Jan
23
12:00 PM12:00

Slow Money Maine January Gathering

All are welcome.

Regular gatherings (1-4pm) AND pre-meeting focus groups (12-1pm) are free, require no advance notice to attend, and take place in Gardiner

SMM PEER TO PEER FOCUS GROUP:
12:00 - 1pm in living room
Meeting community food needs in new ways.

Facillitated by:
Aaron Englander - Maine Coast Heritage Trust Erikson Fields and
Kelly Davis - Merrymeeting Gleaners

Find out about creative ways to meet food needs in your communities. Share examples of gleaning, food banks, community gardens, school programs and more that serve farmers, fields and community members of all ages and backgrounds.

Main Presenters 1-4pm:

Tim Shay - Nibezun
offering a Native American blessing for the new year

Oliver Perkins- Asmallgood
Wes Acker - Freshiez
Michelle Rines & Kelly Davis - Merrymeeting Gleaners
Margy Burns Knight - Capital Area New Mainers Project
(hopefully bringing a New Mainer guest presenter with her)

Updates:

Ryan Wilson - Common Wealth Poultry
Simon Frost - Thirty Acre Farm
Hannah Semler - https://farmdrop.us
Hallie Arno - ... Opening the conversation about getting 'gen-z' folks involved in SMM

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Brunswick Topsham Land Trust  -  Winter Gardening Workshop
Jan
27
2:00 PM14:00

Brunswick Topsham Land Trust - Winter Gardening Workshop

GARDENING WITHOUT ACHES AND PAINS

Ellen Gibson, Maine AgrAbility

From repetitive work to arthritis and aging, gardening can be hard on your body. This presentation will explain the changes you can make in your routine to help you garden while avoiding joint, muscle and back pain.

~ All events are $5 suggested donation, except March 10 is a $10 ticket ~

At St. Paul’s Episcopal Church: corner of Pleasant & Union Streets, Brunswick

For more information

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Farming for Wholesale 101 - Saco
Jan
28
1:00 PM13:00

Farming for Wholesale 101 - Saco

FARMING FOR WHOLESALE 101

Registration is OPEN for 2019. Please register by December 28th!

Farming for Wholesale helps farmers participate in, or scale up for, wholesale markets through ongoing farm business planning assistance combined with day-long workshops. 

This track is for experienced farmers who currently sell some wholesale and want to expand, and farmers who want to start selling to wholesale markets.

Drawing on a panel of business experts from around the state, as well as other growers, we’ll uncover the story your own financial records are telling you, and develop your ability to talk with potential wholesale buyers about your products.

During the program, you’ll have a chance to:

  • Use last year’s actual records to find your most (& least) profitable crops.

  • Learn how to keep and read financial records so that they are useful to you.

  • Identify potential customers and evaluate their fit for your farm or product.

  • Practice doing market research and putting marketing tactics together into a strategy for wholesale.

  • Create and analyze different scenarios for your farm business using profitability audits, financing options, and customer information to make the best planning decisions for your farm. (How to evaluate which crops to expand or diminish, what investments to make or avoid, and so on.)

  • Following the workshops, you will receive technical assistance tailored to your goals.

When and Where:

Bangor Public Library

Saturdays 9AM-4PM

January 5th, 12th, February 2nd (Snow date: February 9th)

Saco Grange #53

Mondays 1-8PM

January 14th, 28th, February 11th (Snow date: February 25th)

Cost: $500 registration fee. Upon completion of the workshops and your successful participation in technical assistance, you will be awarded a $1,000 seed grant. There is a net gain of $500 to your farm!

Scholarships and reimbursements are available! Please do not let upfront cost prevent you from joining us! Contact Alex for details: alex@mainefarmlandtrust.org.

Please direct questions to alex@mainefarmlandtrust.org.

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MOFGA's Food Safety Workshop
Jan
31
to Feb 1

MOFGA's Food Safety Workshop

  • MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Produce Farmers Are Food Handlers! Let’s Do It Profitably

January 31 - February 1, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity

Family Farmed and MOFGA partner to offer a two-day workshop with Atina Diffley at the MOFGA Education Center, Unity, Maine. This training was made possible by USDA Risk Management Education funds.

Registration

How we handle our product affects the post harvest quality and safety of our food, and our relationships with buyers. Integrating food safety systems into postharvest practices and market relationships supports the development of farm systems that are viable, cost-effective, and scale appropriate.

This two-day food safety workshop is hands-on and designed for active learning. We will do risk assessments in the classroom to identify potential hazards, analyze how they move on our farms, and determine if we need to take action or not. We will discuss all the areas of food safety on the farm and ways to implement cost-effective strategies in line with the work as well as discuss record keeping systems that support decision-making, and maximize profitability while also meeting food safety requirements.

Class participants receive a free 3-ring binder food safety plan template and a copy of "Direct Market Success."

