06 September 2018
The intersection of land conservation, sustainable agriculture, and community education will be the focus of this year’s Annual Meeting of the Knox-Lincoln County Extension Association (KLCEA) on September 12, 2018 at Erickson Fields Preserve in Rockport Maine.
Erickson Fields Preserve is a 164-acre preserve of Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT) located in Rockport on Rte. 90 just a mile west of Rockport village. Erickson Fields provides many community services for the area including: a 2.5 mile wooded walking trail that connects Route 90 to Beech Hill Road; a green-way for wildlife conservation; a 4-acre vegetable garden that provides tons of fresh produce for local pantries, schools and restaurants; a Teen Agriculture Crew program that teaches local high school students how to farm; a community garden; and Kids Can Grow, a program of the University of Maine Extension Service for children ages 6-12. The MCHT staff at Erickson Fields also works with local farmers as part of the Mid Coast Farmers Alliance on various collaborative projects to support local sustainable agriculture.
Attendees will see first-hand the collaboration of many different partners working together to have a positive impact on the local community. The host, Erickson Fields Manager Aaron Englander, and his MOFGA apprentice Lucas Brown will answer questions about MCHT’s agricultural programs at Erickson Fields Preserve. At 5:00 p.m. attendees may join the Teen Ag Crew for a tour of Erickson Fields, followed by refreshments and a chance to speak with University of Maine Cooperative Extension staff and Executive Committee members.
Directly following the tour and discussions, there will be a regular KLCEA Business Meeting from 7:00 to 7:30. Public comments on KLCEA programs are encouraged – we want to hear from you!
Erickson Fields is located at 164 West Street, Rockport, Maine 04856 (Rte. 90 ~1/2 mile west of junction with Rte. 1 just east of Camden Hills Regional HS).
Please contact Maine Coast Heritage Trust’s Aldermere Farm at 207-236-2739 for more information.