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Farm to Table—From Production to Healthy Eating

The program series, Farm to Table, featured speakers well known for their talent and experience in planting and maintaining gardens to put healthy foods on your tables. Key speakers included, Dave Colson of MOFGA in October, Roger Doiron of Kitchen Gardens in November, and Stacy Brenner and John Bliss of Broadturn Farm in January. The Family program Wildlife Encounters was co-sponsored by the Friends and the Library Youth Services department. All Friends' programs are free and open to the public.

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Sunday, January 18, 2015 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Broadturn Farm: More Than a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)
Library Meeting Room

Image: John Bliss and Stacy BrennerOver the past eight years, Stacy Brenner and John Bliss have been dedicated stewards of Broadturn Farm—a property protected by the Scarborough Land Trust through a conservation easement. They have successfully transformed the property from a vacant piece of farmland at the end of a traditional farming lineage, to a revitalized community-centered organic farm with a novel approach to tenancy and ownership.

Attendees heard the story of how Stacy and John developed this full working farm that includes Community Supported Agriculture memberships (CSA), farming education programs, summer camp experiences for youth, a floral design studio - Flora Bliss, a sought-after wedding venue, and organic food provisions for local business.


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Sunday, November 16, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Roger Doiron of Kitchen Gardeners International
Library Meeting Room

Image: roger doiron at the White HouseRoger Doiron is founder and director of Kitchen Gardeners International (KGI), a Maine-based nonprofit network of over 30,000 individuals from 100 countries who are taking a hands-on approach to re-localizing the food supply. In 2007, he was chosen as a Food and Community Fellow. Source credit: Kitchen Gardeners International web site.

Roger first became involved with food issues at height of the "Mad Cow" furor when he was the head of the Friends of Earth's European office in Brussels. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Holy Cross College, Roger also holds a Masters Degree in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

He is a highly published expert and award winner in Kitchen Gardens. He won the United Nations Foundations award for the White House kitchen garden he planted. Roger wants everyone to grow a garden!


Image: Dave ColsonDave Colson, Director of Agricultural Services of MOFGA (Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association)
Sunday, October 5 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Scarborough Public Library Meeting Room

MOFGA is one of the largest organic farming organizations in the country with over 7,000 members. Dave has worked with MOFGA in countless ways since 1985 when his family's New Leaf Farm in Durham first got organic certification. Dave joined MOFGA's Board of Directors the next year and served for 18 years, including terms as Board President and Vice President. He became Director of Agricultural Services in 2011. As Director of Agricultural Services, Dave oversees programs and staff that work directly with farmers to aid in production, marketing planning, and food safety challenges.

Dave shared his wealth of knowledge, energy, and experience in organic gardening. His presentation guided the audience in ways to successfully develop and maintain organic gardens on a small scale. Dave has been active in organic farming since his family's New Leaf Farm received organic certification in 1985. Questions from the audience were encouraged.

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Wildlife Encounters at the Wentworth Middle School on April 11, 2015

An estmated 300 enthusiastic children and adults got to see some incredible species of Ambassador Animals during a program at the Scarborough Middle School! Most of the animals that made an appearance are rescues that were injured, abandoned or displaced... and they all have their own personal stories! This is just one example of how the Friends work with the Library Youth Services staff to provide out-of-the-ordinary experiences for children.

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