Bring a couple of copies of your farm maps for use in class. Line drawings, Google maps, or computerized drawings all work. They don’t need to be fancy. Add basic features such as fields, high tunnels and greenhouses, buildings, bathroom facilities, wells, ponds and other water sources.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This workshop may satisfy staff training requirements as described in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule in §§ 112.21(a) and (b). As there is not yet an equivalency evaluation process, the workshop does not currently satisfy supervisor training described in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule 21 CFR Subpart C § 112.22(c).

See the full MOFGA 2019 food safety track

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Farming for Wholesale 101 - Bangor
Feb
2
9:00 AM09:00

Farming for Wholesale 101 - Bangor

FARMING FOR WHOLESALE 101

Registration is OPEN for 2019. Please register by December 28th!

Farming for Wholesale helps farmers participate in, or scale up for, wholesale markets through ongoing farm business planning assistance combined with day-long workshops. 

This track is for experienced farmers who currently sell some wholesale and want to expand, and farmers who want to start selling to wholesale markets.

Drawing on a panel of business experts from around the state, as well as other growers, we’ll uncover the story your own financial records are telling you, and develop your ability to talk with potential wholesale buyers about your products.

During the program, you’ll have a chance to:

  • Use last year’s actual records to find your most (& least) profitable crops.

  • Learn how to keep and read financial records so that they are useful to you.

  • Identify potential customers and evaluate their fit for your farm or product.

  • Practice doing market research and putting marketing tactics together into a strategy for wholesale.

  • Create and analyze different scenarios for your farm business using profitability audits, financing options, and customer information to make the best planning decisions for your farm. (How to evaluate which crops to expand or diminish, what investments to make or avoid, and so on.)

  • Following the workshops, you will receive technical assistance tailored to your goals.

When and Where:

Bangor Public Library

Saturdays 9AM-4PM

January 5th, 12th, February 2nd (Snow date: February 9th)

Saco Grange #53

Mondays 1-8PM

January 14th, 28th, February 11th (Snow date: February 25th)

Cost: $500 registration fee. Upon completion of the workshops and your successful participation in technical assistance, you will be awarded a $1,000 seed grant. There is a net gain of $500 to your farm!

Scholarships and reimbursements are available! Please do not let upfront cost prevent you from joining us! Contact Alex for details: alex@mainefarmlandtrust.org.

Please direct questions to alex@mainefarmlandtrust.org.

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Maine Farmland Trust - Scaling Up Workshops
Feb
7
to Feb 21

Maine Farmland Trust - Scaling Up Workshops

This three day workshop series, based on Maine Farmland Trust ’s proven program, will examine the nature of scaling up farm businesses from many different angles. Jed Beach, of FarmSmart, will lead the workshops focusing on production costing, and marketing, and the financing of growth. After the workshop series, each farm is eligible for 10 hours of free, on farm technical assistance AND $500 seed money to help implement lessons learned. Open to farmers from either Maine or NH. Drawing on a panel of business experts from around the state, as well as other growers, we’ll uncover the story your own financial records are telling you, and develop your ability to talk with potential buyers about your products. This workshop series is for experienced farmers. During the program, you’ll have a chance to: Use last year’s actual records to find your most (& least) profitable crops. Learn how to keep and read financial records so that they are useful to you. Identify potential customers and evaluate their fit for your farm or product. Practice doing market research and putting marketing tactics together into a sales strategy. Create and analyze different scenarios for your farm business using profitability audits, financing options, and customer information to make the best planning decisions for your farm. (How to evaluate which crops to expand or diminish, what investments to make or avoid, and so on.) Following the workshops, you will receive technical assistance tailored to your goals.

When and Where: Runnels Hall, Chocorua NH Thursdays 9AM-4PM February 7th, 14th, 21st (Snow date: February 30th) 2019 Cost: $50 registration fee to hold your spot. Upon completion of the workshops and your successful participation in technical assistance, you will be awarded a $550 seed grant. There is a net gain of $500 to your farm!

Registration is OPEN for 2019 now through January 18th! To register or with questions, email Jesse at jwright (at symbol) usvlt.org. Funding for this work was made possible in part with a Rural Business Enterprise Grant from USDA Rural Development.

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 MOFGA Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training
Feb
8
8:00 AM08:00

MOFGA Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training

$20.00

Note: Grant funded – limited to Maine residents only.

The course will provide a foundation of farm food safety best practices and co-management information, FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements, and details on how to develop a farm food safety plan.

Includes training manual, Produce Safety Alliance (PSA)/Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) course completion certificate, lunch and snacks.

If registering more than one person for the course, please register yourself, click Enroll, and then use the “Continue Shopping” option in your cart to add additional participants.

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Brunswick Topsham Land Trust  -  Winter Gardening Workshop
Feb
10
2:00 PM14:00

Brunswick Topsham Land Trust - Winter Gardening Workshop

PLANT PROPAGATION FROM SEEDS TO CUTTINGS

Stan Wakely, Urban Garden Center

Learn about seed starting from Stan Wakely, the manager of the Urban Garden Center in Topsham. He’ll touch on the various ways to propagate plants, from grafting apple trees to dividing hostas.

