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Tomato and Pepper Plant Sale to Benefit TSCG!

Mini Plant Sale to Benefit Community Garden

Where: Tom Settlemire Community Garden (Maurice Dr. Brunswick)

To keep our community members safe:
  • Bring exact change or pay with a check
  • Stay 6 feet apart from others
  • Wear a mask
  • Stay home if you are feeling ill or have been exposed to someone who is sick
  • Use hand sanitizer

When: Sat., May 30, 9am- 12pm

What’s for sale:

Jet Star Tomato- FEDCO’s best selling hybrid tomato. Produces prolific 7-8 oz tomatoes.

Rutgers Original Tomato- great old time flavor. Outstanding slicing, cooking canning fruit.

Sun Gold Tomato- “there is no summer without Sun Golds”- a spectacular tasting cherry tomato.

Premio Tomato-Cluster tomato, almost 4 oz tomatoes with 4-8 per cluster, Juicy , sweet, firm

King of the North Pepper- the most popular green pepper- produces a good crop in Maine

All seeds from FEDCO- raised organically

PRICE: $4.00 per plant donation to BTLT Garden Project.  Please bring exact change, or a check.

Questions or Preorders?: Call Tom  207-841-6747

 

TICK TALK FOR TEENS: How to Safely Enjoy the Outdoors and Avoid Ticks

TUESDAY, MAY 19 AT 1:00 PM (ON ZOOM)

Join Teens to Trails for a presentation followed by questions and answers about ticks and the diseases they may carry, with two people from the Maine Medical Center Research Institute in Scarborough, ME. Chuck Lubelczyk and Molly Meagher will combine facts & humor to share how to avoid being bitten by ticks while on the trails and what to look for in ‘tick country.’ Chuck and Molly will also talk about keeping pets safe, both around your home and while out in the woods. With funny examples of what not to do, we will cover what to wear to avoid tick bites, the proper precautions to take before heading out, and what to do if you find a tick on yourself or your pet. Preferred registration for teenagers and outing club members, but all outdoor enthusiasts are welcome!
Brought to you by Teens to Trails, we believe Life Happens Outside!

To register go to Teens to Trails Special Events.and click on the register here button.

 

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Spring Programming in the Face of COVID-19

Spring is usually such a pleasant, hopeful time. My family loves getting in the garden, watching birds, and checking in on all the new green sprouts and buds emerging each day. There are a host of BTLT programs that always feel as much like the start of spring as the crocuses and warblers – the Taking Root Plant Sale, Spring Birding Extravaganza, and Saturday Farmers Market at Crystal Spring Farm all make us know that the season has really changed.

Unfortunately, this season, as BTLT endeavors to keep our community safe in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak, these programmatic harbingers of spring in many cases will not happen, and in others will have a very different feel that we are typically used to. Please read below for updates on all of your favorite BTLT spring programming.

  • Taking Root Plant Sale – the sale has been cancelled for this spring, BUT we are taking this opportunity to establish a nursery of unique and heirloom perennials as a source of plans for sales for years to come. We hope that you will still consider potting up a few of your favorite perennials, and donating them to us so that we can cultivate them to share with the community over the coming years. The Plant Sale is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and your donation this year will help to support the Tom Settlemire Community Garden for years to come.
  • Tom Settlemire Community Garden – the Garden was designated by the State as an Essential Business, and will be open to families who wish to grow their own food. There are still plots available if you’d like to join us! We will also continue to work with volunteers to grow the hundreds of pounds of fresh produce that we donate each year to Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program. We have established a set of protocols for plotholders and a new volunteer policy to keep our plotholders and volunteers safe at the Garden. One of those guidelines is that the Garden is NOT OPEN to the general public for visitation at this time. If you are interested in renting a plot for your family, or would like to volunteer, please contact garden@btlt.org
  • Spring Birding Extravaganza – Our collaborative birding outings will not be happening, at least through May. We are considering scheduling bird walks of some kind during the summer if social distancing regulations are relaxed at that time. We are also working to share virtual birding trips with you on our website and social media. We also welcome the community to share their adventures with us, we might share your short film on our YouTube channel. Please contact kate@btlt.org if you’ve got something to share.
  • Saturday Farmers’ Market at Crystal Spring Farm – Farmers Markets are an essential business statewide, and we have been working diligently to assure that our market will be open to the community this spring. The Market is very likely to be hosted in an alternative location to allow for greater distancing and regulation of crowds. Watch the BTLT website and social media for updates.

GARDEN CHATS – Growing Resilience from the Ground Up

The UMaine Cooperative Extension is offering a free gardening series via Zoom on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays!

All are invited to these one-hour Zoom sessions. Join members of the UMaine Extension Home Horticulture team for short online lessons followed by a facilitated discussion with fellow gardeners from around the state. Just tune in either through your computer or by phone.

No registration necessary. Click here for more information.

STARTING SEEDS
Mon, April 6, 9am: Variety Selection and How to Get Started
Wed, April 8, 12pm: Annual Veggies and Flowers
Thurs, April 9, 6pm: Building your Own Seed Starting Stand
GARDEN & SOIL PREP
Mon, April 13, 9am: Selecting your Garden Site
Wed, April 15, 12pm: Soil Testing
Thurs, April 16, 6pm: Amending your Soil
GARDEN MANAGEMENT
Mon, April 20, 9am:- Trouble-shooting Weeds
Wed, April 22, 12pm: Succession Planting
Thurs, April 23, 6pm: Direct Seeding

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:https://maine.zoom.us/j/786090734

Or Telephone:
US: +1 312.626.6799 or +1 646.876.9923 or +1 301.715.8592 or +1 346.248.7799 or +1 408.638.0968 or +1 669.900.6833 or +1 253.215.8782 / Meeting ID: 786-090-734

Merrymeeting Food Council Farm Labor Roundtable

Maine Farmers Grapple with Labor Shortage

Jeffrey B. Roth, Maine Correspondent,

January 17, 2020

The Merrymeeting Food Council recently held a roundtable event focused on the farm labor shortage in Maine. The Food Council is a collaborative network of farms, fisheries, businesses, nonprofits, government, and individuals working together to advance the food system in the 14 towns surrounding Merrymeeting Bay.

BOWDOINHAM, Maine — Finding reliable, hard-working workers continues to be a major challenge for Maine farmers.

In November, the Maine unemployment rate was 2.8%, according to the Maine Department of Labor’s Center for Workforce Research and Information, down from 3.5% for November 2018. Low unemployment, combined with stricter federal H-2A visa federal regulations imposed by the Trump administration on hiring foreign workers, an aging resident population and other factors, contribute to the difficulty of finding seasonal farm workers, Nikkilee Cataldo of the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust, said at the Merrymeeting Food Council Farm Labor Roundtable, held in Bowdoinham.

A collaborative network of farms, fisheries, businesses, government, nonprofit organizations and individuals, the organization provides resources that support the production and sale of local produce and fish, in addition to promoting community wellness, Cataldo told the audience of about 100 area farmers, mostly from 14 towns surrounding the Merrymeeting Bay-area. The evening program featured presentations about labor pools, organizing labor and worker cooperatives, effective labor management tools and solicited comments and ideas from the audience.

To read more about the Roundtable, click here.