WCSH6.com | Portland, ME | Composting At Highmoor Farm

Beautiful Highmoor Farm on Route 202 in Monmouth is one of The University of Maine’s five agricultural research facilities.

Originally purchased by the state in 1909, the 278-acre farm is celebrating 100 years of agricultural research, but it is cutting edge work.

With the Green movement, there is a heightened interest in agriculture among young people. Community Supported Agriculture, organic farming, higher food standards are all concerns of students who are flocking to farms in droves.

"I knew these trends were starting, but the strength of these movements surprises me," said University of Maine President Robert Kennedy. Kennedy, who grew up on a farm, participated in 4-H and had professorial appointments in Departments of Agriculture told NEWS CENTER that Maine stands to benefit from the green movement.

One area in which Maine leads the world is composting. The State of Maine has a compost team with representatives from the University, the Cooperative Extension Service, Department of Agriculture and Department of Environmental Protection. They have taught semi-annual, week-long courses to students from 40 countries. They have also been invited to present as far away as Australia.

They teach composters on the professional level (such as landfill operators) and on a household level. For more information on composting, click on the link to the right.

Mark King, Environmental Specialist for the Department of Environmental Protection advises, "Anytime is a good time to begin composting."

Source Article:  http://www.wcsh6.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=108446&catid=2


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  1. Mixing compost with soil also contributes to erosion control… Eco Friendly

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