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All The Dirt on Living the Good Life
with Kirsten Lie-Nielsen
Join writer and farmer Kirsten Lie-Nielsen as she talks you through some of the potential pitfalls and things to consider before 'going rural'. She'll discuss what kind of animals to consider, how to keep your homestead warm, and just how much to take on during the first year of homesteading. This introduction should help future farmers understand the realities of rural living, and will be full of stories of farm adventures. Kirsten is the author of Modern Homesteader's Guide to Keeping Geese and So You Want to Be a Modern Homesteader: All The Dirt on Living the Good Life. She keeps geese, goats, chickens, bees, ducks, and gardens in Liberty, Maine. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
Daylilies: The Essential Perennial
with Diann Bailey
Oh, but each flower only lasts for one day! True, but there are so many of them, you'll have blooms for weeks on end. Learn why this "perfect perennial" is so popular and how you can add it to your garden or landscape with minimal effort and reasonable cost. We'll cover bloom forms and color patterns along with plant size and growth habits. Learn how to choose healthy plants and how to help them thrive. We'll talk about hybridizers, exhibitions and resources. Best of all, everyone gets a plant to take home! Be careful - daylily gardening can become an addiction!
Designing Your Landscape
with Sharon Turner
Have you always wanted to develop a plan to make the most of your yard and garden? 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 developed. Organic practices will be emphasized as well as the incorporation of native plants, especially those important for birds, bees, butterflies, and other beneficials. Dates and times of meetings after the first session will change subject to participant approval. Class will include a visit to Sharon’s nursery in Washington where she specializes in heirloom vegetables and flower seedlings, native perennials, shrubs and trees. Please make sure the adult education office has your correct physical address on file. The number of classes held will depend on how many students are in the class. A materials fee of $10.00 is payable to the instructor at the first class.
Estate Planning 101
with Dan Eccher
As you grow older, you may worry about how you can remain independent, pay for the care you may need, and preserve your home and your savings. Alternatively, you may be responsible for an older relative who is starting to fail. In this course, you will find out how and where to find good care, how to cover the costs, and what opportunities there are to preserve your estate for you and your family’s benefit. Subjects will include: home care, nursing home and residential care, government programs such as Medicare and more.
Genealogy First Steps
with Emily Schroeder
In this class for beginners to genealogy, we will learn research techniques using persons of particular interest. Document gathering, helpful tips for interviewing relatives and using specific forms will be covered. Also covered will be guidance in using resources, such as the Census, vital records, obituaries, and various organizations. Students will be referred to the Maine State Library and a number of websites for additional resources.
Grow Your Own Organic Garden! Sponsored by MOFGA
with Jon Ault
Interested in learning how to grow your own vegetables in a sustainable manner? Join us for a 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.
Healthy Lawn and Landscape
with Dale Finseth
Do you want a lush green lawn and landscape that is safe for kids, pets and the environment? Surprisingly, a healthy approach to landscaping will also save you time and money. Join us to learn how to create a more resilient, beautiful lawn, without relying on chemical fertilizers and weed and bug killers. Topics include fertilizing, controlling weeds and thatch, renovating poor lawns, transitioning to organic care, and more. Whether you maintain your own lawn or hire a professional, this class is for you! Dale Finseth is with the Kennebec County Soil and Water Conservation District.
Lasagna Gardening in Raised Beds
with Jean Vose
Gardening in raised beds and containers can provide results you'll be proud of. Using raised beds and lasagna gardening is an age-old technique of using a no-dig, no-till organic gardening method that results in rich, fluffy soil with very little work from the gardener. Raised beds can be anything from containers to the traditional beds with wooden frames including accessible gardens. Jean Vose has been a Master Gardener and certified Horticulturist for 25 years.