BRIDGTON — Maine Farmland Trust will host an event celebrating farmland preservation in Cumberland County at Five Fields Farm, 720 South Bridgton Road (Route 107) from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14. All  are invited to the free event.

Maine Farmland Trust is a statewide nonprofit organization working to preserve and protect Maine’s agricultural lands and to keep Maine’s farms farming.

Tuesday evening’s event will celebrate a program titled “Forever Farms,” which is a way to celebrate the growing success of farmland protection efforts. Over the past year, signs that read “Forever Farm” have been installed across the state on farmland that has been preserved through agricultural easements. Agricultural easements ensure that the land will forever be available for farming.

Through this signage, a website, and nine events across the state, Maine Farmland Trust and its partner organizations are raising public awareness about what has been achieved, while generating excitement for future farmland preservation.

“There is a lot to celebrate about farming in Maine, including the fact that more and more farmland owners see the value of permanently protecting their land and their legacy,” said Trust Executive Director John Piotti.

There are more than 75 farms in the program and participation is growing. There are more than 200 farms protected by agricultural easement in Maine.

The event will include prepared local produce, live music by Dog Wants Out and farm tours.

Visit www.foreverfarms.org for more information about the Forever Farms program and www.mainefarmlandtrust.org to learn more about the trust.

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