The annual meeting of the Knox-Lincoln Counties Extension Association (KLCEA) will be held on Wednesday, September 12, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Erickson Fields Preserve, 164 West Street in Rockport. The meeting will focus on the intersection of land conservation, sustainable agriculture and community education.

Erickson Fields Preserve is a 164-acre preserve of Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT) located in Rockport on Route 90. Erickson Fields provides many community services for the area, including a 2.5-mile wooded walking trail that connects Route 90 to Beech Hill Road; a greenway for wildlife conservation; a 4-acre vegetable garden that provides fresh produce for local pantries, schools and restaurants; a Teen Agriculture Crew program that teaches local high school students how to farm; a community garden; and a UMaine Extension Kids Can Grow program for ages 6 to 12. MCHT staff at Erickson Fields work with local farmers as part of the Mid Coast Farmers Alliance on projects to support local sustainable agriculture.

At 5 p.m., the Teen Ag Crew will offer a tour of Erickson Fields, followed by refreshments and opportunities to talk with University of Maine Cooperative Extension staff and KLCEA Executive Committee members. Erickson Fields Manager Aaron Englander and his MOFGA apprentice Lucas Brown will answer questions about MCHT’s agricultural programs at the preserve. A KLCEA business meeting will be held from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Public comments on KLCEA programs are encouraged. For more information, or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Esperanza Stancioff, esp@maine.edu, 832-0343.