Aldermere & Erickson Fields to Host Community Listening Sessions – Free and Open to the Public

With a desire to meet community needs in the years ahead, the staff at Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT) and its premier midcoast preserves Aldermere Farm and Erickson Fields are seeking input from people in the Camden-Rockport area and surrounding towns. 
MCHT will be holding virtual Community Listening Sessions over several days and at different times to make it as easy as possible for community members to participate. The dates and times are October 18 at 10 a.m., October 19 at 12 p.m., and October 21 at 6 p.m. 
“We want to hear from anyone and everyone in the northern midcoast area about our programming and outreach—your thoughts on current offerings and ideas for the future. We want to make sure we’re serving the people in our community to the best of our ability,” says Heidi Baker, Manager of Aldermere Farm and Erickson Fields. “We really hope many people will join us and share their thoughts.”
 
Aldermere Farm and Erickson Fields became preserves of MCHT in 1999 and 2009 respectively. Since then, MCHT has maintained the preserves as working farms and educational centers with the goals of
showcasing the value of protecting rapidly disappearing farmland, maintaining significant green space, and managing land as a community resource.
 
Over the past 20 years, programs have included youth halter-training calves, teens growing vegetables for food pantries, aspiring farmers learning how to manage cattle and vegetable operations, and families building raised beds in their backyards. The farm preserves have also served as community hubs where nonprofits and community groups host their own events and workshops, school groups take fields trips, and visitors frequent to play and exercise.
 
Anyone is welcome to participate and may learn more and register online at aldermere.org/community-listening-session.
 
MCHT is a dynamic, multifaceted organization with initiatives ranging from preserving coastal access for communities to high impact ecological work focused on reconnecting waterways and improving coastal resiliency to climate change. A leader in Maine’s nationally renowned land conservation efforts since 1970, MCHT maintains a growing network of almost 150 coastal and island preserves free and open to everyone and leads the 80-member Maine Land Trust Network to ensure that land conservation provides benefits to all Maine communities. Get involved at www.mcht.org.