women Caring for the Land – Maine or contact Carol Schutte at 641.430.2540 or