View our Spring 2019 Newsletter, with a complete list of our spring and early summer events.
You can view our catalog and make your spring yard and garden plans here. The catalog is available by mail (contact us for a copy), or you can pick one up at our office. Previous plant sale customers will receive a mailed copy soon.
Online ordering now available here! (Or click on the Order tab at the top of the page.) A printable order form is also available at the end of the catalog.
PLEASE NOTE: The correct address for Farm in the Woods is firstname.lastname@example.org, not as listed on the cover of the catalog.
This cute little guy is BAD NEWS.
Browntail moth is an invasive forest pest that continues to expand its range in Maine bringing with it human health impacts. Browntail moth is now present in Waldo County and other areas of the Midcoast. The larval stage (caterpillar) of this insect feeds on the foliage of hardwood trees and shrubs including: oak, shadbush, apple, cherry, beach plum, and rugosa rose. Larval feeding causes reduction of growth and occasional kills valued trees and shrubs. While feeding damage may cause some concern, the primary concern is the impact on humans from the browntail moth is the result of contact with poisonous hairs found on the caterpillars. Contact of these hairs with human skin causes a rash similar to poison ivy that can be severe on some individuals, and the hairs can cause breathing problems. Late winter is an ideal time to control it by clipping and destroying its winter webs.
See the Maine Forest Service website for an overview of its biology, history in Maine and updates on current browntail range/ areas at risk. MFS also has information about management options and ways to mitigate human health impacts. If you think you have browntail moth infestation on your property in Waldo County, please inform the District or the Maine Forest Service.
Find out what we’ve been up to….the report is a good read, with lots of photos from the year. We hope you will read it and share in our successes. Click the link to view or download the report: WCSW Annual Report 2018
Become a Conservation Technician with the Soil and Water Conservation District! This multi-faceted summer experience will give participants a broad skill set useful in any environmental or conservation career.
Conservation Technician Internship Description:
7 weeks in June and July, 2019
We are seeking qualified interns for a summer experience which will be focused on land stewardship, ecological restoration, forest research and conservation practices. This position will provide development of a broad skill set applicable to many environmental science careers, including science communication, field science and multiple types of land stewardship and management. Tasks include site restoration, planting native plants, invasives monitoring and control, trail building and maintenance, data collection for
research and biological assessment. Field study and training sessions in Coastal Maine ecology, botany, invasion biology, forests and climate change, safety, tools and equipment use, restoration and public access infrastructure are provided. The intern will use GPS and GIS mapping technology to characterize and mark invasive plant populations and to do sensitive features delineation. Other responsibilities include writing posts and articles on our findings and inputting and organizing scientific data. The intern will work under the direction of the Waldo County Soil and Water Conservation District based in Belfast, and will also work with several other area environmental organizations. An option to assist Natural Resource Conservation Service staff in the field may be included. Two positions are available for a 7 week commitment. The internship is unpaid, but will include stipends for any work where project funding allows, and free housing if needed. Most work is completed in June and July, with some flexibility based on work or other summer obligations students may have. Optional paid work with partner organizations is available as an extension in late July to early August.
Apply: Students may apply by sending a letter of interest and a resume to aleta.waldosoilandwater@gmail.