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Winter Garden Workshop Series: Spring has Spawned: Getting Your Garden Ready for Mushroom Cultivation

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  • January 23, 2022
    1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Speaker: Louis Giller, North Spore Every gardener in America should be growing mushrooms! If upgrading your garden this year sounds fun, join Louis Giller for an informative presentation on how to integrate mushrooms into your garden. He will cover: Steps for a successful season of outdoor mushroom cultivation Growing techniques, tools and materials needed as (more…)

Winter Garden Workshop Series: How to Care for Fruit Trees


  • February 6, 2022
    1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Speaker: Richard Hodges, ReTreeUS Join Richard Hodges of ReTreeUS for a workshop on how to integrate fruit trees into your garden.  You will learn about different fruit trees, their needs and how to prune them. ReTreeUs is a non profit that plants orchards in schools and provides educational programs that empower people to grow their (more…)

Winter Garden Workshop Series: Soil Secrets


  • March 6, 2022
    1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Speaker: Spiro Latchis, Living Soil Network Join Spiro Latchis of the Living Soil Network for a workshop on the many beneficial aspects of soil health. The workshop will cover the fungi and nematodes in soil, soil care, building quality soil and the important connections between soil and climate. Spiro Latchis of (more…)

Winter Garden Workshop Series: Growing and Fermenting Foods with Scratch Farm


  • February 13, 2022
    1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Speaker: Andy McLeod, Scratch Farm Join Andy McLeod of Scratch Farm to learn about making your own fermented sauerkrauts, pickles and hot sauce. Fermenting is an easy way to preserve your harvest and feed yourself through the winter. Andy will touch on what crops he grows to ferment, tips for success in growing those crops, the process (more…)

2019 Growing Literacy Series: Use the sun to preserve your harvest

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  • September 11, 2019
    7:30 am - 8:30 am

Learn the importance of curing crops, and the proper storage of food items. Also, find out how to build and use a solar dehydrator to preserve the harvest. A variety of preservation options will be discussed.

2019 Growing Literacy Series: Replace invasive plants with perennials

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  • August 14, 2019
    7:30 am - 8:30 am

A workshop to show you how to replace your pernicious weeds with low maintenance perennials. Learn how to get rid of those pesky plants for good and get the ones you want!

2019 Growing Literacy Series: Companion plants and guilds

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  • July 10, 2019
    7:30 am - 8:30 am

Join us for a workshop to maximize the productivity of your small space. Learn how combinations of plants can enhance each other’s environment and increase your delicious gains!

2019 Growing Literacy Series: Foraging and gleaning 101

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  • June 12, 2019
    7:30 am - 8:30 am

No weeding, all harvest. Come join us as we learn about the foraging and gleaning options in the Merrymeeting region.

New England Food System Innovation Challenge

The New England Food System Innovation Challenge took place earlier this month at St. Joseph’s College in Standish with ten teams participating from Maine, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. BTLT has been a supporter since the start 4 years ago and was represented by Tom Settlemire, BTLT board member and past president, who is co-chair of the event.

This weekend full of ideas and energy fits with BTLT’s efforts to support Maine agriculture and reduce food insecurity. The three-day event is designed as a workshop-contest for college teams and members of the public who have ideas about new products, processes, or programs that would in some way bring more local food to market, strengthen our food economy, or help reduce food insecurity. The workshops bring lawyers, market specialists, grocery store owners, and more to hear proposals and give advice or suggestions to each presenter.

Congratulations to the winners:
Enterprise Teams
Dirigo Food Safety – $5,000
Haul, Inc – $2,500
Pasture Pops – 6 Hours of Legal Services from BCM Environmental & Land Law and 3 month membership in Fork Food Lab.
Eve & Mathieu Oat Milk – 6 Hours of Brand & Marketing consulting from Garrand Moehlenkamp and 3 month membership in Fork Food Lab.
Fresh Start Food Gardens – 6 Hours of Business Development Consulting from The Sustainability Lab

College Teams
Unity College – $2,000
College of the Atlantic – $500
University of Southern Maine – 6 Hours of Business Development Consulting from The Sustainability Lab
open to enterprise and college teams with idea stage and very early stage enterprises that would improve the production, aggregation, distribution and processing of locally produced food and harvested seafood.

For a recent article on the New England Food System Innovation Challenge by the Press Herald, click here!

2018 Growing Literacy Series: Putting a Garden to Bed

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  • September 18, 2018
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

  Learn how to preserve the integrity of your soil and revitalize areas used by heavy feeders. Make sure your perennials and hardy annuals are set to survive through the winter  and save seeds from those annual plants you want to be sure to raise again next year. Expand your knowledge on this topic with books from (more…)

Events

Winter Garden Workshop Series: How to Care for Fruit Trees


  • February 6, 2022
    1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Speaker: Richard Hodges, ReTreeUS Join Richard Hodges of ReTreeUS for a workshop on how to integrate fruit trees into your garden.  You will learn about different fruit trees, their needs and how to prune them. ReTreeUs is a non profit that plants orchards in schools and provides educational programs that empower people to grow their (more…)

Winter Garden Workshop Series: Growing and Fermenting Foods with Scratch Farm


  • February 13, 2022
    1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Speaker: Andy McLeod, Scratch Farm Join Andy McLeod of Scratch Farm to learn about making your own fermented sauerkrauts, pickles and hot sauce. Fermenting is an easy way to preserve your harvest and feed yourself through the winter. Andy will touch on what crops he grows to ferment, tips for success in growing those crops, the process (more…)

Winter Garden Workshop Series: Soil Secrets


  • March 6, 2022
    1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Speaker: Spiro Latchis, Living Soil Network Join Spiro Latchis of the Living Soil Network for a workshop on the many beneficial aspects of soil health. The workshop will cover the fungi and nematodes in soil, soil care, building quality soil and the important connections between soil and climate. Spiro Latchis of (more…)