A Field Course in Old Barns

A Field Course on Old Barns will be offered by MSAD #40 to begin on October 16 in Waldoboro.  Future classes will be at the barns of class members. The course will be taught by Les Fossel, who will donate his portion to the Morris Farm in Wiscasset.

This is a course for people who have an old barn (that perhaps needs repairs), want an old barn, or just love old barns! The emphasis will be on practical ways to maintain your old barn at an affordable cost. The first session is in the classroom: October 16 at 6:30 PM at Medomak Valley High School. After that, meetings will be held in the old barns of class members and scheduled at times convenient for class members. There will be as many sessions as are required to visit the barns of class members who want their barns visited (but no more than 12 people). This course is co-sponsored by the Morris Farm Trust in Wiscasset through the instructor.

The last class will be a potluck supper at the instructor’s house, where class members can 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 since 1975. 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:

The fee for this course is $74.  For more information or to register, go to MSAD #40 Adult Education (320 Manktown Road, Waldoroboro): (201-832-5205) or

Regular Programs at the Farm
Community Involvement
  • University of Maine Extension Master Gardener Demonstration Garden

    A Maine Harvest for Hunger Project:
    Since 2000, the Knox-Lincoln MGVs have collaborated with The Morris Farm Trust in Wiscasset to grow, harvest and deliver fresh produce to area food pantries, now under the Maine Harvest for Hunger banner. Using raised beds, intensive succession planting, fertility management, and season extension measures, we've been successful in producing over 1,000 pounds each season for the last 5 years. Our gardens are open to the public and demonstrate organic production techniques. Our MGV group consists of 8-9 regulars with an average of 3-7 workers each week gathered for 2-3 hours. 
  • Margaret Ellis Community Gardens
    • Whether you grow food for your family or for donation, you get the opportunity to work the soil and enjoy the joys of gardening while saving money and making new friends
    • 10' x 20' plots are available for rent for $45 for the season. The Morris Farm provides on site water, tilled soil, compost, and garden tools. 
    • Click Here For application materials, or email
  • Signature Events that celebrate Maine agriculture

Cooking Series & Introduction to Integrative Nutrition

Julie Mitchell, Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach 

Tuesdays: January  8, 15, 22 & 29

5:30 - 7:00 PM (time can be adjusted to meet the needs of the group) 

These are hands-on, interactive classes,                                    meant to be informative and fun!

$20 per class, includes ingredients                                                 and yummy things to eat and/or take home!

All participants will receive 1-1 free consultation with Julie, scheduled at a separate time


Detail on Classes

January 8: Realistic Goal Setting and Happiness This class will focus on setting attainable goals for one month, three months and six months. Learn how to identify real goals for happiness (not just results) and plan action steps to achieve success right away! We’ll be making foods to eat for energy such as quinoa pilaf, hummus and coconut curried rice.

 January 15: Strengthen Your Immune System Can you imagine a winter without getting a cold? Quality sleep and winter self-care will be the focus in this class. Learn how food choices can boost your immune system and promote faster healing. We’ll be enjoying veggie patties 3 ways: mushroom-lentil, quinoa-spinach, and rice with black beans.

 January 22: Creating Balance ~ An In-Depth Look at Primary Food Wellness is all about balance, whether it is work, relationships, physical activity, rest or play. We will explore the elements of Primary Food and you will identify areas in your life that may need more attention to create harmony. Simplify making a balanced meal with the art of creating a Buddha bowl. This will be a free-style cooking class!

 January 29: Food and Mood ~ Deconstructing Cravings Do you have a sweet tooth or struggle with emotional eating? Learn to listen to what your body is telling you, and get to the root of the craving. Leave guilt behind and embrace the wisdom of your body.


We will also discuss strategies for giving up sugar and how to deal with withdrawals. Savory breakfast foods: A hearty and savory breakfast can get the day off to a great start and snuff out cravings for the rest of the day! Breakfast bowls, savory oatmeal and veggie scrambles may be on the menu for this class.