Plant Power: 2021 Plant Library Lecture Series

Many of you may remember our very popular Eat our Yards lecture series that provided “food for thought to plant your plot.” Plant power is an extension of this empowering series to help anyone appreciate plants in many different ways. Join us for the following presentations to better understand how you and our environment can benefit from plants in our library and community. Don’t forget to check out some of the amazing related series happening this year including: Growing Literacy, MOFGA’s webinars (offsite) and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s webinars. More Plant Power lectures will be added here as they are scheduled throughout the January – April of 2021. Please be patient as many of these links will be added throughout the season.

Lending Beyond Books: Plants – Monday, January 25th 6:30-8

Join Hazel as she gives a tour of Curtis Memorial Library’s Library of Things, with special attention to our newest edition: a plant library. Learn why we ventured into plants  some of the considerations we weighed, and where we may go from here.

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POSTPONED  – Nixtamalization: Unlocking the Flavor and Nutrition of Corn – Monday, February 8th 6:30-8

with Mihku Paul and Aaron Parker of Edgewood Nursery

Nixtamalization: Unlocking the Flavor and Nutrition of Corn – is the ancient process of cooking corn in a alkaline solution, a process that makes the resulting foods more nutritious and improves flavor and texture. Some examples of foods made from nixtamalized corn are: tortillas, tamales, hominy and posole. In this workshop we will cover the chemistry and history of nixtamalization, then we will move to a hands on demonstration where we will go through the whole process from dry corn to tortillas, as well as a couple other finished dishes. 

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Gardening for Maine Plates and Palates – March 1st 6:30-8

with Kate McCarty, Food Systems Professional, University of Maine Cooperative Extension & Tyra Hatcher Mitchell Master Gardener 2018

What can make up a Maine plate of home-grown food? Have you ever tried to ferment sauerkraut, collect local nuts or grow your own grains? Come and learn about all the educational opportunities Cooperative Extension provides! You’re right on time to learn some new skills; Winter is the perfect time to plan your garden with growing food for preserving in mind. Come learn from University of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Food Preservers and Master Gardeners how to plant a preserving garden. Participants will learn the best produce varieties for canning, how much to plant for your household size, and other tips to maximize yield and overall garden health.

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Free Plants: Types & Science of Plant Propagation – March 8th 6:30-8

Aaron Parker of Edgewood Nursery

Learn about the many different way to grow plants. Do you know when to take a softwood or hard wood cutting? What is a scion? When do you split a perennial or how do you save seeds from an annual? Aaron will be able to provide answers to these questions and more with his presentation on plant propagation: seeds, stem cuttings, layering and grafting.  Special attention will be paid to some of Aaron’s favorite items and the plants in Curtis Memorial Library’s Plant Library.

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How to use Cassava –  Monday, March 29th 6:30-8

with Niky and Martha of Maiz

Whether called cassava, manioc, or yuca,  Manihot esculenta is now relied on as a hearty source of carbohydrates around the world. Join us as Niky and Martha of Maiz teach us how to process this tuberous root. They will show us how to use this foodstuff to make delicious food in any kitchen.

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More to come, including….

  • Borrowing Beyond Books: Learn how to Borrow & Return Plants

  • Learn how to Prep & Plant a Garden

  • Learn how to Maintain a Garden & Harvest Goodness