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Cultivating Our Community: Soil Health Matters, Apr 11
Cultivating Our Community: Soil Health Matters, Apr 11

Join us this Saturday for Cultivating Our Community 2015: Soil Health Matters!

East Sangerville Grange (ESG) will be observing two special occasions with its third annual “Cultivating Our Community 2015” event on Saturday, April 11th.

First, April is “Grange Month,” a time when granges around the country make an extra effort to open their doors to the community and encourage new folks to join. Granges were originally founded to serve the interests of farmers. To this day, local granges continue to advocate for farmers, and for sustainable local communities, by providing resources and information to strengthen their agriculture practices. The second occasion of note: the 68th United Nations General Assembly has declared 2015 the “International Year of Soils.” In that light, the theme of “Cultivating Our Community 2015” couldn’t be more timely.

Called “Healthy Soil Matters!," this year’s “Cultivating Our Community” program is presented by ESG in partnership with the Piscataquis County Soil & Water Conservation District (PCSWCD). The conference is geared for home gardeners and commercial farmers alike. Topics will include an overview of soil health fundamentals, a look at soils in Piscataquis County, and a “case study” of lessons learned at Stutzman’s Farm including how to encourage healthy soil and reclaim soils that have been deeply compacted. There will also be discussion about the role healthy soil plays in maintaining healthy communities and healthy food systems.

“Cultivating Community 2015” runs at East Sangerville Grange from 10 am to 2:30 pm. Doors open at 9:30am. The event is free and no registration is required. A light lunch will be provided, however, so to help determine how much food to prepare the organizers request that anyone planning to come contact ESG master Erin Callaway. You can reach her at or call 343-0171.

Directions to the Grange are available on the East Sangerville Grange website at and Facebook page at

Posted on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 (Archive on Friday, May 1, 2015)
Posted by Jym St. Pierre   Contributed by Jym St. Pierre

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