Aug
16
11:30 AM11:30

Forest Bathing

Join the Brunswick Topsham Land Trust: Finding Mindfulness in Nature

Forest Bathing uses the meditative power of nature to heal. Bathe yourself in the calm and serenity of the great outdoors. Research has shown this therapy can improve mood, sleep, energy and focus. Forest Bathing can also boost the immune system and lower blood pressure and stress level.

Join Cleo Wolf, Acupuncturist and former Buddhist monk for a meditative stroll through the woods. Learn usable techniques for mindfulness and walking meditation while immersed in nature’s tranquility.

$10 suggested donation for Forest Bathing event. Register online by clicking HERE.

Stay after for a rejuvenating yoga class at Jade Integrated Health

Jade Integrated Health is located at 12 Windorf Cir, Brunswick, ME 04011.

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Farm to Table Dinner and Fundraiser at Scatter Good Farm
Aug
18
5:00 PM17:00

Farm to Table Dinner and Fundraiser at Scatter Good Farm

SAVE THE DATE!

On August 18, 2018, Growing to Give will be hosting its 2nd Annual Farm to Table Dinner and Fundraiser at its host site: Scatter Good Farm in Brunswick, Maine. The dinner will feature the creations of four Maine-based professional female chefs, followed by a mission auction and the music of legendary folk musician, Bill Staines. Tickets on sale now, only 100 available, reserve them now.

 

Photo Credit: Scatter Good Farm

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Concert and Community Meal
Aug
19
6:00 PM18:00

Concert and Community Meal

Join our partner Bowdoinham Community Development Initiative for a concert and dinner fundraiser at the Philip Mailly Waterfront Park in Bowdoinham!

Concert begins at 6 pm and dinner will be delicious tacos and sides prepared with fresh local farm ingredients. Donating farms include: Blue Bell Farm, Scape Goat Garlic Farm, and Whatley Farm...THANK YOU!

The band is Eagles Way, a local four-piece band sharing their love of classic rock and country.

Bring your friends, family, chairs or a blanket and enjoy the show! (Concert is free).

Photo Credit: Town of Bowdoinham

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Aug
21
2:00 PM14:00
Maine's Atlantic Salmon
Aug
29
6:30 PM18:30

Maine's Atlantic Salmon

Fish Lecture Series: Highlighting three fish species that migrate between Maine's rivers and coasts.

Join experts John Burrows (ASF) and Paul Christman (DMR), to discuss the state of Maine's Atlantic salmon.

When: Wednesday, August 29 at 6:30pm

Where: Bath Freight Shed in Bath

John Burows from the Atlantic Salmon Federation and Paul Christman from the Department of Marine Resources will present about the state of Atlantic salmon in Maine and restoration projects in the Kennebec, Androscoggin, and Sheepscot Rivers. They have worked on restoration projects to increase salmon habitat in Maine's rivers.

These lectures are a collaboration between KELT and Midcoast Conservancy.

Preregistration for the lecture is not required, but it is appreciated for help with program planning.  For more information or to sign-up, use the Google Form here or call (207) 442-8400.

(Illustration by Ron Davis Designs).

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Estuary Shindig, Featuring Colin Woodard
Sep
11
5:30 PM17:30

Estuary Shindig, Featuring Colin Woodard

  • 383 Old Stage Road Woolwich, ME, 04579 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Mike and Betsy Fear invite you to Kennebec Estuary Land Trust's annual fundraiser.

SEPTEMBER 11TH 2018 AT 5:30PM

THE OLD SCHULTEN FARM

383 OLD STAGE ROAD WOOLWICH 

Join other KELT supporters to socialize, enjoy cocktails, heavy hors d'oeuvres and hear from award-winning author, Colin Woodard.

Woodard will speak about his book, Oceans End: Travels Through Endangered Seas, a cultural and environmental history of the coast of Maine. He will focus on ocean issues he experienced firsthand around the world and how they are emerging here in the Gulf of Maine. He will also touch upon his other books and their connections to Maine. 

The event benefits all of KELT's work. 

Click here for TICKETS.

 

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Trail Run with BTLT at Bradley Pond
Sep
13
5:15 PM17:15

Trail Run with BTLT at Bradley Pond

Join BTLT on the second Thursday of June, July, August and September at 5:15pm for a casual trail run on BTLT trails!

These outings will be casual trail runs, not races.  At each location we will designate running loops with a meeting point about 0.75 to 1.0 miles away from the parking place.  We will re-group there.  Those that wish can return to the parking place (having run 1.5 to 2.0 miles).  Others may wish to continue on to tackle other loops.  Most runs cover 3 to 4 miles in total.

We need a rough idea of the number that will be attending each week, so please register for this free event. (Registration can be completed at: http://www.btlt.org/events/trail-run-series-august/)

General Guidelines:

We plan to meet at 5:15 pm and finish by 6:15 pm.  We will congregate at the meeting point for a few minutes for orientation, but generally we will not wait for “late-arrivers,” unless someone has let us know in advance.