~ All events are $5 suggested donation, except March 10 is a $10 ticket ~

At St. Paul’s Episcopal Church: corner of Pleasant & Union Streets, Brunswick

For more information

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Farming for Wholesale 101 - Saco
Feb
11
1:00 PM13:00

Farming for Wholesale 101 - Saco

FARMING FOR WHOLESALE 101

Registration is OPEN for 2019. Please register by December 28th!

Farming for Wholesale helps farmers participate in, or scale up for, wholesale markets through ongoing farm business planning assistance combined with day-long workshops. 

This track is for experienced farmers who currently sell some wholesale and want to expand, and farmers who want to start selling to wholesale markets.

Drawing on a panel of business experts from around the state, as well as other growers, we’ll uncover the story your own financial records are telling you, and develop your ability to talk with potential wholesale buyers about your products.

During the program, you’ll have a chance to:

  • Use last year’s actual records to find your most (& least) profitable crops.

  • Learn how to keep and read financial records so that they are useful to you.

  • Identify potential customers and evaluate their fit for your farm or product.

  • Practice doing market research and putting marketing tactics together into a strategy for wholesale.

  • Create and analyze different scenarios for your farm business using profitability audits, financing options, and customer information to make the best planning decisions for your farm. (How to evaluate which crops to expand or diminish, what investments to make or avoid, and so on.)

  • Following the workshops, you will receive technical assistance tailored to your goals.

When and Where:

Bangor Public Library

Saturdays 9AM-4PM

January 5th, 12th, February 2nd (Snow date: February 9th)

Saco Grange #53

Mondays 1-8PM

January 14th, 28th, February 11th (Snow date: February 25th)

Cost: $500 registration fee. Upon completion of the workshops and your successful participation in technical assistance, you will be awarded a $1,000 seed grant. There is a net gain of $500 to your farm!

Scholarships and reimbursements are available! Please do not let upfront cost prevent you from joining us! Contact Alex for details: alex@mainefarmlandtrust.org.

Please direct questions to alex@mainefarmlandtrust.org.

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Brunswick Topsham Land Trust  -  Winter Gardening Workshop
Feb
24
2:00 PM14:00

Brunswick Topsham Land Trust - Winter Gardening Workshop

HANDS-ON PRUNING

Tim Vail, Vail’s Tree Service

With over 40 years of pruning experience, Tim will explain the importance of allowing sunlight to penetrate the tree and will provide a hands-on workshop.

~ All events are $5 suggested donation, except March 10 is a $10 ticket ~

At St. Paul’s Episcopal Church: corner of Pleasant & Union Streets, Brunswick

For more information

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Post-Harvest Handling Workshop
Mar
4
8:30 AM08:30

Post-Harvest Handling Workshop

Produce Farmers Are Food Handlers! Let’s do it profitably
March 4
8:30 am- 5 pm

How we handle our product affects the post harvest quality and safety of our food, and our relationships with buyers. Integrating food safety systems into postharvest practices and market relationships supports the development of farm systems that are viable, cost-effective, and scale appropriate.

Day 1 focuses on post-harvest handling, the cold chain and efficiency of systems, quality and safety throughout the process - harvest, cleaning, cooling, packing, storing, transport.

(Register Separately) Day 2 is Packingshed Design. Active drawing and design. Attendees of both days will utilize their post-harvest handout from day 1 in the design of a packinghouse. Click here to register for day 2.

These workshops are hands-on and designed for active learning. Class participants receive a copy of Direct Market Success or Wholesale Market Success.

*These back-to-back workshops can be attended individually, but registration priority will be given to those attending both

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Packing Shed Design workshop
Mar
5
8:30 AM08:30

Packing Shed Design workshop

Produce Farmers Are Food Handlers! Let’s do it profitably
March 5
8:30 am- 5 pm

How we handle our product affects the post harvest quality and safety of our food, and our relationships with buyers. Integrating food safety systems into postharvest practices and market relationships supports the development of farm systems that are viable, cost-effective, and scale appropriate.

Day 2 is Packingshed Design. Active drawing and design. Attendees of both days will utilize their post-harvest handout from day 1 in the design of a packinghouse.

 (Register Separately)Day 1 focuses on post-harvest handling, the cold chain and efficiency of systems, quality and safety throughout the process - harvest, cleaning, cooling, packing, storing, transport. Click here to register for day 1.

These workshops are hands-on and designed for active learning. Class participants receive a copy of Direct Market Success or Wholesale Market Success.

