Off Campus Event: New England Food System Innovation Challenge (Register by Oct. 8!)

Registration for the 4th Annual New England Food System Innovation Challenge closes on October 8th. The Challenge will be held Nov 9-11 at Saint Joseph’s College in Standish Maine.

College Challenge:How might we create products, services, app’s or organizations that support the expansion of production, distribution, processing and consumption of local, sustainably produced food and seafood.  We are seeking idea or very early stage ventures. Registration is now open at:

Consider products or services that address one or more of the following:

* Helping food producers become resilient in light of climate change.
* Applying big data to small-scale production.
* Utilizing the Internet of Things (IoT) to bring efficiency to small producers and harvesters.
* Providing equal access and ability to purchase healthy food to all.
* Reducing or repurposing food waste.
* Making the food supply chain transparent to all.
* Reducing or conserving inputs – like water – in the production of healthy, sustainably produced food.
* Using drones to improve the efficiency of small-diversified farms.
* Integrating aquaponics, hydroponics or land based aquaculture into the food system.

The food system is vast and complex system and this is by no means a complete list. We are looking for innovative and sustainable idea stage enterprise that could become startup ventures.

Please view this Three-minute video  and the attached PDF for further information.
Registration is now open at:

Off Campus Event: Brunswick Farmer’s Market- Tuesday and Friday 8AM-2PM

Brunswick Farmer’s Market
Tuesday’s and friday’s until early November, 8AM-2PM
On the Brunswick ‘Mall’ or Green– downtown Brunswick

The Brunswick Farmers’ Market is one of the oldest farmers’ markets in the State. Vendor stalls line the intown park, “The Brunswick Mall and Gazebo” to create a wonderful shopping experience. A full complement of farm products will satisfy your shopping needs. Located right in downtown Brunswick, get your groceries at the farmers’ market and get your other errands done at the same time!

Market is held rain or shine, every Tuesday and Friday, 8:00am-2:00pm, May-November.  For more information about the Brunswick Farmers’ Market and its history, see this Bangor Daily News article!

Off Campus Event: Race Through the Woods! Hidden Valley Nature Center, Sunday, Sept. 30 8AM-2PM

Sun, Sep 30, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Hidden Valley Nature Center, Jefferson Maine

Join us for the 8th annual Race Through The Woods trail race, sponsored by First National Bank, on Sunday, September 30th at Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson.  Are you inspired by the tranquility of running on rustic trails deep in the Maine woods? Do you enjoy the challenge of highly varied terrain, where slippery roots or loose rocks demand your concentration and sharpen your focus? Then you should register for a beautiful fall “Race through the Woods” at Hidden Valley Nature Center. Explore the exciting mix of single and double-track trails over rolling terrain in this challenging racecourse.

Racing starts at 10:00 am. Racers will have two course options to choose from: a 13.1 mile half-marathon or a 5.5 mile race (5.5 milers share the course with half-marathoners, same start time).  This single loop course brings you over steep hills, through the woods, past beautiful ponds and has about 1,000 feet elevation.

This race is open to beginners, novices, and experienced trail runners alike. If you’ve never been in a trail race this is a great, fun event to start with.  After the race everyone is encouraged to stick around and enjoy a bonfire, hot cider or a beer from Sheepscot Valley Brewing Company one of our sponsors. Light local lunch options will also be available after the races.

Kids 10 years and under can participate in a fun obstacle race starting at about 10:30 am (after the other races have taken off). The race will be only somewhat competitive; the goal is really just to have fun. Each racer will receive a ribbon. Register online using the link below- registration for kids’ race is free.  The course will feature small hurdles, jumps, and mazes. After the official race, kids are welcome to enjoy the course at their own pace. Thanks to our Kids Race Sponsor – Maine Helicopters!

Race fees are $35 for the half marathon, and $25 for the 5.5 miler. Long sleeve technical shirts will be available for purchase with registration. Prizes (homemade PIE!!) will be given to first place finishers (men and women) and in age categories. Prizes will also include local goods donated by businesses and volunteers, and gift certificates to HVNC from Midcoast Conservancy.


Off Campus Event: Farmer’s Market at Crystal Spring Farm, Pleasant St., Brunswick- Saturday’s at 8:30

Join us at the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust Farmers’ Market

Voted “Best of Maine 2018” Farmers’ Market by Down East Magazine

Every Saturday 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
May 5 thru November 3 at the Land Trust’s Crystal Spring Farm 277 Pleasant Hill Road, Brunswick

Please note that the market area and parking lot open at 8:30 am.There is no public access before this time.