Bring bug spray! No dogs, please!

Each person younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult. 

Each person is responsible for his/her safety. We will have one or two people with cell phones for emergencies. 

We plan to run rain or shine.  If thunder/lightning is predicted, we will cancel and post on our Facebook page by 5:00 pm.

Beginners welcome!

Septeber 13th run is at Bradley Pond, Topsham. 

Bradley Pond Farm is a privately owned working farm in Topsham that is permanently protected by a conservation easement held by the Land Trust.

Two miles of trails are open to the public, providing views of hayfields, stone walls, and Bradley Pond from the hush of deep woods.

Visitors may see deer and other forest mammals, waterfowl, and forest and field-dwelling birds.

Please respect the landowners’ privacy, stay on trails, and observe use restrictions. The trails are available for hiking and skiing (no vehicles) and there is no water access to the Pond.

Directions to Bradley Pond Farm: End of Bradley Pond Rd, Topsham. The road turns to dirt and curves to the left at the property entrance. There are two gravel parking areas, marked by kiosks, both to the left of the driveway. The preserve is located on privately owned land that is open to the public for hiking and skiing – please stay on designated trails.

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Sep
18
2:00 PM14:00

Growing Literacy Series: Putting a Garden to Bed

  • Tom Settlemire Community Garden (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

A BTLT workshop: learn how to preserve the integrity of your soil and revitalize areas used by heavy feeders. Make sure your perennials and hardy annuals are set to survive through the winter  and save seeds from those annual plants you want to be sure to raise again next year.

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Brews for a Cause...Merrymeeting Food Council!
Oct
17
4:00 PM16:00

Brews for a Cause...Merrymeeting Food Council!

JOIN US!

Join Merrymeeting Food Council for a fun afternoon/evening at Flight Deck Brewing on the old naval base in Brunswick. During this Wednesday night event, Flight Deck will donate 20% of all draft beer sales and 100% of all bar tips to Merrymeeting Food Council! (Proceeds will support general operation costs for MFC and the Merrymeeting Gleaners.)

Have a local food system business that you are interested in promoting?

We will have opportunities (and assistance) for all attendees with local food system businesses (farmers, fishermen, food processors, restaurants, grocery stores, community gardens...) to enter their information into the Maine Food Atlas, an easily searchable online map. If you haven't seen the Atlas (or Flight Deck) yet, this is a great opportunity to check them out.

Weather dependent, but we hope to be outside on the wonderful patio!

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Nov
9
to Nov 11

New England Food System Innovation Challenge

November 9-11, 2018 at St Josephs College in Standish, Maine. This will be our 4th year.

This event promotes local agriculture and local food. The goal of the Challenge is to bring together teams that have ideas about an enterprise that would increase production, improve processing, aggregation, or increase marketing of locally produced food. Teams come to the event with an idea and lawyers, marketing services, business persons, etc. are provided to help the teams work up their ideas into a presentation to be given Sunday afternoon, Nov. 11, to a set of judges (open to the public). In the past, approximately $100,000 in cash and in kind support has been raised to get the best ideas up and running. There are two divisions- public (enterprise) and college teams.

At the website, you can see video presentations of last years winners - both the public (enterprise ) and college teams. If you know of anyone or team of people who might participate/benefit from the program, please encourage them to participate!

MFC supports the Challenge and our Steering Committee member, Tom Settlemire who is the co-chair.

Please spread the word!

 

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Foothills Food Festival
Aug
11
12:00 PM12:00

Foothills Food Festival

Come & Enjoy.

You'll hear music as you approach downtown Norway starting at 12pm, interspersed with information about local farmers, local food, local brews, and local action. We believe that to have an impact globally, we have to come together and create locally. Creating a local food system that nourishes body, mind and soul is one place to start and you can find out all about it when you come and enjoy.

To learn more, visit our website!

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Trail Run with BTLT at Chase Reserve
Aug
9
5:15 PM17:15

Trail Run with BTLT at Chase Reserve

Join BTLT on the second Thursday of June, July, August and September at 5:15pm for a casual trail run on BTLT trails!

These outings will be casual trail runs, not races.  At each location we will designate running loops with a meeting point about 0.75 to 1.0 miles away from the parking place.  We will re-group there.  Those that wish can return to the parking place (having run 1.5 to 2.0 miles).  Others may wish to continue on to tackle other loops.  Most runs cover 3 to 4 miles in total.

We need a rough idea of the number that will be attending each week, so please register for this free event. (Registration can be completed at: http://www.btlt.org/events/trail-run-series-august/)

General Guidelines:

We plan to meet at 5:15 pm and finish by 6:15 pm.  We will congregate at the meeting point for a few minutes for orientation, but generally we will not wait for “late-arrivers,” unless someone has let us know in advance.

Bring bug spray! No dogs, please!

Each person younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult. 

