Hungry for Local Foods? Pedal on By This Tuesday

Pedal-Powered Tuesdays Preview on March 30 at 5:30 PM at the Meetinghouse Park Gazebo

We are a collective of bicycling enthusiasts from the Farmington, Maine area looking to create critical mass, small town style..  Anyone may join!

“Pedal Powered Tuesdays” will occur every Tuesday night during the months of June, July & August. Its usually weather-permitting, so keep that in mind and we will try to plan weekly destinations that either tie participants in with natural areas located close to town or introduce people to local businesses in support of a healthy cause. We think its fun to share the knowledge of these areas and businesses with others in addition to simply getting more people to be active outdoors.

For our “Pedal-Powered Tuesdays Preview” on March 30, weather-permitting we’re going to bike to the West Farmington Grange to view the space currently used by the Farmington Farmer’s Market on Saturdays.  The ride will last for about an hour and will celebrate the recent move by the Farmington Food Co-op to the grange for Saturday operations, Tuesday meetings and Thursday food pickups.  Please join us for a healthy ride across town, weather-permitting!

You may visit our homepage for up to the minute information related to this and other events, here:

If you’re interested in joining the Farmington Food Co-op and would like more information, request to join by visiting here:

The Farmington Food Co-op helps members to buy food in bulk from organic Maine food producers and growers, with little to no mark-up.  Why make a trip to Whole Foods Market or pay an additonal mark-up for hard-to-get items when The Crown of Maine delivers locally-produced items here every two weeks?


New For 2010 – Local Events in the Works

Hi everyone,

thanks for visiting our site.  A new season has arrived, spring has sprung!  This year, we plan to bring to the Greater Franklin County area, enhanced efforts to spread the word about consuming less energy and reducing our dependence on fossil fuels, while at the same time eating and buying locally.  At the current time, promoting non-motorized, local traffic and connecting visitors to the agricultural treasures of this area seems to be where we are heading.  That said, Pedal-Powered Tuesdays will be starting back up on Tuesday, June 1.

We are a collective of bicycling enthusiasts from the Farmington, Maine area looking to create critical mass, small town style..  Anyone may join!

“Pedal Powered Tuesdays” will occur every Tuesday night during the months of June, July & August. Its usually weather-permitting, so keep that in mind and we will try to plan weekly destinations that either tie participants in with natural areas located close to town or introduce people to local businesses in support of a healthy cause. We think its fun to share the knowledge of these areas and businesses with others in addition to simply getting more people to be active outdoors.

Local residents of Farmington and surrounding areas within biking distance are invited to hop on their bicycles and meet at the Meetinghouse Park Gazebo, Tuesdays between 5 and 5:15 PM. The ride will usually last around 30 minutes.

The event is being organized by local community member Jeremy Smith and others.  Feel free to contact Jeremy if you have any questions at

Also, there will be more information available about the efforts to connect individuals with the agricultural treasures in this area.  We are hoping to have several strands of bike tours (car traffic will also be fine) later in the summer to connect farms with visitors and locals.  More on that this summer!

2010 – Here we come

We are hoping to have another event for the community in the fall of 2010.  Please check back sometime during the start of summer and see what is happening.  Until then, warm wishes for a safe, festive and prosperous winter and spring!

Thanks For Coming Out on a Rainy Day


Just wanted to send a thank you to everyone from the community that came out to our event yesterday at the Community Center.  It turned out to be fun and worthwhile, a success, in my opinion.  I couldn’t have done it without all of you and your hard work prepping for the event – so thanks for your emails, phone calls and contacts.

For all the details and logistics, we did our best to support you.  If you see Jean Luc Theriault and Dennis Haszko, please extend a warm thank you. Both were extremely valuable in keeping things running smoothly.

Thanks for the efforts of Two Oaks to Go for providing us the coffee makers, to Sarah Winslow, Andy Marble, and Mariah Carriero for providing wonderful food, and another special thank you to Nina of Upfront and Pleasant for our organic French and Sumatran roasted coffees.

