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with Sarah Ruef-Lindquist
Have you ever wanted to have chickens on your property? In many cities and towns homeowners have added small chicken flocks to their yards and gardens as part of the movement towards local food and sustainable living. Some towns even hold “Coop Tours” of the charming and unusual housing chicken owners have created. This class will teach you the basics of small-scale chicken ownership. Topics will cover local ordinances, buying and raising chicks, coop size and design, health and safety, food and water, flock behavior and equipment. Registration $20. 1 night 6:00-8:00 p.m. Class Wed 3/21 CHRHS Rm 221 Sarah Ruef-Lindquist lives in Camden and has been raising chickens in her backyard since 2007. She and her husband Peter were instrumental in changing Camden's zoning ordinance to allow small flocks of chickens on lots under two and a half acres.
Designing Your Landscape in Spring
with Sharon Turner
Have you always wanted to develop a plan to make the most of your yard and gardens? Then this field-based class is for you. After the first meeting classes will meet at each participant’s property where individualized, site-specific options will be explored. Organic practices will be emphasized as will the incorporation of native plants, especially those important for birds, bees, butterflies and other beneficials. Please give us your physical address when registering. The first night is for information and planning for all participants; dates and times of subsequent meetings will be determined by participants. This class also includes a visit to the instructor's nursery in Washington. Registration $85 plus $10 for materials (handouts) to be paid to instructor. Approximately 8 weeks total, with some meetings at gardens on weekdays and some on weekends. 6:00-8:00 p.m. (first class only) Begins Wed 4/11 CHRHS Rm 220 Sharon Turner is a certified Master Gardener Volunteer, consultant, educator and designer. She grows for Fedco Trees and teaches for MOFGA. At her nursery in Washington she specializes in heirloom and open-pollinated vegetable and flower seedlings and native perennials, shrubs and trees.
with David Spahr
Learn about edible and medicinal wild plants and fungi. We will be examining commonly found "spring things" including nutritious greens, their uses, and their niche in the local ecology. Class will meet near the windmill behind school. Registration $20. 1 day 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Class Sat 6/2 CHRHS Windmill David Spahr is a naturalist, photographer and forest farmer who has collected, photographed, and eaten wild mushrooms for 35 years. He is a member of the Maine Mycological Association and maintains a web site devoted to the subject, mushroom-collecting.com. He is currently writing a book on foraging.
Gardening - Plants and Climate Change
with Hammon Buck
Ever wonder how plants adapt to and survive extreme weather conditions – heat, cold, drought, oversaturated soil, ice storms, high winds and more. Listen to an expert, Buck Hammond, explain the resilience that exists in the plant world. You’ll have a greater appreciation for what sprouts forth in your garden come spring. Q & A to follow presentation. Registration $20. 1 night 5:00-7:00 p.m. Class Thurs 3/8 CHRHS Rm 210 Hammon Buck is the owner and operator of Plants Unlimited, which recently celebrated its 40th anniversary.
with Trevor Mills
Love gardening? Let your body love it too! This class will teach you skills to garden (comfortably!) for a lifetime. The instructor will cover the ergonomics of gardening, stretching, strengthening as well as injury prevention. You will walk away with a program of exercises that will help you enjoy the next gardening season to the fullest. Bring an exercise mat if you have one. Registration $25. 2 weeks 6:30-8:00 p.m. Begins Mon 3/26 CHRHS Rm 218 Trevor Mills is a physical therapist and owner of Snow Sport & Spine, Inc. in Rockport. He specializes in the evaluation and management of spinal and general orthopedic issues and has studied extensively in manual therapy as well as the biomechanics of sport and life. He is passionate about helping people pursue a physical lifestyle through the prevention of and recovery from injury,
Grow Your Own Organic Garden
with gardener MOFGA
Interested in learning how to grow your own vegetables in a sustainable manner? Join us for an evening-long workshop on how to grow your own garden organically. We’ll talk about the basics of soil science and how to enrich your soil to produce healthy, high-yielding plants. The course will also cover the fundamentals of making and using compost, the principles of crop rotation and how to incorporate green manures to manage nutrients in the garden. Other topics will include how to tell the difference between cultivated plants and weeds, basic weed control strategies and cultural methods for dealing with pests. The instructor will be an experienced farmer or gardener from your region. We will even send you home with free seeds! All are welcome, from first-timers to experienced gardeners who want to experiment with new techniques. Registration $10. 1 night 6:00-9:00 p.m. Class Wed 4/4 CHRHS Rm 210 The instructor will be an experienced MOFGA farmer or gardener from the local area.
Permaculture – the Art of Ecological Design
with Jesse Watson
Permaculture is a design system and set of techniques for creating resilient human habitats and healthy ecosystems. It is modeled on ecological principles and offers a design methodology for water, access, shelter, food production, culture and economics. In this abbreviated course students will gain a strong foundation for applying permaculture ethics and design principles. We will cover topics including: a permaculture design process, forest gardens and perennial polycultures, water management, earthworks, pattern literacy, and workflow management. We will also visit a local demonstration site in the spring to see permaculture in action! Registration $35. 4 weeks 6:00-8:00 p.m. Begins Tues 3/6 CHRHS Rm 225 Jesse Watson is a certified permaculture designer and farm planner. In 2009 he started a permaculture landscape design and installation firm in the Midcoast area serving residential, business and farm clients. He lives with his young family in Rockland.
Plan, Garden, Cook, Eat - Starting the Garden from Scratch
with Sharon Turner
Annual planning and preparation are essential to the creation of productive, efficient and beautiful vegetable and perennial gardens. The instructor will address the topics of garden design, plant varieties, seed starting, mulching, composting and fertilizing. Organic and “low-till” practices and the inclusion of plants attractive to birds, bees, butterflies and other beneficials will be emphasized. This class will include a visit to the instructor's nursery in Washington. Registration $35, plus $10 for materials (handouts) to be paid to instructor. 4 weeks 6:00-8:00 p.m. Begins Wed 3/7 CHRHS Rm 220 Sharon Turner is a certified Master Gardener Volunteer, consultant, educator and designer. She grows for Fedco Trees and teaches for MOFGA. At her nursery in Washington she specializes in heirloom and open-pollinated vegetable and flower seedlings and native perennials, shrubs and trees.