March was a challenging month as winter was clearly still here in Maine. The snow is finally melting and we have had some delightfully warm weather these past few days. Time to be getting ready for gardens (I still have snow on my garden though). The Agricultural Committee was busy gathering Maine-made items for our scholarship basket and preparing for the agricultural luncheon for the State Legislators. Special thanks to Agnes and Bob for heading up the food preparation, Sharon and Jim for purchasing what was not donated. A special thank you to those who donated food for this annual event: UMaine/High Moor Farms donated apples; Maine Blueberry Commission donated placemats, magnets and Wyman’s blueberries; and the True North Salmon Company donated the salmon.
Thank you to all state officers and directors who made and delivered fudge for our statehouse table and pies for the agricultural luncheon. A special thanks to Chef Heidi Parent, Director of the Culinary Arts Department for the Capital Area Technical Center and her students from the culinary program as they prepared all the salmon for lunch.
Currently, I am completing a score sheet for State Grange Educational Exhibits and will be contacting Grange members who have been willing to judge our Grange Exhibits at our Maine Agriculture Fairs. The Agricultural Committee will be judging Agricultural Scholarships next month and gearing up for High School graduation and celebrating our scholarship recipients.
The Maine Agricultural Fair Season will be upon us soon, I encourage our Granges to plan to set up one Grange Exhibit at your local Agricultural Fair. Let’s make our presence visible in our communities. If you are unsure how to make the connection with your local fair you can look online or call me and I am very willing to assist you through this process.
The Agricultural Committee is also working on providing an agricultural luncheon and speaker during our State Grange Convention in October. There will be more to come in the near future.
I welcome any questions or suggestions! Call me at 207-592-6980, email Karenhgagnemaineedu (Karenhgagnemaineedu) or text me.