Off Campus Events: Food Recovery Coalition, Maine Gleaning Events (October 9-16, 2017)

Celebrating Maine Gleaning Week
* Gleaning Workgroup: Gleaning Urban Fruit Trees in Portland, Oct. 9-14
*Education Workgroup: Gleaning with Portland Arts & Technology High School (PATHS) at Jordan’s Farm, Oct. 12.
*Policy Workgroup: Gleaning with NRCM Rising at Wolfe’s Neck Farm, Oct. 14.
*Events Workgroup: Wasted: The Story of Food Waste Screening, Oct. 16. At Portland Public Library.

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Member of Maine Gleaning Network
The Food Recovery Coalition (FRC) seeks to identify and implement efficient, systematic, and scalable means of reducing food waste and expanding access to healthy local food. Coalition efforts span networking and collaboration, data collection and dissemination, and educational events and advocacy.

FRC has met regularly since last year’s event and is now contributing staff time and other resources to help organize Maine Gleaning Week events in Cumberland County. For more information or to join the group, contact

Off Campus Event: The Future of Fossil Fuels- Heating & Transportation Policy & Strategies (Thurs. 10/19 7:15 am-12:00 pm)

The Futue of Fossil Fuels- Heating and Transportation Policy & Strategies
Thursday, October 19 7L15 AM-12:00 PM
Maple Hill Farm, 11 Inn Road, Hallowell, ME

Home heating and transportation fuel consumption make Maine one of the most petroleum-dependent states in the nation, with the highest per capita petroleum consumption in New England. Maine has the highest CO2 emissions per capita in New England, with these emissions coming mainly from the heating and transportation sectors. What is the future for fossil fuels in the transportation and heating sectors, and how can policy and other strategies positively shape the future for Maine?

7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. Networking Breakfast
8:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Transportation Panel
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Heating Panel

Heating Policy & Strategies

Two-thirds of Maine households use fuel oil to heat their homes, a higher proportion than any other state in the nation. However, they are increasingly using alternatives such as wood pellets, natural gas, or heat pumps run by electricity to reduce costs when oil prices are high. The 2015 Comprehensive Energy Plan identified “Heating” as a major area of focus and the Governor’s Energy Office is looking at heating policy as a major issue in its work to develop a Maine Energy Roadmap. While oil prices have improved, a new heat pump program has exceeded expectations, and Efficiency Maine programs are tightening up Maine’s housing and building stock, it is still an issue in need of a comprehensive, long-term policy strategy.

What are the biggest challenges facing Maine’s heating industry in terms of policy, technology, infrastructure, etc.? What should Maine’s primary strategy be in reducing oil consumption in this sector and what is the role of the State?

Transportation Policy & Strategies

Maine’s largest end-use for energy is transportation, with the transportation sector consuming around 32% of Maine’s energy. Maine has fewer alternative fuel vehicles per capita than other New England states, and very little infrastructure for alternative fuel vehicles including electric, natural gas, and biofuels. The State is nearly 100% dependent on petroleum to fuel rail, truck, bus, aerospace, marine, and automobile transportation vehicles. This is often a disadvantage as gasoline and diesel fuel prices are extremely volatile due to global, national, and regional constraints. To add to the challenge, Maine is a rural state over a large area, necessitating widespread travel within a limited transportation infrastructure base.

What are the biggest challenges facing Maine’s transportation sector in terms of policy, technology, and infrastructure? What should Maine’s primary strategy be in reducing oil consumption in this sector and what is the role of the State?

Contact Jeff Marks for reduced rate to attend this program:

Off Campus Event: A Day in the Woods Forestry Event (Sat. Oct 14 8-4, Jefferson, Maine)

A Day in the Woods: Forestry Event
Saturday, October 14 (All Ages) 8 AM-4PM
Hidden Valley Nature Center, Jefferson Maine

Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 14 (rain date Oct. 15). Midcoast Conservancy is hosting a full day of information and fun in the woods at Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson. A few of the highlights include:

  • Learn by listening and talking to state experts on low-impact forestry, improving the ability of forest practices to sequester carbon and enhance wildlife habitat, the benefits of conservation easements, land trust experience with forestry, and more.
  • Learn by seeing, doing and walking with pros. There will be guided walks and talks; demonstrations of logging with horses, small scale equipment, and a small European cut to length processor; workshops on trail making and tree pruning, dealing with invasive plants and bugs; exhibits and more.
  • Learn by having fun. There will be several guided walks for kids with readings in the woods by Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Project Learning Tree activities for kids and teachers and much more.
  • Exercise with a “Tour De Woods” fat bike ride.
  • Stomp your feet, dance, or just listen to The Gawler Family band performing new and old logging songs.

Click here to download a schedule for the day.

Breakfast from Alna General Store, lunch from Harvest Moon and Oxbow beer for purchase during the day.


Thanks to our wonderful co-sponsors: American Forest Foundation, Baskahegan Company, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Forest Society of Maine, Knox-Lincoln and Kennebec Soil & Water Conservation Districts, Maine Audubon, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Maine Farmland Trust, Maine Forest Service, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, Maine Project Learning Tree, Maine Tree Farm, Maine Woodland Owners, Natural Resources Conservation Service, The Nature Conservancy and New England Forestry Foundation.

