Winter Educational Series 2015/16

We had a wonderful (and VERY informative!) Winter Educational Series this year.  We were pleased to host 5 evenings of “experts-in-their-fields” on various subjects relevant to both the farming community as well as the community at large.  Contact us with any suggestions for NEXT winter’s series!

In November 2015,  Micah Woodcock came to talk about seaweed harvesting here in our great state; Micah was a fascinating speaker who offered us some (delicious!) seaweed samples along with information about his own work and experience as well as this developing industry.   A really interesting talk for all.

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In January 2016 we welcomed John Bunker, Maine’s renowned “Apple Whisperer,” who has traveled the entire state for many decades searching out and identifying countless varieties of heirloom and ancient apple trees.  John kept us all riveted with anecdotes and unusual information about his life’s work!  Our local tree warden and tree expert, Phil Norris, of Clayfield Farm was present to introduce his long-time friend and associate at the beginning of the evening.

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In February we were pleased to have Jo Barrett of Land for Good, Jess Woiderski of Cultivating Community, and Erica Buswell of Maine Farmland Trust come to share with us the story of the collaborative efforts to help a community of refugees and other immigrant farmers from Somalia to get established in their new country (near the Lewiston area).  The good news?  After a decade (more for some of the farmers) of training, working, and searching, land was found and a new beginning awaits for the newly formed co-operative called New Roots Co-Operative.  This was an inspiring and heartfelt story, supported and guided by dedicated folks all along the way.  “Where many work together, anything can be accomplished!”

A WONDERFUL FOLLOW-UP TO THIS TALK FROM MPBN, AUG 11TH, 2016: http://mpbn.net/post/somali-farmers-break-ground-30-acres-lewiston#stream/0

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In March we hosted a film at the Blue Hill Public Library titled, “Symphony of the Soil.”  From the trailer for the film, “…a 104-minute documentary feature film that explores the complexity and mystery of soil. Filmed on four continents and sharing the voices of some of the world’s most esteemed soil scientists, farmers and activists, the film portrays soil as a protagonist of our planetary story.  Another quote from the film gives a fabulous teaser: “It’s Times Square, New Year’s Eve, all the time, in the soil!”  An excellent film to get us geared up for the start of Spring.

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In April we were privileged to have as our guest speakers Bob Glidden and his daughter, Gail Rowe who warmly shared stories and information about nine decades of Bob’s life starting on a farm in Orrington, ME, through WWII in Saipan, and back to the farm and the rest of life in Maine.   Thank-you, Bob Glidden, Gail, and family for all you have done and all you shared with us!

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