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By Liz Bawden, NODPA Board Co-President
It is a season of extremes. Our dried-out fields and burnt-up pastures have been replaced with acres of wet, boggy conditions and lush regrowth. We feel fortunate that the rains came, but we are apprehensive at the same time. Now we must wait for the hay fields to firm up after all this precipitation. My neighbor suggested that we not pray quite so hard for rain during the next drought.
Last year around this time, we had to make the hard decision to postpone the in-person Field Days. Many of us took part in other conference opportunities online, but it lacked the personal conversations and meeting up with old and new friends.
Things in my corner of New York have returned (mostly) to pre-pandemic normal. We are emerging from the mask-wearing and constant sanitizing to enjoying family and friends again. I suppose the growing percentage of vaccinated people around us helps to give us a sense of security. So we are thrilled that this year’s Annual NODPA Field Days will be an in-person event held Thursday and Friday, September 30 and October 1st at Wolf’s Neck Center for Agriculture and the Environment in Freeport, Maine. Nora Owens has been working tirelessly to make this event safe and enjoyable for all! I hope you will consider joining us for two days on Maine’s rocky coast! Please mark your calendars today!