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Sacopee Valley Adult & Community Education



Gardening and Nature

HOME COMPOSTING

$12

with Brigit McCallum

Calendar Apr 22, 2024 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Tried composting and it didn’t seem to work? Are you afraid of inviting pests if you try? There are some important ingredients to composting that make the difference in developing the “black gold” that can both transform your waste and nourish your gardens. We’ll cover types of composting and containers, components of successful composting in rural and urban settings, and common problems in composting and their solutions. Please pre-register as we need a minimum of 4 people to run this class.

About Brigit: An avid gardener, researcher and teacher, Brigit loves teaching classes where everyone learns new things, and where she goes home having learned more herself, for her own gardens, and for teaching future classes.

 

MAINE WEATHER CLIMATE CHANGE -LIVE ONLINE

Free

with Amalia Siegel

Calendar Apr 24, 2024 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

The Maine Climate Council, formed in 2019, is a group of scientists, industry leaders, bipartisan local and state officials and engaged citizens. They are working to develop a four-year plan to address the impacts of climate change on Maine, build resilience to climate effects and meet state statutory targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Join us to learn about the council’s climate action plan, how individuals can take action on climate change and how climate change is impacting our state. Pre-registration is required to receive online link.

Molly Siegel, BA, Dartmouth College, is the Climate Council Coordinator with the ME Governor’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future and brings experience in community development, stakeholder engagement, and project management to the team. Prior to joining GOPIF, she was the Program Manager for Electric Vehicle Initiatives at Efficiency Maine, where she played a key role in developing the state’s first Plan for EV Infrastructure Deployment.

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SOLAR 101

Free

with Chris Jones

Calendar Apr 24, 2024 at 6 pm

Interested in learning more about solar energy for your home? Join ReVision Energy for an overview of all things solar! We'll discuss how grid-tied solar and net metering works and the all-electric household models (including heat pumps, EV charging, and battery storage) and explain how we design and price systems. The cost of solar panels has dropped 75% in the past 10 years, and there's a 30% Federal Tax Credit for solar, so now is the time to explore solar energy for your home. Light refreshments will be provided. Please pre-register if possible for the purpose of providing materials.

 

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RESIN ART: PLANT LABELS

$15

with Kerrie Doyle

Calendar May 6, 2024 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

It’s easy, fun, and unique! Use UV resin, paints, and embellishments to create plant labels this Spring! Make 4-6 in one evening. Materials fee $10 Make 4-6 unique pieces in this one-night class; no experience necessary. Bring a pair of scissors. Materials fee of $10 is payable to instructor at class. Please pre-register as a minimum of 4 people is required to run the course. 

RISE & SHINE GREENHOUSES & NURSERY AND LEARN ABOUT THE ENTIRE AMISH COMMUNITY AT PORTER PLAINS

Free

with TBA ...

Calendar May 16, 2024 at 4 pm, runs for 1 week

History says that the Amish began arriving in Maine in the mid-1990s, buying reasonably-priced farmlands to practice their faith and raise their families. In the Sacopee area, there is a growing Amish Community on the Porter Plain off of South Hiram Road. You have most likely noticed the bicycles and horse-drawn wagons in our area and enjoyed fresh, delicious products from the First Fruits Produce Market on South Hiram Road. One of their newest community-friendly businesses is the Rise and Shine Greenhouses and Nursery with beautiful hanging baskets, ready to plant flowers, both annuals and perennials, vegetable and herb starts, and a full line of nursery products. Other ventures in the community include multiple sawmills providing rough-cut lumber, a furniture shop, an insulation business, a harness shop, and an egg farm. Join us and learn more about this unique and peaceful community. No fees or donations are expected. You are welcome to make purchases from the Greenhouse; cash or check only. The Meeting place is located inside the Amish Community of Porter Plains at the Rise and Shine Greenhouses. Please note: This tour is to discuss our overall community. We will not be going to each property. Please pre-register as space is limited.

Located at North Wind Road off of South Hiram Road.

Full Course

COMPOSTING & FOOD WASTE - LIVE ONLINE

$3

with ecomaine Environmental Educator

Calendar Jun 4, 2024 at 6:30 pm

Each year, 40% of food in the United States is wasted. Where does this

waste end up? Most likely the landfill. Examine the waste stream and find

out how much of it can be redirected to other methods of disposal such as

anaerobic digestion, composting, and recycling. Find out why it is so

important to keep food waste out of landfills and look into options of food

waste disposal. Discuss vermiculture, anaerobic digestion, eliminating

sources of pollution, and possibilities for feeding the hungry. Find out how

ecomaine handles waste and how you can contribute to managing your

food waste effectively! Registration is required to access online link. 

 





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