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June 2012 Newsletter

 
Message from the President

 

This season is a time of birth and renewal at the Morris Farm.  Just yesterday (June 3), Annie, a Silver Alpine goat, gave birth to two tiny kids, a doe and a buck.  Lizzie and Lacey have also birthed kids – two does each.  Lacey is a Nubian and her kids - born last Thursday, just hours before our May 31st board meeting – look exactly like her.  Who would have thought that one of the perks that comes with being on a board is to hold a newborn kid.

 

The Farm has also hosted human kids in abundance.  We have had two field trips in the last week and more are scheduled.  Abby brings Wiscasset Primary School kids to the Farm twice a week for Farm to School activities; students from the middle and high school Life Skills programs and students from the Deck House School help with farm chores weekly; and Mrs. Barnes WPS students have spent the last two weeks doing a weaving project in the Learning Center.

 

The gardens now look like gardens again – School Garden, Master Gardener Garden, and the Margaret Ellis Community Gardens – tilled and planted, with a good amount of green poking up into the sunlight.

 

As we start a new year at the Farm I would like to welcome new Board members elected at the MFT Annual Meeting on April 26th. Nick Brackley is from Alna and is a student at Wiscasset High School. Beth Lewis is from Edgecomb and is rejoining the board now that everyone in her family is just fine, Monique McRae works at The First and is an active member of the new Wiscasset Chamber of Commerce, Darcey Stevenson is a Life Skills teacher at Wiscasset High School and has worked with Kim on many project at the Farm, and Steve Widmer is from Wiscasset and has been helping on the Farm and Facilities Committee for quite a while now. We welcome these new members and celebrate the return of our “old” members – together we have hundreds of years of experience and bring a wide variety of talents to this very special place.  With all this energy we look forward to a wonderful year.

 

If you haven’t been to the Farm in awhile, drop by, visit the newborns, stroll through the gardens and take our Self-Guided Tour.  Welcome all over again!

 

Merry
 
 
Master Gardeners at work in the garden
 
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Fiddle Day at the Farm

Sunday July 8th

12pm - 5pm

For the 4th year in a row, the Old Grey Goose is landing in the back yard of the Morris Farm. This year we are pleased to also be hosting fiddler, Frank Ferrell.

Family-friendly pricing! Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and kids under 15 and children 5 and under are free

Don't miss it!

 
Come Grow With Us . . . Margaret Ellis Community Garden Plots Available for Summer '12
We are still in need of a couple of community gardeners. We have a couple of plots available. All plots have been tilled and are ready to plant as soon as the ground dries up a bit. The plots are $30 for the entire season and are 10' by 20' or 20' by 20'

Community Gardeners at Morris Farm all pitch in on a common plot from which food is donated to the Help Yourself Shelf food bank at St. Philip's Church in Wiscasset.
To sign up call the Morris Farm at 882-4080 or email Community Garden Crdinator, Del Ketcham at delketcham@yahoo.com.
Last year's Community Garden plots were lush!

 

What is 4-H?

4-H prepares young people to step up to the challenges in their community and the world. Using research-based programming around positive youth development, 4-H youth get the hands-on real world experience they need to become leaders. More . . .

4-H at the Morris Farm

The Morris Farm is home to the Morris Farm 4-H Cloverbuds Club and the Alan-Dee Dairy 4-H Calf Club. The 4-H Calf Club is a dairy animal intensive club for children age 9 and up who want a lot of hands-on experience with dairy animals. The Calf Club will be showing at Windsor, Union and Topsham Fairs this summer. The Morris Farm 4-H Cloverbuds Club is a monthly activity club open to all children.

Alan-Dee Dairy 4-H Calf Club News

The Calf Club will be walking in the Wiscasset 4th of July parade under the entry "4-H Celebrates the Morris Farm, 135 years as a Small Town Tradition." Morris Farm Cloverbuds are welcome to walk with the Calf Club with their parents. There will be a few goats (maybe) and wagons for them to pull. 1st kids signed up will have 1st choice. Candee needs to know who is walking with them by June 15th. Cloverbuds who want to sign up (and did not do so at last week's meeting) should email info@morrisfarm.org.

Morris Farm 4-H Cloverbuds Club News

The Cloverbuds Club is dabbling in philanthropy and the democratic process this summer. They researched local nonprofits with their families and reported on them at the June 5th meeting. The kids came up with a list of over 10 local nonprofits who they might like to donate money to. The Club planted an herb garden which they hope to harvest and sell in August at a local farmer's market; the proceeds of this sale will go to one of the nonprofits on the list. The children will get to vote on the nonprofit of their choice for the herb garden proceeds donation. The Morris Farm 4-H Cloverbuds Club meets on the 1st Tuesday of every month and is open to children of all ages. For more information, email info@morrisfarm.org or call 882-4080.
 

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