LEEDS, Maine — The 2009 Maine Farm Days will be held Friday and Saturday, Aug. 21 and 22, at the Barker Farm. The theme is “Renewable and Alternative Energy Sources.”
Presentations will be offered on solar and wind energy, in addition to farmland preservation, from groups such as Androscoggin Land Trust and Maine Farm Land Protection.
Susan Gammon, executive director of the Androscoggin Valley Soil and Water Conservation District, will speak about carbon sequestration and the potential financial gain for farmers and landowners.
For the public and farmers, vendors will be selling agricultural equipment, products, crafts and food. Agricultural organizations will have displays and groups will give presentations and training sessions offered with continuing learning credits.
This year a farmers market — a new opportunity at Maine Farm Days — will be held. Vendors will exhibit and sell their fresh Maine produce. Farmers interested in selling should go to www.androscogginswcd.net, click on “Maine Farm Days” and download the contract agreements for vendors, exhibitors and farm markets.
This is the same weekend as the Balloon Festival, giving an opportunity to see the balloons launch in the morning, take in the events at Maine Farm Days and end the day watching the balloons land in the early evening, organizers said.
For information, go to www.androscogginswcd.net.
The Barker Farm is located at 9 Barker Road in North Leeds on Route 106 and just north of where the railroad tracks cross Route 106.