ORONO – Opportunities for women to learn more about agricultural activities including raising sheep, milking goats and growing herbs and vegetables will be available later this summer. Registrations are being accepted for an Experiential On-Farm Weekend for Women, scheduled for Aug. 19 to 21 at Nezinscot Farm in Turner.

The Maine Women’s Agricultural Network (WAgN) and Nezinscot Farm are coordinating the weekend event, with support from University of Maine Cooperative Extension and agricultural businesses.

“This weekend event will be fun and relevant for women of all experience levels,” says Vivianne Holmes, an Extension educator who coordinates WAgN. “It will feature a variety of activities, through which participants can learn from successful farm women, and from each other.”

The schedule includes a close look at farm operations as well as workshops on topics such as spinning and weaving, cheese making and felting and dyeing wool. Routine farming practices from managing pastures and woodlots to planning farm related businesses will be covered.

Participants can register for the entire weekend or take part in selected workshops. Registration information is available from Holmes, at 1-800-287-1458. Space is limited.


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