Upcoming Events

March31, 2017 – Red Cross Blood Drive. DONORS NEEDED! 9:00 am – 1:00 pm at The Mill Works Building across from Hannaford/Buds Supermarket. For more information please call 1-800-RED-CROSS

March 31, 2017 – VFW Post 4298/Auxiliary Fundraising Supper to support The Moving Wall. 5:00 – 7:00 pm at 20 Cedar Street in Dexter. The menu this week is Beef Stew, Rolls, Drink, and Dessert. Supper is by donation. Please call David at 270-0286 if you have any questions.

April 7, 2016 –  (DDATT)Dexter Dover Area Towns in Transition  First Friday film and public discussions at the Abbott Memorial Library in Dexter from 6 to 8 PM.
Jason Rauch will try to explain the complicated system of distributing electricity in Maine, which is not just about wires and electrons but political, economic, environmental, and social components as well.  Jason worked for years for the Public Utilities Commission (the State agency responsible for regulating natural gas, telecommunication, and water utilities in addition to electricity) so has first hand knowledge of the ins and outs of the energy business.

As in all First Fridays, after a short presentation about the subject, the floor will open for comments and questions, intended to expand our knowledge of this important source of energy. With more and more people installing Photovoltaic (PV) systems across our area, local dams being considered for small scale hydroelectricity, and the advent of large wind farms on the hilltops, the old model of a large central generating station with large powerlines is being challenged.
What will “Distributed power generation” mean for our area?  What are “microgrids”, and how might they help us become less dependent on far-distant energy sources?  What are the alternatives to large powerline projects? DDATT’s mission is to help our area reduce our use of fossil fuels and create a more stable rural economy.
For more information on DDATT and future events, email info@ddatt.org to get on email news list, or call 277-4221 or 924-3638.

April 8, 2017 –  {with a snow date of the 9th} DDATT ‘s Apple Tree Grafting workshop will take place at the Abbot Town Hall from 10 AM to 2:30 PM, with CJ Walke from MOFGA doing the honors.  There’s a fee $35.00 so please call Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District 564-2321 x3 for full particulars. joanna.tarrazi@me.nacdnet.net
Join C.J. Walke, MOFGA’s Orchard Specialist and Farm Manager at College of the Atlantic, for this hands-on workshop focused on the propagation of fruit trees by the age-old tradition of grafting.  We will primarily work with apple rootstock and scionwood, practicing the whip and tongue technique, with examples of other grafting methods.  At the end of the workshop, participants will take home 5 young apple trees grafted by their own hands.  Care of these young trees will also be discussed.
The other piece is that folks should purchase a grafting knife prior to the workshop to bring with them.  At MOFGA, we usually promote Fedco and their knives can be found here.  Other companies sell these knives if folks want to shop around.  I will provide all other necessary supplies, but can not afford numerous knives, though I do have three.  People can contact me anytime with questions about the workshop.  Usually there are a few who have some old trees at home and would like to graft that variety on to a new rootstock, and I can provide instruction on how to do this and be prepared for the workshop. CJ’s email: cjwalke@mofga.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

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