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Basic Firearm Safety


with Scott Chandler

Calendar Apr 17, 2018 at 6 pm

The purpose of this class is to introduce the basic principles of firearm safety. Students 18 to 21 years of age must have a handgun safety class to qualify for a permit to carry concealed . Accidents involving guns generally result from one of two causes; ignorance and carelessness. This is a non-shooting class. No live ammunition is allowed in the classroom. Do not bring a gun to this class. This is an NRA Firearm Safety course and a certificate will be awarded. Scott Chandler has 32 years of experience including hunting, target shooting, law enforcement, and tactical combat. He has attended Maine Criminal Justice Academy for law enforcement and corrections. Scott was a firearm and infantry instructor in the US Army and is currently certified with the NRA.

Grow Your Own Organic Garden!


with MOFGA Volunteer

Calendar Apr 4, 2018 at 6 pm

Interested in learning how to grow your own vegetables in a sustainable manner? Join us for an evening-long workshop on how to grow your own garden organically. We’ll talk about the basics of soil science and how to enrich your soil to produce healthy, high-yielding plants. The course will also cover the fundamentals of making and using compost, the principles of crop rotation and how to incorporate green manures to manage nutrients in the garden. Other topics will include how to tell the difference between cultivated plants and weeds, basic weed control strategies and cultural methods for dealing with pests. The instructor will be an experienced farmer or gardener from your region. We will even send you home with free seeds! All are welcome, from first-timers to experienced gardeners who want to experiment with new techniques.

Protective Factors Training for Professionals


with Steve Madera

Protective Factors are conditions in families, communities and organizations that, when present, increase the health and well-being of children and families. Protective Factors/ Strengthening Maine Families 101 Training is for those who provide programs that support families. The training will offer opportunities to increase capacity to build protective factors that promote optimal development and prevent abuse and neglect.

FRI 3/2 11am-1pm FREE Penquis in Dover-Foxcroft

Lunch & Learn (lunch provided)


TUES 5/22 5:30-7:30pm FREE Penquis in Dover-Foxcroft

  For more information, or to register, please call Steve Madera at 974-2479. 

Slice it, Salt it, Stomp it!


with Mary Margaret Ripley

Calendar Mar 1, 2018 at 6:30 pm

Fermented veggies are becoming all the rage. That's funny since fermentation is one of the oldest, tastiest and most fun ways to preserve food. Do it yourself with easy ingredients for a fraction of the cost of buying it at the store. In this hands-on class you'll learn how to slice, salt, and stomp your way into your own fermented creations like sauerkraut, kimchi, and more. Come on y'all, even babies love this stuff! Optional: bring cutting board, knife, large mixing bowl, quart jar. Mary Margaret Ripley and her family like to have fermented foods as a part of their everyday lives. Since 2006 she has fermented many kinds of foods, especially veggies from her family farm. Join her for a busy, fun, and friendly class that just might get you hooked, too!

Full Course

Worm Bin Boot Camp #2


with Trisha Smith

Calendar Mar 29, 2018 at 4 pm

Looking for a fun and easy way to turn vegetable scraps into plant food? Join Jock Robie (The Worm Bin Guy) for this hands-on workshop and learn to construct and set up, maintain and harvest a worm bin. Jock will also discuss harvesting worm castings and vermicompost for gardening and houseplants, as well as how to make and use “worm tea." 10 participants will go home with a populated worm bin; everyone will go home with more knowledge and enthusiasm for vermiculture! Jock Robie is a retired chemical engineer and has documented his process of designing, building, and using worm bins to compost kitchen waste since 2011. His worms live in 40 bins and process close to 35 pounds of kitchen scraps each week. Visit Jock’s blog at to learn more about his vermiculture methods.

Full Course

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