Tuesday April 02, 2013 | 10:36 AM

**Events are free (admission only) unless otherwise noted. If you have an event you would like considered for future News Roundups, please comment on this post and Sharon Kitchens will get back to you.

photo by Beth Schiller

Dandelion Spring Farm – Open Lamb Day
Saturday, April 6 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
30 Brick Hill Road, Newcastle
Shearing, spinning, felting demonstrations. Food from the Blue Rooster.  

Paris Farmers Union, Bridgton - Raising and Care of Alpacas Workshop with Stephanie McKeith from Kezar River Farm 
Wednesday, April 10 at 6:30 p.m.
13 Sandy Creek Road, Bridgton
For more information phone 207-647-2383

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens – Accessible Edible Gardens with Irene Brady Barber
Friday, April 12 from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. $30 members, $37 nonmembers
The entrance to Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is on Barters Island Road in Boothbay, about ten miles from Route 1 in Midcoast Maine. For GPS users, physical address is 132 Botanical Gardens Drive, Boothbay.
Irene will demonstrate how to create or find garden beds to accommodate those with diminishing upper-body strength or mobility. She will show the advantages of raised gardens and discuss vegetable and herb selection based on various factors. She’ll lead the group through the raised beds of the Lerner Garden of the Five Senses for ideas and inspiration.

The University of Maine – Fruit Tree Workshop
Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Highmoor Farm, UMaine Agricultural Experiment Station – 52 U.S. Route 202 in Monmouth
This half-day workshop on growing fruit trees in Maine will focus on pruning, and dealing with diseases and insect pests. Offered for folks in the general public who would like to learn more about the cultural requirements of fruit trees. The class will be taught by Renae Moran, Tree Fruit Specialist for the University of Maine. The class will begin in the meeting room behind the barn. If weather permits, there will be a pruning demonstration in the orchard and a tour of the fruit tree research orchards. The workshop is free of charge, but please preregister by calling Renae Moran at 207.933.2100 or email rmoran@maine.edu.
For more information visit here

Wolfe’s Neck Farm - Open House
Sunday, April 14 from 1p.m. - 4 p.m.
134 Burnett Road, Freeport
Join the folks at Recompence Shore Campground in Freeport, Maine, for a barn tour, to meet the new animals, and ask questions about their Summer Camp programs at their first all-farm Open House of 2013. Since 1997, the farm and campground have operated under the Wolfe’s Neck Farm Foundation, a 501©3 non-profit organization. 

Photos by Edwin Remsberg

The University of Maine – Transferring the Farm Workshop
Thursday, April 18 from 9 a.m. – 3p.m.
UMaine Cooperative Extension Franklin County Office – 138 Pleasant St., Ste 1, Farmington
Transferring the Farm is a daylong workshop to help farmers and farm families make informed decisions about transferring the farm to the next generation. Each workshop will address details on retirement and estate planning, legal approaches to protect assets from taxes, tools you can use to transfer farm assets and determining your goals to address transfer planning.
Preregistration is required by April 15, 2013. Make check payable to UMaine Extension and mail to event location address. Lunch is on your own. 

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension - AgrAbility Workshop
Friday, April 19 from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Elks Club - 397 Civic Center Drive, Augusta
Cost is $25.00 per person including lunch and a “Mac Gyver” tape kit. *Pre-registration is required. Register online by April 10 here. For more information phone (207) 944-1533.
Participants will learn uses for 42 different tools and materials for fabricating quick solutions in rural remote areas without the need for electricity. Instructor Dr. Therese Willkomm, PhD, ATP, has invented over 600 different Assistive Technology solutions including 50 different iPad solutions for people with disabilities. Dr. Willkomm holds a PhD in rehabilitation science and technology and is the director of New Hampshire’s state wide Assistive Technology program. She has over 25 years of experience assisting over 1,200 farmers with disabilities. As the first project coordinator of Breaking New Ground in the Agricultural Engineering Department at Purdue University, Dr. Willkomm developed over 30 different resources on farming with a disability.

Cumberland County Swarm Workshop
Will be the week of April 22 – 26 (date N/A at publishing time)
Details forthcoming. Check the Cumberland County Beekeepers website for more information. 
$35 for CCBA Members, $45 for Non-members. Fee includes taking home a swarm trap of your own. Preregistration is recommended.

Photos by Sharon Kitchens

40th Annual Boothbay Harbor Region Fisherman’s Festival
Friday, April 26 thru Sunday, April 28
Boothbay Harbor Region
Celebrate the Maine fishing season with trap hauling, codfish relay, fish fry, and Miss Shrimp Princess Pageant! (Here is a link to last year’s festival Visit the Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce website) for more information on this year’s festival. You may also contact (207) 633-2353.

Down the Road

Paris Farmers Union, Bridgton - Large Animal Rescue Workshop
May or June (date N/A at publishing time).
13 Sandy Creek Road, Bridgton
Details forthcoming. Check the website for updates and/or contact 207-647-2383
Learn ways to get large animals out of barns, ponds, wells…(this is not about adoption from a bad home). How to get a large animal out of trailer if it turns over on the road… 

Open Hives – Cumberland County
Details forthcoming. Check the Cumberland County Beekeepers website for updates. 
May – location, date TBD
June – Buzz Cooper’s (Cooper Charolais Farm & Apiary in Windham) either the 15TH OR 22ND 
July – Club hives at Tidewater in Falmouth
August and September - – location, date TBD
These are great opportunities to learn more about beekeeping and meet fellow beekeepers. Beginner and advanced beekeepers welcome. An open hive is an excellent way for someone considering becoming a beekeeper to learn what beekeeping is all about!

Miscellaneous

**Applications are closed for the Wood-Fired Production Workshop at the Kneading Conference, to be held July 25 and 26, 2013 in Skowhegan, Maine. Michael Rhoads (Head Baker Bread Alone, former Chair of the Baking and Pastry Program, New England Culinary Institute) and Sharon Burns-Leader, co-founder of Bread Alone, will be teaching a course that will focus on creating artisan breads utilizing hand mixing methods and production timing to maximize the variety and yield of a micro bakery. Students will be actively involved in mixing, shaping and baking breads that will utilize all of the cycles of a wood fired oven including live fire production as well as the high and low temperature curve of the oven.
This is a hands-on workshop that requires a three-day commitment. Limited to 10 participants. For more information contact dustydowse@aol.com.
This is the only workshop at the Kneading Conference that requires an application and acceptance in order to participate.

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In her blog, Sharon profiles farm families, reports on farm-based education and internships, conducts Q&A's with master beekeepers, offers tips on picking a CSA, and much more.

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