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Virtual Program on Zoom

January 2022

Growing Resilience: local farmers respond to climate change.

January 20 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for a panel discussion with farmers from three Waldo County Farms: Bahner Farm (Belmont), Daisy Chain Farm (Belfast) and Dickey Hill Farm (Monroe). As outlined in Maine’s Climate Future report (UMaine Climate Change Institute 2009 and 2020), extreme weather events due to climate change pose particular challenges for Maine’s farms. Warmer temperatures harm vegetables, reduce fruit production and stress livestock. More intense rain events cause run-off and wash-outs and don’t replenish the water table. The longer and drier…

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Maine’s climate future: The role of carbon management in farms and forests with Ivan Fernandez

January 25 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

This winter the Belfast Garden Club Evening Lecture Series co-sponsored by the All of Belfast Climate Dialogues, a project of the Belfast Free Library,  will focus on the effects of the Climate Crisis on our forests, farms, gardens and food supply. Register for the zoom link here This presentation will address three main topics.  First Ivan Fernandez will summarize key findings from climate assessments focused on Maine, primarily the Maine's Climate Future reports and the assessment report of the Maine…

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February 2022

Browntail Moth and Emerald Ash Borer in Waldo County

February 1 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Tom Schmeelk, State Entomologist, will be back with us again to discuss the acute browntail moth infestation in Belfast and surroundings, how we can protect ourselves, and how we can work as a community to curb this problem. He will also discuss emerald ash borer and other forest invasive pests. Register for the Zoom link here This program is co-sponsored by the Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition and the ABCD project of the Belfast Free Library.

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Belfast Garden Club Daytime Program

February 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Preventing and Addressing Plant Diseases in the Garden with Caleb Goossen. Join MOFGA’s Crop Specialist, Caleb Goossen, for a discussion on organic management of plant disease in the garden. Caleb will start by sharing strategies used to minimize the presence of disease from the outset based on the disease triangle of a conducive environment, a susceptible host, and a pathogen. But sometimes diseases show up anyway, despite our best efforts or during particularly challenging growing seasons. So, Caleb will also…

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The Maine Offshore Wind Initiative:

February 17 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

How Maine is Charting Our Own Course with Stephanie Watson. In this presentation, Watson will provide an overview of the Maine Offshore Wind Initiative established by Governor Mills in 2019, with a focus on the Maine Offshore Wind Roadmap. The Roadmap is an economic development plan currently underway with broad stakeholder engagement. The goal of the Roadmap is to identify the best course for Maine to maximize benefits of the rapidly growing offshore wind sector to meet clean energy and…

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Growing Food and Ornamentals in a Changing Climate with Haley Jean and Sara Keleman

February 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

This program is the second in the Belfast Garden Club's Evening Lecture Series co-sponsored by the All of Belfast Climate Dialogues, a project of the Belfast Free Library: This presentation will give an overview of global climate change, with special attention to effects in Maine and the Northeast. Haley and Sara will discuss the local effects of global weather patterns and the challenges that they may pose to those who grow vegetables, fruit, and flowers in our region, and will…

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March 2022

Belfast Garden Club Program

March 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The RSU 71 School Garden Collaborative With speakers: Sara Hallam, Kayleen Penniman, Geri Winslow, Danee Voss, Lindsey Schortz, David Wessells The collaborative includes five vibrant school garden programs across the RSU 71 school district. The vision is to cultivate ecologically, socially, and economically sustainable gardens that connect students, staff, and the broader community. Speakers will describe the garden programs at Nickerson and East Belfast Elementary Schools, Captain Albert Stevens Elementary School (CASS), Troy Howard Middle School (THMS), and the Belfast…

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Come Boating Winter Adventure Series

March 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The History of Front Street Shipyard with JB Turner. Register here for the zoom link

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Monarch Butterflies: Their Magic, Revealed Secrets and Our Part with Cyrene Slegona

March 17 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Monarchs continue to be one of the most extensively studied insects. Ongoing research reveals the complexity of mating, stages of metamorphosis and migration. How to conserve the epic annual journey of both the spring and fall generations is an ongoing challenge. This presentation by Cyrene Slegona, Maine Master Naturalist and avid Monarch student will address current recent research in Monarch biology, ecology, and conservation. She will also address community science efforts and best practices for creating and enhancing native pollinator…

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Deep Woods: How Climate Change Impacts Forests & How Forests Slow Climate Change with Mark Berry and Nicholas Fisichelli

March 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

This is the third and final program in the 2022 Belfast Garden Club Evening Lecture Series co-sponsored by the All of Belfast Climate Dialogues project that has focused on the affects of the Climate Crisis on our farms, gardens and forests. Join Dr. Nicholas Fisichelli, President of Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park, and Mark Berry, Forest Program Director for The Nature Conservancy in Maine, for a presentation and discussion about the interactions between Maine forests and climate change. The…

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April 2022

Belfast Garden Club Program

April 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Perennial Garden Design with John Fromer This presentation will cover the basics and methods of successful perennial garden design, which are scalable to fit a wide range of interests. Topics will include site selection and appropriate plants, soil management, and ways to create designs. A successful design also includes the ability to properly maintain the garden, so John will also discuss challenges and solutions for garden maintenance. Register for the zoom link here John Fromer has been a gardener all…

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