Our Bulb sale is over for this year. If you want, see what we had to offer and begin planning for next year. Kennebec 2016 Bulb order information
CHECK OUT THE MAINE FARM DAYS PAGE. The two day event on August 24th and 25th went off great. ME FARM DAYS 2016 brochure We will add some pictures and comments later.
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Free Disposal of Banned, Unusable Pesticides Available to Maine Residents
This October, the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s (DACF) Board of Pesticides Control (BPC) and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will help Mainers dispose of banned or unusable pesticides. The Maine Obsolete Pesticides Collection Program is a free annual program for homeowners, family-owned farms and greenhouses. The program has collected almost 100 tons of pesticides since its inception.
Collections will occur at sites in Presque Isle, Bangor, Augusta and Portland. Participants must register by September 23, 2016.
The collected chemicals go to out-of-state disposal facilities licensed by the federal Environmental Protection Agency where they are incinerated or reprocessed.
Registration by September 23, 2016 is mandatory – drop-ins are not permitted. To register, get details, and learn important information about the temporary storage and transportation of obsolete pesticides, go to the BPC Web site at http://www.thinkfirstspraylast.org, or call 207-287-2731.
The Maine Obsolete Pesticides Collection Program, jointly sponsored by the BPC and DEP, and paid for entirely through pesticide product registration fees, has kept more than 97 tons of pesticides out of the waste stream since its start in 1982.
Spruce Mountain High School in Jay represented Maine at the International competition in Ontario, Canada. They are back from the competition and are all fired up for next year.
See the local newspaper’s article on their experience –
If you are a high school rep, student or parent who is interested, check the MACD website – MaineConservationDistricts.com or contact us for more information. We had about 60 teams signed up. The actual competitions are scheduled in April, May and June of 2016.
In other news:
The Kennebec and Knox-Lincoln SWCD’s are starting a project awarded to the Maine Natural Areas Program to address terrestrial invasive plants. It includes support to help landowners IMap the invasives they have, learn techniques to manage those invasives, and provide workshops to spread the word. We are starting work on that project this spring.
The Kennebec SWCD is doing work for NRCS, our Federal partners to help them identify and document local “Conservation Priorities” in Kennebec County. Public meetings are being held State-wide. The state-wide survey collected input from nearly 1,000 people.
The Kennebec SWCD is part of a statewide group of SWCD’s providing Forestry Pest outreach. Work has begun. Look for “Forestry Pest” workshops and displays in the coming months.
The Kennebec SWCD is working with the Town of Fayette in a project to replace old culverts on Sandy River Road that currently serve as a habitat barrier. The Maine DEP has awarded funds to the Town for the work and we are assisting with the planning, permitting and oversight.