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The Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM)’s annual fundraising event takes place at the end of December in Portland, Maine and consists of a 5K followed by a dip into the ocean! NCRM’s goal this year is to raise $25,000 – all of which will be used to support work towards energy efficiency, clean air, and renewable energy sources, in an effort to reduce the effects of climate change in Maine.
You can register to take a dip, make a donation, and sponsor a team or individual here.
Northeast Oraganic Farming Association of New Hampshire (NOFA-NH)’s fundraising event began with a mead tasting and hor d’oeuvres provided by Ancient Fire Mead & Cider, Moonlight Meadery, Sap House Meadery, and Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs – an event that was sold out before the doors even opened. An informative panel discussion, moderated by BCM’s own Amy Manzelli, was held following the screening of the film. The panelists provided resources related to beekeeping, organic farming and land care, and pollinator protection.
The resources provided by the panelists, legislative action opportunities, and additional screenings of “The Pollinators” can be found here.
Friends of Casco Bay has been committed to improving and protecting the Casco Bay through advocating, researching, and engaging the community since 1989. As the largest film festival of its kind in the United States and the conservation organization’s biggest fundraiser of the year – Friends of Casco Bay hope to encourage action, activism and spread their enthusiasm for the environment.
Click here to view photos from this event and to find out who else sponsors Friends of Casco Bay.
Did you know that 1 out of every 3 bites of food we eat depends on bees? That’s why NOFA-NH is screening “The Pollinators” on November 11th at Red River Theatres in Concord – an award-winning documentary film following migratory beekeepers across the United States as their honeybees pollinate the flowers that become the fruits, nuts and vegetables we all eat.
Join NOFA-NH for a celebration of honey, bees and organic farming at this fun and educational film screening and fundraiser. This event will open with a mead tasting, hors d’oeuvres and exhibitors at 5 PM, followed by the film at 6 PM, and close with an engaging panel discussion of knowledgeable practitioners addressing the threats to pollinators and offering solutions.
Click here to learn more and get your tickets.
Elizabeth Boepple has been invited to speak along with a panel of experts to discuss agricultural and conservation easements in Maine. Lawyers attending this session will learn how best to advise clients as the number of farms closing and farmers retiring continues to increase. Beth will be one of five experts contributing to the discussion of how best to represent new and existing clients as they respond to efforts to protect Maine’s farmland.
Find out more about the session and registering here.
Amy Manzelli, Esq. will be speaking at the 49th annual conference held by the NH Association of Conservation Commission on Saturday, November 2nd at the Pembroke Academy. Amy will be discussing the legal considerations of monitoring conservation easements, followed by a Q & A. NHACC’s annual meeting is the only state-wide conference for municipal conservation commission members. This year’s panel discussion is “The Nature Economy; Balancing Develpement and Natural Resouces”.
Learn more and register for the conference here.
It’s a real wake-up call to see how few farmers age 65+ have a next generation working on the farm with them. How and to whom this land and farm infrastructure transfers will have an enormous impact on the future of farming in New England. At the same time, access to land is one of the biggest challenges for beginning farmers in New England. Farmers, landowners, and farm advocates are invited to the fifth annual Farmland Access & Transfer Conference on November 18, 2019 at the Augusta Civic Center, Augusta ME. Learn strategies for tackling succession planning, participate in conversations about equity and affordability, gain the skills to find and secure farmland, negotiate a good lease agreement, and more. It’s the largest conference in the region focused on land access and transfer! Last year’s conference drew over 130 farmers, policymakers, service providers and advocates as well as members of the general public. The conference is co-hosted by Maine Farmland Trust and Land For Good. For more information or to register, go to mainefarmlandtrust.org/access-2019.
Thank you to our many sponsors Maine Harvest Credit Union, Agrarian Trust, BCM Environmental & Land Law, Conservation Law Foundation, Greenhorns, Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association, Farm Credit East, Land In Common, Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Cooperative Development Institute, and American Farmland Trust.
See, Walk, Learn & Network! NOFA-NH is presenting an educational program for farmers, farm workers, gardeners, students, and families. Participants will have the opportunity to tour three Merrimack County farms as a part of the NOFA-NH CRAFT (Collaborative Regional Alliances for Farmer Training) program and visit the places where real, local organic vegetables are being grown.
Click HERE to register for this exciting event and learn more about NOFA-NH’s CRAFT Program.
Elizabeth Boepple presented a webinar regarding Agricultural Easements as a part of the CLF Legal Food Hub Winter Webinar Series on March 5, 2019. The CLF Legal Food Hub is an organization that provides pro bono legal assistance, workshops, and training to farmers, food entrepreneurs, and related organizations in order to foster a sustainable, resilient, and just food system. Check out Beth’s presentation here to learn more about agricultural easements!