Each person is responsible for his/her safety. We will have one or two people with cell phones for emergencies. 

We plan to run rain or shine.  If thunder/lightning is predicted, we will cancel and post on our Facebook page by 5:00 pm.

Beginners welcome!

August 9th is at Chase Reserve (380 Bunganuc Rd. Brunswick). 

Chase Reserve, a 194-acre easement property, is part of the largest remaining coastal unfragmented forest block in Cumberland County. It provides diverse habitat including mixed woods, late successional stands of white pine and hemlock, vernal pools, open fields, and other natural features.

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Aug
1
12:00 PM12:00

Functional Foods - Hannaford Tour and Classes

Join Hannaford Dietitian, Hillary Pride, for a Functional Foods Store Tour or Class!

Functional Food Store Tour, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Sign Up at the Service Desk.

Functional Food Class, 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Register for a fun, free and interactive class or store tour. Please email me, call the store, or sign up at the customer service desk. 207-725-8701  or hillary.pride@hannaford.com.

*See Hannaford website for additional information on classes and tours at the Brunswick and Topsham stores.*

*Find additional tips on shopping for healthy foods here.*

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Hook, Line and Dinner
Jul
28
6:00 PM18:00

Hook, Line and Dinner

Hook, Line, and Dinner was so much fun last year, hope you can join Maine Coast Fishermen's Association this year! Lots and lots of Maine seafood, Maine beer, and Maine music. Get your tickets at Hook, Line, and Dinner 2018 for July 28 on Bailey Island.

The Mallett Brothers Band Allagash Brewing Company Flight Deck Brewing Rising Tide Brewing Company Cook's Lobster & Ale House

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Volunteer Day at Stonecipher Farm!
Jul
26
to Jul 27

Volunteer Day at Stonecipher Farm!

VOLUNTEERS AND FARM HELP NEEDED!
 

Stonecipher Farm in Bowdoinham is looking for volunteers to help clear some heavily weeded beds. Maybe you can help? Or pass it on?

A volunteer day at the farm will help Ian weed some vegetable beds that have fallen by the wayside. Volunteers can expect to work for about 3 hours and should bring their own water, snacks, sun protection, and whatever else they may need to stay comfortable. This is a great opportunity to help one of our farmers, get outside, and get your hands dirty on a beautiful working farm.

Volunteers can help at the farm at either 9:00AM or 1:00PM on Thursday, July 26th. Please RSVP to Bethany and Eric at Harvest Tide Organics (harvesttideorganics@gmail.com) and specify which time you would like to join.

***Stonecipher Farm is also looking for long-term paid farm help. Please contact MFC if interested and we will share your info with the farm.***

 

Photo Credit: BRIANNA SOUKUP, PORTLAND PRESS HERALD STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

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Good Food Week!
Jul
21
to Jul 27

Good Food Week!

July 21st - July 27th

A series of eight events hosted by Good Food for Bath collaborators plus ‘Green Plate Specials’ at local restaurants will shine on spotlight on hunger-fighting programs to raise public awareness and participation.

Many of these activities occur regularly in or around Bath, such as gleaning with the Merrymeeting Gleaners or the Summer Meals at the Bath Area YMCA. Good Food Week will showcase how our region is striving to create healthy solutions for a better, well-fed community.

Restaurants will be showcasing local ingredients by creating ‘Green Plate Specials.’ These exclusive menu items will be made from entirely locally sourced ingredients. “Local” meaning sourced from the state of Maine.

MENU of EVENTS

Saturday, July 21 - Bath Farmer’s Market SNAPMatch Tour - Meet local vendors and learn how to make SNAP dollars go further

Sunday, July 22 - Open Farm Day - Explore local farms in Bowdoinham on your own or join a bike ride to farms. Later, enjoy music and good food at the local food BBQ. For more information, see the Open Farm Day BROCHURE and GUIDE.

Monday, July 23 - LOCAL Garden - Come tour the LOCAL Garden in Bath and make quick pickled summer veggies

Tuesday, July 24 - Bath Area YMCA Summer Meal Program - Everyone ages 2-18 can come and enjoy breakfast or lunch for free! SNAP-Ed Cooking Matters Class - Families are invited to explore ways to cook and shop for healthy meals on a budget

Wednesday, July 25 - Glean with a Friend - The Merrymeeting Gleaners invite you to harvest surplus produce at Six River Farm- a fun and rewarding experience!

Thursday, July 26 - Salvation Army Food Pantry - Come and learn about the Salvation Army & pick up fresh produce and canned goods from 10am-1pm

Friday, July 27 - Bath Area BackPack Snack Attack - Have a snack & learn more about the Bath Area BackPack Program.

*Details about each event can be found at: kennebecestuary.org/good-food-for-bath*

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Jun
27
5:30 PM17:30

Garden Workshop – Growing, Gathering and Using Plants as Medicine

  • 40 Maurice Drive Brunswick, ME, 04011 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Lucretia Woodruff, Milkweed Farm

Growing, Gathering and Using Plants as Medicine

From gathering what grows abundantly in our region to cultivating and preparing medicinal herbs, Lucretia will share stories and insights from her own experience as mother, herbalist and farmer.

