Free irrigation workshops to be held in Lewiston Sept. 18, 25

LEWISTON — The Androscoggin Valley Soil and Water Conservation District is holding free irrigation workshops from 9 a.m. to noon on Monday, Sept. 18 and Sept. 25.
The workshops are a great opportunity for those who are interested in learning more about what irrigation system they may need or for learning how to optimize their current irrigation system for crop production, according to a water district press release.

The Sept. 18 workshop, at 254 Goddard Road, will focus on an introduction to irrigation systems and the importance of understanding soils
The Sept. 25 workshop, New Roots Farm, 954 College St., will apply the topics from the first workshop in the field. It will give attendees the tools for understanding how much water and when to apply for best crop production, the release said.
Presenters will be David Rocque, Maine State soil scientist; Candi Gilpatric, NRCS agricultural engineer; and Manel Diaz, NRCS agricultural engineer. The presenters will be sharing their years of combined knowledge of soils, crops, and irrigation systems. The workshops will be held in English as well as Maay Maay, for Somali attendees.
The workshops are funded by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.
To register, call Jocelyn Lahey at 207-241-5374 or email