Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Invasive Upland Plant Identification and Control
DEADLINE: June 4, 2018

The Franklin County Soil and Water Conservation District in conjunction with the Maine Forest Service will be holding an invasive plants training on June 5, 2018 from 8:30 - 12:30 in room C-23 downstairs in Robert’s Learning Ctr - UMF, Farmington. For directions go to,-70.1468256,514m/data=!3m1!1e3

This training will help participants: identify common upland invasive plants common to Maine’s forests. Anyone with an interest in invasive plants is encouraged to attend. 3.5 Category 1 CFE credits are available to participants.

Patty Cormier, of the Maine Forest Service, will be the presenter of the invasive upland plant interactive workshop. Bring appropriate gear for the weather conditions for the field identification session. The session will start at 8:30 a.m. with registration followed by introductions and presentation on plant identification. Mapping and control of invasive plants will be discussed before the 10:30 - 10:45 morning break. The group will then adjourn for a quick walk to the field site where field plant ID and on-site discussion of control strategies will take place. This class will conclude with a brief Q & A session and handing out of certificates.

You must send in your mailing information, phone number, e-mail address and the $15 registration fee made out to FCSWCD - 107 Park St - Farmington 04938 by June 4th to receive a certificate of participation.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
8:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.


Farmington Municipal Building
153 Farmington Falls Road
Downstairs Conference Room
Farmington, Maine

Thursday, March 22, 2018
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.


Mt. Blue Campus
Foster Technology Center
Forestry/Wood Harvesting Shop
Farmington, Maine

Hosted by the Upper Kennebec Valley Chapter of the Maine Woodland Owners


This training is geared for the part time chainsaw operator, to get more confident on chainsaw service and maintenance. This evening clinic will cover chainsaw operator maintenance, filing, and servicing to include; fuels, lubricants, trouble shooting, tools, bar and chain maintenance, and filing. Please bring your own saw and tools if you want to work on it, but not required. Instructor Pete will also furnish tools. This will be held at the Forestry/Wood Harvesting shop in the Foster Technology Center at the Mt. Blue Campus, Farmington (this is the second entrance to the H.S. off the Seamon Road). Questions call Patty at 592-2238 or email: This is free and open to all!

Instructor: Pete Tracy - Certified Logging Professional Trainer
Date: March 22nd, Thursday evening
Time: 5:30-7:30 pm.
Site: Forestry/Wood Harvesting shop at Mt. Blue Campus


Tuesday, March 27, 2018 (snow date Mar 29)
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Portland Water District Nixen Development Center
225 Douglass Street
Portland, Maine 04104-3553

Registration closes March 20, 2018

This training is provided for fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, farm food safety best practices, and co-management of natural resources and food safety. The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in § 112.22(c) that requires “At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.”

The trainers will spend approximately seven hours of instruction time covering content contained in these seven modules: * Introduction to Produce Safety, *Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training, *Soil Amendments, *Wildlife, Domesticated Animals, and Land Use, *Agricultural Water (Part I: Production Water; Part II: Postharvest Water), *Postharvest Handling and Sanitation, and *How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan.

In addition to learning about produce safety best practices, key parts of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements are outlined within each module. There will be time for questions and discussion, so participants should come prepared to share their experiences and produce safety questions.

The course will provide a foundation of farm food safety best practices and co-management information, FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements, and details on how to develop a farm food safety plan. Individuals who participate in this course are expected to gain a basic understanding of:

You will learn that microorganisms are relevant to produce safety and where they may be found on the farm; how to identify microbial risks, practices that reduce risks, and how to begin implementing produce safety practices on the farm; parts of a farm food safety plan and how to begin writing one; and the requirements in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and how to meet them.

After attending the entire course, participants will be eligible to receive a certificate from the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) that verifies they have completed the training course. To receive an AFDO certificate, a participant must be present for the entire training and submit the appropriate paperwork to their trainer at the end of the course.

For registration or accommodation, contact Jodie Keene at or 207.892.4700.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Strong Town Office in the Foster Memorial Building
14 South Main Street
Strong, Maine

Wednesday, April 4, 2018
8:00 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.


Farmington Municipal Building
153 Farmington Falls Road
Farmington, Maine
Downstairs Conference Room

Pre-Registration is required before April 3, 2018


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