Rockport Garden Club monthly meeting

ROCKPORT — The Rockport Garden Club's monthly business meeting will be held Thursday, June 6, at 1 p.m. at Rockport Opera House, 6 Central St.

Herbalist Deb Soule, founder of Avena Botanicals in Rockport, uses her extensive gardens to produce her herbal remedies. She will talk about using herbs for healing.

The program is free and open to the public and will run from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the lower level of the Rockport Opera House. For more information, call 594-4449 or 596-6416.

As a special reminder, the plant sale will take place Saturday, June 1 at Aldermere Farm, Russell Avenue, from 9 a.m. to noon. An array of herbs, tomatoes, annuals and perennials will be displayed, plus all kinds of garden accessories and our new Rockport Garden Club's cook book , recipes for all occasions from our culinary members. This event will be a wonderful way of welcoming Summer into our gardens.

 

Vegetable preservation workshop May 31

ROCKLAND — On Friday, May 31, at 7 p.m. at First Universalist, 345 Broadway, Rockland, farmer Reba Richardson of Hatchet Cove Farm in Warren will teach a free class on how to "put by" the garden bounty or CSA share.

For those weeks when one has plenty of veggies but know there is not going to be a chance to cook a meal, or if one is tired of kale in July, but know that it will be appreciated in January, come and hear Richardson's techniques for keeping the freezer stocked and veggies fresh for as long as possible.

She will focus on freezing, dehydrating and fermenting since those are the forms of preservation they use most in their farm's family kitchen. Never worry about wasting a single vegetable ever again.

For more information, info@hatchetcovefarm.com, 273-3044, or hatchetcovefarm.com.

 

Children's gardening program

ROCKPORT — On Saturday, June 1, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, come prepared to dig in the soil! Brett Willard from Merryspring Nature Center lead a program at Rockport Public Library. Children will plant the library vegetable garden and start their own flower seeds to take home.

Space is limited so advance registration is required by calling Kim Slocomb at Rockport Public Library at 236-3642.

 

Honeybee swarms removed

Knox Lincoln County Beekeepers are available to collect honeybee swarms again this year. The group maintains a list of experienced beekeepers who come to capture and remove them.

The beekeepers collect outdoor swarms for free. If the bees are inside houses, barns, sheds, etc., there may be a fee for removal.

For more information, contact Dick and Jean Vose at 563-7564, 691-0343 or 691-0342.

Owls Head Garden Club Plant and Bake Sale

The Owls Head Garden Club will hold its annual Plant and Bake Sale on Saturday, June 1, at 9 a.m. at the Owls Head Community Building on Ash Point Drive (across from the airport). Members have been busy potting plants from their gardens and starting plants from seeds for this event. Annuals and perennials as well as herbs and vegetable seedlings will be available for sale. Home made pies, cakes, cookies, breads and other items will also be offered for sale.

Any greenhouses, nurseries, or area gardeners who have extra seedlings, annuals or perennials who would be willing to donate may call Cindy Lucas at 594-9757. Donations of homemade baked goods would also be welcome. Labeled items (both plants and food) may be dropped off at the Owls Head Community Building on Friday, May 31, between 3 and 5 p.m. All proceeds from the sale will benefit the club’s annual scholarship fund and the community beautification gardens.

Those attending the sale making a purchase of $10 or more of plants will receive a chance to put their name in a drawing for a free plane ride. Again this year Penobscot Island Air has generously donated a free scenic plane ride to the lucky winner and three guests.

For further information or to arrange for pick-up of donations, contact Cindy Lucas at 594-9757.

 

 

Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA June 15

UNITY — Thinking of raising a goat? Of helping children start a garden? Want to build a simple fence?

Farm & Homestead Day, a free event, offers hands-on and interactive sessions on farming and homesteading skills. It will be held on Saturday, June 15, at the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association’s Common Ground Education Center on Crosby Brook Road in Unity.

Workshops take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Those who would like to help continue the long tradition of mowing MOFGA’s berm and amphitheater with scythes are welcome to join the Sunrise Mowers at 7 a.m. Scythe Supply will bring tools of the trade, help mowers in fitting a scythe and mowing, and teach blade maintenance. Learn to make hay using hand tools and to make several types of hayricks for storing the dry hay.

Participants are welcome to bring any extra transplants and seeds for a Plant and Seed Exchange.

A schedule of events is posted at mofga.org. Dress appropriately for this rain or shine event, and bring a picnic lunch to enjoy.