Upcoming Events

The Ice Skating Rink is now open!! To find out when the warming hut is open please call 270-0195.

April 1, 2015 - Highway Committee Meeting. 7:00 pm in the Town Council Chambers.

April 1, 2015 - American Red Cross Blood Drive. Sponsored by Dexter Unitarian Universalist Church and Blood Drive will be held in the vestry at 35 Church Street from 1-6 pm. FMI or to make an appointment please call 1-800-RED CROSS

April 3, 2015 - First Friday free movie and discussion will be The Permaculture Orchard; Beyond Organic, at the Abbott Memorial Library at 6 PM. Please call Sam at 277-4221 for more info.

Here’s the filmmaker’s blurb:
The Permaculture Orchard : Beyond Organic is a feature-length educational film that will teach you how to set up your own permaculture orchard at any scale. We recognize the limitations of the organic model as a substitute to conventional fruit growing, and want to propose a more holistic, regenerative approach based on permaculture principles. Based on 20 years of applied theory and trial and error, biologist and educator Stefan Sobkowiak shares his experience transforming a conventional apple orchard into an abundance of biodiversity that virtually takes care of itself. The concepts, techniques and tips presented in this film will help you with your own project, whether it is just a few fruit trees in your urban backyard, or a full-scale multi-acre commercial orchard.Here’s a review in the Maine Organic Farmer and Gardener magazine:
http://www.mofga.org/Publications/MaineOrganicFarmerGardener/Spring2015/ThePermacultureOrchardBeyondOrganic/tabid/2945/Default.aspx

 

 

Two simple hands-on workshops for novice homeowners (or anyone!) coming up:
Saturday April 25th
How to replace or repair broken electrical cords
10 to noon, Abbott Memorial Library, Dexter
Bring your busted lamp, toaster, iron, waffle maker, etc, and we’ll see if we can help you fix it and make it safe.

Saturday May 9th
Mushroom Cultivation Workshop

10:00 am to 4:30 pm at Marr Pond Farm in Sangerville.
Ever think about growing mushrooms in your backyard or on your farm? This all-day workshop will cover the basics of growing shiitake mushrooms on hardwood logs for beginners and experienced growers, from tree selection to harvest.
The day will begin with an information-sharing session, including a walk through the woodlot and discussions on log selection, a log yard tour, inoculation techniques, fruiting cycles, and more. Following a potluck lunch attendees will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in log inoculation. Skills we will practice include: drilling, plugging, waxing, log yard stacking, and placement techniques. All tools needed will be provided, and we may have some extras on-hand for purchase. This workshop will provide you with the theoretical and hands-on knowledge to start your own home or commercial mushroom yard. The workshop is $30 and includes two inoculated logs to bring home.
Marr Pond Farm is an off-grid homestead and small-scale mushroom farm in it’s second year of production. We look forward to meeting new people in the community, and educating farmers and gardeners alike about mushroom cultivation. In addition to teaching you new skills, this workshop will provide much appreciated support for us as a recently established farm. In the interest of providing individualized attention and instruction this workshop has a limited number of spaces. Please RSVP by May 2nd.
To register or for more information and directions email Ryan at marrpondfarm@gmail.com

Saturday May 16th

Plumbing 101: “Inside the Toilet Tank”
10 to noon, Abbott Memorial Library, Dexter
We will explore how to replace or repair the gizmo (a few different styles) in a toilet tank which controls the flush, using simple household tools.
We would also like to find someone who might lead a workshop on simple shoe repair later on in the Spring.
Is anyone interested?  Give me a call!  Sam 277-4221

 

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