Thanks for the efforts of  fair attendees, fair exhibitors, the Sustainable Campus Coalition’s student members, as well as the co-coordinators, Drew Barton and Valerie Huebner.  Everything was polished and well-received.  Thanks to Ben Hanstein and folks at the Daily Bulldog for covering our event.  Read the story here.  Valerie Tucker wrote a great story as well for the Morning Sentinel, thanks Valerie! The story is here.

Also, a thank you goes to Chris Knapp, Iver Lofving, Drew Barton, and Dion Olmstead for speaking during yesterday’s Keynote Address.

& to Joanna Wilbur, Joe Stoltz, Jean Luc, Wil Davis and Dion Olmstead: thanks very much for sticking around to help close things down.  And of course a big thank you goes to Steve Shible and Joe Nelson of the Farmington Rec Dept for providing us the space!

I will be sending out hard copies of our thanks in a few days, to vendors and others ..  If you don’t receive one, its because I don’t have your address!  Also, there are two students from UMF who are in the process of working on a documentary video that might be available for public viewing around January.  I’ll try to get word out to people when I hear more.

What did people think of last night’s performance?  I thought it was very memorable.. Thanks to the performers, to Dale Hill and to Jane Parker and Sarah Sloane for putting this wonderful, whimsical, and touching event together.  Anybody else already looking forward to next year?

Please send me any comments or feedback related to the scheduling of events or organization for this year’s 350 day.  I will compile this and look it over with the organizational committee as we discuss the format for next year.

Community-minded individuals can have a huge impact on the greater good, we will be publishing photos at the flickr page for the Conservation Fair very soon, so stay tuned.



Less Than Three Days to Go Until 350 Events Hit the Town

Things are getting wrapped up here at the work desk for the head organizer, that’s me.. Been quite a whirlwind and the priorities and creative aspects of creating an event for local community members to participate in has been wonderful.

Glad that we are looking good! Signs, banners, posters, are made. Exhibitors and volunteers have been contacted and here is a complete list of exhibitors: (29 total!)

  • Mallett Elementary School Composting Program
  • Katahdin Energy Works
  • Koviashuvik Local Living School
  • “Thinking Green,” Professor Legler’s 1st year composition/seminar class
  • Western Maine Audubon
  • Unbaiting the Hook- Sculpture Installation by Jeremy Smith
  • Marble Family Farms
  • Sandy River Farms
  • Iver Lofving
  • Farmington Food Co-op
  • The Center for Community GIS
  • Sustainable Structures
  • Whitehill Farm
  • Scatterseed Project
  • UMF SEA-Change
  • UMF Sustainable Campus Coalition
  • The Energy Challenge
  • Western Mountains Alliance
  • Maine Energy Savers
  • Maine Homeowners Solutions
  • Maine Forest Products Council
  • Repower Maine
  • Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust
  • Sandy River Land Trust
  • High Peaks Alliance
  • Northern Lights Hearth & Sports
  • UMaine Cooperative Extension

Please email any photos that you would like to have on the blog/flickr account here: (flickr page:

You may also send your photo as an attachment to an e-mail to — in the subject line, please include the action location (city and country) and in the body please include a description of the photo(s).

Map of 350 Day Events in Farmington

Map of 350 Day Events in Farmington

Here is a copy of the map for the events in Farmington:ConsFairFront2009

Here’s a great article on the 350 Day Events by my friend, Valerie Tucker, special correspondent for the Morning Sentinel:

Green day events planned for Sat.


FARMINGTON — On Saturday, the town of Farmington will join the world in an international day of environmental awareness with a target number: 350.

In the mid-1980s, a NASA scientist named James Hansen offered a simple goal to sustain the planet: 350 parts per million of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is the most we can emit without destroying the earth.

Local resident Jeremy Smith decided to do something by participating in an international day of awareness.

“Towns, cities, schools, places of worship, and other institutions around the world are sponsoring events to raise awareness about energy issues and climate change,” Smith said.

In Farmington, a full day is planned to focus attention on combating climate change, reducing energy use, saving money and celebrating the natural riches of Maine.

