(Photo courtesy of Angela Donaghy)
New this week:
the bottom up means more than ever!! Did you know that 1 out of 3 families struggle with providing diapers? You can purchase diapers directly through our Amazon Custom Gift Registry or drop off diapers/wipes at one of the locations below:
- Calais Dunkin – 131 North Street, Calais
- Machias Dunkin- 300 Main Street, Machias
- Sunrise Opportunities Prevention Council – 232 Court Street, Machias
- Child Development Services (CDS) -190 Bangor Road, Ellsworth
Boot Camp for Market Gardeners
University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering a comprehensive nine-month hybrid (online and in-person) training program for all beginning farmers. Participants will acquire the knowledge, skills and abilities required to successfully grow produce for small-scale private or commercial fruit and vegetable operations. Online training begins Jan. 17, 2023. The program continues twice-monthly through the end of September and includes farm field days throughout the growing season. Boots-2-Bushels: Boot Camp for Market Gardeners will cover topics that include soil health and crop planning; no-till production; vegetable and fruit production; food safety; integrated pest management; tools and equipment; marketing and farm economics; and more. Subject matter experts from UMaine Extension, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association and local farms will serve as instructors. Participants will earn a certificate of completion. Registration is open to all beginning farmers; priority will be given to veterans, their family members and farmers with a disability. The $150 fee includes course materials and in-person farm visits. For out-of-state veterans who cannot attend the farm visits, the registration fee is reduced. For more information and registration instructions see the program webpage. Space is limited and registration closes on Dec. 14. To request a reasonable accommodation, contact Anne Martin, 207-944-1533; firstname.lastname@example.org. Boots-2-Bushels is a project of Maine AgrAbility, a federally funded program that addresses health, safety and injury prevention on the farm, on the water and in the forest.
My psychotherapy client Lydia spent years helping care for her mother with advanced cardiac disease, but when her mother died suddenly of heart failure, she was shocked and devastated. Lydia’s grief felt so overwhelming to her that she tried to shut off her emotions completely to better control herself. While her sisters sobbed loudly in the front pews at their mother’s funeral, she stared blankly at the casket without tears. (From: AARP | Published: November 2, 2022) Read article.