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Beginner Healthy Lawn Care Made Simple
with Kat Munson
What defines the “perfect Maine lawn”? One that’s safe for Maine kids, pets, wildlife and environment. Join us to learn about healthy lawn care practices that will give you a lush, beautiful lawn that’s “bare-foot safe” for kids and pets, while saving you time, money and effort. This class will overview strategies to address fertilization, weed and thatch control, renovation of poor lawns, transitions to organic care and more. Whether you maintain your lawn or contract with professionals, round up your neighbors and join. Teachings compatible with Town of Scarborough’s organic pest management (OPM) policy for school and town properties, as well as South Portland’s new ordinance. Kat implements community education and outreach programs for Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District, holds a degree in environmental education and communications and offers this as a free community service.
Thursday, 04/12/2018, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
$5 adult ed admin fee
Instructor: Kat Munson
Celebrate Earth Day: Easy and Engaging Climate Solutions for All!
with Charles Spanger
New! Though the US withdrew from the Paris Climate Agreement, many Americans and companies strive to uphold climate commitments, educate others, and innovate solutions. Our children have become leaders, studying impacts and implementing solutions in school. 72% of Americans agree with climate scientists that global warming is happening, and 62% worry a great deal about climate change. Time to shed the worry, transform it into inspired engagement. This workshop for those who have accepted the science, and wish to explore taking personal and/or community action. Review simple, effective actions you and your family can take, with many new ideas that may surprise you. Learn which yield the greatest impact. Overview innovative initiatives and organizations leading the charge in Maine. Whether you’re a busy person hoping to make a small change, you install a solar panel, join a grassroots group or town committee – no effort’s too small! Charles is co-convener of Sierra’s Scarborough Climate Action Team, is affiliated with 350 Maine and Maine CCL, and offers this as a free community service. He welcomes audience guest Ryan O’Leary, student president of Scarborough High’s environmental club, ECOS, and co-founder of MYEA, the Maine Youth Environmental Association.
Two Wednesdays, 04/11 and 04/25/2018
no class 04/18 school vacation,
6:00 to 7:30 pm, $5 adult ed admin fee
Instructor: Charles Spanger
Intro ReWilding with the Wild Seed Project
with Heather McCargo, BA, MA
New! Get involved in some grass roots native seed sowing, by learning about the reproductive life cycle of different types of native plants, and how we can change our landscape practices to help support wild plant reproduction, pollinators and other wildlife. You’d be surprised that the seeds of wild plants have very different needs than those of garden and vegetable species. Growing native plants from seed is a fun and collaborative way to interact with our native flora and inexpensively produce lots of plants to share. Heather will present a slideshow, explain native seed sowing and outdoor propagation techniques for sun or partial sun loving plants, as well as current trends with native plants in the nursery trade. Partial proceeds benefit the Wild Seed Project. Heather is founder of The Wild Seed Project; an educator with 30 years of expertise in plant propagation, ecological design and conservation; was head plant propagator at the New England Wildflower Society’s Garden in the Woods; and has worked with other organizations such as USAID, National Gardening Association and MOFGA. She has lectured nationally and is widely published.
Tuesday, 04/10/2018, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, $30
Instructor Heather McCargo, MA
landscape design, BA plant ecology
MOFGA's Grow Your Own Organic Garden
with Lisa Fernandes
Always our most popular class! Interested in learning how to grow your own vegetables organically, in a sustainable manner? Learn about the basics of soil science and how to enrich your soil to produce healthy, high-yielding plants. Cover the fundamentals of making and using compost, principles of crop rotation and how to incorporate green manures to manage nutrients in the garden. Learn how to tell the difference between cultivated plants and weeds, basic weed control strategies and cultural methods for dealing with pests. All welcome, from first-timers to experienced gardeners who want to experiment with new techniques. Receive a copy of the presentation, a resource guide and some seeds to get started. Lisa is the volunteer expert assigned by MOFGA, the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association to teach this workshop. She is Founder and Executive Director of The Resilience Hub and Portland Permaculture, the largest permaculture meetup on the planet!
Wednesday, 04/04/2018, 6:00 to 9:00 pm
$5 plus separate $5 material fee
payable at door to MOFGA
Pre-register to facilitate proper venue size
Instructor: Lisa Fernandes