Green Drinks

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    September 22
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    The Widowmaker
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    Bring a Friend
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    Organized by Sugarloaf Area Sustainability Initiative

Green Drinks is an informal, monthly meet-up for individuals in the environmental field. Guests are encouraged to bring a friend for an unstructured and organic evening of networking in the Widowmaker on Wednesday, September 22nd from 6:00-7:30pm.

Organized by the Sugarloaf Area Sustainability Initiative (SASI) and sponsored by Orono Brewing Co, Sugarloaf’s first-ever Green Drinks event will feature a presentation on composting by special guest, Mark Hutchinson from the University of Maine’s Food and Agriculture Center.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Kingfield Elementary School’s Growing Gardeners program.

Meet Mark

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Mark Hutchinson is an Extension Professor with the University of Maine. His education and research programs focus on soil health, compost processes and animal mortality management. Professor Hutchinson is a member of the Maine Compost Team, a USDA:APHIS Compost Subject Matter Expert and a Certified Crop Advisory. Currently, he is involved in numerous research projects funded through NESARE, National Pork Board and USDA: APHIS, including compost research in Vietnam.

Mark has been with the University for over 20 years.

Compost is Everything You Ever Wanted and More

Many people think about compost as a why to recycle organic material and provide nutrients to plants. It is all of that and more. Healthy soil is an important component of growing healthy plants.  Healthy soils are biologically very active. There are microorganisms and macro-organisms co existing in the soil. These organisms also need food to function and grow. Compost is a great source of food for these organisms. How do feedstocks, maturity and quality affect the use of compost in landscapes and gardens for healthy vibrant soils? 

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