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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Beginning Beekeeping Course (Sat. 10 Feb, 2018 10:00 am - 11:00 am)

Anna Mueller, Events Coordinator

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Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association


Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association

Beginning Beekeeping


February 10, 2018

Unity, Maine

Join us for our Beginning Beekeeping course on Saturday, February 10, from 10 to 4. Our beekeeping short course will cover the essentials to get you going in the world of beekeeping, such as where to locate your apiary, characteristics of different races of bees, where to purchase bees and equipment, how to assemble that equipment, and how to establish your first hive and get it through the first season.

Our instructor, Dave Smith, is an experienced beekeeper who has been maintaining over 200 honey bee colonies for 35-plus years. He has also served as assistant state apiary inspector for seven years. He owns and operates Sparky's Apiaries in Hope, Maine.

The course fee will be $50 for MOFGA members and $75 for non-members. The course will take place at MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center in Unity. For more information and to register, please visit mofga.org.

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association is a broad-based community that educates about and advocates for organic agriculture, illuminating its interdependence with a healthy environment, local food production, and thriving communities.

Indian Township Rec Center to Host Fruit Tree Workshops (Sat. 10 Feb, 2018 10:00 am - 11:00 am)

Indian Township Rec Center to Host Fruit Tree Workshops

Healthy Acadia and the Indian Township Food Pantry will offer two free fruit tree workshops: “Pruning Apple Trees,” on Saturday, February 10 (snow date: February 17); and “How to Graft Apple Trees,” on Saturday, March 10 (snow date: March 17). The workshops will take place from 10am to 12pm at the Indian Township Recreation Center.

The workshops are part of Indian Township Food Pantry's efforts to create a community garden where people can learn how to grow a variety of fruits, vegetables and herbs, as well as how to cook and prepare healthy and delicious meals with locally produced food. In early spring 2017, food pantry staff and Regina Grabrovac, Healthy Acadia’s Washington County Food Programs Manager, began pruning and then grafting scions – young shoots or twigs - of old varieties of apples onto the wild apple trees located near the Recreation Center. Grafting is the uniting of two different tree or shrub varieties or stocks together in order to create a more desirable fruit. All named apples, such as Gala (a fairly new variety) and Wolf River (a variety from Wisconsin developed around 1875), were developed through grafting. In Maine, grafting is done later in the spring – April to May - when the tree's sap run is more established.

Pruning is best done when trees are still dormant- from late January into March in our region, depending on the winter. Apple trees are pruned both for ease of fruit access and to encourage increased fruit production. A few well-pruned apple trees can produce enough apples to supply several families with fresh apples, cider, vinegar, sauce, dried fruit and more. Trees that are not pruned will experience decreased fruit production and reduced fruit size, and the fruit is often located higher and higher in the tree.

“Pruning and grafting require only a few tools, and the techniques are simple and fun to learn,” said Regina Grabrovac, who will be leading both workshops. “Please join us! And, if you are already an experienced grafter or orchardist, please come and share your knowledge with the group.” The February 10 pruning workshop will be held outdoors; the March 10 workshop will include an indoor grafting demonstration, with outdoor exploration if time allows. Scion wood will be available.

For more information, contact Regina at 255-3741 or [email protected]; or Janet at Indian Township Food Pantry at 796-2781

Umbrella Day Story Time (Sat. 10 Feb, 2018 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm)

Saturday, Feb. 10 is National Umbrella Day and Miss Mae and the Jesup Memorial Library are celebrating with an umbrella-themed story time at 1 p.m. Children, ages four and older, are invited to bring their umbrellas to the Jesup and celebrate with stories and a parade. We will read “Ella, of Course!” by Sarah Weeks; “The Umbrella” by Jan Brett; and “Umbrella” by Taro Yashima. Finally, depending on the weather, we will use our umbrellas and form a parade to the tune of “The Aunts Go Marching” by Maurie Manning. For more information, contact the Jesup at 207-288-4245 or [email protected]

World War II: Exploring Local Connections with Nat Fenton (Sat. 10 Feb, 2018 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm)

Using his father’s letters and a map of the route the 19th Army Artillery Corps took across Europe during World War II, Nat Fenton traced his father’s footsteps from the beaches of Normandy across northern France into Belgium. Join Fenton at the Jesup Memorial Library on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 1 p.m. as he talks about his father Col. William Fenton, and his own travels across Europe tracing his father’s path. Nat used the letters William wrote to his family to relive William’s experience advancing across Europe and liberating France from Nazi occupation. William landed in Normandy ten days after D-Day and crossed France into Germany during the campaigns of 1944-1945. He was awarded the Bronze Star and the French Croix de Guerre for his actions. Nat grew up in Bar Harbor and attended Bar Harbor Elementary School; St. Mark’s School in Southboro, Massachusetts; Bowdoin College; and Cornell Law School. He has been a practicing lawyer since 1972, first in the law firm of Fenton, Chapman, Fenton, Smith and Kane until 1999, then as a sole practitioner until 2015, and then with Eaton Peabody. He is the President of Acadia Senior College, and lives in Lamoine with his wife Sugar. The Jesup also invites all community members to share their own memories from World War II and their family stories at this special event.  

For more information on any of these programs, contact Jesup Program Director Melinda Rice at [email protected] or 207-288-4245.

Franklin Veterans Club (Sat. 10 Feb, 2018 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm)

Saturday Feb 10 is our famous Lasagna dinner for just $10.  First come first serve on all of our meals.  They start at 5 and when it's gone, its gone!


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