• Help Our Town Belfast Find the “Perfect” Tree, to be displayed at Post Office Square in downtown Belfast. It will be lit in early December and remain lit into January. The ideal tree will be evergreen, spruce, or fir; 20 to 25 feet tall; and accessible for retrieval (free from power lines and other obstructions). The selected tree will be removed and transported from the owner’s property at no cost. Head to ourtownbelfast.org to learn more.
  • Share Your “Feast” Story, in MOFGA’s “Readers Write” segment of “The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener,” which publishes first-person nonfiction stories submitted by its readers. MOFGA is collecting stories around the theme of “feast,” which can be interpreted literally or metaphorically, from an anecdote of a delicious dish to a story of how good company makes the meal. Submit a short (400 words or so) story by October 15 to stories@mofga.org. If your story is selected for print, you will receive a one-year subscription.
  • 81st Maine Ag Trades Show, an annual event to network and connect over the business of agriculture, in-person at the Augusta Civic Center January 11–13. All the details, including how to request an exhibitor spot, are on the Maine.gov website.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16:

  • “Managing Invasive Forest Plants Organically,” 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association’s Common Ground Education Center in Unity. Join conservation biologist Aleta Mckeage for a free tour of the MOFGA forest. Explore the impacts of non-native plants on forest ecology and regeneration, discuss the challenges and opportunities of controlling invasive plants without the use of herbicides, and see a variety of mechanical methods land owners can use to manage invasive plant populations. Cosponsored by Waldo County Soil and Water Conservation District. Details are at mofga.org.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17:

  • “Great Maine Apple Day,” noon to 4 p.m. at MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, in Unity. Join the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association for Great Maine Apple Day, a celebration of the history, flavor and tradition of Maine apples while honoring the importance of a diversified, perennial agriculture. Admission is $2 for MOFGA members and $4 for nonmembers; kids get in free. Registration is required so numbers can be monitored and, if need be, limited. Visit MOFGA’s online events calendar for the registration link. The event will be outdoors. Featured presentations will include a panel of local cider makers moderated by Khris Hogg of Perennial Cider Bar in Belfast; “Favorite Apple Varieties for the Home Orchard” with Seth Yentes of North Branch Farm in Monroe; “Preserving Fall Fruit — a Demo” with Jenn Legnini of Turtle Rock Farm & Cannery in Union; and “Growing Peaches, Plums, Cherries and More” with Jill and Brian of Winter Cove Farm in Winterport. You can also tour MOFGA’s orchards (including the Maine Heritage Orchard down the road from MOFGA’s Education Center) with orchard coordinator Laura Sieger. Have a mystery apple that you want identified? Talk with a team of Maine apple identifiers. You can also see, and bring home to sample, rare and heirloom apples grown at MOFGA and on other Maine farms. Local producers will have apples, cider, baked apple treats and more for sale, along with fruit tree seedlings and fall produce. Chestnuts grown on MOFGA’s grounds will be roasted for people to taste. Try pressing apples for cider with a crew of experienced volunteers or attend a 15-minute demonstration on baking the best apple pie crust. There will be activities for kids — both young ones and older ones. For more details, go to MOFGA’s website.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 18:

  • Knox-Lincoln County Extension Association Annual Meeting, 5 to 7 p.m. at the 4-H Camp and Learning Center at Blueberry Cove, 22 Blueberry Cove Road, St. George. Ryan LeShane, Blueberry Cove director, will lead a tour of the camp, which will be followed by refreshments, talks about University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H programs at Blueberry Cove, and a discussion with UMaine Extension staff and Extension Association members. The evening will close with a business meeting and time for comments and questions. The event is free and open to the public. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, call 832-0343 or email extension.knoxlincoln@maine.edu.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 19:

  • “Winterizing Gardens,” from noon to 1 p.m. on Zoom, hosted by Belfast Garden Club. The free program will walk you through what can be done to get your property, including gardens, ready for winter — from cleaning out the vegetable garden to protecting trees and shrubs. With a slideshow and informative tips for all kinds of gardens. Register by clicking on the link at BelfastGardenClub.org. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about how to join the meeting.