• Maine Agricultural Trades Show, at the Augusta Civic Center this Tuesday to Thursday. The show provides access to resources that empower farmers and rural communities, with more than 100 trade exhibitors and dozens of conferences. It is free and open to the public and has opportunities for all ages. The itinerary is at maine.gov/dacf/agtradesshow.


  • Worm Bin Harvesting Workshop at Merryspring Nature Center, Camden, at 6 p.m. Vermiculturist Jock Robie will speak about vermiculture, the process of using earthworms to odorlessly digest kitchen waste into useful soil amendments for flower and vegetable gardens. Current vermicomposters are invited to meet up and harvest the season’s castings. Beginners will get a crash course on how to start. The program is free. Those who wish to obtain free worm bins should register by January 14; donations to Merryspring are accepted. To sign up, call 236-2239 or email info@merryspring.org.


  • “Learning About Bees – Is Beekeeping Right for You?” at Medomak Valley High School, in Waldoboro, from 6 to 9 p.m. Nobleboro beekeeper Jean Vose teaches the RSU 40 Adult Education class that summarizes essential information about honey bees, where to get them, what you need, how much time and investment is involved, and the challenges and rewards. There will be a PowerPoint presentation and opportunities to try out some beekeeping equipment. Register at msad40.maineadulted.org/course/learning-about-bees/ or call call 832-5389.


  • “The State of the Birds: Decades of Change,” 2 p.m. at Belfast Free Library. The Belfast Garden Club invites the public to a free talk by Nicholas Lund of Maine Audubon on Maine’s continually changing bird populations. His talk and slide presentation will cover which species are disappearing and which are increasing. He’ll look into the future to identify what the outlook for Maine birds might be and address how gardeners can help protect birds. Lund has a column on the National Audubon Society’s website and is the author of TheBirdist.com. The Maine native holds a law degree from the University of Maine School of Law.


  • MOFGA Winter Carnival & Annual Meeting, Sunday, January 26, noon to 4 p.m. at Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association campus in Unity at 294 Crosby Brook Road. The potluck starts at noon. Bring a dish to share to the Exhibition Hall. Members will vote for the 2020 board of directors at 1 p.m. The Winter Carnival for the whole family will be held from 1:30 to 5 p.m. throughout the campus, with sledding, ice skating, potato printmaking, ice cream making and more. Snow date is February 9. Get weather upates on Facebook or at mofga.org; register there to get weather updates by email.