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Mon 22

PCSWCD to Host Free Community Dinner!

January 22 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

In the Interval Between the Snowflakes being shown at the MFT Gallery in Belfast

The multi-media exhibit “In the INTERVAL between snowflakes,” on view at Maine Farmland Trust Gallery from November 20 through January 5, is a case in point.

The exhibition (part photography, part sculpture, part poetry) is a result of over 25 years of friendship between artist Bruce McAffee Towl and farmers Barbara and Jason Kafka, of Checkerberry Farm in Parkman, Maine.

“It all started twenty-five years ago,” McAffee Towl recounts, “because Jason held out his hand and in his palm were the seeds for an entire crop of onions, and we said ‘Let’s make a book for the Common Ground Fair!’ That’s what got us started.”

“It was all drawings at first,” McAffee Towl continues. “It was the friendship that allowed the farmers and their crew to feel comfortable, to have someone right there with pencil and paper to record their triumphs and less-than-triumphs.” His nickname soon became The Spector.

Fast forward two and a half decades: McAffee Towl presented the harvest of 25 years of drawings, photography, sculpture and poetry to his community, in the barn adjacent to his home in Dover-Foxcroft, in October of 2016.

“It was an emotionally moving experience,” writes John Harker, now retired but previously Director of Market and Production Development for the Maine Department of Agriculture for 26 years. He and many others felt that this exhibit must be shared around the State, as a way to raise awareness of the work that goes into growing food and simultaneously, as a way to celebrate Maine’s family farms.

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery was a logical first choice. “It was Barbara Kafka from Checkerberry Farm who approached us about Bruce’s exhibit,” says Anna Witholt Abaldo, gallery curator at Maine Farmland Trust. “When I went to see Bruce’s exhibit in early 2017, she was there, and it became immediately apparent that this production was truly a team effort, and important to many.”

The Maine Arts Commission awarded INTERVAL partial funding to be adapted for display at other venues. Betsy Miller Minott, a former farm crew member at Checkerberry, has since been instrumental in converting the exhibit for display at MFT Gallery.

As curator of MFT Gallery, Witholt Abaldo has seen a plethora of artworks and exhibits that speak to farm life. “INTERVAL is unique,” she notes, “because of the decades of heartfelt observation that pour out through the poetry, the photographs, even the hand-hewn bench made from a fallen tree which serves as a seat to view the digital slide show. It is truly a labor of love.”

In McAffee Towl’s own words, the exhibit “celebrates the I N T E R V A L between snowflakes: raising organic fruits and vegetables on a rural Maine farm in the state’s short growing season, and aims to honor all those who ‘bend’ to raise food for many of us.”

The exhibit will be on display from November 20, 2017 through January 5, 2018, and opens with a festive, public reception on Saturday December 2, during the Belfast Holiday Art Walk. The reception will be preceded by Artist/Farmer Talks at 5pm; the reception runs from 5:30-8pm.

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery, located at 97 Main Street, Belfast, is open Monday through Friday from 9am-4pm. More information can be found at

Maine Farmland Trust is a statewide, member-powered nonprofit working to protect farmland, support farmers, and advance farming. Maine Farmland Trust created its gallery to celebrate agriculture through art, and to inspire and inform the public about farming in Maine. For more information on the Trust visit

Conservation District Mapping Services Available for Professionals and for Landowners

The Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District offers landowners, foresters, municipalities and the public the service of creating aerial maps of their properties. The PCSWCD uses different overlays including soils information, federal and state wildlife, endangered and threatened species, and topographic information such as geography, watersheds and other natural features to enhance the aerial photos. The PCSWCD can also generate soil data reports.

The service is offered at the cost of $37.50 per hour with a minimum charge of half an hour. Please contact Lynn Lubas, Technical Coordinator, at (207)564-2321, extension 3 or at for more information about this valuable service for professionals and for landowners in this region.

PCSWCD to Host Free Community Dinner at Dover-Foxcroft Congregational Church

Join us for a free Community Dinner on Monday, January 22nd starting at 6:00PM at the Dover-Foxcroft Congregational Church!  The staff and board members of the conservation district will be your hosts and will be serving up an Italian dinner with fresh local foods from our county’s farmers and businesses! Bring your family and friends to enjoy the dinner!

The Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District (PCSWCD) is looking forward to saying thank you for all of the support we have received from our community, and giving back through hosting the dinner, with tremendous assistance provided by the Foxcroft Academy National Honor Society students led by teacher George Rolleston. We are excited to give back to our local community!

The District has received generous food donations from Maple Lane Farms in Charleston, Maple View Farm in Willimantic, Ripley Farm and Shaw’s Supermarket, both in Dover-Foxcroft. Come enjoy a delicious dinner with us and get to know the friendly faces of the Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District!

  • The Piscataquis County Soil & Water Conservation District Board currently meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month.  Members of the public are encouraged to join in natural resource stewardship in our community through the conservation district’s volunteer opportunities and through joining the board of supervisors.

    Do you have an interest in natural resource conservation? Would you like to work as part of a diverse team of community leaders to drive conservation education, soil and water conservation programs for farmers, landowners and foresters, and support an integral organization in our community? Contact us for more information about volunteer opportunities and open positions on the board.

Register today using the form below for any of these upcoming events!

You may mail your payment to: PCSWCD, USDA Service Center, 42 Engdahl Drive, Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426, or stop by our office at this same address.