16 S P R I N G ISSUE Mainely Agriculture || Equi Ag & Livestock || Aqua Agriculture 2015

100-Mile Wilderness buy

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in a press release. This purchase was also helped by the generosity of Steven C. Leuthold
and family, another major contributor for the overall negotiation. These transactions now
bring the AMC administration of abutting wild land to 70,000 acres with the establishment of the Maine Wilderness Lodges above Gulf Hagas. It brings together contiguous
land conservation, ecological and economic stewardship for resource protection within

the Appalachian Trail hiking experiences. With over 5,000 members in Maine, AMC offers
programs for children, adults and families and publishes guides, maps for conservation
advocacy, maintaining an office in Greenville and Portland. The Nature Conservancy
(TNC) is a leading conservation organization of 1 million members worldwide and like,
AMC has already protected 1.5 million acres throughout Maine and 120 million acres,
world wide. Visit AMC at www.outdoors.org and TNC at www.nature.org/maine

Classifieds
Cockshutt30
30 with
with front
Cockshutt
end loader
loader restored,
end
new hydraulic
hydraulic hoses,
new
new pistons.
pistons. $4,000.
$4,000.
new
Oster Sheep
Sheep Shears.
Oster
Have 77 factory
factory rebuilt
rebuilt
Have
clipperson
on hand.
hand. $135$135clippers
200 ea.
ea.
965-2332.
200
965-2332.
Sheep Manure
Manure 30X30
Sheep
bunkerfull,
full, 200+
200+ yards
yards
bunker
of manure.
manure. By
By pick
pick up
of
load ororBOBO
load
on whole
amount965-2332.
965-2332.
amount
June Hay round
June
roundbales
bales
965-3871; $42.50
965-3871.

Truck Hoe Strong and
useful
back-hoe
mounted on 1984 4
wheel drive ton crew
cab Chevy $4,000.
Will dig 15’ deep hole.
Truck has 292 6 cyl.
needs transmission rebuild. Onan motor on
hoe. Must be mounted
on ton vehicle, a ¾ ton
will not take weight of
Truckhoe. Truck-hoe
machine originally cost
$12,000. 965-2332.

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The New England
Farmers Union is offering a $500 scholarship
to a student who will
study agriculture at a
2-year or 4-year accredited institution this
spring to support beginning farmers. Each applicant must be a Union
member, or the child of
a member, to qualify.
FMI with application,
due April 15, go to:

Sheep shearing schools
will be held for people
with different experience
levels. Intermediate-level shearing April 26, at
Meadowcroft Farm, in
Washington to be followed by two-day blade
shearing school April
17-18, at Sabbathday
Lake Shaker Village,
New Gloucester. FMI
call
Andrea
Herr,
207.781.6099,

Ag Coming events
Searsport
Farmers'
Taking Applications
Searport
Farmers'
Market is getting ready
for its second year and
is looking for additional
vendors on Route One,
at the Crescent of the
Penobscot
Marine
Museum. It will operate
Tuesday, May 26
through
Tuesday,
October 13, 3 p.m. to 6
p.m.
For
more
information about the
market, or for an
application to join, call
market manager Jim
Nichols of Gander
Gardens at 567-3967
Northeast
Livestock
Expo, May 15-17 at
Windsor Fairgrounds.

Maine Potato Board
will again offer a $500
scholarship to those
pursuing a career in
Agriculture, Agri-Business, or Natural Resources. The deadline is
March 27, 2015. To apply, print the form on
the Maine Potato Board
web site, fill it out, and
send it to: the Scholarship Committee:
744 Main Street – Rm 1
Presque Isle, ME 04769
FYI,
call
Jeannie
Tapley 207-769-5061.
Maine Grazing Conference, March 21 at Kennebec
Valley
Community College at
Fairfield.

www.newenglandfarm
ersunion.org/scholarship. Winner to be announced July 31.

Grass Farmers Annual
conference, Kennebec
Community
College,
Mar 21 Fairfield.

