The Belfast Free Library to host two organic food production workshops

Feb 25, 2014

Back by popular demand, the Belfast Free Library, the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) and the Belfast Co-op are again hosting two free workshops on organic food production. Both events are free and open to the public with no registration required. They will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library, located at 106 High St. in downtown Belfast.

On Thursday, Feb. 27, C.J. Walke, MOFGA's organic orchardist, will offer an organic orcharding workshop. He will present different organic orcharding techniques to help you grow apples, pears, plums and peaches, focusing on soil requirements and methods of tracking and trapping out different fruit pests. He will discuss no-spray pest management approaches, and will explain how various materials help boost the health of fruit trees. There will be plenty of time for discussion.

Then on Tuesday, March 25, C.J. Walke will present MOFGA's statewide, "Grow Your Own Organic Garden," a program for anyone concerned about the rising cost of food, unsure what the term "certified organic" means and interested in learning how to grow their own vegetables in a sustainable manner.

C.J.Walke began working for MOFGA in 2006 as the Landscape Coordinator for MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center. He received a Bachelor of Arts in park management from Unity College in 1997 and a master's degree in library and information science from the University of South Carolina in 2008. In 2011, C.J. shed his landscape duties at MOFGA and moved into his current position of development associate, focusing on grants and fundraising projects. He is also MOFGA's librarian, computer-fix-it-guy and organic orchardist.

For more information, please call the Belfast Free Library at (207) 338-3884 ext.10.

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