Tuesday April 30, 2013 | 08:20 AM

Preble Street Maine Hunger Initiative – Screening of “A Place at the Table” and discussion on ways to end hunger. Tuesday, April 30 from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. At Patriot Cinemas Nickelodeon at 1 Temple St. in Portland, Maine. The film illustrates how hunger poses serious economic, social and cultural implications for our nation and explores solutions to end hunger in America. A panel discussion led by local anti-hunger leaders and neighbors dealing with food insecurity will follow the film. 

Maine Forest Service and the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association - Sugarbush Maintenance and Improvement Thursday, May 2. At 294 Crosby Brook Road in Unity, Maine. Join the (MOFGA) Low Impact Forestry Project for a full day of presentations and site visits highlighting the silviculture and business of managing for maple syrup. Please contact Morten Moesswilde of the Maine Forest Service at 441-2895 or morten.moesswilde@maine.gov for more information. To register for the Sugarbush go here. You may also register by calling the Maine Forest Service at 207-287- 2791 or 1-800-367-0223.

Portland Farmers’ Market - Saturday, May 4 from 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. The 2nd Saturday market of the season in Deering Oaks Park in Portland, Maine. Some of the farms present at the Saturday Portland, Maine Farmers’ Market: Alewive’s Brook Farm, Balfour Farm, Cornerstone & Fail Better Farms, Fishbowl Farm, Green Spark Farm, Kennebec Cheesery, Maine-ly Poultry, Olivia’s Garden, Pineview Gardens, Snell Family Farm, Sumner Valley Farm, Swallowtail Farm & Creamery, Thirty Acre Farm, Tourmaline Hill Farm. View farmers’ markets by area here.

The International Maple Grading School – Saturday, May 10 and Sunday, May11. At University of Maine Cooperative Extension Somerset County Office in Skowhegan. Recommended for maple producers, bulk syrup buyers, state inspectors and others needing to accurately grade maple syrup or judge maple product entries at fairs and contests. The school will provide a strong scientific base combined with intensive hands-on exercises. Quality control issues are also addressed. $135 pp. If you need additional information or have any questions, please contact Kathy Hopkins at 207.474.9622 or khopkins@maine.edu. Registration Deadline: May 6, 2013.


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