DRA and Wawenock Golf Club partner in natural pest control project

bird box volunteers in front of wawenock golf club house

Wawenock Golf Club in Walpole and DRA recently collaborated on a project to control insect pests at the golf course using biological instead of chemical means. On a sunny and brisk April morning, a crew of around twenty DRA and Wawenock volunteers, including students from Lincoln Academy’s IDEAL program, installed 18 bluebird boxes in open areas around the greens. The boxes are designed to appeal to both Eastern Bluebirds, a member of the thrush family that eats grubs and insects on the ground, and Tree Swallows, which feed on flying insects. The golf club uses careful integrated pest management practices

Can palm trees do that?

Sea smoke and frosty trees on the river

This “partial letter to friends in Florida” is taken from Barnaby Porter’s book, Twelve Miles from the Rest of the World. Let me tell you about yesterday morning. I went down to the shore as usual to check on things. It was still . . . whisper still. All the trees, most impressively the tall pines, were trimmed in pink and white hoarfrost, and the sun, which is a little higher these days, was beaming down through them with the bright promise of spring sometime in the not too distant future. The river was royal blue with frozen trimming. Every

Construction at DRA’s Round Top Farmhouse kicks off mid-March

The historic farmhouse at DRA’s Round Top Farms in Damariscotta will be undergoing renovations this year, with work scheduled to begin in mid-March. Damariscotta River Association (DRA) plans to relocate its administrative headquarters to the farmhouse when work is complete this fall. Preserving a piece of local history DRA inherited the property from Round Top Center for the Arts when that organization dissolved in 2008, according to a safe fallback arrangement made by former owner Nancy Freeman. Though maintenance of the buildings at Round Top Farms had long been deferred, DRA recognized the particular value of the farmhouse to the

Twin Villages Foodbank Farm continues to grow

students planting seedlings at the farm

After two full growing seasons, Twin Villages Foodbank Farm (TVFF) in Damariscotta is ready to expand its capacity to grow and deliver fresh food to food pantries and other programs in Lincoln County. TVFF partners with DRA, using organic growing practices on two acres of land located at DRA’s Great Salt Bay Farm. Last year, with support from the community and help from hundreds of student volunteers, the farm grew and delivered nutrient-rich vegetables to food pantries in Newcastle, Boothbay, Wiscasset, Jefferson, Waldoboro and Whitefield, as well as Newcastle Head Start and Wiscasset High School. This year, TVFF plans to

Snow just in time for Winter Fest

ice skating at the community ice rink

Though the weather was unseasonably warm and the ground bare two days earlier, a cold front and a few inches of snow arrived in time to provide just the right conditions for Winter Fest on February 18! DRA partnered with Great Salt Bay School’s PTO to host the festival, celebrating the best of winter with outdoor fun. The ice rink was open for skating, a campfire burned nearby for toasting marshmallows, and Education Director Sarah Gladu was on hand with her sled dogs to offer rides on the dogsled. Many kids and adults took advantage of the fresh snow for

DRA and PWA Explore Opportunities for Collaboration

A Joint Statement to Our Members Our volunteers, members, and supporters are the true caretakers of the lands and waters of the Damariscotta River and Pemaquid River watersheds. You help to educate tomorrow’s river keepers. You make it possible to conserve treasured forests, farms, and islands. You enable the creation and maintenance of dozens of miles of trails and you play a vital role in keeping our waterways clean and healthy. Thank you! We are so grateful for all you do for the well-being of our local lands, waters, and communities and know you share in our deep connection to

Celebrating a new “Forever Farm” in Damariscotta

The farmers and their family in the field

60 acres of farm fields and woods on Route One just northeast of downtown Damariscotta are now permanently protected, thanks to a collaboration between Damariscotta River Association (DRA), Maine Farmland Trust (MFT), Slow Money Maine, The Morris Farm Trust, United States Department of Agriculture and Brady Hatch and Brendan McQuillen of Morning Dew Farm. “This complicated project has been almost seven years in the making, and it is hard to imagine a better outcome,” said Adam Bishop, Farmland Protection Program Director at MFT. Your support through DRA helped make this possible. Maine Farmland Trust, in partnership with DRA, and with

Kids help grow food for donation at Twin Villages Foodbank Farm

kids harvesting carrots at the farm

“I enjoyed harvesting beets and carrots. I learned there is a place that grows and gives produce to people who need it. It means a lot to me to be a part of it.” So wrote Zoie Wells, a fifth grader at Great Salt Bay (GSB) Community School, in a handwritten note to Twin Villages Foodbank Farm (TVFF) Manager Sara Cawthon. Zoie’s note is affirming of the farm’s intent to work with students to foster a sense of community stewardship as well as a connection to the local growing season. TVFF grows vegetables using organic growing practices on two acres

Mourning the loss of a landmark

DRA's 1910 hay barn

Passers-by will notice a significant change to the landscape at DRA’s Great Salt Bay Farm. Structural damage to the barn caused by recent wind storms made it necessary to take down the 1910 hay barn across the road from the farmhouse on November 20. Though we had made repairs to the barn over the years, including a new roof, cribbing, and substantial bracing, the structural timbers were compromised by the 70 mph winds of the October 30 storm as well as by the two subsequent gales. Four of the major vertical posts sheared completely so that the barn began to

Mr. Steele Gets a Twofer

student preparing a water sample for incubation

A Personal Reflection on DRA’s New Water Quality Lab: (One reason) why I went to work for DRA When I was in the seventh grade, I had the chance to take part in a water quality study of Blue Heron Lake in Bedford, New York. Mr. Steele was a wonderful teacher at our public middle school with a special interest in environmental science, and he invited me and another boy in my class to join him in this project. For several Fridays in a row through the fall, we took turns rowing a boat around the lake and taking water