September 10 - Rural Living Day
9am - 3:30 pm at Southern Aroostook Agricultural Museum, Littleton
In addition to the scheduled activities listed below, there will also be music, livestock area, kids' games, herding dog demonstrations, and crafters/vendors demonstrations, including "sheep to shawl" throughout the day-long event.
Workshops & Childrens' Activities Schedule:
9:00 - 10:30am
- Planting Fall Perennials & Preparing Flower Beds for Winter with Donna Keegan, Myrtle Tree
- Backyard Maple Syrup with Kevin and Kristi Brannen, Spring Break Maple & Honey
- Growing Hops with Andrew Plant, Cooperative Extension - 1 Pesticide Credit
- Alternative Energy Options for Farms & Small Businesses with Jennifer Puser-Brennan, USDA
9:30 - 10:30am Kids - Make Refrigerator Pickles with Nancy Wright
11:00 - 12:30
- Using Local Herbs for Health with Natalia Bragg, Knot II Bragg Farm
- Canning Basics with Linda Trickey, Cooperative Extension
- Choosing and Purchasing Local Meats with Donna Coffin, Cooperative Extension
- Grow Great Garlic! with Dave Fuller, Cooperative Extension - 1 Pesticide Credit
11:00 - Noon Kids - "Berries to Bread" and Butter Making with Amy Chartier and Angie Wotton
Harvest Lunch available by the Vault Restaurant, $10 - from 12:30 - 1:30
2:00 - 3:00pm
- Digging into Soil: What it is and How to Keep it with Jason Lilley, Cooperative Extension
- Baking Artisan Bread Using Local Grains with Sara Williams Flewelling, Aurora Mills & Farm
- Growing Mushrooms in Logs with Candice Heydon, Oyster Creek Mushroom Co.
- Organic Farming in 2016 with Jim Gerritsen, Wood Prairie Family Farm
2:00 - 3:00pm Kids - Making Pasta from Scratch
Cost: $5 individual; $20 for family of 4 or more; children 10 and under free. Families arriving by 10:30am will be entered in a drawing for free admission (1 of 5) sponsored by John Harvell of State Farm Insurance in Houlton.
Anyone wishing to pre-register for classes may do so at Cooperative Extension's website HERE
Southern Aroostook Soil & Water Conservation District Annual Events
2016 WINTER AG SCHOOL
February 25, 6-8pm: Public Discussion of Natural Resources
Skip Babineau, Facilitator. Houlton High School, Rm 34 - Public meeting to discuss natural resource priorities for Southern Aroostook. Meeting relies on landowner input so please come and share your throughts and concerns. Discussion will be part of a Natural Resources Plan to be written by the Southern Aroostook Soil and Water Conservation District.
March 1, 6-8pm: Potato Production as Part of an Ecological System
RJ Rant, Ag Consultant and Nutrilink Biosystems, Michigan. Cooperative Extension Houlton Office, 2nd Fl - RJ will cover the 4 basic principles of soil health: soil organic matter management, rotation and cover crops, integrated nutrient management, and tillage management. He will also discuss his work with Michigan potato farms and the steps they've taken to focus on soil building practices. - 1 Pesticide credit and 2 CCA credits
This class is made possible through the Conservation Innovation Grant "Building Soil Health with Innovative Potato Cropping Systems" and is based upon work supported by NRCS-USDA, under #691218146.
March 15, 6-8pm: To Tile or not to Tile?
Walter Allison, ASI Tile, New Brunswick and Ken Hill, NRCS. Houlton High School, Rm 34 - Learn what soils are right for tiling with discussion on history of tiling practices to current systems. Panel discussion so come with questions!
March 24, 6-8pm: Moose Topics
Lee Kantar, Maine IF&W and Don Kleiner, ME Professional Guide Assoc. Houlton High School, Library - Topics will include moose population dynamics, IF&W's adult/calf collaring project, economic of Maine's moose hunt and ticks. 2 QLP credits, 2 hrs Category 1 credits for Licensed Foresters and 2 hrs CLP credits
March 31, 6-9pm: Forestry Night
Dan Jacobs, District Forester; Ken Laustsen, MFS Biometrician; Charlene Donahue, MFS Entomologist; Ked Coffin, Irving Woodlands; Pat Sirois, Maine SFI; and Tim Richards, LP. Houlton Higher Education Center, 18 Military St - Spruce budworm update, condition of northern Maine forests, SFI update and harvest survey results, and LP Mill update and wood market trends. 1/2 day CLP, 3 QLP credits, 2.5 Category 1 CFE credit for SAF, 3 hrs Category 1 credits for Licensed Foresters and 1 Pesticide credit
April 2, 11am-3pm: Fruit Varieties, Grafting and Scion Exchange
Sue Szwed, Look No Further Fruit Trees; Steve Miller and Liz Lauer. The Cup Cafe (downstairs of Unitarian Church, 61 Military St, Houlton - Discussion of fruit tree varieties from 11-noon; Scion swap during lunch (soup and sandwiches available for purchase at Cup Cafe) and grafting demo from 1-2pm. Root stock will be provided to first 25 people to pre-register for class. For a list of materials needed, including how and when to cut scion wood, download PDF