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Ruckus n’ Resiliency! Workshop Series and Street Festival
Want to learn or polish up the basic skills for managing your Maine woodlot?
On Friday, May 1, spend the day in the woods with at least six forest and soil experts learning about tree species identification, the influence of soils on forest plants and on harvesting operations, and how to choose which trees to cut.
Participants will meet from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Charlie Hitchings’ beautiful woodlot in Cherryfield. After introductions they will break into three groups for the morning to cycle through three learning stations. After a noon lunch break (bring your own lunch), participants will spend the final couple of hours in groups again, then will come together to mark three small sections of forest as if for harvesting, based on information they learned in their groups.
This workshop is offered free to everyone, but a recommended donation of $10 per person will help offset the costs for travel, refreshments and administration.
Please register with MOFGA at mofga.org so that we have an idea of the number of participants. Go to the events tab, scroll to May and click Low Impact Forestry 101 Field Day in Cherryfield.
Join Clemson University oilseed crop researcher David Thornton and Virgin Oils Co-founder Mathew Rudolf to learn about ideal edible and high value specialty oil crops for our southern climate and lessons learned from their experience producing food and non-food grade oils. Clemson Extension Program food safety experts Kimberly Baker and Adair Hoover will provide information on regulatory guidelines for making and selling edible oils.
This workshop will cover: crop selection, process techniques, food grade processing guidelines and potential markets. Participants will perform hands on activities expelling and processing their own edible oils to take home. Participants should come prepared for both indoor and outdoor weather conditions and wear closed toe shoes and clothing that can get dirty.
When: May 28th 2015
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Where: Clemson University Madren Conference Center
Address: 240 Madren Center Dr, Clemson, SC 29634
From March 24-27, the Cornell Cooperative Extension will hold 2015 Spring Beef Week programs in Canton, Malone, Watertown and Westport, New York to help farmers better understand what beef buyers want and how to produce a consistent supply of cattle that meet their demand. Cattle prices are high, leading some farmers to wonder if beef could become part of their farm’s offerings. At the same time, existing beef producers want to know if there are things they can do to better capture and sustain a viable market into the future.
The 2015 Spring Beef Week programs will be held at the following times and locations:
Tuesday, March 24 at 6:30pm
Westport, NY: CCE of Essex County office, 3 Sisco Street
Register with Anita Deming at 518-962-4810 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, March 25 at 6:30pm
Malone, NY: USDA Building, 151 Finney Boulevard
Register with Diane Dumont at 518-483-7403 or email@example.com
Thursday, March 26 at 6:30pm
Canton, NY: CCE St. Lawrence Extension Learning Farm, 2043 State Hwy 68
Register with Betsy Hodge at 315-379-9192 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, March 27 at 6:30pm
Watertown, NY: CCE Jefferson County, 203 N. Hamilton Street
Register with Ron Kuck at 315-788-8450 or email@example.com
If you have questions or would like more information about any of the above events, please visit the Spring Beef Week site or contact Betsy Hodge, CCE St. Lawrence County at 315-379-9192 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Grange is hosting a week of homesteading, farming and gardening workshops, lectures and gatherings, culminating in a celebration at the Grange Hall on March 21st. All proceeds from this week will go to the restoration of our historic Grange Hall- an amazing, underutilized community agricultural resource right here in Miramonte.
There’s something for everyone, from canning to installing grey water systems to beekeeping and compost tea brewing. And a contra dance too!
Please forward this to anyone you think might be interested ASAP- this is such an important space to preserve for our community! Register quickly, as the classes should fill up fast!