Tom Settlemire Community Garden

$5 suggested donation

Mother of four children and farmer at Milkweed Farm in Brunswick, Lucretia has been growing and gathering Medicinal Herbs and vegetables for over 20 years.  At Milkweed Farm, Lucretia grows delicious and nutritious food and medicine for family, friends and the local community, offering summer & fall CSA shares.

This is a postponed Winter Garden Workshop, one of a series of workshops put on by the Land Trust’s Tom Settlemire Community Garden. The Workshops are a wonderful opportunity each winter to learn from master gardeners through practical lectures and hands-on training. Gardeners of all levels can improve their skills.

The workshops focus on organic gardening methods and provide information about topics such as choosing plant varieties, starting seedlings, permaculture, the  use of native plants, soil enrichment and mulching, gardening in small spaces, and controlling common pests and disease.

Venue:   Crystal Spring Farm - North & Tom Settlemire Community Garden

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May
26
9:00 AM09:00

BTLT's Taking Root Plant Sale

Get your gardening started at the Taking Root Plant Sale

Each year the Land Trust’s Tom Settlemire Community Garden holds a plant sale to inspire your garden and keep you digging all spring.

7th Annual Taking Root Plant Sale

Saturday, May 26 from 9am-1pm

Masonic Hall, 65 Baribeau Dr, Brunswick.

There are an array of  local heirloom varieties and the heartiest plants from your neighbor’s yards. In addition, you’ll have an opportunity to talk to master gardeners, who will be on hand to help you choose the best options for your garden.

The proceeds benefit the Tom Settlemire Community Garden, including the Common Good Garden that supports the Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program.

Save the date and please come!

We also need your donations of plants and noted items below to help make this sale successful.

It’s not just about the plants you’ll find – it’s a wonderful day of celebration and seeing your community of local growers.

Volunteers and plant donations are needed; more information coming soon!

Contact plantsale@btlt.org for more information.

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May
17
6:00 PM18:00

Merrymeeting Gleaners Volunteer Event

Please join us!
The Merrymeeting Gleaners invite you to a reception for new and current volunteers:

Thursday, May 17, 2018
Bath Freight Shed – 27 Commercial Street, Bath
6-6:30pm – Orientation for potential new volunteers
6:30-8pm – Volunteer Appreciation Reception for current Gleaners


This is an opportunity to thank our gleaners for their hard work and to welcome those interested in learning more about gleaning. Anyone interested in gleaning is encouraged to attend the 30 minute introduction to gleaning at 6pm and then stay and mingle with current volunteers to learn more about the program. We have gleaned and donated over 40,000 pounds of produce since our inception in 2016.


We are growing fast and there is so much more work to be done!
Refreshments will be served.
Please RSVP if you plan to attend: merrymeetinggleaners@gmail.com

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May
4
12:00 PM12:00

Saavy Gardening Workshop

Lynne Holland, Master Gardener Volunteer

Lynne Holland shares how to make the most of your growing space, despite any limitations. Do you have limited time, mobility, budget, or motivation to weed? You can still enjoy fantastic produce. Learn the most effective tricks from an expert with garden wisdom. Bring your questions and grow with us.

Bring your questions, leave with notes, and grow with us! FMI 725-5242 ext. 228 or honsrud@curtislibrary.com.

This program is FREE and open to the public. Learn more at www.curtislibrary.com/eatouryards

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May
3
6:30 PM18:30

DIY Aquaponics

Stan Wakely – Urban Garden Center Topsham

Join Stan Wakely from the Urban Garden Center in Topsham for a fun evening learning how to construct your very own aquaponics set-up. Come away with knowledge on how build a home-scale system that meets your unique needs. Should you choose LEDs, cloth, and coir, or use T5s, pots, and stones? Do you need a lot of space or would a corner of the basement work? There will be plenty of opportunities to have questions like these answered by our local expert.

Bring your questions, leave with notes, and grow with us! FMI 725-5242 ext. 228 or honsrud@curtislibrary.com.

This program is FREE and open to the public. Learn more at www.curtislibrary.com/eatouryards

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May
3
5:00 PM17:00

Scallop Soiree

Join Maine Coast Fishermen's Association for a Scallop Soiree


Our friends at Mami Portland will be cooking up fresh scallop zensai (snacks) guaranteed to deepen your appreciation of locally caught seafood. 

Join us for this free happy hour event, meet the Fishermen's Association, and celebrate the end of the scallop season. It provides a great opportunity to recognize our fishermen who are going out and providing this fantastic seafood for both our local communities and the nation at large.

Guest are encouraged to stay and order dinner prepared by Austin Miller, Mami chef & co-owner, a recent competitor on the Food Network's Chopped.

