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Two-Day Composting Workshop Available for Educators

Two-Day Composting Workshop Available for Educators

WALDOBORO, Maine -- The Maine Compost Team at the University of Maine Forestry and Agricultural Experiment Station at Highmoor Farm in Monmouth is offering a two-day composting workshop June 28-29 for staff and teachers at educational institutions around the state and beyond.

Participants will learn how to make use of recyclable, organic school waste materials and plant school gardens. The workshop provides an opportunity to learn how to close the circle between food and waste in schools, according to UMaine Extension Professor Mark Hutchinson, who will lead the course.

The program will challenge participants to think critically about waste reduction, develop an integrated waste-recycling program and learn how it fits into the current school curriculum.

The 11th Annual Morris Farm Community Plant Sale

The 11th Annual Morris Farm Community Plant Sale will be held on Saturday, May 21 from 8:30AM until noon at The Morris Farm, 156 Gardiner Road (Route 27) in Wiscasset.
 
Featured are hardy Maine-grown perennials and 14 varieties of heirloom tomatoes.  Master Gardeners will be on hand to offer tips and answer gardening questions. Refreshments and baked goods will be for sale, and recipes featuring tomatoes will be available.
For more information, call The Morris Farm Trust, 882-4080.

Upcoming gardening and composting classes at the Morris Farm

What do robins in the front yard, mud in the driveway and orange signs posted on the roads have in common?  They are all signs of spring in zone 5!  That's gardening lingo for the North and here's another sign of spring in Zone 5: gardening classes at the Morris Farm Trust in Wiscasset!  Register now for Vegetable Gardening with the Morris Farm Master Gardeners on Tuesday, April 5th, from 6pm - 8pm and Introduction to Composting with the Maine Compost School's Mark Hutchinson on Saturday, April 9th, from 9am - 11am. 
 
In Vegetable Gardening with the Morris Farm Master Gardeners, participants will have an opportunity to learn about the University of Maine's Cooperative Extension Master Gardener's Demonstration Garden at the Morris Farm, which includes both traditional in-ground areas and large new raised beds.  Last season, the Morris Farm Master Gardener volunteers grew 1,356 pounds of food for Maine Harvest for Hunger using a schedule of regula

Real vs Fake: Which is the Greenest Christmas Tree?

The Nature Conservancy Weighs in On Holiday Tree Debate
 
BRUNSWICK, ME — More than half of American families now choose fake Christmas trees over natural, a trend that could have serious consequences for our environment.
“The Nature Conservancy is all about trees — they clean our air, they clean our water,” said Frank Lowenstein, Climate Adaptation Strategy Leader for the Conservancy.
Fake trees are usually made from a kind of plastic called polyvinyl chloride (PVC) which is derived from petroleum, and is manufactured using processes that have been criticized for air and water pollution as well as energy use.
Approximately 85% of the fake trees sold in the US are shipped here from China. Most of China’s electricity comes from burning coal — the dirtiest source of electricity. Once the fake trees are made, they still have to be shipped across the ocean — usually in a diesel-fuel powered ship.