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MOFGA’s Grow Your Own Organic Garden

Calendar Apr 8, 2020 at 5 pm, runs for 1 week

Always popular!  Learn to grow your own vegetables in an organic and sustainable manner: Cover basics of soil science and how to enrich your soil to produce healthy, high-yielding plants. Learn the the fundamentals of making and using compost, the principles of crop rotation and how to incorporate green manures to manage nutrients in the garden. Also included: how to tell the difference between cultivated plants and weeds, basic weed control strategies, and cultural methods for dealing with pests. Instructor will be an experienced farmer or gardener from your region. Head home with workshop handouts and some seeds to get started. All welcome, from first-timers to experienced gardeners who want to experiment with new techniques.

Wed, 4/8/2020, 5:00 to 8:00 pm, $5, plus separate $5 material fee at class

Instructor: tbd from Maine Organic Gardeners and Farmers Association

Dressing for Your Body Type


with Candace Sanborn

Calendar Apr 14, 2020 at 5:30 pm, runs for 1 week

Unveil the diva in you! Do you have lots of clothes in your closet but still feel like you have nothing to wear? Do you dislike shopping because you’re not sure what looks good on you? In this interactive class, you’ll determine your body type and face shape and learn tips for choosing the most flattering clothing styles and necklines for your features. Bring your phone to take pictures and a pen and paper for notes. Candace is owner of Radiant Image, and has 30 years of branding and marketing experience working with a variety of organizations throughout northern New England. Her mission is to boost women’s self-confidence by helping them feel great about their appearance and their ability to connect effectively with others.

Tues, 4/14/2020, 5:30 to 8:00 pm, $30

Instructor: Candace Sanborn

Modern Punch Needle


with Sarah deGrandis

Calendar Apr 14, 2020 at 6 pm

Make a fun 8” round textile art piece for your home using the traditional craft of punch needle rug hooking. Choose from comic cat, floral, or abstract design OR bring a simple beginner design of your own to transfer. Learn the basics and tools of punch needle, tips and tricks, ideas on finishing your piece as wall art or a pillow, and confidence to start new projects on your own. Material fee covers no-slip hoop, punch needle, monks cloth, yarn, and tip sheet. 

Sarah deGrandis, BFA in New Media from ME College of Art, is a formally-trained artist, longtime crafter and instructor who’s passionate about exploring and teaching new types of crafts, as well as modern takes on traditional techniques:

Tues, 4/14/2020, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, $25, plus $20 material fee paid to instructor

Instructor: Sarah deGrandis

Maine Healthy Lawn Care Made Simple


with Ali Clift,CCSWCD

Calendar Apr 15, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

What defines the “perfect Maine lawn”? One that’s lush and green, safe for families, pets, and the environment, plus saves you time and money! Learn to create a more resilient, beautiful lawn without relying on synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. We’ll provide strategies for fertilizing correctly, controlling weeds and thatch, renovating poor lawns, transitioning to organic care, and more. Whether you maintain your lawn or hire a professional, round up your neighbors and join! This program compatible with the Town of Scarborough’s organic pest management policy for school and town properties, as well as the City of Portland’s and City of South Portland’s pesticide ordinances. Ali implements community education and outreach programs for Cumberland County Soil & Water Conservation District, holds degrees in environmental studies and marine science, and offers this through CCSWCD as a free community service.

Wed, 4/15/2020, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, 

$5 adult ed processing fee

Instructor: Ali Clift, CCSWCD

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