ta-da! behold: the official Chautauqua schedule and what-to-bring list, + swanky flyer and map (click on them to enlarge) for thisweekend (aug 13 – 15). so round up a carpool and grab your boots, your tents, coffee mugs, friends, your jars of jam and we will see you in maine! any additional questions or to RSVP, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Continue reading for the detailed schedule + what to bring!
5:00 PM: Farm Tour & Young Farmer Mixer @ MOFGA Fairgrounds (Unity, ME)
Holli Cederholm and Brian St Laurent, MOFGA’s Farmers In Residence, will give a tour of their Proud Peasant Farm. They also will give a talk about MOFGA’s young farmer resources. Young farmer mixer and potluck dinner to follow.
Bring a dish to share and a beverage for yourself and share the bounty of the season!
7:30 PM: Contra Dance
BEDTIME: REST YOUR WEARY eyes, FARMER! Camp overnight at MOFGA.
6:30 AM: Light breakfast of toast with butter and jam, coffee. Bring a homemade jam to share!
7:00 AM: Worksong Singalong with Bennett Konesni @ Proud Peasant Farm (Unity, ME)
GO FORTH! Destination: Food for Maine’s Future is at 3 Flower Farm Lane.
(Approx. 1.5 hours.)
Head east on Crosby Brook Rd toward Unity Rd/Rte 139. Turn right onto Unity Rd/Rte 139 E and then left on Gordon Hill Rd/Rte 139 E (18 mi). Turn right on Stream Rd/Rte 139 E (4 mi). Turn right on Loggin Rd (4 mi). Turn right on Bangor Rd (4 mi). Turn left on Fort Knox Rd/Rte 174 E (4 mi). Turn left on Rte 3 E toward US 1 N; Turn right on US 1 N (4 mi). Turn right on Front Ridge Rd/Rte 15 S (12 mi). Turn right on Rte 172 S and turn left following Rte 172 (6 mi). Pass Pertvile Rd and Old Country Rd. Second driveway on left is Flower Farm Lane.
***Along your way, you may want to stop at one of several farmers markets between Unity and Sedgewick to find good local fare for your bag lunch (Unity, Orono, Camden, Ellsworth, Brewer — see map).
NOON: Farm Tour @ Food For Maine’s Future Seed Farm (Sedgwick, ME)
Bob St.Peter, director of Food for Maine’s Future, will give a tour of their new seed farm, and discuss his new Corn Seed Saving Collaborative.
TRAVEL ON! Destination: Machias Grange Hall is at 1 Elm Street and Rte 92 E.
(Approx. 1.75 hours.)
Head north/east on Rte 172 E (7 mi), turn left on Tenney Hill/Rte 15, and turn left to continue on Rte 172 E (13 mi). Merge onto W Main St and turn right on High St. Turn left on US 1 N (30 mi). Turn right on Bridge
St/US 1A N (7 mi). Turn right on Harrington Rd/US 1 N (20 mi). Turn right on Rte 92 E and make an immediate left to stay on Rte 92 E.
4:30 PM: Dicussion & Archival Film Screening @ Machias Grange Hall (Machias, ME)
Join us for a presentation by the Beehive Collective, including a history of the renovation of their historic grange hall and the grange movement and farming in the region followed by a local foods feast. (Donations for this feast of local foods will be accepted on the day. If you are local Maine farmer and would like to contribute produce, meat or dairy to the feast, please contact Olivia at email@example.com.) Elaine Weiss will discuss her book Fruits of Victory which examines the women’s land army of WWI. Greenhorns Director Severine von Tscharner Fleming has curated an archival film screening of “Rebel Earth” and “Prairie Fire” which are part of the Northern Lights series by Rob Nillson.
BEDTIME: All are welcome to stay either in the Grange Hall (provide your own bedding) or to camp at the Beehive Design Collective.
8:00 AM: Breakfast followed by Workshops @ various locations Down East, departing from the Grange Hall.
– Rope Fibers & Knot Tying with Christin Ripley
– Urban Rooftop Farming with Annie Novak
– Introduction to Scything with Elliot and Carol of Scythe Supply
– A Maine Seaweed Seminar with Rob Cushman
OUR CELEBRATION ENDS SUNDAY MIDDAY
WHAT TO BRING
– One full place setting for your use at meals throughout the weekend – knife, fork, spoon, plate, bowl, coffee mug, cloth napkin. Maine is a DIY kind of place, please know that you will be expected to take care of your dishes (wash them or not, your choice) throughout the weekend. There will be ample kitchen space in which to do so.
– For Friday night, please bring a dish to share at our potluck feast at MOFGA’s Fairgrounds. Wear clothes you can dance in and footwear in which to tromp around a farm. If you are camping on Friday night at MOFGA please be sure you have everything you need to camp comfortably. There are plenty of tent sites, but that’s it.Container for water, bug protection, sun protection, think maine!
– For Saturday morning we are planning a light breakfast of toast, butter, jam and coffee. Do you have some homemade jam in your pantry? Bring it to share with the group! After breakfast we will have a work song sing-a-long in the fields at Proud Peasant Farm, which is located at MOFGA – please dress appropriately for light field work. good footwear, a sunhat, comfortable clothes that can get dirty. We’ll have a little “snack bar” set up with dried fruits, nuts for snacking, little sacks for 1 dollar.
– For Saturday afternoon, you will need to procure a bag lunch for yourself. We’ll be having lunch in Sedgwick at Food for Maine’s Future’s new seed farm, but no food will be provided. You might consider patronizing one of the many farmers markets taking place (Orono, Camden, Ellsworth, Brewer, Unity), or stop at Crosstrax in Unity for some good food to go.
– For Saturday Night, if you plan on joining us for the feast, and we hope you do, we are suggesting a donation of $10 to support the work of The Greenhorns. If you are staying in the Grange hall on Saturday night, please be sure you have your own bedding – a mat, sleeping bag or quilt, pillow. If you are camping, please be sure you have everything you need to camp comfortable.
– For Sunday morning, a light breakfast will be provided. Still got that jam? Bring it along! Casual clothing, a positive attitude and an inquiring mind are all you’ll need for the four workshops we have planned.