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Talk and Tour at Peggy Rockefeller Farms

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MOUNT DESERT, ME—On Friday August 16, College of the Atlantic will host an informational session and tour of the Peggy Rockefeller Farms. The event will begin at 10 a.m. at the sheep shed located off the Crooked Road just past the Norway Drive intersection.

The farm properties, which consist of 125 acres donated to COA by David Rockefeller in 2010, are part of the largest remaining contiguous area of pasture on Mount Desert Island. COA faculty, staff and alumni and farm manager, C.J. Walke will share COA’s plans for the future of the farms, which includes crop production, an orchard, livestock, and renewable energy projects. Students will lead tours around the farms and describe the work that has already been accomplished through Farm Planning courses and other student-led projects.

“The College looks forward to restoring a healthy ecosystem at the Peggy Rockefeller Farms,” said Molly Anderson, COA’s Partridge Chair in Food and Sustainable Agriculture Systems. “Our vision is to create a dynamic, diversified educational and research farm that helps our students learn about food production and how to manage working landscapes.”

The main purposes of the Peggy Rockefeller Farms will be exploring, analyzing and demonstrating practices appropriate for a post-petroleum diversified food system that provides healthy food and farm products for all members of its community, closes the nutrient loop, conserves soil and biodiversity, protects water quality, and meets its energy needs through local resources. COA also owns and operates Beech Hill Farm, which is an organic produce farm that sells through a farm stand, a CSA, and to the COA kitchen.

The Peggy Rockefeller Farms are located at the intersection of Norway Drive and Crooked Road. The sheep shed can be found by heading west on the Crooked Road from Bar Harbor and taking the first left after Norway Drive. Refreshments will be served.
For more information about the event, contact Kim Childs at kchilds@coa.edu or 207-801-5625.

About College of the Atlantic
College of the Atlantic was founded in 1969 on the premise that education should go beyond understanding the world as it is, to enabling students to actively shape its future. A leader in experiential education and environmental stewardship, COA has pioneered a distinctive interdisciplinary approach to learning—human ecology—that develops the kinds of creative thinkers and doers needed by all sectors of society in addressing the compelling and growing needs of our world. For more, visitwww.coa.edu.

FARM TOUR: Friday, August 16 at 10 a.m. Talk and Tour at College of the Atlantic’s Peggy Rockefeller Farms. Hear the latest news from COA’s farming and food systems. Norway Drive and Crooked Road, Mount Desert, ME. kchilds@coa.edu or 207- 801-5625. www.coa.edu.