April 26: Beginner Level Sheep Shearing School
Time: 9:00 AM
Location: Wolf Neck Farm, Freeport, ME
Fee: $40 per student. Limit -18 participants. Includes shearing manual, morning refreshments and lunch. Spectators are welcome. For more information or to register please visit:
April 24 - 27: New England Galloway Group Sale and Maine Heifer Sale
Location: Fryeburg Fairgrounds
The Sale Barn opens at 8:00 am April 24. Dinner and Silent Auction are Friday evening, April 25, starting at 6:30 pm. The National Belted Galloway Sale starts at 1:30 pm on April 26. FMI, see:
April 29: YCFN Business Info Swap and Movie Night, featuring Symphony of the Soil
Time: 6:00 - 8:30 pm
Location: 21 Bradeen St. (basement level Nasson Heritage rm.), Springvale, ME 04083
No potluck this time, but we’ll have popcorn, cheese, crackers, some local wines from YCFN member Prospect Hill Winery in Lebanon, and a couple local sweet ciders. A short discussion on the merits of the movie’s content will follow. Bring a sampling of your promotional materials (business cards, rack cards, brochures) to swap as part of our mission “…to promote, support, and strengthen local agriculture…” Remember to bring a $20 donation for 2014 to YCFN, if you haven’t already. FMI, call Becky at UMaine Cooperative Extension (324-2814) or Ellen (324-5054).
May 13: YCFN Potluck and Farm Tour at Riverside Farm
Time: 5:30 - 8:00 pm
Location: N. Berwick, hosted by Riverside Farm owner Dave Tuttle
Potluck supper, followed by a tour of Riverside Farm's new hydroponics endeavor. Dave Tuttle will lead discussions on small tools as well as on farm transitions: wholesale to retail and from one generation to the next. Questions, or if you need directions, please contact Frank Wertheim or Becky Gowdy at UMaine Extension in York County, 207-324-2814 or email@example.com.
May 17: Goat, Sheep Parasite Identification - UMaine Extension FAMACHA Workshop
Time: 3 pm
Location: Northeast Livestock Expo, Windsor Fairgrounds, 82 Ridge Rd., Windsor, ME 04363
Cost: $20 per farm
Learn how to identify parasite infection in sheep and goat at this FAMACHA workshop offered by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. FAMACHA is a diagnostic tool - a chart - that matches an animal's eyelid color to anemia levels, thus enabling farmers to target treatment for sheep and goats infected with the barber pole worm. Thomas Settlemire, professor emeritus at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, and Richard Brzozowski, UMaine Extension small ruminant specialist, will present the workshop.
June 3: YCFN Pasture Walk at Noon Family Sheep Farm
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Location: Noon Family Sheep Farm, Springvale, ME 04083
Rick Kersbergen, UMaine Extension educator in Waldo County, will lead this “Got Hayfields?” workshop, focussing on how to best manage hayfields and pastures to produce high-quality feed for livestock. Topics include weed control, managing soil fertility, hay and pasture renovation techniques, grazing management and basics of forage quality. Pre-registration is requested. To register, or to request a disability accommodation, call 1.800.287.1426, or visit http://umaine.edu/waldo/programs/events/got-hayfields. Questions, or if you need directions, please contact Frank Wertheim or Becky Gowdy at UMaine Extension in York County, 207-324-2814 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
YCFN Business Swap and Movie Night
Tuesday, April 29, 6:00 - 8:30 pm
Anderson Learning Center (lower level), 21 Bradeen St., Springvale, ME
Join fellow farmers for a movie night and business info swap; bring a sampling of your farm or business's promotional materials to share; refreshments will be provided! See details below.