Thursday, September 22, 2011

Autumnberry Harvest and Picnic Potluck

Date and Time: Saturday, October 8th, 4pm
Location: Raven's Roost Farm
Cost: FREE

Join the Martha Wagbo Farm and Education Center for our monthly potluck program! This October, WEEDS (the Wagbo foraging group) will host the event. Activities begin at 4pm with a journey into the world of autumnberries. Autumnberry (aka Autumn olive) is a common invasive shrub throughout the United States, but few realize the berries are edible and choice! Come join us in this forager's foray and learn how to identify, harvest and prepare this delicious fruit.

When everyone's worked up an appetite we will start our picnic potluck! Bring a dish to pass if you can, but it's not required to attend. But please bring your own plate, bowl, utensils, and a chair if you'd like a seat. (We will have some on hand, but not enough for everyone!) Berry pickin' will resume until folks have enough; there will be plenty for all.

Raven's Roost Farm is located at 2398 Vandermark Road in Bellaire. For directions, see Google Maps

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Benefit Concert to Raise Funds for Wagbo Roof

Courtesy of Chris Bathgate
The Martha Wagbo Farm and Education Center is excited to present a benefit concert and raffle to raise money for their farmhouse roof. Working with Ric Evans of Paradigm Energy Services, they have developed a model to repair and reengineer the roof to improve its insulation value, thereby increasing its energy efficiency. To help cover the costs of this venture they have launched a “Raise the Roof” campaign which will be capped off on Saturday, September 24th with a benefit concert and raffle at the beautiful Banks Township Hall in Ellsworth, located at 6520 Center Street. This event will bring in local and regional musicians, dance instructors, artists, and farmers to share their skills and goods with the community. “Our events really attract a diverse crowd— it’s great to see people of all ages, beliefs, and lifestyles come together and have fun,” Maria Wesserle, Wagbo Program Coordinator said. Ticket prices are sliding scale $10 to $20 per adult, kids 12 and under get in free.