*These back-to-back workshops can be attended individually, but registration priority will be given to those attending both

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Brunswick Topsham Land Trust  -  Winter Gardening Workshop
Mar
10
2:00 PM14:00

Brunswick Topsham Land Trust - Winter Gardening Workshop

WILD WEATHER & GARDENING

GLEN KOEHLER, ASSOCIATE SCIENTIST SPECIALIZING IN INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT

COOPERATIVE EXTENSION OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MAINE

~ A TSCG FUNDRAISER: $10 ~

Have you noticed changes in weather patterns and our sometimes wild weather? We now expect more extreme weather, a longer growing season, and changes in pest populations at different times. Learn more about what lies ahead and how to manage new gardening challenges as our weather changes.

~ All events are $5 suggested donation, except March 10 is a $10 ticket ~

At St. Paul’s Episcopal Church: corner of Pleasant & Union Streets, Brunswick

For more information

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2019 Universities Fighting World Hunger Summit
Mar
14
to Mar 16

2019 Universities Fighting World Hunger Summit

  • University of Southern Maine (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Fighting Hunger in a World of Plenty: Shifting Power and Taking Action

What is UFWH?
Universities Fighting World Hunger is a coalition of institutions of higher education dedicated to educating students in all disciplines about the causes of hunger and to training and encouraging them to take effective action, both at home and abroad. UFWH began as a partnership between Auburn University and the United Nation’s World Food Program. Since its inception in 2006, the coalition has come to include students on 300 campuses and has brought over 100 university presidents from 29 countries together as signatories to PUSH (Presidents United to Solve Hunger).

The 2018 UFWH Summit at the University of Southern Maine will bring over 500 students, faculty, and activists together for two days of action-oriented workshops and inspiring presentations from leaders and activists at the front lines of fighting hunger. This is the first time this Summit has been held in the northeastern U.S. and, given the density of colleges and universities in this region, plus its long history of food systems activism, this promises to be a large and exciting event.


The goal of the Universities Fighting World Hunger (UFWH) is to inspire university students, faculty and staff to take meaningful actions that address the root causes of food insecurity and offer systemic solutions to hunger. To help support and inspire new initiatives, participants and campus teams attending the 2019 UFWH Summit will be eligible to apply for mini-grants of up to $500 in start-up funds.

Our goal is to provide incentive startup funds to initiate programs, projects and initiatives which will collaborate with other partners for long-term sustainability. Projects could include, but are not limited to programs, projects, courses, and/or activities which address one or more of our major conference themes:

  • Politics of Hunger and Poverty

  • Campus Food Insecurity

  • Equity and racial justice in the food system

  • Mobilizing for Change: sharing tools and skills needed to take action

  • Nutrition and Public Health

  • Food Sovereignty

  • Global Perspectives


What is PUSH?
Presidents United to Solve Hunger (PUSH) is a global collaborative effort that brings together higher education institutions in the fight against hunger and malnutrition. The PUSH Leaders Forum will be held March 14-15 in advance of the UFWH Summit. In addition to current members, PUSH is looking forward to recruiting a number of new northeastern colleges and universities as part of its ever-growing coalition. 

Registration opens Dec. 1 & workshop proposals due Dec. 10.

Contact Lisa Marie Lindenschmidt, Administrative Specialist, at (207) 780-4490 or lmlinden@maine.edu

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Brunswick Topsham Land Trust  -  Winter Gardening Workshop
Mar
24
2:00 PM14:00

Brunswick Topsham Land Trust - Winter Gardening Workshop

HOME COMPOSTING

Don Morrison, Wayside Food Programs

Learn practical tools, techniques, troubleshooting, and suggestions to simplify the composting process at home, making it accessible and affordable for anyone, especially anyone previously intimidated by the process.

~ All events are $5 suggested donation, except March 10 is a $10 ticket ~

At St. Paul’s Episcopal Church: corner of Pleasant & Union Streets, Brunswick

For more information

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Agricultural Trades Show
Jan
15
to Jan 17

Agricultural Trades Show

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.

For any questions or more information about the event, please contact Anne Trehnholm at 207-287-7620 or by email at Anne.Trenholm@maine.gov

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Farming for Wholesale 101 - Saco
Jan
14
1:00 PM13:00

Farming for Wholesale 101 - Saco

FARMING FOR WHOLESALE 101

Registration is OPEN for 2019. Please register by December 28th!

Farming for Wholesale helps farmers participate in, or scale up for, wholesale markets through ongoing farm business planning assistance combined with day-long workshops. 

This track is for experienced farmers who currently sell some wholesale and want to expand, and farmers who want to start selling to wholesale markets.

Drawing on a panel of business experts from around the state, as well as other growers, we’ll uncover the story your own financial records are telling you, and develop your ability to talk with potential wholesale buyers about your products.

During the program, you’ll have a chance to:

  • Use last year’s actual records to find your most (& least) profitable crops.

  • Learn how to keep and read financial records so that they are useful to you.

  • Identify potential customers and evaluate their fit for your farm or product.

  • Practice doing market research and putting marketing tactics together into a strategy for wholesale.

