Farmer network offers shared-use equipment
By Marg Land
Apr. 28, 2008, North New Portland,
Me. – The Maine Grass Farmers Network has received funds to purchase
machinery for shared use by Maine farmers to improve nutrient
management on pastures.
Apr. 28, 2008, North New Portland, Me. – The Maine Grass Farmers Network has received funds to purchase machinery for shared use by Maine farmers to improve nutrient management on pastures.
The new equipment, provided by the USDA Conservation Innovation Grants program, includes a manure spreader and a no-till drill. This equipment can also help farmers improve old, neglected pastures though good soil and manure management practices.
This equipment will be available for members of the MGFN, a cooperative effort of University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) , who attend an equipment training session and pay a $25 maintenance fee.
At the equipment training sessions, MGFN coordinators will go over proper use and calibration, and how to apply best management practices (BMPs) when using the equipment. The next training session is tentatively scheduled for August 31, 2008.
To become a member or to sign up for a training session, contact Gabe Clark at (207) 340-0098 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Information about MFGN is available on their web site and includes newsletters, articles and information about educational events and conferences.