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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 Tues 4/4 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.
Composting for the Home
with Beedy Parker
Experienced composter Beedy Parker will present a wide range of home composting methods, assisted by a 17-minute video and extensive handouts. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer period to address the needs of the students, whether you are a beginner or an experienced composter. Information on compost bins will also be available. Registration $15. 1 night 6:30-8:00 p.m. Class Wed 4/12 CHRHS Rm 218 Beedy Parker has been gardening and composting in the Five Towns area for many years and has her "Beedy’s Camden Kale" variety seeds available through Fedco Seeds.
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 according to participants' schedules. Registration $85 plus $10 for materials (handouts) to be paid to instructor. 6-8 weeks 6:00-8:00 p.m. (first class only) Begins Wed 4/12 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.
Everyday Home Sustainability
with Karina Shorten
What is sustainability? How can we incorporate concepts of sustainability and green living into our homes and everyday lives? The focus of this class is not on larger scale (albeit higher impact) investments such as solar panels and passive hot water. Instead, we will discuss smaller scale changes that you can take home and implement immediately. How can you drastically cut down on fresh water consumption? Shop with sustainability in mind? Topics will include lifestyle expectations, budgetary implications, buying and consumption habits, food, and water usage including rainwater and graywater. Registration $20. 1 night 6:00-8:00 p.m. Class Thurs 3/2 CHRHS Rm 225 Karina Shorten lives on a small farm in Union, Maine with her family. She comes from a household where these practices were a part of daily life and is deeply invested in the environmental practices of a green and sustainable home. She believes that lifestyle and household changes can make a difference in our efforts to become environmentally sustainable now and in the future.
Gardening - Ornamental Grasses
with Hammon Buck
With over 100 ornamental grasses planted at his home over the past two years, Hammon Buck of Plants Unlimited has become a passionate advocate for these easy-to-care-for and beautiful landscape additions. In this class he will share the many things he has learned and discuss the varieties available. Generally, ornamental grasses "sleep" the first year with minimal growth, "creep" the second year as roots begin to spread and there is more pronounced top growth and "leap" the third year as they reach maturity. Many of his grasses have already reached a height of 5’ or more. Ornamental grasses are an easy plant to grow. They don't need fertilizer, generally have no pest or disease problems, are deer resistant and have fantastic flowers and foliage in a variety of heights. Generally the only care is to cut them back to ground level in the spring. Registration $20. 1 night 5:00-7:00 p.m. Class Wed 3/8 CHRHS Rm 210 Hammon Buck is the owner and operator of Plants Unlimited, which recently celebrated its 39th anniversary.
Gardening and Landscaping for Birds and Beneficials
with Sharon Turner
Our birds need insects to eat and to feed their young. Insects eat plants - usually very specific plants. When non-native plants replace natives in our landscape we ignore and interrupt the years of evolution that have allowed the critical relationships that allow our native insects, plants and, consequently, our birds to survive. In the class you will learn what plants to place in your gardens and which are best for birds and beneficial insects. Recommended reading before class: "Bringing Nature Home" by Douglas W. Tallamy and "Bird by Bird Gardening" by Sally Roth. Registration $25. 2 weekS 6:00-8:00 p.m. Class meets Wed 3/29 and THURS 4/6. 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.
Grow Your Own Organic Garden
with Cooper Funk
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 4/5 CHRHS Rm 210 The instructor will be an experienced MOFGA farmer or gardener from the local area.
Organize Your Home - Simplify Your Life
with Diane Smith
As the season shifts, it’s a great time to look at decluttering our homes, not as something we have to do, but rather as a privilege we choose because we know we deserve a life that works for us. Decluttering frees up time for what we find important—perhaps just to be, or to spend time reading, doing crafts, enjoying visits with family or friends. And how wonderful always to be able to find our keys! Tips will be shared by the instructor, a professional home organizer, whether you enjoy a minimalist look or being surrounded by a multitude of possessions. Registration $25. 3 weeks 6:00-8:00 p.m. Begins Thurs 4/6 CHRHS Rm 224 Diane Smith, owner of A Simple Life Awaits You…Organizing Your Home has been inspiring clients through confidential, gentle coaching since 2006 and has over 10 years experience teaching adult education classes.