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Soil health session targets female farmland owners

LITTLETON, Maine — Women who live in Maine and own or manage farmland are invited to a conservation discussion focused on improving soil health at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 19, in Littleton.

This free Women Caring for the Land event will be held at the Meduxnekeag Ramblers Snowmobile Club on Wiley Road in Littleton. Registration and resource sharing will start at 8:30, with the meeting beginning at 9. The day will end at 3 p.m.  Free lunch will be included.

The program is sponsored by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Southern Aroostook Soil and Water Conservation District and the Women, Food and Agriculture Network.

Maintaining healthy soil is the key to productivity and environmental health for farmland. Nearly a third of the farmland in the US is currently owned or co-owned by women. Women landowners who attend this meeting will learn to assess and improve the health of their soil.

The informal atmosphere allows discussion with women conservation professionals who can help with landowners’ management goals. Current practices of farming are changing rapidly. Some common practices are harming the land and water, and there are more options available than in the past.  Conservation practices have been modified or replaced with more holistic options that not only improve soil conditions and other natural resources, but also positively impact rural communities.

There is no obligation to pursue any new management style.

Space is limited and walk-in participants will be allowed.  Those who plan to attend should RSVP by Monday, Sept. 17, at or, or phone (207) 254-4126.

This meeting is made possible with funding from a Conservation Innovation Grant from the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Women, Food and Agriculture Network is a non-profit, educational organization formed in 1997 to provide networking, information and leadership development opportunities to women involved in all aspects of sustainable agriculture. Learn more at

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