Off Campus Events: Upcoming Environmental Lectures & Films in Brunswick (9/26 & 9/29)

Sustainable Maine Lecture Series: DIY Storage, Preservation & Fermentation
Wednesday, September 26, 6:30-8pm
Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St. (0.6 mile from campus)

Interested in sustainability, the environment, gardening, or all of the above? Join Sustainable Maine for a Do-It-Yourself Workshop to learn how to set up a cold room produce storage system, ferment veggies, and set up a solar dehydrator! Click here to learn more.

Food, Sovereignty and Native America: A Presentation on Indigenous Food Ways
Saturday, September 29, 1-3pm
Unitarian Universalist Church of Brunswick, 1 Middle Street

Attend this unique presentation centered around the sovereignty and culture of Native American life! Rachel Sayet (Mohegan), the event’s speaker, has been working for Mohegan Tribal Liberty since 2013, and has partnered with Mohegan Tribal Health Development for gardening, cooking, and storytelling workshops for Mohegan youth. This event is sponsored by the Midcoast Indigenous Awareness Group with support from the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust. Learn more here.

Off campus Event: Seafood Industry Maine Gubernatorial Forum, Thursday Oct 4 5-7PM, in Rockland

Reserve your tickets today
The Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association and the Maine Seafood Industry Gubernatorial Forum Host Committee invite all members of Maine’s fishing industry and working waterfront community to join us for the 2018 Seafood Industry Gubernatorial Forum.

Hosted at the Strand Theatre in Rockland, we have invited: Alan CaronJanet MillsShawn Moody, and Terry Hayes to join  Maine’s seafood industry in a discussion about the future of Maine’s fisheries and coastal communities.

This is your opportunity to hear the candidates stances on industry issues and the future they hope to help build if elected Governor of the great state of Maine.

This will be a facilitated event with questions coming directly from Maine’s seafood industry.

Tickets are FREE, but we do ask that you RSVP to the event as space is limited.
Register here

Off Campus Event: Short Course on Harpswell’s Habitats and Fisheries in 2018 (Sat. Oct 6)

Short Course on Harpswell’s Habitats and Fisheries
Saturday, Oct 6 2:00-5:30 pm
Freeport Wharf, 36 Maine St., South Freeport, MEHarpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) is offering a Short Course on Harpswell’s Habitats and Fisheries in 2018. This series provides a high quality, in-depth learning opportunity for adults. We recruit knowledgeable and passionate instructors and class sizes are kept small.There is a fee for this course and advance registration is required. Click on “event link” below for details.

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Freeport Wharf36 Main Street South Freeport, ME 04078
Julia, 207-837-9613

Off Campus: Star Gazing at Crystal Spring Farm, Oct 6 or 7 (Free)

October 6 or 7, 7:00 pm-9:30 pm

Crystal Spring Farm – South

277 Pleasant Hill Road, Brunswick

The Southern Maine Astronomers (SMA) will lead an exploration of the night sky.

We will have favorable moon phase conditions making for a dark night.

How to prepare:

  • When you arrive please be sure to keep your headlights on low beam, avoid pointing your headlights toward the market green if at all possible, and SHUT OFF your headlights as soon as you possibly can – the bright glare ruins night vision for those trying to look at the stars.
  • Bring a blanket to lay on as meteor showers are best observed laying back with eyes wide open
  • Bring bug spray!
  • Bring warmer clothes to put on: a warmer jacket and a hat.  Warmer, more waterproof footwear is a good idea too.
  • Bring a red flashlight or headlamp, or cover a regular flashlight with red cellophane or stretch a red balloon over a flashlight, to help preserve night vision.
  • “Study” this SKY MAP for learning the October night sky. Scroll down and click on “Download” for October in the Northern Hemisphere.  It’s two sided.

Community members with telescopes can come early –  by 5:30 – and bring their telescopes to set  up.  Astronomy Club members will help any who have been confounded in getting their telescopes to “work right.”  Club members will bring scopes as well.

Check this page, our Facebook, or Instagram for updates on the final date of this event.


Venue:   Crystal Spring Farm – South


277 Pleasant Hill Rd, Brunswick, Maine, 04011, United States

Off Campus Opportunities: Get Outdoors in Harpswell!

Get Outdoors in Harpswell

There are numerous varied and interesting places to walk, picnic, play and enjoy the scenery in Harpswell. You can learn about conserved land with public access by poking around our online map of trails and preserves or browsing the list below. For more information, including directions and visitor guidelines, click on the names and images below.

You can also download four different guides to exploring the outdoors in Harpswell and surrounding towns.

If you would like to download a map showing all conserved land in Harpswell, including conservation easements on private land, click here.