Rural Living Day,
March 21 Thorndike.
Co-sponsored by MOFGA and UMaine Extension.
Classes
on
gardening, forestry and
rural life. FMI: UMaine
Extension, 1-800-287
1426.

Seed Swap, Scion Exchange March 29 10 3pm Common Ground
Education Center, Unity.
No registration, Free.

Organic Gardening Workshop April 7, 6-9pm Orono
adult ed. Cost $10. Contact:
acaballero@rsu26.org or 8664119.
Intermediate
Beekeeping
Bangor adult ed. April 27,
6:30pm, runs for 3 weeks.
Cost $45. FMI 992-5523
Penquis Beekeepers 7pm on
second Tues. of the month at
the Dexter VFW. Penobscot
Beekeepers meetings visit Facebook
page
or
petercowin@tds.net.
Maine Organic Famers and
Gardeners Association Penobscot Chapter Potluck
meetings the last Sunday of
every month. Contact Argyle
Acres,
745-4797
or
galen.the.beekeeper@gmail.c
om.
Earth Day Work Day Sat.,
April 18 at MOFGA 9 a.m. to
3 p.m. Volunteers receive
lunch and a free T-shirt. FMI
Anna Libby, 568-4142.

M Ag digital photo

An opening in the curtain at the trade show this year
allowed for the viewing of penned goats. Here some Mennonite girls
show a child the colorful kids. More than 100 vendors provided displays
and allowed for Ag Associations’ an annual central venue for annual
meetings and demonstrations. The 2016 show will be the 75th annual.

Poultry School at Kennebec Valley Community College, April 11,
sponsored by UM
Extension.FMI:call 207
781-6099
richard.brozozowski@
maine.edu

Dexter VFD Facebook photo

Organic-dairy barn burns

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DEXTER - A young farmer who bought an 1830s farmstead in
November, lost 30 of 130 cows before neighbors drove livestock
from the barn to safety here February 2. Farmer Jason Bowden was
on an errand in town for less than 20 minutes when telephoned and
told his barn was on fire, totally engulfed. Firefighters from three
counties responded to save his unconnected and yet to be occupied
farm house by working in shifts many hours to control the farm
losses. The community quickly responded through a cash donation
campaign started by the former owner Fred Sherburne with some 6
thousand + dollars raised within just a few days of the fire. Bowden
is unsure at present how he will pivot to shelter the remaining dairy
cows now in the care of a neighboring 1200 head dairy farmer
volunteering the care.

Barn, house lost in fire

A large barn
and connected house brought
out firemen from two counties, Feb. 3 to battle freezing
temperatures. No animals
were lost as the Mark and
Pam Fenderson family cows
were outside at the time the
fire got started within the ell
between the house and hay
storage areas. Pam was home
at the time and smoke detectors got her out safely, yet the
activity of pipe thawing was
said to be the likely cause of
the fire. Their two children
were in school at the time.
An excavator will demolish
the structure now not fit for
rebuilding.A GoFundMe.com
has been started to help the
family in addition to insurance for the fire losses.

The Purchased
Easement Program of the
Maine Farmland Trust
(MFT) helps keep working
farms working by making
funds available when farmers sell ‘development
rights’ to help protect the
farm from inadequate tax
appraisal or other real estate pressure that calls for
higher land values based upon future development
v farming. Since 2003, eighteen farms have been
protected to include the following five working
farms: Bennett Konesni and Edith Gawler will
cultivate several low maintenance crops on 16 acres
including garlic and strawberries in Belfast; a new
purchase of 372 acres in Freedom by the Bennett
Dairy Farm will enable their fourth generation to
expand the existing dairy and maple farming; Starks
farmers Johanna Davis and Adam Nordell have left
that leased land for new ground in Unity for 41 acres
of fresh ground; Hubert McCabe and Sarah Tompkins will cultivate mixed vegetables, pigs and sheep
in Searsmont at the Atwell farm and MFT has
purchased 63-acres in Monroe to bolster the Stone
Fox Farm Creamery for Bruce and Kathy Chamberlain and enable that busy ice cream making business
to thrive with present practices using locally purchased fruits and milk from Hilltop Farm and others.

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