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A Field Course in Old Houses
with Les Fossel
This is a course for people who have an old house, want to have an old house, or just love old houses! The first session is in the classroom. After that, meetings will be held in the old homes of class members. There will be as many sessions as are required to visit the houses of class members who want their houses visited (by no more than 12 people). The last class will be a potluck supper at the instructor’s house, where class members can visit the historic features of Alna (the 1789 Meetinghouse, 1838 Head Tide Church, Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum, etc), see the instructor’s cabinetmaking shop and barns, and delve into his reference library on early buildings (one of the very best in Maine). NOTE: Following the first class, the day and time of future classes will be determined by class members in a way to accommodate as many individual schedules as possible. Les Fossel is one of Maine’s foremost experts on early buildings. His award-winning business has specialized in preserving our early buildings for 36 years. He has lectured throughout Maine and the Northeast, including as a faculty member for the University of Southern Maine. More information on his business enterprises is available at: www.oldhouserestoration.com.
Babysitters Training Course Session 1
with Ericka Page
Due to the long waiting list from our fall class we are offering classes this semester! Learn the skills and techniques necessary to be a responsible, competent and fun babysitter in a one-day class. This course will cover such topics as: child care essentials, the proper response and handling of emergency situations, behavior management, safety for the sitter, and babysitting as a business.
Students should bring a lunch and a snack. Please do not bring any electronics or phones. For students ages 11-14. A certificate is issued upon successful completion of the course.
Register EARLY – this class fills up quickly! Please note: February 23 is during winter break and a no school day for students. Hardship discounts are available, call us. Two classes are being offered so choose a day!
Babysitters Training Course Session 2
with Ericka Page
Due to the long waiting list from our fall class we are offering classes this semester! Learn the skills and techniques necessary to be a responsible, competent and fun babysitter in a one-day class. This course will cover such topics as: child care essentials, the proper response and handling of emergency situations, behavior management, safety for the sitter, and babysitting as a business. Students should bring a lunch and a snack. Please do not bring any electronics or phones. For students ages 11-14. A certificate is issued upon successful completion of the course. Register EARLY – this class fills up quickly! Hardship discounts are available, call us. Two classes are being offered so choose a day!
with Sarah Ruef-Lindquist
Have you ever wanted to have chickens on yourproperty? In many cities and towns homeowners have addedsmall chicken flocks to their yards and gardens as part of themovement towards local food and sustainable living. Sometowns even hold “Coop Tours” of the charming and unusualhousing chicken owners have created. This class will teachyou the basics of small-scale chicken ownership. Topics willcover local ordinances, buying and raising chicks, coop sizeand design, health and safety, food and water, flock behaviorand equipment.
Sarah Ruef-Lindquist has been raising chickens in herbackyard since 2007. She and her husband Peter were instrumentalin changing Camden’s zoning ordinance to allow small flocks ofchickens on lots under two and a half acres.
Decluttering Your Home: Tips From a Professional Home Organizer
with Diane Smith
As the season shifts, it’s a great time to look atdecluttering our homes. Not as something we have to do,rather as a privilege we choose because we know we deservea life that works for us. Decluttering frees up time for whatis important, and how wonderful to always find our keys!Practical tips will be offered by the instructor, a professionalhome organizer, whether you enjoy a minimalist look or beingsurrounded by a multitude of possessions. Come prepared fora gentle, fun sharing of ideas.
Diane Smith, owner of A Simple Life Awaits You…Organizing Your Home, has been inspiring clients through confidentialcoaching since 2006 to create homes where they are surrounded bythings they love that can be found with ease.
Designing Your Landscape
with Sharon Turner
Have you always wanted to develop a plan to make the most of your yard and garden? Then this field-based class is for you! After the first meeting classes will meet at each participant’s property where individualized, site-specific options will be explored. Organic practices will be emphasized as well as the incorporation of native plants, especially those important for birds, bees, butterflies and other beneficials. A materials fee of $10 is payable to the instructor.
Environmentally Conscious Lawns
with Bob Emmons
In recent years lawns have gained the reputation of being environmentally unsound. In fact, lawns have a number of positive attributes besides appearance and the ability of kids to kick soccer balls around on them; they also release oxygen, sequester carbon dioxide, and have a cooling effect on the environment. The negative effects can be reduced by reducing input. The instructor will discuss grass species and variety selections as well as maintenance programs that require significantly less mowing, irrigation, fertilization, and pesticide use than traditional lawn care. Bob Emmons was Professor of Plant Science at the State University of New York, Cobleskill, for 31 years. His major teaching areas were entomology, plant pathology, and integrated pest management. He has written for Horticulture magazine and The New York Times garden section.
Grow Your Own Organic Garden
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.