Off campus Event: “Wasted! The Story of Food Waste” Movie Screening, Portland (Monday, Oct 16 4-7:30 pm)

“Wasted! The Story of Food Waste” 
Monday, Oct 16 4-7:30 PM
Rines Auditorium, Portland Public Library,

Come celebrate the First Annual Maine Gleaning Week and World Food Day with us! NRCM and our partners in the Maine Gleaning Network and Food Recovery Coalition and others are collaborating on a FREE EVENT at the Portland Public Library on Monday, October 16th from 4:00-7:30 p.m. Come for all or part to be inspired by Maine’s food recovery leaders and be among the first to see celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain’s new film, “Wasted: The Story of Food Waste.” SPACE IS LIMITED, SO RSVP today!

The event begins at 4:00 p.m. with keynotes by Kristen Miale, President of Good Shepherd Food Bank and Steven M. Finn of University of Pennsylvania, LeanPath. You’ll learn about World Food Day and Maine Gleaning Week, and have time to mingle with other guests to enjoy light refreshment, including food gleaned from local Maine farms, until the film begins at 5:30. After the film, you are invited to stay for a discussion.

Learn more about the film and reserve your seat.

This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited so please click the button below to reserve your spot today! 

Rines Auditorium is located in the Portland Public Library at 5 Monument Way, Portland, ME 04101.

Register here

Off Campus Event: Bigelow Cafe Sci at Coastal Maine Botanical Garden: Maine Sea Vegetables- Past, Present and Future (Friday, Oct 13 5-6 pm)

Bigelow Cafe Sci: Maine Sea Vegetables- Past, Present and Future
Friday, October 13 5-6 PM
at the Coastal Maine Botanical Garden, Boothbay, ME (see the link for directions)

With Bob Steneck, Shep Erhart, Seth Barker, and Tollef Olsen
Co-sponsored with Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences
A panel of four acclaimed speakers, marine naturalists, aquaculturists, wild harvesters, and chefs will join us at Cafe Sci at the Gardens. The panelists will share their passion and knowledge about the past, present and future of edible sea vegetables in Maine. All are welcome at the FREE event. Register here

The Ocean Garden: From Shore to Table
Join us for a weekend event celebrating Maine’s native superfood: sea vegetables! Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences team up to offer two informative events focusing on local sea vegetable aquaculture and wild foraging. Learn from Maine’s own experts about this growing industry, as well methods to identify, gather, and prepare delicious sea vegetable dishes on your own.

Off Campus Event: Harvest Party (Harvest Rice in Benton Maine- October 7-8, 2017)

The rice is almost ready. Human Power is what drives this operation and it means so much to have help during the harvest. We have topped 40 guests at each work party. Sure we could be using a combine, but we like parties more! We will also be testing out our new rice huller, custom built in Maine.

This warm September is helping the rice maturation catch up from a cool June and we hope to have the best harvest yet! Last year we sold and shared over 1000 pounds of rice seed across the globe, as well as 1500 pounds as food across the state.

The 4th rice party will be a weekend format.

Saturday: Work Party at 11 AM – Work Dinner at 5:30 –
Potluck Party at 7:00 – Bonfire & Music to Follow

Sunday: Work Party Sunday 10 AM – Work Lunch at 3:00 PM

Family, Friends and Pets Welcome.

Location: We’re on Wyman Rd in Benton, ME Directions
Food: The work meals are for those who help out during the day
RSVP: By October 3 to

~Ben and the Wild Folk farm crew

Off campus Event: Campus Sustainability Program (Free Event, Friday 9/21 at Manchester Community College)

Campus Sustainability Program
Friday September 22 9:30-3:30
Manchester Community College, Manchester, NH

This is a FREE event and there is space for folks who are interested in environmental education issues.  Dr. Tony Cortese is the keynote speaker and will be helping to facilitate some of the sessions. Tony was a founder of Second Nature, the organizer of the Presidents’ Climate Commitment and the current President of the Crane Institute for Sustainability.

We will kick off the day with a keynote presentation from Dr. Cortese.  He will discuss how higher education institutions can address sustainability challenges and cultivate change on their campuses and their local communities.

This event will also include interactive sessions on environmental service-learning, collaborating across disciplines, building community inside and outside the classroom and the role of education in climate change & water quality issues.


To register please click the link here.
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Off Campus Volunteer Opportunity: Seed Clam Restoration, Sunday 9/24

The Brunswick Marine Resources Committee is undertaking a seed clam relocation project.  It’s going to be held on Sunday, September 24 with folks showing up as early as 8 AM but I think a later start time would be fine.  If we have enough people, we will also be trying to assess population size and potentially remove some of the green crabs from the rocky outcropping where they tend to congregate as the weather gets colder.  The location will be at Thomas Point Beach over by Cook’s Corner.

All volunteers are welcome.  This is an opportunity to get hands-on experience in shellfish fishery management.  Feel free to give my name out as a contact and I’ll facilitate transportation if there is enough interest.


Marko Melendy, email:
Bowdoin College Science Center

Office 207-725-3517

Cell 207-712-6176