For more information visit MCFA's event page.

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May
2
6:30 PM18:30

Mushrooms at Home

Mike McNally, local mushroom enthusiast

If you’ve only ever eaten mushrooms, but are interested in growing them, come to this unique talk. Mike McNally, mushroom enthusiast and member of the Maine Mycological Association, will be speaking about the many types of mushrooms you can grow at home with very little effort, and why you may want to do so. Did you know mushrooms can bolster the immune systems of pollinators, be a human medicinal supplements, and increase your garden yields? We hear they’re also tasty. Learn how logs, spawn, wood chips and coffee grounds may have added value. Bring your questions and grow with us.

Bring your questions, leave with notes, and grow with us! FMI 725-5242 ext. 228 or honsrud@curtislibrary.com.

This program is FREE and open to the public. Learn more at www.curtislibrary.com/eatouryards

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May
2
8:30 AM08:30

Slow Money Maine meeting

Slow Money Maine leaders have chosen to change things up a bit in 2018!

We’ll continue our gatherings in Gardiner (next one is on April 11), but rather than have our usual annual daylong event in November, we’re going to take our SMM show “on the road,” in a new format, to regions farther afield, that we have been serving for years.

We’re eager to have these gatherings well attended by those in the hosting regions, and we’re pleased to have people attend from other regions, as well. Our first gathering will be in Central Maine, at KVCC/Alfond Campus, on Wed. May 2nd, from 8:30-12:30, and will focus on networking, guided discussions, and an early lunch followed by tours of local food producers. 

Tickets will cost $20, to help with our expenses. 
Note: If you are coming from outside the region, we strongly encourage you to invite someone from Central Maine (familiar or new to you) to bring to the event.

FARM TOURS!
As you coordinate your day, consider staying after lunch to tour any or all of these local businesses:

1. Maine Grains - Grains
2. The Maine Crisp Company - Maine Crackers
3. KVCC Kennebec Valley Community College Farm - Diversified farming on Campus
4. Wild Folk Farm - Rice producers

 

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May
1
12:00 PM12:00

Edible Container Gardens

Join us for a series of afternoon and evening lectures meant to help anyone turn their yard into an edible paradise. Beginner gardeners can benefit from talks on savvy vegetable gardening strategies, while experts at small-scale growing can expand their skills with knowledge of perennials and aquaponics. All can explore gardening beyond traditional crops with the series’ lectures on how novices can forage from the sea, grow mushrooms and raise edible insects.

Bring your questions, leave with notes, and grow with us! FMI 725-5242 ext. 228 or honsrud@curtislibrary.com.

This program is FREE and open to the public. Learn more at www.curtislibrary.com/eatouryards

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Apr
17
6:30 PM18:30

DIY Mushrooms

Learn with us as Mike McNally, local mushroom enthusiast and member of the Maine Mycological Association shares how to grow mushrooms. He promises to share the easy and thrifty ways he grows oysters from coffee grounds and Wine caps from wood chips. Joins us as we learn about liquid cultures, uses for scrap wood, and other tried and true tricks of the trade.

Check out these resources:

 

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Apr
16
6:30 PM18:30

Resilience to Climate Change: Community Success Stories

How can we address the effects of climate change and thrive in doing so? Come hear stories of successful community action that have made Brunswick more resilient, sustainable and energy efficient. Speakers include:

  • Mark BerryThe Nature Conservancy: Forest Program Director: “The Role of Forests in Tackling Climate Change”
  • Marcia Harrington, Brunswick Plastic Bag Ban, “Organizing Community Environmental Action”
  • Eileen Johnson, Bowdoin College:“Resilience Building in Brunswick”

Morrell Meeting Room

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Apr
13
8:30 AM08:30

Maine Community Food Council Summit 2018: Building Powerful Food Networks

2018 Summit: Building Powerful Networks - to register, click here.

Three sessions will focus on connecting food systems work across networks and scales from local to state and regional.

  • 8:30 Registration
  • 9:00 Welcome & Opening Session 
  • 9:45-11:00 1st Morning Workshops
    • Network Design: Sharing is at the heart of networks
    • Food System Metrics
    • Gleaning & Composting: Two Nodes of a Paradigm Shift
  • 11:15 - 12:30 2nd Morning Workshops:
    • Network Building
    • Community Education & Engagement Strategies
    • Food Policies
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 1:30 - 2:45 Workshops: 
    • Network of Networks
    • Open Space: collect topics through lunch), find spaces for Open Space Conversations
  • 3:00 How can Network Grow in 2018 
  • 3:45 Evaluations
  • 4:00 Wrap up 
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Apr
11
12:00 PM12:00

Slow Money Maine meeting

  • 1 Dresden Avenue Gardiner, ME, 04345 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

All are welcome! Regular gatherings (1-4) AND focus groups (12-1) are free, require no advance notice to attend and take place in Gardiner at Christ Church, 1 Dresden Ave. 

