350 Day in Farmington – October 24 – Schedule of Events

350 Day, Farmington, Maine

Date: October 24th

The Idea:

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

Our Town:

A full day of events that focus attention on combating climate change, reducing energy use (and saving money!), and celebrating the natural riches of Maine.


8 am:

350 Bell Ringing

The Old South Congregational Church will ring its bells 350 times to usher in the International Day of Climate Awareness

8:30 am-12:30 pm:

The Community Energy Challenge Workshop

Old South Congregational Church, Maine Street, Farmington

Well-known energy guru Dr. Charlie Wing will lead a free workshop on key concepts of the Energy Challenge, a program using simple home energy assessments and weatherization to improve people’s homes.
Free but space is limited, please reserve your place by email. Training workshops will be held at later dates for volunteers.

Sponsors: Franklin County Energy Resource Team & United Way of the Tri-Valley Area (via a grant from the Maine Commission for Community Service)

For more info: conservationfair.wordpress.com/join-the-community-energy-challenge/ and Nancy Teel (nteel@localnet.com) or Isaac Frith (intern@uwtva.org)

9 am–3 pm:

Free Electronics Recycling

Aubuchon Hardware Parking Lot, Rt 2 & 4, Farmington

Free recycling of TVs. Computers, monitors, and other electronic devices

Sponsor: Old South Congregational Church, Farmington; co-sponsored by UMF Sustainable Campus Coalition
For more info: www.ewastemaine.com or contact Magri@maine.edu

10 am-4 pm:

The Farmington Conservation Fair

Community Center, Middle Street, Farmington

A full day of energy exhibitors, workshops, speakers, local foods, and more – free!

We’re asking for a donation towards to reimburse the work of area businesses that donated light breakfast refreshments. Thanks for the support of Upfront & Pleasant, Marble Family Farms, The Chocolate Shoppe, The Lost Bikini Cafe and Two Oaks for go for helping to provide food and drink.

11-12:15 PM

Farmington Conservation Fair Keynote Address

Local Living: Having Fun Playing the Sustainability Game

Dion Olmstead: weatherization & sustainable home design
Iver Lofving: affordable renewable energy for the home
Chris Knapp: local, sustainable living

Organizer: Jeremy Smith; co-sponsored by the UMF Sustainable Campus Coalition, Koviashuvik Local Living School.

For more info or for exhibitor sign up: Jeremy Smith (350conservationfair@gmail.com) & conservationfair.wordpress.com/tag/350-org/

1-2:30 pm:

Talk on Bioefficiency by Will Bonsall

North Dining Hall, UMF

Will is a leader in the conservation of crop genetic resources, Director of Scatterseed in Industry, a director of Seed Savers national organization, and author of Yaro Tales.

Plenty of time for Question & Answer and Discussion

Organizer: Jeremy Smith
For more info: 350conservationfair@gmail.com & conservationfair.wordpress.com/tag/350-org/

1-3 pm:

Tours of Sustainability & Nature at UMF

Sign up in the foyer of the Education Center, UMF

Four free tours: Education Center, Aramark Food Services, Arboretum, Local Geology

While on a tour, drop off your kids for mask making (see below)

Sponsor: UMF Sustainable Campus Coalition
For more info: Valerie Huebner (huebner@maine.edu) or Drew Barton (Barton@maine.edu)

1-3 pm:

Children! Make Halloween Masks from Recycled Materials

Lobby, Education Center, UMF

Free for children 4-12 years of age

Sponsors: Alpha Phi Omega (UMF Service Club), UMF’s Everyone’s Resource Depot, UMF Sustainable Campus Coalition.

For more info: Ruby Bond (ruby.l.bond@maine.edu), Valerie Huebner (huebner@maine.edu), or Drew Barton (Barton@maine.edu)

4 pm (sharp):

350 Day Outdoor Video Shoot

High Street Commuter Lot, UMF

Want to be on YouTube? Here’s your chance!
Join us wearing a green shirt or jacket, and bring a bike if you can

Sponsors: UMF Sustainable Campus Coalition and UMF SEA-Change
For more info: Valerie Huebner (huebner@maine.edu) or Drew Barton (Barton@maine.edu)

5-7 pm:

Community Potluck Supper

Old South Congregational Church, Main Street, Farmington

Dishes accepted at the church starting at 2 pm

Local foods encouraged but not required.

Sponsor: Old South Congregational Church
For more info: Eileen Liddy (epliddy@yahoo.com)

7:30 pm:

350 Day Concert – “The Power of Music”

Nordica Auditorium, UMF

Great variety of local talent performing songs and readings that inform, inspire and entertain, including Ruth Hill, Bill Berlinghoff, Jane Parker, Seth Fogg, members of Northfield, a children’s chorus, UMF student members of Cleffnotes, and many others.

Song Contest, the winner performed at the concert!

Sponsor: WordPlay Theater; co-sponsored by the UMF Sustainable Campus Coalition

For more info: Sarah Sloane (Sloane@maine.edu or 778-4770) and https://conservationfair.wordpress.com/
Free! (Donations accepted to cover costs.)


One response to “350 Day in Farmington – October 24 – Schedule of Events

  1. I really enjoyed the conservation fair and am interested in seeing this kind of thing continue to happen. I think it is important for us to join together as a community for a sustainable future. I have been involved in developing a community which is on hold for now and after going to the fair yesterday realized there is a community of like minded people already here in Farmington. Let’s continue to connect and support one another. I live in New Sharon.
    Carol Millay

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