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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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
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
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
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
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
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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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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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

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

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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Dec
20
6:00 PM18:00

Awarding-winning Chef Barton Seaver Book Signing & Discussion for New Book

BRUNSWICK, ME – The Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association and the Merrymeeting Food Council welcome renowned chef and author Barton Seaver to the Curtis Memorial Library on December 20th at 6:00 PM to discuss his latest book, American Seafood: Heritage, Culture & Cookery from Sea to Shining Sea.

A book for foodies, anglers, cooks, and history buffs, American Seafood is the essential guide to more than 500 species, as well as a riveting history of one of our country’s most iconic industries. Through essays and curated artwork, Seaver supplies a refreshing, fascinating, and timely social history of our maritime nation, built upon the bounty of America’s oceans and fueled by the dreams of generations of immigrants.

“This book is written as a celebration of the heritage of one of this nation’s most charismatic industries. When we acknowledge why fisheries were so important in our history, we can begin to understand why they are so important to us still as a society and as citizens. When we study and understand our past, we’re better able to appreciate the efforts of organizations, such as MCFA and MFC, who work to ensure that this legacy endures.” explains Seaver.

The Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association has participated in the Merrymeeting Food Council since 2015.  The Food Council is dedicated to identifying new and innovative ways to include seafood and fishing in its work and conversations.

“MCFA is an advocate for Maine’s community-based fishermen. Learning and talking about new ways Mainers can access seafood right here is important to both consumers and harvesters. With the Food Council, we are striving to encourage more Merrymeeting area residents to seek out, and learn about, Maine’s fishermen and their bounty. Events like this help to elevate that conversation and provide a great opportunity for learning,” says Monique Coombs, MCFA Director of Marine Programs.

The Fishermen’s Association and MFC welcome those interested in learning more about the culture of seafood and how consumers can make an impact locally in the unfolding history of Maine’s fishing heritage. This book signing and discussion are free and open to the public. Copies of American Seafood will be available onsite for purchase, with a portion of the proceeds being donated to MCFA and MFC.


FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Event Contact

Monique Coombs, Director of Marine Resources

monique@mainecoastfishermen.org | (207) 807-5539

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Oct
11
9:00 AM09:00

Glean with a Friend

The Merrymeeting Gleaners invite you to “Glean with a Friend,” as part of the First Annual Maine Gleaning Week. Gleaners harvest and collect surplus produce from farms and farmers’ markets for re-distribution.  The Merrymeeting Gleaners distribute donated produce to soup kitchens, food pantries, Head Start and WIC programs, and low-income housing communities in nine communities from Richmond to Bath. Thanks to the generosity of Six River Farm in Bowdoinham, current gleaners and their friends – and anyone who would like to meet new friends and do some gleaning! – will harvest as many vegetables as possible on the eleventh. The produce will provide meals for midcoast Maine’s hungry children, elders, and all in need in the winter months. Cider, doughnuts, and information about future gleaning activities will be available to all who participate. Please contact the Gleaners at merrymeetinggleaners@gmail.com, since space is limited and carpooling to the farm will be arranged.

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Nov
11
to Nov 13

NESAWG: It Takes a Region Conference

North East Sustainable Agriculture Work Group:

2016 IT TAKES A REGION CONFERENCE

NESAWG's conference draws together practitioners and professionals across the Northeast working to transform the region's food system. Make sure you're among them! 

WHEN
Preconferences — Nov 10
Conference — Nov 11 + 12

WHERE
Hartford Hilton — Hartford, CT

WHO
farmers + farmworkers + students + professors + journalists + scientists + food justice advocates +  food hub managers + market innovators + regional planners + USDA representatives + NGO leaders + land grant university educators + food system practitioners + local government...YOU!

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Nov
10
to Nov 12

Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group's "It Takes a Region" 2016 Conference

Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Workgroup’s (NESAWG) annual It Takes a Region Conference brings together farm and food systems practitioners across the 12-state Northeast region to learn, debate, collaborate, and innovate solutions to critical food systems issues. Each year, NESAWG looks at the trajectory of the food and farm movement and the role the network can play in shaping its future. NESAWG offers in-depth working sessions that tackle important questions about our regional food system and how to strengthen it, drawing from the collective expertise and wisdom of conference attendees.

To learn about this year's theme and the conference program, please visit NESAWG's event page. 

Click here to register for the event.

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Oct
31
12:00 AM00:00

Apple Gleaning ~ ACTUAL DATE TBA ~

PLEASE FILL OUT THE FORM TO LET US KNOW YOU ARE INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING FOR THIS EVENT.

WE WILL THEN DETERMINE THE EVENT DATE BASED ON VOLUNTEER AVAILABILITY.

The Merrymeeting Gleaners, on behalf of the Merrymeeting Food Council, have been gleaning vegetables from Six Rivers Farm and the Bath Farmers Market on a weekly basis for several months. The project has donated close to 6,000 pounds of produce to local food pantries and other organizations working to address the problem of food insecurity.

We now have the opportunity to conduct a one-day apple gleaning at Rocky Ridge Orchard in Bowdoinham after the close of season at the orchard. The apples will then be donated to various food pantries and other organizations serving those in need.

At this time we do not have an exact date for the gleaning. We know that it will be around October 31st and should not last longer than a few hours including the time it takes to weigh and deliver the apples. We should have an exact date the third week of October.