Get curious about how YOU can participate in SMM. 

SMM PEER TO PEER FOCUS GROUP: 
Fisheries - Perspectives from Washington County & Southern Maine

MAIN PRESENTERS: 

Jonah Fertig and Mohamed Dekow
Sustainable Livelihoods Relief Organization
https://www.facebook.com/slromaine/
https://www.slromaine.org/
and
Isuken Co-op
https://player.vimeo.com/video/244762789

Caitlin Frame & Andy Smith
The Milkhouse
https://www.facebook.com/mainemilkhouse/
http://www.mainemilkhouse.com/

Ken Greenleaf & Kevin Malstrom
Rock City Coffee
https://www.facebook.com/rockcitycoffee/
https://www.rockcitycoffee.com/

UPDATES: 

Dave Herring
Wolfe's Neck Center
https://www.wolfesneck.org/
https://www.facebook.com/WolfesNeckCenter/

Kim Hamilton
Focus Maine
http://focusmaine.org/

Tim Rider
New England Fishmongers
https://www.newenglandfishmongers.com/
https://www.facebook.com/newenglandfishmongers/

Deb Bicknell
Sustainable Food Systems Leadership Institute
https://www.nonprofitmaine.org/learn/learning-intensives/sustainable-food-systems-leadership-institute/To learn more about Slow Money Mainewww.slowmoneymaine.org

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Apr
9
6:30 PM18:30

Climate Change in Brunswick: Impact, Adaptations and DIY Solutions PART I

How is Brunswick and the Mid-Coast Maine region going to be affected by climate change? Learn about how the place we call home may look in the short and long-term future. Topics will include sea level rise, changes in ecology, and temperature and atmospheric differences. Speakers include:

  • Sophie JanewayNatural Resources Council of Maine: “An Overview of Climate Change in Mid-Coast Maine”
  • Beth BissonMaine Sea Grant: “ Ecological Shifts and Challenges”
  • David Carlon, Bowdoin Professor/Director of the Bowdoin Schiller Coastal Studies Center: “Climate Change in the Gulf of Maine: Changes in Fisheries, Marine Biology, and Coasts”

Morrell Meeting Room

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Mar
25
2:00 PM14:00

Winter Garden Workshop – Growing More Crops in Less Space

Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust Winter Garden Workshop

Growing More Crops in Less Space

~ 2018 Garden Fundraiser ~

Author, “Will Bonsall’s Essential Guide to Radical, Self-Reliant Gardening” and Director, Scatterseed Project

Even if you have unlimited space, why waste fertility, water, labor and other inputs on a large area when you can get as much or more from a smaller space? Will Bonsall discusses greater use of the third dimension (with tall crops, trellises, etc.), plus wide beds, companion planting, living mulches, season extending, nursery plots, and more to help you produce more on the  same garden footprint.

Essential Guide to Radical, Self-Reliant Gardening will be available for purchase at this event.

From Mother Earth News:

Longtime Maine farmer and homesteader Will Bonsall possesses a unique clarity of vision that extends all the way from the finer points of soil fertility and seed saving to exploring how we can transform civilization and make our world a better, more resilient place.

In Will Bonsall’s Essential Guide to Radical, Self-Reliant Gardening, Bonsall maintains that to achieve real wealth we first need to understand the economy of the land, to realize that things that might make sense economically don’t always make sense ecologically, and vice versa. The marketplace distorts our values, and our modern dependence on petroleum in particular presents a serious barrier to creating a truly sustainable agriculture.

For him the solution is, first and foremost, greater self-reliance, especially in the areas of food and energy. By avoiding any off-farm inputs (fertilizers, minerals and animal manures), Bonsall has learned how to practice a purely veganic, or plant-based, agriculture—not from a strictly moralistic or philosophical perspective, but because it makes good business sense: spend less instead of making more.

What this means in practical terms is that Bonsall draws upon the fertility of on-farm plant materials: compost, green manures, perennial grasses, and forest products like leaves and ramial wood chips. And he grows and harvests a diversity of crops from both cultivated and perennial plants: vegetables, grains, pulses, oilseeds, fruits and nuts—even uncommon but useful permaculture plants like groundnut (Apios).

In a friendly, almost conversational way, Bonsall imparts a wealth of knowledge drawn from his more than 40 years of farming experience. “My goal,” he writes, “is not to feed the world, but to feed myself and let others feed themselves. If we all did that, it might be a good beginning.”

After graduating from the University of Maine in 1971, Waterville native Will Bonsall moved to a piece of run-out farmland in the hills of Industry Maine, where he began growing much of his own food. He soon expanded into producing his own fertilizer and crop seed. After discovering the wealth of traditional, or “heirloom” varieties found in his community and around the region, he started the Scatterseed Project to collect, propagate, maintain, and distribute seeds of various crop plants, particularly those which are endangered, or which are hard to obtain through usual commercial sources and those crops which are especially suitable for self-reliant lifestyles. 

