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Register now for China-region farm tour

Posted Aug. 22, 2012, at 11:45 a.m.
Anders Olson of Unity designed the winning logo for the 2012 Farm & Habitat Tour presented by Sebasticook Regional Land Trust on Saturday, Sept. 15 in China.
Anders Olson of Unity designed the winning logo for the 2012 Farm & Habitat Tour presented by Sebasticook Regional Land Trust on Saturday, Sept. 15 in China.
Anders Olson of Unity designed the winning logo for the 2012 Farm & Habitat Tour presented by Sebasticook Regional Land Trust on Saturday, Sept. 15 in China.
Anders Olson of Unity designed the winning logo for the 2012 Farm & Habitat Tour presented by Sebasticook Regional Land Trust on Saturday, Sept. 15 in China.

CHINA – Pedal or paddle your way through some of the Sebasticook River Valley’s most beautiful farmland and meet our local farmers.

The Sebasticook Regional Land Trust (SRLT) invites families and individuals to participate in the 2012 Farm and Habitat Tour on Saturday, Sept. 15 at 9 a.m. Tour proceeds benefit SRLT’s conservation efforts in the Sebasticook River watershed.

The ride starts and ends at the parking lot next to The Landing restaurant at the corner of Lakeview Drive (Route 202) and Causeway Road in China. A 25- or 30-mile loop around China Lake will include rest stops and a support vehicle.

This year cyclists will again enjoy tours of farms and wild places led by local farmers and guides, savor locally produced fruit, veggies and yogurt, and enjoy the beauty of the Sebasticook watershed. New tour stops this year include Three Level Farm and the Davidson Preserve, with Meadow Brook Farm and the China School Forest returning for a second year.

An option available for those who would rather be out on the water is a guided paddle in and around the China Lake wetlands. Please note that the paddle will likely last no more than 2 hours and will end sooner than the bike tour.

Registrations will be accepted beginning at 8 a.m. the day of the ride, but people are encouraged to register early to ensure they receive a tour t-shirt featuring the winning artwork from this year’s logo contest, submitted by Anders Olson of Unity. The registration fees for either the bike or paddle tour are $10 per person or $20 per family (up to 2 adults and unlimited children). Participants may download a registration form at www.SebasticookRLT.org or request a form by emailing or calling Sebasticook Regional Land Trust, at jennifer@sebasticookrlt.org or 948-3766.

This year’s tour sponsors include Stonyfield, Johnny’s Selected Seeds, Kennebec Timber Framing, Kleinschmidt Associates, Organic Valley, ReVision Energy, Unity College, Whitt’s Garment Works, Chain Meadow Farm and Lakeview Lumber. Community sponsors and volunteers make this event possible! If you would like to contribute to the tour’s success with a cash donation, a contribution of local edibles or cider, or your own precious time, please contact our office.

Sebasticook Regional Land Trust is a membership-supported nonprofit with a mission to conserve the rich wild and working landscape of the Sebasticook River region through a combination of land conservation and education. Located in the heart of Maine, the Sebasticook River watershed is a region of high ecological value and agricultural productivity. For more information, visit http://www.SebasticookRLT.org or find SRLT on Facebook.

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