On Friday and Saturday, volunteer artists at the UMF Student Center will create 350 T-shirts for visitors who bring a new or clean used shirt. Saturday will include a free morning Community Energy Challenge Workshop.

The workshop’s leader will be Dr. Charles Wing, formerly a NASA engineer and a physics professor.

Aubuchon Hardware will offer free electronics recycling at their store on Route 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., including televisions, computers, monitors and other electronic devices.

The UMF Conservation Day Fair, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will include exhibits and demonstrations on weatherization and sustainable home design, affordable renewable-energy sources for the home, and low-impact living. At 1 p.m., William Bonsall will speak at UMF’s North Dining Hall.

Visitors can take a guided tour of the campus efforts to recycle, reduce and reuse all types of materials. Starting at 1 p.m., children 4 to 12 can make Halloween masks from recycled materials in the lobby of the Education Center. At 4 p.m., visitors can be part of an outdoor video shoot in the High Street commuter parking lot.

“Wear a green shirt or jacket,” Smith said.

From 5 to 7 p.m., the Congregational Church will host a community potluck supper, with drop-off for dishes starting at 2 p.m. A free concert, starting at 7:30 p.m. in Nordica Auditorium, will end the day.

For more information, e-mail or intern@

The Economics Of 350 – From the E3 Network Website

The E3 Network is according to the group’s website, “a network of economists who are developing and applying economic arguments for active protection of human health and the natural environment.”

The E3 Network’s website contains a lot of great information that helps organize and offer public access to open source materials, dissertations, and educational resources.   In addition to the news and information on the environment, the E3 Network also hosts trainings and summer internships related to green economic sectors and works within a Climate Economics Taskforce.

Here are the goals of the taskforce:

“The goal of the climate taskforce is to establish an integrated response to climate change that is firmly rooted in science and in E3’s commitment to social justice. The research of the climate taskforce is guided by the following principles:

  • Risk and uncertainty are fundamental to the climate problem; the magnitude and the irreversibility of uncertain, but possible, worst-case climate impacts dominate the analysis of policy options.
  • Ethics and equity are inseparable from economic analysis; there are deep questions of fairness between rich and poor today, and between present and future generations, at stake in the debate.
  • The severity of the problem and the scope of the required response are so great that marginal analysis of small changes and modest adjustments of market-based instruments are inadequate to the task of understanding and protecting the earth’s climate.”  ~ From E3 Network Website

Here’s a link to their manifesto: Real People, Real Environments, and Realistic Economics

Check it out!  Here’s a link to their paper on the Economics of 350.

Now’s the time for us to lead:

Like Eating Locally? Two Events for Locavores – The New England – Feeding Ourselves Conference on October 29-31 & Maurer Meals October 16 ~17

"New England - Feeding Ourselves" Conference

Maurer Meals –

Raising money for the Justin A. Maurer Memorial Scholarship
whilst raising awareness to improve local community health
nutritionally, economically, environmentally and spiritually.

Participating Restaurants in Maine

(please phone for reservations)

Restaurant City Telephone Website
The Boiler Room Wilton 645-3170 Link
Brian’s Bistro Rumford 364-3300 Link
Café di Cocoa Bethel 824-5282 Link
Café Nomad Norway 739-2249 Link
Calzolaio Pasta Company Wilton 645-9500 Link
Carriage House Cafe Livermore 897-5880 Link
The Granary Farmington 779-0710 Link
The Homestead Bakery Farmington 778-6162 Link
LaFleur’s Jay 897-2117 Link
Lake House Inn Waterford 5834182 Link
Olde Mill Tavern Harrison 583-9077 Link
The Porter House Eustis 246-7932 Link
The Sedgley Place Greene 946-5990 Link
Willy Beans Lewiston 777-1111 Link

For more information about the Justin A. Maurer Memorial Scholarship please contact Pat Carpenter, Director of Gift Planning and Stewardship, University of Maine at Farmington, 242 Main Street, Farmington, ME 04938. Tel. 207-778-7091.