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Digital Resources and Tools for Farmers
with Donna Coffin
Farm stands, farmers’ markets and other direct to customer marketing methods have always relied on “Word of Mouth” marketing to get most of their customers. Now customers are communicating in a variety of ways including digitally and farmers need to be sure their customers can find them easily in the digital universe. 96% of Americans have cell phones and 81% have smartphones. 70% of people use their smartphone as a store locator. Can they find your farm or farmers’ market? What are customers posting about their farm experience at your farm or farmers’ market? Come and find out how you can make your farmstand, farmers’ market or other direct to customer market site more visible to the digital technology.
Donna Coffin is a University of Maine Extension Professor in Piscataquis and Penobscot Counties and has been assisting farmers and gardeners since 1980. She utilizes new media in communications with clients and assists farmers in marketing.
Substitute Teacher Workshop
with Walter Boomsma
Designed to prepare those interested in serving as a substitute teacher or ed tech. There will be plenty of “hands on learning” and important classroom management techniques and teaching strategies. We’ll also cover some legal aspects and help you develop your own “sub pack” or resources and an action plan that will get you started on the right foot! If you have been subbing, this is a great opportunity for a refresher and some new ideas. Attendees will earn a certificate recognized by many local districts.
Suicide Prevention Workshop
with Walter Boomsma
This 2-hour awareness sessions will bring attendees into compliance with the law (LD 609) that requires all Maine school employees to receive basic suicide prevention education. Designed to raise awareness about suicide risk factors and warning signs and to provide information on what practical steps to take if suicide is suspected. While focused on students and youth, the information and skills are appropriate for use with anyone who might be feeling suicidal, no matter what age. Walter Boomsma is Gatekeeper Trained and is a NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness) Certified Mental Health First Aid Specialist