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Food & Culture

Dress Up Your Salads!

Free

with Annie Sargent

Calendar Mar 4, 2024 at 5:30 pm

We have cookie swaps, but how about going healthy and sharing ideas about how to dress up a salad?  Let's learn from each other about creating dressings that will make you and your loved ones look forward to eating healthy greens and vegetables! 

Whether you're new to homemade salad dressings or just love to share cooking ideas, this workshop is for you.  Annie Sargent will bring some of her favorite recipes and tips and we hope if you have some favorites you will do the same.  This is an in-person class.

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Cooking for Beginners-Make Mouth Watering Tacos for Every Taste
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Cooking for Beginners-Make Mouth Watering Tacos for Every Taste

$39

with George Blumenschein, Jr.

Learn everything taco!  You’ll further your knife skills, work with herbs and spices for flavoring, learn to prepare toppings and sauces, and even fire roast peppers, all while preparing one of the most mouth watering and popular meals to share with family and friends. 

Tacos can be prepared quickly and inexpensively, or you can also prepare a taco feast. It’s actually a remarkably versatile meal that accommodates many eating requirements. Handouts, recipes and links will be provided.  This is an in-person class. 

George Blumenschein, Jr., a culinary enthusiast and chef, shares his love for food by teaching people the art of enjoying cooking. With a passion for creating delectable dishes, George brings his expertise to the kitchen, making the culinary experience accessible and delightful for all. 

Fermentation 101
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Fermentation 101

$45

with Lauren Landers

Pickles, sauerkraut, kimchi, oh my!  Fermented foods are packed with gut healthy probiotics and they're easy to make at home, too.

In this class, we'll sample some fermented foods and cover the basics of getting started with food fermentation. Recipes included!  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.

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.

 

Open Doors to the World

Free

with Annie Sargent

Calendar Mar 7, 2024 at 6 pm, runs for 4 weeks

In these times, understanding other cultures and seeing the beauty of places near and far is more important than ever.  Join your neighbors as we travel vicariously and meet others interested in discovering new lands.  Ellsworth Public Library and Ellsworth Adult & Community Education are collaborating on this series.   This is an in-person class.

If you or someone you know would like to share experiences in another country, please contact Annie Sargent by email asargent@ellsworthschools.org, text or cell 207.613.6460 as she's informally starting a speakers bureau for global awareness!  

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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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.





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