Maine Grass Farmers Network to Host Thorndike Pasture Walk June 10

Contact: UMaine Cooperative Extension, 1-800-287-1426

THORNDIKE — The Maine Grass Farmers Network is hosting a series of pasture walks during the summer and fall of 2010, the first of which is set for Thursday, June 10 at the farm of Simon Stoll on the Palmer Road in Thorndike.

The pasture walk will begin at 5 p.m. The farm is located near the intersections of Ward Hill, Reynolds and the Palmer roads.

The Stolls purchased the dairy farm in 2008 and converted the farm to a pasture-based dairy. New seedings, lanes and fencing have made the farm a model for pasture-based dairy systems. The Stolls also have converted their barn to a composted bedded pack.

Contact the University of Maine Cooperative Extension at 1-800-287-1426 for additional information or to sign up.

Future pasture walks include the Martin Kilby Farm in Benedicta July 17, the Harris Farm in Dayton July 18 and the Sinisi Farm in Durham August 15.

The Maine Grass Farmers Network is co-sponsoring these pasture walks with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association and the Natural Resources Conservation Service. For more information about MGFN and its mission, visit http://www.umaine.edu/umext/mgfn/