  • Create and analyze different scenarios for your farm business using profitability audits, financing options, and customer information to make the best planning decisions for your farm. (How to evaluate which crops to expand or diminish, what investments to make or avoid, and so on.)

  • Following the workshops, you will receive technical assistance tailored to your goals.

When and Where:

Bangor Public Library

Saturdays 9AM-4PM

January 5th, 12th, February 2nd (Snow date: February 9th)

Saco Grange #53

Mondays 1-8PM

January 14th, 28th, February 11th (Snow date: February 25th)

Cost: $500 registration fee. Upon completion of the workshops and your successful participation in technical assistance, you will be awarded a $1,000 seed grant. There is a net gain of $500 to your farm!

Scholarships and reimbursements are available! Please do not let upfront cost prevent you from joining us! Contact Alex for details: alex@mainefarmlandtrust.org.

Please direct questions to alex@mainefarmlandtrust.org.

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Farming for Wholesale 101 - Bangor
Jan
5
9:00 AM09:00

Farming for Wholesale 101 - Bangor

FARMING FOR WHOLESALE 101

Registration is OPEN for 2019. Please register by December 28th!

Farming for Wholesale helps farmers participate in, or scale up for, wholesale markets through ongoing farm business planning assistance combined with day-long workshops. 

This track is for experienced farmers who currently sell some wholesale and want to expand, and farmers who want to start selling to wholesale markets.

Drawing on a panel of business experts from around the state, as well as other growers, we’ll uncover the story your own financial records are telling you, and develop your ability to talk with potential wholesale buyers about your products.

During the program, you’ll have a chance to:

  • Use last year’s actual records to find your most (& least) profitable crops.

  • Learn how to keep and read financial records so that they are useful to you.

  • Identify potential customers and evaluate their fit for your farm or product.

  • Practice doing market research and putting marketing tactics together into a strategy for wholesale.

  • Create and analyze different scenarios for your farm business using profitability audits, financing options, and customer information to make the best planning decisions for your farm. (How to evaluate which crops to expand or diminish, what investments to make or avoid, and so on.)

  • Following the workshops, you will receive technical assistance tailored to your goals.

When and Where:

Bangor Public Library

Saturdays 9AM-4PM

January 5th, 12th, February 2nd (Snow date: February 9th)

Saco Grange #53

Mondays 1-8PM

January 14th, 28th, February 11th (Snow date: February 25th)

Cost: $500 registration fee. Upon completion of the workshops and your successful participation in technical assistance, you will be awarded a $1,000 seed grant. There is a net gain of $500 to your farm!

Scholarships and reimbursements are available! Please do not let upfront cost prevent you from joining us! Contact Alex for details: alex@mainefarmlandtrust.org.

Please direct questions to alex@mainefarmlandtrust.org.

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Farming for Wholesale 101 - Registration Deadline for 2019
Dec
28
8:00 AM08:00

Farming for Wholesale 101 - Registration Deadline for 2019

FARMING FOR WHOLESALE 101

Registration is OPEN for 2019. Please register by December 28th!

Farming for Wholesale helps farmers participate in, or scale up for, wholesale markets through ongoing farm business planning assistance combined with day-long workshops. 

This track is for experienced farmers who currently sell some wholesale and want to expand, and farmers who want to start selling to wholesale markets.

Drawing on a panel of business experts from around the state, as well as other growers, we’ll uncover the story your own financial records are telling you, and develop your ability to talk with potential wholesale buyers about your products.

During the program, you’ll have a chance to:

  • Use last year’s actual records to find your most (& least) profitable crops.

  • Learn how to keep and read financial records so that they are useful to you.

  • Identify potential customers and evaluate their fit for your farm or product.

  • Practice doing market research and putting marketing tactics together into a strategy for wholesale.

  • Create and analyze different scenarios for your farm business using profitability audits, financing options, and customer information to make the best planning decisions for your farm. (How to evaluate which crops to expand or diminish, what investments to make or avoid, and so on.)

  • Following the workshops, you will receive technical assistance tailored to your goals.

When and Where:

Bangor Public Library

Saturdays 9AM-4PM

January 5th, 12th, February 2nd (Snow date: February 9th)

Saco Grange #53

Mondays 1-8PM

January 14th, 28th, February 11th (Snow date: February 25th)

Cost: $500 registration fee. Upon completion of the workshops and your successful participation in technical assistance, you will be awarded a $1,000 seed grant. There is a net gain of $500 to your farm!

Scholarships and reimbursements are available! Please do not let upfront cost prevent you from joining us! Contact Alex for details: alex@mainefarmlandtrust.org.

Please direct questions to alex@mainefarmlandtrust.org.

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Prescription for Health
Dec
14
7:00 AM07:00

Prescription for Health

  • Mid Coast Hospital, Center for Community Health and Wellness (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Prescription for Health is a free one-hour introductory program to get you started on improving your health at MidCoast Hospital’s new Center for Community Health and Wellness.

