May 26: YCFN Twilight Tour: Poultry Processing at Chick Farm
Time: Potluck at 5:30, tour to follow
Location: Chick Farm, 19 Waldo Way, Wells, ME 04090
Rick and Marilyn Stanley of Chick Farm in Wells raise certified organic chicken, vegetables, and berries. The Stanleys expect to raise and process 2500 chickens this year, selling retail at the farm and wholesale to area stores and restaurants. The tour will focus on their chicken production, showing how the birds are raised from day-old chicks to full size. We will also take a look at their State licensed processing facility.
June 6 - 7: Annual Maine Fiber Frolic
Time: 9 am to 4 pm each day
Location: Windsor Fairgrounds, Rte. 32, Windsor, ME
Cost: $5/Adult, $2/Seniors, children under 12 are free
June 21: Beef Quality Assurance Class
Time: 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Location: University of Maine's Witter Farm, 160 University Farm Rd, Old Town, ME 04468
Fee: $5.00, includes lunch
Maine Dept. of Agriculture livestock specialist Cindy Kilgore, UMaine Extension educator Donna Coffin and Matt Rallston, DVM, will conduct the training. For more information and to register, contact Leanne Waters, firstname.lastname@example.org or Corinna Caron, email@example.com.
June 28: Taste of York County
Time: 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Location: Gneiss Brewing Company in Limerick, ME
Save the Date for this York County Farm Bureau annual event at a great location. The brewers grow some of their own hops, and are using pigs to root out future farm land. More info soon.
June 22-26: Maine Compost School
Location: UMaine's Highmoor Farm, Monmouth, ME
For people interested and/or involved with medium and large-scale composting operations. This course is a certificate program and trains personnel to be qualified compost site operators. The classroom and laboratory hands-on activities include the following and much more:
- Introduction to composting biology
- Review of basic composting methods
- Roles & responsibilities of managers/operators
- Disease suppression using compost tea and compost
- Reading feedstock analysis
- Maturity, stability and quality
August 11: YCFN Twilight Meeting at Nass woodlot, Acton (rain date: Aug. 18)
Time: 5:00 - 8:00 pm
Location: Hussey Hll Rd., Acton, ME
Most farms have some woodland that has potential to generate periodic income along with providing recreational and wildlife benefits. Joan and Richard Nass have recently completed a partial harvest on their Acton lot and will host our tour along with their forester Steve Bodkin. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about sustainable woodlot management as well as the importance of a good access system. The Nass lot also borders the upper reaches of the Salmon Falls River which requires sensitive treatment. We'll meet at their Hussey Hill Road landing (DIRECTIONS BELOW) and after the tour and discussion we'll make the short drive to their home for more Q&A and our potluck meal.
Directions to Hussey Hill Road landing from Springvale:
Take Rt. 109 North past the Acton Fair grounds to the Acton. Town Hall on the right. Turn left just beyond the Town Hall onto Sam Page Road. Go past Acton Post office on the right. After short distance, turn left onto Hopper Road. Stay on this road for 3.1 miles. Just before the bridge crossing the Salmon Falls River turn left (90 degree turn) onto Hussey Hill Road (a dirt road). Take first right (a short distance, about 100 yards)into the forest landing entrance. The forest gate will be visible.