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SANGERVILLE — Women who own or manage farmland in central Maine are invited to participate in a free conservation discussion focused on soil health on Thursday, July 11 at Hall’s Christmas Tree Farm, 816 Douty Hill Road. The program, sponsored by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Women, Food and Agriculture Network, is called Women Caring for the Land.

Registration and resource sharing start at 8:30 a.m. with the meeting beginning promptly at 9. Lunch will be served at a nearby farm and during an afternoon field tour, participants will see conservation practices and watch a demonstration of soil testing. The tests will measure for soil structure, stability and infiltration. Participants will walk a short distance into a field, so please wear or bring appropriate clothing and footwear. The meeting will end with dessert and wrap up at Hall’s by 3 p.m.

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WOMEN CARING FOR THE LAND — Women who own or manage farmland in central Maine are invited to participate in a free conservation discussion focused on soil health on Thursday, July 11 at Hall’s Christmas Tree Farm, 816 Douty Hill Road in Sangerville.

Maintaining healthy soil is the key to productivity and environmental health for our farmland. Current practices of farming are changing rapidly. Some common practices are harming the land and water, and there are more options available to you than in the past. The informal atmosphere of this meeting allows discussion with women conservation professionals who can help with landowners’ management goals. Women landowners who attend this meeting will learn to assess and improve the health of their soils through practices such as cover crops.

Space is limited for this meeting. Please RSVP by Tuesday, July 9 to wfan.org/maine-2019 or contact Carol at carol@wfan.org at 641-430-2540.

Women, Food and Agriculture Network is a nonprofit, educational organization celebrating 20 years of providing networking, information and leadership development opportunities to women involved in all aspects of agriculture. Learn more at www.wfan.org, or by calling 515-460-2477.

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