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Mushrooms, Edible and Medicinal of New England - 9.16.20


with David Spahr

Calendar Sep 16, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

This class will feature easy-to-understand information on finding, collecting, identifying, and preparting the safer and more common edible and medicinal mushroom species of New Egland and Eastern Canada. Whether you are a cook, forager, herbalist, or restauranteur, you will enjoy this class. The book "Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms of New England and Eastern Canada" will be available for purchase in class for $21.

Farming with Native Plants


with David Spahr

Calendar Sep 23, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

This class is about how you can grow and harvest edible native plants. David has been farming his land (and a nearby public plot) in Washington, Maine for many years, and his PowerPoint will show the native plants he farms with - such as wild highbush blueberries, American chestnut, Viburnums and dozens more - while he provides a discussion of the ecological implications.

Decluttering 101: Simplified Ways to Rightsize Your Home


with Diane Smith

Calendar Oct 8, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 3 weeks

Via Zoom: As the seasons shift during a time that includes some uncertainty, this is a perfect occasion to look at rightsizing your stuff. Learn insider tips from a professional home organizer on how to create more time for what is important in life by bringing order and simplicity to your home. Your day is easier when your space is stress-free and things you need are found with ease. With a theme of kindness, compassion and love, this course covers all aspects of decluttering including household, clothing, paper, and sentimental and inherited items and includes a workbook. Come prepared to laugh and share your own challenges and success stories. This class is offered remotely.

Transition Your Home or Business From Fossil Fuels
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Transition Your Home or Business From Fossil Fuels


with John Luft

Calendar Oct 27, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

In this class we will explore the technologies and economics involved with transitioning our homes and small businesses away from fossil fuels to electricity. We will look into air source heat pumps, heat pump water heat, electric vehicles and solar electric energy systems. We will cover some of the design considerations and the economic effects of this transition.

Mushrooms, Edible and Medicinal of New England - 11.18.20


with David Spahr

Calendar Nov 18, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Learn about using wild mushrooms. The various mushrooms are like vegetables. They have different flavors and widely varying textures, colors, moisture content and water absorbency. Hence, the various species respond to cooking processes differently. We will learn about matching mushroom species to cooking techniques. Also discussed will be the appropriate foods and wines to match with wild mushrooms and which species may be mixed together in a recipe.

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