Unity Town News

By Sonia Antunes | Jun 10, 2012

IN MY WORLD

My strawberries are swelling on their stems with promise to ripen soon
. I moved my asparagus bed and it transplanted well, but my rhubarb didn’t tolerate the move well and died. Our rabbit doe ‘Pigeon’ kindled this past weekend and had eight baby rabbits, seven lived. Lucy didn’t have her litter, and perhaps the stress of her mauling earlier this month terminated the pregnancy. I may have to try again.

IN YOUR WORLD

Public Notice: The Town of Unity and Unity Barn Raisers are accepting bids for a metal roof on the Unity Community Center. View Complete bid documents at www.unityme.org/UnityCommunityCenterBidDocuments.pdf. Building drawings are available for viewing at the Unity Community Center by appointment. Call 948-9005. Copies are available for $35 and must be requested in advance. Bids are due by June 22 at noon and may be mailed to: UBR, P.O. Box 381, Unity, ME 04988 or hand-delivered to the Unity Community Center, 32 School St., by appointment.

Unity Market Day
Saturday June 16, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Unity Community Center. Seedlings, baked goods, early veggies and more.

Unity Raceway
Saturday, June 16, 6 p.m.
“Bring Your Teddy Bear to the Races” Sponsored by The Benton Family Fun Park and Teddy Mountain, Ride with Your Favorite Driver & Regular Racing

Farm and Homestead Day
Saturday, June 16, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Gates open at 8:30 a.m.
Event is free at MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center
. Come and learn all you need to know and more about living in rural Maine. Learn how to build a goat-milking stand from poles and scavenged wood, mow with a scythe and learn how to maintain your blade, build a bluebird nesting box, try your hand at building and operating a chicken tractor, or go for a walk to learn about edible and medicinal plants. All that and more!  Full schedule at www.mofga.org/Events/FarmHomesteadDay/tabid/302/Default.aspx

Restoring Heritage Wheat
Friday, June 22, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Conference with Gary Nabhan and Tom Payne, director of the world’s largest wheat gene bank. At MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center in Unity. Potluck meals, discover little-known landrace wheat biodiversity and share practical skills for seed-saving landrace wheats. Participants will receive elite landrace seeds from the Heritage Grain Conservancy, the outcome of three years of on-farm organic trials funded by SARE. For more information, contact Eli Rugosa.

Organic Orcharding Workshop: Managing Fruit Trees Organically
Saturday, June 23
At MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center in Unity. Join C.J. Walke, MOFGA’s organic orchardist, as he discusses organic orcharding methods and explains how he manages MOFGA's orchards. www.mofga.org/Events/OrganicOrchardingClasses/tabid/300/Default.aspx

Blood Drive
Wednesday, June 27, 1-6 p.m.
American Legion, 14 Windermere Ln
., Adventure Month! Bike and kayak raffle!

Special Unity Town Meeting
Thursday, June 28
To act on the Town Office Committee's findings. An information meeting will begin at 6:30 to be followed by a town meeting. The warrant and informational materials will be available soon.


Just Outside Your World (items of possible interest)

Permaculture Design Certificate Course, Brooks
June 23 - July 1 & Aug. 26-Sept. 2
Newforest is proud to host a Permaculture Design Course, taught by Julia & Charles Yelton, international permaculture designers and teachers
. This in-depth, comprehensive course takes place over two week-long sessions, allowing students to experience permaculture over a whole season. Tuition includes accommodations and delicious home-cooked meals straight from the garden. Students will create their own permaculture designs and will graduate as certified permaculture designers.
The course will include:

  • Design for True Resilience in Maine
  • Edible Landscapes & Food Forests
  • Energy Efficiency & Green Building
  • Food Preservation & Storage
  • City/ Suburb/ Rural Applications
  • Hands-on Projects and Design Practica
When Unique split-week course, Saturday June 23-Sunday July 1 and Sunday August 26-Sunday September 2
Where Newforest Institute, 66 Monroe Highway, Brooks, ME & fieldtrips to nearby permaculture demonstration sites including homescale forest gardens & school gardens
Cost $1350 includes all course sessions, handouts, lunches & refreshments, fieldtrips, guest speakers, and certification. $250 deposit required to hold your spot (space is limited to 18). $100 discount for early registration by April 22.
Who Julia & Charles Yelton of Humastacia Permaculture Gardens in Sicily, formerly of Crystal Waters Permaculture Village in Queensland, Australia. The Yeltons have traveled & lectured throughout the world for the last 17 years.


Contact Newforest Institute at 722-3625 or info@newforestinstitute.org.

Future MSAD 3 Annual Golf Tournament - Brooks
Beat the crowd! Future MSAD 3 invites you to pre-register for the Future MSAD 3 Annual Golf Tournament Sept. 8. For more call Shirley Caler at 342-5993 or email her at sdcaler@gmail.com to reserve your team space for the annual golf tournament at Brooks Countryside Golf Course.

Food Pantry at New Life Community Church, Montville
Open every Sunday from 1:30-2:30 p.m.
This food pantry is unique, with bread, fresh fruits and vegetables available
. Everyone is welcome from all communities!  Located in South Montville on Route 173 at the old New England-style white church next to Choate Road. For more information or questions, call 589-4005 or 589-4910.

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