At this point we are determining how many potential volunteers we will have to participate in this gleaning. If you are interested in volunteering please fill out the attached form (link below). As soon as we have an exact date and time we will reach out to everyone that has completed the form to determine who can commit.

Apple Gleaning Volunteer Interest

Questions? Please contact kellydavis15(at)gmail(dot)com

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Oct
25
5:30 PM17:30

The Botanical Explorer

Joseph Simcox is a World Food Plant Ecologist and Ethnobotanist. He travels the globe to identify the world’s food plant resources focusing on under-utilized crops and wild species.

“As a Botanical Explorer, I am dedicated to sharing my experience of the vast diversity of the plant world with as many people as possible. The future of mankind is inextricably linked to us developing a symbiotic relationship with plants and nature.” ~ Joseph Simcox

The basis of his work is to promote the use and cultivation of plants for food and useful components. His goal is to ensure food security and nutrition for all while developing food systems that mimic nature. Joseph asserts that the identification of wild food plants and their appropriate habitats is the first step to creating sustainable ecosystems.

The Rare Vegetable Seed Consortium’s chief aim is to establish collections of lesser known and sometimes exceedingly rare food plants. Presently there are approximately 14,000 species and varieties in the Consortium’s holdings, and that number is continually expanding.

Survival of biodiversity depends on active growing and seed saving. As Joseph often remarks:

“The best seed bank is the soil in your back yard!”

This is to point out that while formal seed banks do have an important role in safeguarding biodiversity, the most reliable way of ensuring seed viability is to plant year after year. The Consortium works to actively promote season-to-season cultivation, seed saving and sharing of its holdings of rare, non-GMO, heirloom genetic material.

Free! Register HERE: http://www.btlt.org/events/botanical-explorer/

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Oct
15
11:00 AM11:00

Pride of Bristol Bay Salmon Pickup

Reserve your share of wild-caught Bristol Bay salmon and pickup your share at New Beet Market in Brunswick on Saturday, October 15 from 11-2. The event will include Maine seafood, local beer, music, and wild-caught Bristol Bay salmon.

For any questions, please contact: monique@mainecoastfishermen.org.

Location: New Beet Market, 25 Burbank Ave, Brunswick, ME 04011

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Sep
10
6:00 PM18:00

Maine Coast Fishermen's Association Presents: Dinner with Barton Seaver

Join the Maine Coast Fishermen's Association for a dinner event with Chef Barton Seaver at the Captain Lawrence E. Johnson House on Bailey Island. With a menu featuring locally sourced seafood and produce from Crystal Spring Farm, guests will enjoy the entire cooking experience alongside Barton Seaver as he demonstrates the versatility of Maine seafood bounty. 

All attendees will leave with a signed copy of Barton Seaver's newest cookbook "Two if by Sea." All proceeds will go to Maine Coast Fishermen's Association in order to continue to support Maine's small-boat community-based fishermen. 

Food and beverages to be sponsored by Rising Tide Brewing Company, Green Bee Soda, and Crystal Springs Farm. 

Click here to purchase tickets.

WHEN

Saturday, September 10, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT) - Add to Calendar

WHERE

Captain Lawrence E. Johnson House - 1965 Harpswell Islands Road, Bailey Island, Maine 04003 - View Map

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Aug
13
1:00 PM13:00

Foothills Food Festival

A Celebration in Downtown Norway of Western Maine’s Local Foods Movement. Activities will include a beer garden, workshops, music, food art projects, local foods, and other educational displays.

Learn more: http://ecologybasedeconomy.org/foothillsfoodfestival.html

When: Saturday, August 13th, 1pm–9pm

Where: Downtown Norway, Maine

Rain date is Sunday, August 14th.

 

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Aug
1
to Aug 5

Maine Agriculture in the Classroom Summer Teachers Institute

The 2016 Maine Agriculture in the Classroom Summer Teachers Institute will be held at The University Maine, Machias Campus on August 1 – 5 with 36 contact hours or 3.6 CEU's available for recertification. The week will start with curriculum sessions at the College focused on STEM, Nutrition and higher level thinking for students in regard to agriculture. The week-long workshop will include lessons, online resources and grant opportunities. All participants will leave with armloads of materials and megabytes of technology integrating agriculture into your classes from Pre K – 12th grade.

On Wednesday and Thursday the entire group will tour farms (including wild blueberry), aquaculture facilities, school agriculture programs and Maine Ag based businesses. Teachers will learn more about locally grown foods, their impact on the Maine economy, applications in science, and opportunities to integrate agriculture into the core curriculum.

The cost of the entire week, including meals and all materials and lodging, is only $200 due to sponsorships from the Maine Wild Blueberry Commission, The Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, AND the Specialty Agriculture License Plate!

Scholarships are available for $150 based on need (meaning your school's ability to fund), on a first come basis. If applying for a scholarship please send a short request of up to 250 words (including explanation of need, and how you will use the knowledge gained) and your check for $50, which will be returned if you are not granted funding.

To register for this event and/or apply for a scholarship, please visit the Maine Agriculture in the Classroom website.

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Jun
7
6:00 PM18:00

Hook, Line & Dinner

Join the Maine Coast Fishermen's Association in celebrating their 10th anniversary! The event will include a dinner of local seafood, a cash bar, and a silent auction. Tickets are $25 and can be ordered here or by calling 207-619-1755.

The dinner will be held on Tuesday, June 7th from 6-9 p.m. at The Slipway Restaurant in Thomaston. 

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