Thursday October 03, 2013 | 09:31 AM

Summer is such a busy time; it’s nice that it is fall! In Maine we can enjoy apples, foliage, hot cocoa, crisp air, flushed cheeks, and seasonal menus featuring pumpkin and squash. Following are a few of the events happening in October and November worth making space for on the calendar.

MOFGA Orchard Fall Soil Preparation Workshop and Volunteer Work Day Will be Sunday, October 6 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the new Maine Heritage Orchard just north of the MOFGA Education Center and the Fairgrounds on the Lee Crosby Road in Unity. Look for the signs along the road. Learn how to fall-fertilize soil in preparation for next year’s spring fruit tree planting. During the day, help prepare 125 individual apple tree sites for planting in April 2014. Each spot will receive rock powders, soil amendments and compost. Lunch provided for all attendees. What to bring: Wheelbarrows, buckets and shovels. Please RSVP to Anna Libby:

Want to grow veggies all winter? Attend the USM Student Garden Hoop House Installation & Demo on Sunday, October 6 at 1p.m. for hoop house installation over a few raised beds on the USM campus in Portland. Hoop houses are a simple and cost effective method in which to extend our short growing season in Maine. The USM Community Garden is student run and is intended to provide a space for USM students and USM community members to reduce their food costs and increase their health by growing their own food. Parking and Directions: The garden is located in front of Sullivan Gym #40. Bicycle parking is available next to the Woodbury Campus center & in front of Sullivan Gym. Car Parking is free and available in the USM parking garage. Go here for directions to USM’s campus  and here for the campus map. 

Fedco’s 2013 Fall Bulb and Plant Sale is Friday, October 11, both for preorder customers picking up orders and the general public to shop. Their warehouses at 213 Hinckley Road in Clinton, Maine will be open from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. In addition to Surplus Flower bulbs they will have an assortment of 
, Fruiting Plants
, Woody Shrubs, Potted Plants
, Herbs & Perennials
, and other plants not offered in the FedcoTrees catalog. Go here for details. 

The Maine Cheese Guild will hold Open Creamery Day 2013 on Sunday, October 13 from 11a.m. - 3 p.m. Take in the spectacular sights and taste some award-winning cheese during the Maine Cheese Guild's annual Open Creamery Day. Visit many of Maine's cheese makers in their creameries, meet the animals, and learn the stories behind Maine's more than 150 artisan cheeses. For maps and an updated list of participating cheese makers, go here.

Fore St. restaurant will host a dinner at Dandelion Spring Farm on Sunday, October 13, at 30 Brick Hill Road in Newcastle, Maine.. This is the 2nd annual Fore Street Restaurant/Dandelion Spring-Straw Farm Dinner. Festivities will begin with a farm tour at 2 p.m. and dinner seating at 3 p.m. Chefs from Fore Street Restaurant will prepare a five-course meal with paired drinks from food grown right on the farm. Fare will include lamb, pork, dairy and vegetables. All proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to MOFGA in honor of Russell Libby. By reservation only; tickets $100. For more information and to purchase tickets go here

Whole Foods Market in Portland, Maine will host their 3rd Annual Cheese Fest to celebrate the 3rd Annual American Cheese Month on Saturday, October 19 from 12 – 2 p.m.

Master Beekeepers Jack Hildreth and Peter Richardson will teach the Fall Beginning Beekeeping School at the University of Southern Maine in Portland consecutive Wednesdays, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., from October 16 to November 13. The fee for these two schools is $90 per person, which covers a textbook and a reference notebook; a $130 fee covers two family members and a textbook and reference notebook to share.

Master Beekeeper Erin MacGregor-Forbes will teach a two-night Honeybee Disease & Pest Management Workshop at the Extension Office in Falmouth, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 5 and Tuesday, November 12. The $40 fee covers workshop materials. To register go here and for more information phone 207.781.6099 or 1.800.287.1471.


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Sharon Kitchens is a neo-homesteader learning the ins and outs of country living by luck and pluck and a lot of expert advice. She writes about bees for The Huffington Post and stuff she loves on her personal blog,

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