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Winter Farmers Markets in Maine
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Sustainable Living Events
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January 2011

Sled boyWe hope you enjoyed the holidays. With Winter now setting in, we are looking for ways to stay warm, get active outdoors, and support our local food growers and producers. See the piece below about Winter Farmers Markets for information on this growing trend and where to find your winter market. You'll also find resources for enjoying the outdoors, weatherizing your home, as well as events to inspire and educate. Wishing you health and peace in 2011!

-The SunriseGuide Team
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winter vegetablesWinter Farmers Market:
Where is Yours?

Did you know that there are now over
20 winter farmers markets in Maine? We know many of our readers enjoy buying local products at farmers markets in the warmer months and now you can enjoy this healthy, community-building tradition throughout the year! Not only do farmers markets allow us to support our local food producers and purchase high quality products - the market is also a great place to catch up with friends, learn about community happenings, and even enjoy live entertainment!

Here are a few resources to help you find your winter market:
For a great list of winter markets in Maine, visit this link on the Portland Press Herald. There's a new Portland Winter Market opening this Saturday, January 8th. For more information visit their website. Also, click here for a great story about a new online farmers market based in Cape Elizabeth. We hope you find ways to enjoy local products all winter long!
windmills Update on Federal tax credits for energy efficiency

Great News! The new tax legislation signed into law in December included an extension of sorts to the federal tax credits for home energy upgrades. Some of the eligible improvements include heating and ventilation systems, roofs, water heaters (non-solar), and windows and doors. While the tax credits were extended, the maximum amount allowed was reduced to 10% of materials cost up to $500 (with some smaller limits on individual improvements.) Solar, wind, and geothermal upgrades credits continue to be available until December 31st of 2016. Read more.

In addition to the federal tax credits, Efficiency Maine offers rebates of up to $1500 on home energy efficiency upgrades (up to $3000 if you had a home energy audit by 12/31/10). To qualify, you must start with a home energy audit. The process can be a little confusing - but have no fear, there's help. The Efficiency Maine website offers a step by step guide, and local non-profit Maine Green Energy Alliance also provides free assistance to walk you through the process.

SunriseGuide Partner News

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The Apprenticeshop in Rockland has two openings for the April 2011 12-Week Boatbuilding Internship. Contact them soon if you are interested, as these are likely fill up!  Click here to learn more.
Lincoln C&K
Lincoln Canoe & Kayak is making durable & fun sleds by hand in Freeport. The sleds are made using the same high quality materials they use to make their boats. Get out and play!
Portland Power Yoga

Portland Power Yoga's new location opened January 1st. It is now located at 84 Cove Street, still in Bayside!

Sustainable Living Event Highlights

Included below, you'll find a sampling from the complete event list on our website. Consider it an appetizer. For a complete list of local events, please click here.

Portland GreenDrinks
January 11, 5:30-8pm, CIEE at 300 Fore Street, Portland

Maine Agricultural Trades Show
January 11-13, Augusta Civic Center

Green Tea Breakfast Series: Responsible & Green Sourcing: Challenges & Strategies
January 13, Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Portland

Maine's Wind Energy Future: New Opportunities, New Challenges
January 24-25, Augusta Civic Center

2011 Go Green to Get Green Conference: Sustainable Landscapes and Beautiful Waters, Can We Have Both?
February 8, Ramada Conference Center, Lewiston

Interior Storm Window Workshop
Ongoing, Saturdays 9am-noon, Farm House at Round Top Farm, Damariscotta

For a complete list of events, please visit the Local Events section on our website.

Save the Date

U.S. National Toboggan Championships
February 11-13, Camden SnowBowl

Meet Your Farmers and Fishermen: a celebration of Community Supported Agriculture and Fisheries
February 27, Locations statewide

Have a sustainability event we can help you promote? Please e-mail us the details.

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