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Agriculture & Outdoors

Nature Photography (Hybrid/Mar)
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Nature Photography (Hybrid/Mar)

$150

with Steve McGrath

Learn how to capture what you see in the great outdoors by finding the best composition.  Experiment with light, camera settings,  shutter speed and aperture for the best exposure.  We’ll also explore different lenses, depth of field and filters. Tripods can be helpful for wildlife photography, but not required for the course. 

This is a hybrid course with online sessions using ZOOM, and one in-person class on Saturday 03/09/24, from 10:00am-1:00pm at Schoodic Point. 

Steve McGrath is a professional freelance photographer and photography teacher who has been creating images for 20 years. Steve first began by shooting sports photography for local high schools, then weddings, and stock agencies. His love of the outdoors led him to focusing more on his true passion. Steve was an active member of the Gateway Camera Club for many years, and has won many ribbons and awards at fairs and competitions through the club and on his own. Many of his images have been published in school text books.

Outdoor Composting

$15

with C.J. Walke

Calendar Mar 6, 2024 at 6 pm

In this workshop, we will discuss backyard composting as a method to manage kitchen food scraps and debris from your gardens and lawns, as well as how to recycle those nutrients into usable compost that can go back into your soil.  We will cover the biology of the composting process and different techniques for successful backyard composting.  This is a live on-line workshop using ZOOM. 

C. J. Walke has been working for the Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association since 2006 and for the past decade, he has focused on providing technical services to farmers and teaching practical skills related to organic tree fruit cultivation.

Culinary Herbs 101: How to Grow, Dry & Use Kitchen Herbs

$29

with Nicole Gurreri: Healthy Acadia

Calendar Mar 7, 2024 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

This class covers the basics of growing common kitchen herbs like oregano, thyme, basil, and cilantro. We will learn how to preserve herbs through drying and freezing, and how to utilize culinary herbs in various recipes. This class will be interactive with time to share ideas and ask questions! All participants receive a booklet with recipes using the herbs covered in class.  This is a live online class using ZOOM.

Makeup class, if needed 03/14/23.

Nicole Gurreri is a professional horticulturist with a background in public health and nutrition. She enjoys meeting new people and building community within her courses.

 

America's Boating Course

$15

with D. Scott Miller

Calendar Mar 9, 2024 at 8 am, runs for 1 week

This basic boating class reduces your risk of accidents and injuries, saves you money on boat insurance, and qualifies you for a state boat license or operator certificate in most states (including Maine).  It is the most comprehensive, single source, in-person boating course available to give you the skills you need to enjoy your time on the water and boat with confidence.  Please go to our website, call or email for more information. The course covers:

  • safety equipment;
  • trip planning;
  • navigation rules and aids;
  • state and federal regulations;
  • anchoring, dealing with adverse conditions and emergencies;
  • communications;
  • trailering; and
  • knots and lines.

The course also introduces navigation and the use of charts-important information on determining where you are and how to go where you wish to go safely. The information is useful for users of all sorts of watercraft (power, sail, paddle) and for both ocean and freshwater boating.

There is a print or e-manual for the course ($26) that you will want to read through before the class. Often people take this course with a family member or friend, and the manuals are easily shared so it's not included in the cost of the course. This is an in-person class.  

Makeup class, if needed, 03/16/24.  

This course is offered by the Penobscot Bay Sail & Power Squadron.  America's Boating Club®, For Boaters, By Boaters® We’ve been making boating safer and more enjoyable for over 100 years.

Scott has been making adventurous use of the sea since his teens. He’s owned several “cruising and racer/cruiser” sailboats over the last twenty years, and is an active member of the East Coast offshore singlehanded racing circuit. He races single and shorthanded to and from Bermuda almost every year, and has sailed across the Atlantic, singlehanded, 2-½ times (he can tell the story of the half-time in class). He currently races (and cruises) in Resolute, a 46’ sloop. Scott is a strong proponent of practical seamanship for all, and holds the Royal Yachting Association’s RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certification, several US Sailing Certifications, and teaches virtually the full range of America’s Boating Club courses. 

Full Course

Fruit Tree Cultivation Part 1

$15

with C.J. Walke

Calendar Mar 13, 2024 at 6 pm

This 3-part series focuses on organic methods to help gardeners and homesteaders establish and maintain healthy fruit trees for home fruit production. 

In Part 1, we will discuss variety selection and soil preparation for planting young fruit trees, as well as how to grow a young tree in its early years before flowering and fruit production. This is a live online workshop using ZOOM.

C. J. Walke has been working for the Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association since 2006 and, for the past decade, he has focused on providing technical services to farmers and teaching practical skills related to organic tree fruit cultivation.

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Small Space Gardening Hacks

$29

with Lauren Landers

Calendar Mar 13, 2024 at 6 pm

If you want to grow vegetables in a small space or urban garden, these space saving hacks will help! In this course, we'll cover tips on vertical gardening, square foot gardening, container gardening and more and help you to grow tons of fresh veggies in even the smallest spot!   This is an in-person class.

Lauren Landers is a gardening writer and active master gardener volunteer who enjoys sharing her love of nature with others. Focusing on hands-on learning and functional skills that will improve your gardening practice, Lauren's classes cover topics like pollinator gardening, edible gardening and food preservation. 

Fruit Tree Cultivation Part 2

$15

with C.J. Walke

Calendar Mar 20, 2024 at 6 pm

This 3-part series focuses on organic methods to help gardeners and homesteaders establish and maintain healthy fruit trees for home fruit production. 

In Part 2, we will discuss organic methods of insect and disease management in order to produce quality fruit, as well as how to best manage fruit trees as they get older and larger. This is a live online workshop using ZOOM. 

C. J. Walke has been working for the Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association since 2006 and for the past decade, he has focused on providing technical services to farmers and teaching practical skills related to organic tree fruit cultivation.

Homemade Herbal Remedies: Growing, Drying and Using Medicinal Herbs

$29

with Nicole Gurreri: Healthy Acadia

Calendar Mar 21, 2024 at 6 pm

Are you curious about growing and using safe medicinal herbs? This 1.5 hour course provides an introduction to growing, preserving, and using common medicinal herbs like calendula, lavender, lemon balm, and chamomile. Join us for a fun and interactive session with plenty of time to ask questions and share ideas! All participants receive a fact sheet on growing and using the herbs covered in class.  This is a live online class using ZOOM.

Makeup class, if needed, 03/27/24.

Nicole Gurreri is a professional horticulturist with a background in public health and nutrition. She enjoys meeting new people and building community within her courses. 

 





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