Veggies For All Volunteer Opportunity. We had a successful winter squash harvest a few weeks ago and are grateful to the awesome crew of volunteers who joined us!
This week we are looking for hands to help finish up our potato harvest. We will be at 38 Main Street on Wednesday, October 10th from 9am – 12pm. Stop by for any amount of time you can offer!
The 38 Main Street field is located just south of downtown Unity. Look for the black and white "VFA" sign at the bottom of the driveway and follow the tracks around behind the house. Bring what you need to feel comfortable in that day’s weather.
Hope to see you there!
Thursday October 11
Friday October 12
Saturday October 13
Sunday October 14
12 noon to 4 p.m. rain or shine.
Doors open at 11:30 a.m.
Common Ground Education Center,
Crosby Brook Road, Unity, Maine .
$4 general admission
$2 MOFGA members
Children are free!
Goat Agility Training 01:00 pm to 02:00 pm at McKay Farm & Research Station at 54 Greenhouse Lane in Thorndike.
Join us here at McKay Farm for a fun time! Goat Agility Training - Unity College’s own Jenny and Pieter deHart will demonstrate how they have trained their goats and how you can too!
$12 per person, and includes 1 free clicker per person.
Space is limited!
(No need to bring your goats, you will work with Jenny and Pieter’s!)
Tuesday October 16
Unity College Fishbowl Series.11 am at Unity College, HW 212. Free.
Dr. Will Brinton, Soil Health: A New Concept posing a New Challenge to Science A little more than 150 years ago, the concept of soil mineral fertility was an astonishing discovery that welcomed into farming science as never before imagined. The advent of a mineral fertilizer industry enabled unheralded, inexpensive yield gains, the ease of "not needing animal manures anymore" and the freedom from the "restrictive" soil-restorative crop rotations. But at what price? Now, a new concept, "soil health", has forced itself into the public and professional imagination, demanding an accounting for ignored biological factors that sustain lasting soil fertility, factors which have been damaged to an extent as yet unknown over the previous century of "scientific farming". How much of the old science was right or wrong? What is the new analysis showing and will it prove to be worthy of ushering in an entirely new "paradigm" of farming based on soil quality and not just gross yields.
Bio: Dr. Will Brinton is founder and science officer at Woods End Laboratories, Mt Vernon Maine, which for more than 30 years has provided compost and soil testing services for biologically oriented farmers, and more recently developers of the Solvita test system to reveal soil biological activity.
Unity College Fishbowl Series. Brian Young: The Boreal Forest in a Time of Change
11 am at Unity College, HW 212. Free.
The boreal forest is the world’s largest biome and is currently undergoing major transformations due to climate change. All aspects of boreal forest ecosystem function are likely to be affected. Using the Alaskan boreal forest as a model, Dr. Brian Young will discuss the changes in the forest due to these rising temperatures in terms of production, diversity, wildfires, and insect outbreaks. He will present scenarios on what the future may hold for the region.
Dr. Brian Young is a forest ecologist addressing questions related to the ecological processes governing the dynamics of forest communities from the leaf to the landscape scale.
Thursday November 1
In his million-copy bestseller Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond examined how and why Western civilizations developed the technologies and immunities that allowed them to dominate much of the world. Now in this brilliant companion volume, Diamond probes the other side of the equation: What caused some of the great civilizations of the past to collapse into ruin, and what can we learn from their fates? Brilliant, illuminating, and immensely absorbing, Collapse is destined to take its place as one of the essential books of our time, raising the urgent question: How can our world best avoid committing ecological suicide? --goodreads.com