Learn about basics for weight loss, healthy foods and nutrition, physical activities and exercise, managing stress, importance of sleep, and ways to quit smoking.

The program takes place the first and third Wednesday of every month at 5 p.m. and the second and fourth Friday of every month at 7 a.m. except July 4th, Thanksgiving, and the week before and after Christmas.

For more information, please call (207) 373-6585.

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MFC at Curtis Library!
Dec
11
10:00 AM10:00

MFC at Curtis Library!

Merrymeeting Food Council, the Merrymeeting Gleaners, and UMaine Cooperative Extension will be at the Collaboratory to answer your questions about how to get involved with your local food system, gleaning, and more! Please stop by!

Local Bounty celebrates the importance of local food to our community: its historic impact, its continued need, and our access hurdles. Come join us at open office hours and story times to learn how teams and books are exploring some of our community’s food-related challenges. Ask these leaders the questions you’ve always wondered. Example queries include:

  • How have our region’s food system and your organization changed?

  • Is it more helpful to give my garden produce or money?

  • How can I volunteer with my special skill?

  • What future changes do you expect?

  • Are there ways I can mitigate my risk?

Click here to see more events Local Bounty Collaboratory at Curtis Memorial Library!

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2019 Universities Fighting World Hunger Summit - Workshop Proposals Due
Dec
10
8:00 AM08:00

2019 Universities Fighting World Hunger Summit - Workshop Proposals Due

Fighting Hunger in a World of Plenty: Shifting Power and Taking Action

What is UFWH?
Universities Fighting World Hunger is a coalition of institutions of higher education dedicated to educating students in all disciplines about the causes of hunger and to training and encouraging them to take effective action, both at home and abroad. UFWH began as a partnership between Auburn University and the United Nation’s World Food Program. Since its inception in 2006, the coalition has come to include students on 300 campuses and has brought over 100 university presidents from 29 countries together as signatories to PUSH (Presidents United to Solve Hunger).

The 2018 UFWH Summit at the University of Southern Maine will bring over 500 students, faculty, and activists together for two days of action-oriented workshops and inspiring presentations from leaders and activists at the front lines of fighting hunger. This is the first time this Summit has been held in the northeastern U.S. and, given the density of colleges and universities in this region, plus its long history of food systems activism, this promises to be a large and exciting event.


The goal of the Universities Fighting World Hunger (UFWH) is to inspire university students, faculty and staff to take meaningful actions that address the root causes of food insecurity and offer systemic solutions to hunger. To help support and inspire new initiatives, participants and campus teams attending the 2019 UFWH Summit will be eligible to apply for mini-grants of up to $500 in start-up funds.

Our goal is to provide incentive startup funds to initiate programs, projects and initiatives which will collaborate with other partners for long-term sustainability. Projects could include, but are not limited to programs, projects, courses, and/or activities which address one or more of our major conference themes:

  • Politics of Hunger and Poverty

  • Campus Food Insecurity

  • Equity and racial justice in the food system

  • Mobilizing for Change: sharing tools and skills needed to take action

  • Nutrition and Public Health

  • Food Sovereignty

  • Global Perspectives


What is PUSH?
Presidents United to Solve Hunger (PUSH) is a global collaborative effort that brings together higher education institutions in the fight against hunger and malnutrition. The PUSH Leaders Forum will be held March 14-15 in advance of the UFWH Summit. In addition to current members, PUSH is looking forward to recruiting a number of new northeastern colleges and universities as part of its ever-growing coalition. 

Registration opens Dec. 1 & workshop proposals due Dec. 10.

Contact Lisa Marie Lindenschmidt, Administrative Specialist, at (207) 780-4490 or lmlinden@maine.edu

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New England Grassroots Environment Fund RootSkills Conference
Dec
7
to Dec 8

New England Grassroots Environment Fund RootSkills Conference

  • College of the Holy Cross (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Wondering how to start a zero waste, living economy,  or land & water project in your neighborhood? Exploring how to deepen and get to root causes in your food systems, energy or environmental health work? Have questions about fundraising or group governance? Are you looking to center equity in your community efforts? 

The goal of the RootSkills Conference is to create synergy among community organizers working towards environmental, social and economic justice. Workshop sessions highlight trends, best practices, and solutions-based tools by and for community organizers. A planning committee representing a broad range of lived experiences helps design the event and an open call for workshops sessions creates space for new leadership, new voices to work towards co-created learning objectives.  

Register Here

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BTLT at Curtis Library
Dec
6
1:00 PM13:00

BTLT at Curtis Library

Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust will be at the Collaboratory to answer your questions about the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust and Crystal Spring Farm.

Local Bounty celebrates the importance of local food to our community: its historic impact, its continued need, and our access hurdles. Come join us at open office hours and story times to learn how teams and books are exploring some of our community’s food-related challenges. Ask these leaders the questions you’ve always wondered. Example queries include:

  • How have our region’s food system and your organization changed?

