Sunday, March 9, 2014
The Maine Grain Alliance will offer a two-day workshop March 24 and 25 covering all aspects of being the proprietor of a village artisan bakery. Professionals will be on hand to cover marketing, financial management, equipment needs, and hands-on production baking. Cost is $175; includes breakfast and lunch both days, with a social hour and dinner the first evening. Location is Maine Grain & Bread Lab at the Somerset Grist Mill 42 Court Street Skowhegan.
Meet your farmers and fishermen at locations around the state February 28, March 1, and March 2. The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association organizes these events, which are part celebration and part education. Local farmers, fishermen and other food producers will tell community members how to enjoy local foods and support local businesses in a meaningful way. For a list of locations go here. Find a CSA near you with MOFGA's Maine CSA Directory.
Learn to safely tap maple trees and make maple syrup in a YOU CAN workshop 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, February 26, at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Piscataquis County Office, 165 East Main St., Dover-Foxcroft.
UMaine Extension and Piscataquis Valley Adult Education Cooperative sponsor the YOU CAN program, which was developed to teach self-sufficiency skills to Maine families.
Kathy Hopkins, Extension Educator for Somerset County and statewide resource for the Maine maple syrup industry, will lead the workshop; cost is $5. To register, stop in or write to 48 Morton Ave., Suite M, Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426, call 207.564.6525 or visit http://bit.ly/pyoucan. For more information, or to request a disability accommodation, call 207.564.3301.
Maine's Maple Syrup Producers will celebrate Maine Maple Sunday on March 23. Most sugarhouses offer free maple syrup samples and demonstrations on how pure Maine maple syrup is made. Many farms offer games, activities, treats, sugarbush tours, music, and more. For a map and more information go here.
The University of Maine Cooperative Extension is partnering with the Maine Poultry Growers Association (MPGA) in presenting a day-long school for poultry farmers and backyard keepers scheduled for Saturday, April 5 at the Kennebec Valley Community College in Fairfield from 9 a.m to 3 p.m.
A team of instructors from the UMaine Extension, MOFGA and the agricultural community will cover topics of poultry nutrition, efficient production, poultry health, best management practices, organic production considerations, labor saving tips and poultry meat quality. The fee for participating in this school is $25. A discounted fee of $10 is available to members of the MPGA. Each participant will receive a reference notebook, a poultry breakeven calculator and refreshments. (participants should bring their own lunch) To enroll go here.
Orders are now being taken in the ”Grow It Right!” plant sale for highbush blueberry plants — three young plants, two varieties per pack for $35.95; or strawberries – a pack of 25 young dormant plants for $15, or asparagus — a pack of 10 crowns for $15. Plants must be ordered by April 30 and will be available for pickup at selected University of Maine Cooperative Extension county offices and at Highmoor Farm in Monmouth on May 17. For more information and to place an order, go here. Proceeds to benefit the statewide Master Gardener Volunteers program.Tweet
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, deliciousmusings.com.
When she is not writing, she enjoys edible gardening, reading books on food and/or thinking about food, hanging out by her beehives and patiently tracking down her chickens in the woods behind her old farmhouse.
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.