He was the largest single lister in the Seed Savers’ Exchange from its beginning 30+ years ago until a few years ago when he and a number of others left that organization and founded the Grassroots Seed Network, a democratically-run network of seed savers.

Over the past four decades he has maintained over 5000 plant varieties, supplying tens of thousands of samples to gardeners, farmers, USDA collections, university breeding programs, missionaries and Peace Corps and AID workers. Many of his offerings have found their way into commercial seed catalogs as far away as Tasmania.

Will Bonsall, director of the Scatterseed Project, is best known for his work in preserving crop diversity. His past occupations are as varied as his seed collection and includes draftsman, prospector, hobo, gravedigger, logger, musician, language teacher, and artist, among others. In addition to farming and seed saving, Bonsall is the author of the futuristic eco-novel, “Through the Eyes of a Stranger,” and a book on sustainable gardening and farming, recently released by Chelsea Green Publishers, called “Will Bonsall’s Essential Guide to Radical, Self-Reliant Gardening”, which will be available at the event for anyone wishing to purchase a signed copy.

This event is one of the Land Trust’s Winter Gardening Workshops, a part of our Tom Settlemire Community Garden. The Workshops are a wonderful opportunity each winter to learn from master gardeners through practical lectures and hands-on training. Gardeners of all levels can improve their skills.

The workshops focus on organic gardening methods and provide information about topics such as choosing plant varieties, starting seedlings, permaculture, the  use of native plants, soil enrichment and mulching, gardening in small spaces, and controlling common pests and disease.

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Mar
15
6:30 PM18:30

Beyond the Bow Public Forum

Beyond the Bow Public Forum: Amassing over 200 hours of interviews, the Maine Coast Fishermen's Association has compiled an in-depth needs assessment of Harpswell's vastly diverse and resilient fishing community. Once completed, the final report Beyond the Bow, will be available for local, regional, and state resources to be developed and modified to better support the fishing community as it continues to grow and adapt.

Join us for our final report public forum. Where we will invite the community members of Harpswell, participants of the needs assessment, and partners to listen and engage with the data we collected.

Cundy's Harbor Community Hall | 6:30 PM

For more information, click here.

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Mar
14
8:30 AM08:30

Growing Farm Friendly Communities

Current & New Tools to Support Farms in Your Town

Co-hosted by GrowSmart Maine and Bowdoinham Community Development Initiative and in partnership with Maine Farmland Trust.

Building on the success of our January farm friendly communities forum in Windham, we are again offering a discussion of these important topics from local and state leaders in Bowdoinham in March.

Hear community & municipal leaders share policy approaches and practical ideas for ways communities and farmers can benefit from working together. Maine’s food system and local food movement are growing and provide unique economic and community development opportunities in rural and suburban areas. Attendees will come away knowing how to enable their community to work together with current and future farmers to protect and build on Maine’s agricultural heritage and potential. Our panel of experts will share how you and your hometown can welcome and retain small agricultural businesses.

Stephanie Gilbert, Farm Viability & Farmland Protection Specialist with the Maine Dept. of Agriculture, Conservation, & Forestry will moderate this panel discussion, followed by ample time for audience Q&A, networking, and connecting directly to available resources.

Presenters

  • Adam Bishop, Farmland Protection Program Director, Maine Farmland Trust
  • Sally Harwood, Co-Chair Agriculture Commission, Town of Winslow
  • Rod Melanson, Planning Director, Town of Topsham

Program

  • 8:15 Registration, Networking, Light Breakfast & Coffee
  • 8:45 Welcome & Panel Presentations
    • Current Use Tax Programs
    • Easements & Other Conservation Options
    • Form-Based Code Approach to Creating Space for Agriculture
    • Topsham’s Local Farms-Local Food Initiative & Other Programs
    • Agriculture Commissions, the What & How
    • Voluntary Municipal Farm Support Program (VMFSP)
  • 10:30 Audience Question & Answer
  • 11:00 Program Concludes; Additional time to explore available resources

Registration

Active Farmer – $10
BCDI & GrowSmart Maine Members – $15
General Public – $25

Please register online at this link so we know you are coming!

You can pay with a credit card at the time of online registration or simply RSVP online and bring cash or check payment with you to the event.

Online Registration available until 4p Monday 3/12. Day-of registration is available, space permitting. Cash, Check & Credit Card accepted.

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Mar
11
2:00 PM14:00

Winter Garden Workshop – Beyond the Apple: Tree Crops for Maine

Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust: Winter Garden Workshop

Beyond the Apple: Tree Crops for Maine

Tree crops can be amazing sources of nutrition, flavor and beauty in our surroundings.  Uncommon tree varieties are among the most useful, interesting and easy-to-grow. Learn about a selection of species and their basic care and maintenance.

 $5 suggested donation at the door

Aaron Parker is the owner of Edgewood Nursery, specializing in unusual edibles, including minor fruits, medicinal herbs, perennial vegetables and permaculture plants; and Edgewood Landscapes focusing on edible landscapes and sustainable practices.

