Building Knowledge, Skills and Networks for Soil Security in Maine–Part 2
Due to high demand among participants in the current project, the Maine state program is continuing to provide professional development from 2017 to 2020 on soil health strategies, primarily cover cropping and reduced/no-tillage, to agricultural service providers working in cropping system teams (potato-grain, dairy and mixed-vegetable). Educators are participating in two day-long workshops each year. Teams are designing and implementing on-farm demonstrations relevant to their cropping system each year, hosting a farmer field day at each site, and working with additional farmers independently throughout the project. Each year one team will organize and host a soil health S.W.O.T, analysis for all participants.
Recently Completed Project
Building Knowledge, Skills and Networks for Soil Security in Maine–Part 1
This three year initiative, begun in 2014, helped local teams of ag service providers increase their capacity to help farmers make informed decisions about adopting soil health strategies for Northern Maine potato-grain systems, dairy cropping systems in central Maine and mixed vegetable cropping systems in the south-central part of the state. Participants increased their knowledge about the biological, chemical and physical components of soil health, soil health testing, and the effects of cover crops, reduced tillage and different rotations on soil health and nutrients.