April 9: Swine Education Seminar "Piglet to Platter"
Time: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Florian Hall, Dept. of Public Safety, 45 Commerce Dr., Augusta, ME
Cost: $25 includes lunch; $20 paid members of Maine Pork Producers
Sponsored by Maine Pork Producers, this seminar features Joe Emenheiser, livestock specialist with University of Vermont Extension, who will speak on choosing your sow and boar, raising the piglet, slaughter and carcass quality, best choice of cuts, and presenting your meat for display. Donald Hoenig, VMD, will also speak on animal welfare and how it affects product quality. FMI, contact Cindy Kilgore of the Maine Dept. of Agriculture at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-215-4968.
April 17 - 18: Blade Shearing School with Kevin Ford
Time: Friday, 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm; Saturday, 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location: Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, 707 Shaker Road, New Gloucester, Maine
Fee: $120 per student, includes shearing manual and lunches
This sheep shearing school is offered by the Maine Sheep Breeders Association and University of Maine Cooperative Extension. Participants will be taught to set up, sharpen and use hand shears. Enrollment is limited to 10; previous sheep-shearing experience is recommended. Shears will be available for purchase, and spectators are welcome. For more information, or to request a disability accommodation, call Andrea Herr at 207.781.6099, or 800.287.1471 (in Maine).
April 18: Riverside Grange Chicken Dinner and Open Community Service Meeting
Time: 5:00 pm, dinner; 6:00 pm, meeting
Location: Riverside Grange Hall, 488 Little River Rd., Lebanon, ME 04027
Come learn more about one of the oldest fraternal organizations in the country, and its focus on local agriculture. Join your farming neighbors, and meet local state representative Karen Gerrish and Town of Lebanon Board of Selectmen, as well as both state and local Grange educators and speakers. For more information, contact Daniel Corliss, Master, at 207-608-2409.
April 26: Baler Workshop at Spring Creek Farm
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: Spring Creek Farm, Drown Lane, Lyman, ME
Join Rodney Harmon and Mike Tarbox for this York County Farm Bureau workshop. Save the date! More info soon.
April 28: Scale Sealing (Certification) with State Inspector
Time: 8 am - 11 am (possibly to noon, if needed)
Location: McDougal Orchards, 201 Hanson Ridge Rd., Springvale, ME 04083
Michael Caldero of the Maine State office of Weights and Measures will certify the accuracy of your scales at this event. Please RSVP to McDougal Orchards, 324-5054, or email@example.com, to indicate when you can arrive with your scale(s.) Be sure to have your scale calibrated ahead of time; the inspector certifies the accuracy of the scale, but doesn't do calibrations.
May 13: YCFN Field Trip to Casella's Hawk Ridge Compost facility
Time: meet at 9:30 - 9:45 am
Location: 1100 Waterville Rd., Unity, ME
YCFN members invited to tour Casella Organics compost facility at Hawk Ridge in Unity; tour will take approximately 1.5 to 2 hours. Lunch is on your own, with suggestions from Casella guide Gene Barker. Then plan to stop in Lewiston on Lincoln St., arriving at about 1:30 - 2:00 pm, for a one-hour tour of the Lewiston-Auburn Pollution Control Authority's new anaerobic digester installed by Casella. Great informational day for all! More information, and directions, coming soon.
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.