This event is one of the Land Trust’s Winter Gardening Workshops, a part of our Tom Settlemire Community Garden. The Workshops are a wonderful opportunity each winter to learn from master gardeners through practical lectures and hands-on training. Gardeners of all levels can improve their skills.

The workshops focus on organic gardening methods and provide information about topics such as choosing plant varieties, starting seedlings, permaculture, the  use of native plants, soil enrichment and mulching, gardening in small spaces, and controlling common pests and disease.

 

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Mar
3
9:00 AM09:00

Local Food, Local Hunger: A Community Forum on Food Security in Lincoln County

When: Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 (Snow date: March 10th)

Where: The Center for Environmental Education at Chewonki (485 Chewonki Neck Road, Wiscasset)

What: A forum to engage community members in a dialogue on securing healthy food for all while improving Maine's food system. An opportunity to network with others who care about this vital issue.

Register at: http://www.morrisfarm.org/events/lincoln-county-food-security-forum-2018

Cost:

  • Early Bird Registration (until Feb 20): $15
  • Standard Registration: $25
  • Scholarships are available (contact vista@morrisfarm.org) 

   Registration covers lunch and snacks for the day 

Topics: This year's theme--Food is Medicine: Food

Security and Health--will focus on the connections between nutrition and well-being and initiatives like prescriptions for local produce that link the healthcare community with food security efforts. Sessions will also include senior and childhood hunger, nutrition education, food security in local schools, gleaning, how to utilize social media, and more.

For more information:  Email: VISTA@morrisfarm.org; Call (207) 882-4080

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Feb
9
8:30 AM08:30

Maine Farm to Institution Summit

Maine Farm to Institution Summit Objectives:

  • GATHER farmers and food producers, food service operators, advocates, educators, administrators, and others dedicated to cultivating the power of institutions

  • DEVELOP an equitable and resilient Maine food system

  • INSPIRE and energize the network through sharing best practices and innovative strategies; enhancing network capacity through skill building

  • STRENGTHEN collective impact by engaging food producers, educators, decision makers, leaders, and policymakers in shared problem solving

(Snow date: February 12th.)

For more information, click here.

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Feb
1
6:00 PM18:00

SEED: The Untold Story

Featuring Industry, Maine’s Will Bonsall, founder of the Scatterseed Project.

As many irreplaceable seeds near extinction, the documentary SEED reveals the harrowing and heartening story of passionate seed keepers as they wage a David and Goliath battle against chemical seed companies, defending a 12,000 year food legacy.
The film is 94 minutes.

Curtis Memorial Library, Morrell Meeting Room, 6:00 PM
Local Farmers and seed collectors will have tables at this event.

See Trailer at: https://vimeo.com/97882647

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Contact: Joyce Schmitt 207-725-5242 x219 | jschmitt@curtislibrary.com

 

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Jan
31
12:00 PM12:00

Slow Money Maine Gathering

Slow Money Maine continues to share the exciting stories of the food producers and businesses in our state as well as valuable information about services and projects underway in the non-profit sector through our gatherings at the Christ Church in Gardiner, Maine. Our gatherings are from 1-4 pm. Additional pre-meeting focus groups on topical themes will be offered between 12-1 pm. This month's pre-meeting focus is on gleaning!

For more information, click here.

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Jan
18
9:00 AM09:00

Grow Smart Maine Forum: Growing Farm Friendly Communities

How to create municipal agricultural commissions & other tools to support farms in your town

Hear community & municipal leaders share policy approaches and practical ideas for ways communities and farmers can benefit from working together.

Stephanie Gilbert, Farm Viability & Farmland Protection Specialist with the Maine Dept. of Agriculture, Conservation, & Forestry will moderate this panel discussion, followed by ample time for audience Q&A and networking.

Panelists:

  • Bud Benson, Town Planner, Town of Standish
  • Mark Hews, President, M. E. Hews and Company, LLC
  • Rod Melanson, Planning Director, Town of Topsham
  • Kate Newkirk, Co-Chair, Town of Winslow Agriculture Commission
  • Matt Randall, Agricultural Compliance Supervisor, DACF

For more information, click here.

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Jan
9
to Jan 11

Ag Trade Show

Mark your calendars! The 2018 Agricultural Trades Show will be held at the Augusta Civic Center on January 9th-11th, 2018.

The State of Maine Agricultural Trades Show takes place every January and serves as a source for agricultural resources and products. Producers and consumers alike visit this three day show to take stock of current programs, new technologies and to gather information on the agriculture industry. This show is sponsored by the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and provides promotion opportunities for businesses and organizations on the trade show floor, but also houses various lectures, certification courses and annual meetings throughout its duration. The event has activities geared towards promoting industry collaboration and progress.

2018 Agricultral Trades Show Program (PDF 8.88MB)

Learn more here...

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