Posted by Trina Kuykendall on Apr 22, 2019
18 April 2019
Steve Rodigue, Maine Raised Beds
18 April 2019
Buckets on the Table: New Hope for Women
Speaker of the Day: Steve Rodrigue, Maine Raised Beds
A true Mainer, Born in Millinocket! A visit to Longfellows greenhouse was when the plant bug bit! His grandparents taught Steve about gardening. He worked for the City of Augusta, moving on to UMO to study Landscape Horticulture with a design concentration, getting an internship from Longfellows! Upon graduation, Steve worked at Johhny’s Selected Seeds in R&D, food crops mostly.  He started focusing on winter growing in passive tunnels, allowing for winter harvesting and year round growth. Steve’s other interest is in house design and off grid living. He built a 320 square feet off grid home. It is listed with MOFGA Homestead Tours, where they give tours of his home. Love and Carrots builds beautiful and productive gardens, gained Steve’s interest. So he began his own edible landscaping company called Maine Raised Beds.
Works with customers to build and maintain raised bed gardens. A full service vegetable gardens, including fruit trees. This is his 3rd year of business and his company is still evolving! Human hands, no gas powered equipment (tilling the first year, then no more power tools).Clients include both residential and commercial. Steve believes in giving back so he performs community service projects, schools mostly where he donates seedlings and time. Excess produce from clients is donated to food pantries.
E-Waste: WE ARE POSTPONING THE EVENT! The E-Waste company is going out of business and we have to find another vendor. Will be setting up a new data within the next couple of weeks.
Scholarships: 31 applications received, Mid May selection
Paint night! Lisa at Laugh Loud Smile Big! Camden club is invited as well, about 25 people, $30 / person, give fees to Lisa, next Friday night, 5 pm!
Duck Derby sale list ready for signups!  2 hours slots, please sign up! Pick up your Tickets!!
International meeting is canceled with one wrap up meeting in May
District conference sign up still open!
Thank you’s From: Camden Area District Nursing Association and One Less Worry Board.
Special Olympics: need 3 more people!  See Tim to Sign up!
Monhegan Trip, June 23rd , Let Kristin know!
Annual Meeting: June 27 6 pm at Samoset
Next Week’s Speaker: Megan Williams, United Midcoast Charities