  • Is it more helpful to give my garden produce or money?

  • How can I volunteer with my special skill?

  • What future changes do you expect?

  • Are there ways I can mitigate my risk?

Click here to see more events Local Bounty Collaboratory at Curtis Memorial Library!

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Kitchen Licensing Workshop
Dec
6
10:00 AM10:00

Kitchen Licensing Workshop

  • MOFGA Common Ground Education Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Designed for farmers and others interested in home-food processing for resale.

Licensing requirements, food safety, and liability insurance will be covered by panel members, including: Dr. Beth Calder, Food Science Specialist for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Ronda Stone, Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry.

After a local, seasonal, organic luncheon, participants will tour a licensed kitchen.

The afternoon program will be dedicated to a discussion of labeling requirements, organic certification requirements, and a round table sharing of experiences.

Interested in a partial or full scholarship? Please fill out a scholarship application form.

Fee: $50; $35 for MOFGA members
(Includes lunch)

Registration Link

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Prescription for Health
Dec
5
5:00 PM17:00

Prescription for Health

  • Mid Coast Hospital, Center for Community Health and Wellness (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Prescription for Health is a free one-hour introductory program to get you started on improving your health at MidCoast Hospital’s new Center for Community Health and Wellness.

Learn about basics for weight loss, healthy foods and nutrition, physical activities and exercise, managing stress, importance of sleep, and ways to quit smoking.

The program takes place the first and third Wednesday of every month at 5 p.m. and the second and fourth Friday of every month at 7 a.m. except July 4th, Thanksgiving, and the week before and after Christmas.

For more information, please call (207) 373-6585.

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Bowdoinham Community Development Initiative Annual Meeting
Dec
5
5:00 PM17:00

Bowdoinham Community Development Initiative Annual Meeting

  • Merrymeeting Community Center (former Grange Hall) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

BCDI ANNUAL MEETING

Please join BCDI for our Annual Meeting, Wednesday, December 5th at 6:00pm at Merrymeeting Hall. Beginning at 5pm, folks from the Bowdoinham Historical Society will be on available to give tours of the new Community Center. Then join us for complimentary beer, wine, and snacks as we update you on the BCDI “Year in Review”. We’ll also “Continue the Conversation” with updates on action items from our 2017 Community Conversations that have been completed or are underway. Come meet our Board members, check out the Community Center, and enjoy a libation!  ALL ARE WELCOME!

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Farmland Access and Transfer Conference
Dec
3
8:00 AM08:00

Farmland Access and Transfer Conference

- Are you a farmer wondering what will happen when you're ready to stop farming?
- Are you a farmer looking for land?
- Are you a landowner thinking about making your property available for farming?
- Are you a service provider who helps with issues related to land access?

Learn strategies for keeping your farmland in production including how to tackle succession planning, plus how to find and secure farmland of your own, negotiate a good lease agreement, and more. Join us for a day of practical workshops to better understand the options, resources, and steps to accessing or transferring your farm or farmland. Hosted by Maine Farmland Trust & Land For Good.

Register Here

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2019 Universities Fighting World Hunger Summit - Registration Open
Dec
1
8:00 AM08:00

2019 Universities Fighting World Hunger Summit - Registration Open

Fighting Hunger in a World of Plenty: Shifting Power and Taking Action

What is UFWH?
Universities Fighting World Hunger is a coalition of institutions of higher education dedicated to educating students in all disciplines about the causes of hunger and to training and encouraging them to take effective action, both at home and abroad. UFWH began as a partnership between Auburn University and the United Nation’s World Food Program. Since its inception in 2006, the coalition has come to include students on 300 campuses and has brought over 100 university presidents from 29 countries together as signatories to PUSH (Presidents United to Solve Hunger).

The 2018 UFWH Summit at the University of Southern Maine will bring over 500 students, faculty, and activists together for two days of action-oriented workshops and inspiring presentations from leaders and activists at the front lines of fighting hunger. This is the first time this Summit has been held in the northeastern U.S. and, given the density of colleges and universities in this region, plus its long history of food systems activism, this promises to be a large and exciting event.


The goal of the Universities Fighting World Hunger (UFWH) is to inspire university students, faculty and staff to take meaningful actions that address the root causes of food insecurity and offer systemic solutions to hunger. To help support and inspire new initiatives, participants and campus teams attending the 2019 UFWH Summit will be eligible to apply for mini-grants of up to $500 in start-up funds.

Our goal is to provide incentive startup funds to initiate programs, projects and initiatives which will collaborate with other partners for long-term sustainability. Projects could include, but are not limited to programs, projects, courses, and/or activities which address one or more of our major conference themes:

  • Politics of Hunger and Poverty

  • Campus Food Insecurity

  • Equity and racial justice in the food system

  • Mobilizing for Change: sharing tools and skills needed to take action

  • Nutrition and Public Health

  • Food Sovereignty

  • Global Perspectives


What is PUSH?
Presidents United to Solve Hunger (PUSH) is a global collaborative effort that brings together higher education institutions in the fight against hunger and malnutrition. The PUSH Leaders Forum will be held March 14-15 in advance of the UFWH Summit. In addition to current members, PUSH is looking forward to recruiting a number of new northeastern colleges and universities as part of its ever-growing coalition. 

