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.

​Reserve tickets at www.mainegleaningnetwork.org/wasted

For more information, see the webpage

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 foodrecoverymaine@gmail.com.

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 wildfolkfarmers@gmail.com

~Ben and the Wild Folk farm crew

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.

Thanks,

Marko Melendy, email: mmelendy@bowdoin.edu
Bowdoin College Science Center

Office 207-725-3517

Cell 207-712-6176

 

Off Campus Volunteer Opportunity: The Maine Conservation Corps

The Maine Conservation Corps is looking for Volunteers!

MCC welcomes volunteers to join our AmeriCorps National Service Members and Teams on projects throughout the state. Individuals and groups are invited to help with projects like trail construction & maintenance, watershed surveys, invasive species removal, and many other conservation efforts.

No prior trail work experience or minimum time commitment is required. Safety equipment is required and any necessary safety equipment and training is provided by MCC. Volunteers receive discounts on name-brand outdoor gear, among other benefits. Everyone is welcome!

Current volunteer opportunities are posted on our webpage!

For more information email MConsCorps.VOC@maine.gov or call (207) 624-6092.

Off Campus Event: Seed Clam Relocation Project (Sunday 9/24 in Brunswick)

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.

Thanks,
Marko

Marko Melendy
IBC Administrator
IACUC Administrator
Bowdoin College Science Center
Office 207-725-3517
Cell 207-712-6176

Off Campus Event: Volunteer for the Dempsey Challenge Green Team (Oct 6-9)

Green Team for the Dempsey Center’s Dempsey Challenge
The Green Team of the Dempsey Challenge is looking for folks interested in participating in the Green Team’s initiative early October (Oct 6-9) in Lewiston, ME.

If you would like to learn more about the Dempsey Center, click here: https://www.dempseycenter.org/

During the walk/run/bike portion of the Dempsey Challenge, there is an area in the middle of Lewiston set up with food vendors, a kid’s area, and bands. The Green Team takes care of the compost, trash, and recycling in the areas not tended by the vendors themselves. Essentially, your team would be wheeling bins of compost/trash/returnables from one area of the park to a central location. Patrick Dempsey is there, and there will be food and music. You’re not tied to any one location for long periods of time, but would be responsible for rolling full bins away and replacing with an empty bin on occasion.

This is the link for signing up: https://www.kintera.org/faf/volunteerRegNew/volunteerSelection.asp?ievent=1174113

These are the time slots (they’re roughly 3-hour slots, so your group would not have to commit to an entire day):

Fri., Oct. 6, 1:00 Pm – 4:00 PM
Sat., Oct. 7, 7:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Sat., Oct. 7, 10:00 AM – 1:30 AM
Sat., Oct. 7, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Sun., Oct. 8, 7:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Sun., Oct. 8, 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Sun., Oct. 8, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Sun., Oct. 8, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Mon., Oct. 9, 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Thank you for your consideration, and if you have any further interest and/or questions, please feel free to respond to this email. Also, if you know of any other groups in the area that may be interested in lending this team a hand, please do send this email along, or provide a contact for me!

Thank you for your time. I look forward to hearing from you! :)

Warmest regards,
Taylor

Taylor Burdin | Quality Assurance
L.L. Bean, Inc.® | Brunswick Manufacturing
2nd shift | Ext. 24005

Volunteer Opportunity: Facilitate STEM activities in local schools

Support your local community: facilitate STEM activities in local schools!

Every year, 4-H recruits, trains and places undergraduate and graduate students in local schools, libraries and afterschool programs to facilitate experiential STEM activities with youth (grades 3 – 8).  We provide all the training, support, and materials for these students to be successful, and our host sites provide supervision to take care of any behavior issues.  In short, we set students up for a successful, enjoyable time helping local youth learn science while having fun!

We generally have three times as many requests as we do students to fill them.  I’d appreciate it if you’d announce this opportunity to students in your classes, or allow me to come for 5 – 10 minutes early this semester to do so.

Trainings for fall will be held the second and third weeks of September.  Several training times and locations will be available at both UMaine and UMaine Augusta.

Interested? Email Laura Wilson  at laura.wilson@maine.edu for more information.  The 4-H STEM Ambassador program is part of the UMaine Engaged Black Bear Initiative, and digital badges are awarded to all who complete the semester requirements.  More information is available at https://extension.umaine.edu/4h/youth/4-h-projects/science-engineering-technology/stem-ambassadors/

Thank you for supporting this program and our efforts to reach youth with experiential science, technology, engineering and math activities!

Best, Laura

Laura Wilson
University of Maine Cooperative Extension
4-H Science Professional
4-H STEM Ambassadors Program
103A Libby Hall, Orono, ME
(207) 581-2971; mobile: (207) 949-2167

laura.wilson@maine.edu

http://umaine.edu/4h/

@UMaineFAR