Today is the day.
...Happy Earth Day, Earth!
The first Earth Day occurred in 1970, intended to highlight environmental issues and environmental protection. Democratic senator Gaylord Nelson began the initiative, enlisting support from conservative senator Pete McCloskey, and recent Harvard graduate and activist Denis Hayes to do the national organizing. Earth Day falls every year on April 22nd, aligned between spring break and final exams.
Participants in Maine Food Strategy discussions have emphasized the important link between how food is produced and the health of our natural resources, with many encouraging actionable goals that promote soil and water health and support the increased use of technologies and resources for Best Management Practices (BMPs).*
There are multiple resources in Maine for complying with and employing BMPs:
These are only a handful of what programs exist in Maine to support farms looking to employ Best Management Practices. If you know of others that were not mentioned here, head on over to our Facebook Page and share them! #knowledgeispower
- The Department of Agriculture, Conversation and Forestry has a “Manuel of Best Management Practices." This was developed as a resource for farmers, government, consulting agencies to teach and determine if a farm is complying with BMPs.
- The Maine Organic Farmer's and Grower's Association (MOFGA) holds workshops on topics that comply with best management practices. Visit the Events Calendar for specifics.
- The University of Maine Cooperative Extension routinely holds classes, workshops, conducts research, and compiles publications on practices that support healthy farming practices and can answer questions on best management practices. Contact your local office or visit them online.
*BMPs are methods used to minimize environmental impacts, such as soil erosion or reduced water quality.