Registration opens Dec. 1 & workshop proposals due Dec. 10.

Contact Lisa Marie Lindenschmidt, Administrative Specialist, at (207) 780-4490 or lmlinden@maine.edu

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Maine Farmer Needs Assessment
Nov
27
to Jan 17

Maine Farmer Needs Assessment

Calling all farmers: We need your knowledge and ideas to shape the future of agriculture in Maine! How can state government and other service and education providers better support YOU? Please help us develop an assessment of farmer needs and priorities to inform program development, state government, and service and education providers supporting farmers and Maine’s agricultural economy. Attend an upcoming work session to share your thoughts about what you need to strengthen your farm business and grow Maine agriculture.

Sessions will be held at the following Cooperative Extension Offices:

Locally-sourced refreshments provided. RSVP’s are appreciated! maineagneeds@gmail.com*

 

*Can’t attend a session? Visit sites.google.com/view/maineagneeds or email

maineagneeds@gmail.com for more information about a webinar and online survey.

*Stay updated at facebook.com/maineagneeds

 

This effort is being coordinated by: AGCOM, CEI, Cooperative Extension, MFT, Maine Food Strategy, MOFGA, and Maine Sustainable Agriculture Society

Find out more »

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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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Food Market Tours
Nov
8
to Dec 13

Food Market Tours

Take a Grocery Store Tour at get 10 dollars to do your shopping. Learn to shop for healthy food on a budget.

  • November 8th Thursday 8 – 9 AM, Brunswick Hannaford

  • November 10th Saturday 9 – 10 AM,  Brunswick Hannaford

  • November 29th Thursday 1 – 2 PM,  Brunswick Hannaford

  • December 13th Thursday 6 – 7 PM,  Brunswick Hannaford

Register for a tour by contacting the 2nd Floor Reference Desk at Curtis Memorial Library. Drop by, email (refdesk@curtislibrary.com) or call (725– 5242 #2). (A limit of one tour per person.) All events are FREE and open to the public.

Want to take these classes but can’t make the date or time? Let us know!

* Drop by the 2nd Floor Reference Desk at CML

* Email (refdesk@curtislibrary.com)

* Call (725– 5242 #2)

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Cooking Matters Series
Nov
6
to Dec 12

Cooking Matters Series

Join us for a fun, interactive workshop with a Nutrition Expert once a week for 6 weeks.  Each participant receives FREE groceries to make a meal for 4 people every week!  Come ready to learn knife skills, kitchen safety, and cooking tips.

Tuesdays, 7 – 8:30 AM on:

  • November 6th

  • November 13th

  • November 20th

  • November 27th

  • December 4th

& Wednesday 7 – 8:30 AM, December 12th

Register by contacting the 2nd Floor Reference Desk at Curtis Memorial Library. Drop by, email (refdesk@curtislibrary.com) or call (725–5242 #2). Cooking Matters classes will take place in the Morrell Meeting Room of Curtis Memorial Library. All events are FREE and open to the public. Thanks to Maine SNAP-Ed, Curtis Memorial Library is thrilled to host our first FREE Cooking Matters Classes.

Want to take these classes but can’t make the date or time? Let us know!

* Drop by the 2nd Floor Reference Desk at CML

* Email (refdesk@curtislibrary.com)

* Call (725– 5242 #2)

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Collaboratory Exhibit: Local Bounty
Nov
5
to Dec 31

Collaboratory Exhibit: Local Bounty

  • Curtis Memorial Library (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

2018 November - December Collaboratory - Local Bounty

The November - December Collaboratory explores our Local Bounty of delicious and diverse foods. We will learn about the history of Crystal Spring Farm with Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust, in-season Maine foods with MOFGA, and healthy cooking and frugal shopping techniques from SNAP-ED. You'll also have opportunities to ask questions of Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program, University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Merrymeeting Gleaners and Merrymeeting Food Council, and explore our rainbow of foods through story times. Come discover how food has always been important to residents of this land, and how access to this wealth has changed as time has passed. Join us for this celebration of our edible rainbow. http://www.curtislibrary.com/food/

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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 (MFC) 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 MFC and the Merrymeeting Gleaners.)

Have a local food system business or organization to promote?

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.

Want to celebrate the Merrymeeting Gleaners and our generous farmers?

Come join us!

Enjoy local beer, local food, and local music as well as a silent auction and many opportunities to learn more about MFC.

The Whatley Brothers begin playing at 6pm & the Cook’s Takes Flight (new Cook’s Lobster and Ale House food truck) will be there all night!

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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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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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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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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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Aug
21
2:00 PM14:00
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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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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