January 16th, 2014 9:59 AM
University of Maine Cooperative Extension and organizers of the Portland Flower Show invite Maine youth ages 6-18 to write a garden or forest fairy tale for the flower show’s eighth annual student essay contest.
In 150 or fewer words, entrants are asked to create a fairy tale in a forest or garden setting that includes magical people, animals or plants. An original picture or illustration may be included with the essay. Three prizes ($50, $30 and $20) will be awarded in each of three age categories (6-9, 10-13 and 14-18). Essays will be judged on creativity, focus and passion for the topic.
Winning essayists will be invited to the Portland Flower Show opening night preview Wednesday, March 5. Selected essays will be posted for the public to read during the rest of the show, which will be March 6-9, at the Portland Company Complex, 58 Fore St., Portland.
For more information, including contest rules and an application, contact the UMaine Extension office in Cumberland County at 800.287.1471 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://portlandcompany.com/flower/ or http://umaine.edu/cumberland/.
December 30th, 2013 3:24 PM
The 4-H Animal Science Committee is a group of volunteers who work to plan state-wide educational activities for youth in the different commodities. These committees also plan the activities for the teams that attend Eastern Sates. Current 4-H volunteers are encouraged to apply for membership on one of these committees for horse, dairy, beef, sheep, dairy goat, dog, and working steer.
Applications can be found online. Applications will be reviewed twice a year before the Spring and Fall meetings. Applications can be submitted to the State 4-H Office anytime during the year, but the deadline for consideration for the fall meeting is September 15. The deadline for consideration for the spring meeting is January 15. The next ASC meeting will be Saturday, March 1 in a central location.
For more information you can contact Michaele Bailey at email@example.com, 207-581-3872.
December 30th, 2013 3:23 PM
Dairy Quiz Bowl Tryouts
Dairy Quiz Bowl Tryouts will be held Sunday, February 16, 2014 at the Farm Bureau in Augusta at 1:00 pm. Snow date will be Monday, February 17. Quiz Bowl Tryouts is open to all 4-H youth in the state. Attendance at QB Tryouts will fulfill one of the requirements to try out for the Eastern States Dairy Team.
For more information please contact coach Connie Wood at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 207.625.4644.
4-H Dairy Judging
Tryouts for the Dairy Cattle Judging Team will be Saturday, April 12, 2014 and the snow date is Sunday, April 13. Dairy Cattle Judging Tryouts is open to all 4-H youth in the state. Attendance at Judging Tryouts will fulfill one of the requirements to try out for the Eastern States Dairy Team.
Times and locations will be announced in early March.
For more information contact Dave Marcinkowski at email@example.com or call at 207.581.2740.
State 4-H Dairy Show
The State 4-H Dairy Show will be held at the Windsor Fairgrounds July 19 and 20, 2014. The State Show is open to all 4-H youth enrolled in the dairy project and is also the try out event for the selection of the Dairy Team for Eastern States. A clipping contest will be held on Saturday evening before the show.
While the State Dairy Show is open to all 4-H youth in the dairy project, 4-Hers who would also like to try out for the Eastern States Dairy Team also need to participate in one of these three events:
Quiz Bowl Tryouts in February
Dairy Judging in April
Clipping Contest the day before the show
For more information contact Angela Hussey at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 207.400.2588 or 207.347.7577.
Forms and more Dairy information available on our 4-H Animal Science Dairy page.
December 6th, 2013 12:12 PM
The science of cooking and consuming spuds is the theme of a University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H Science Saturday on Jan. 25 at Hitchner Hall on the UMaine campus in Orono.
Dr. Jason Bolton, assistant extension professor and food safety specialist, and Kate Yerxa, Extension educator, will lead the program for as many as 25 youth in grades 6-8. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Bolton and Yerxa will address storage conditions, processing and healthy consumption of Maine potatoes. Participants will also bake potatoes, prepare a potato bar with toppings for lunch and discuss MyPlate recommendations and how spuds can be part of a healthy diet. Youth also will be introduced to kitchen basics and safety.
The $12 program fee includes lunch. Pre-registration is required and may be done on online at http://umaine.edu/4h/home/science-saturday/. Or, to register, for more information or to request a disability accommodation. contact Jessica Brainerd at 207.581.3877. After the program, participating youth, if accompanied by a parent, may swim at UMaine’s New Balance Student Recreation Center pool for an additional $3 per person.
November 27th, 2013 9:10 AM
The Daily Bulldog reported that State Senator Tom Saviello presented a legislative congratulations to 4-H representatives Lois King and Judy Smith of the Franklin County 4-H Club at a 100th year of 4-H in Maine celebration on Sunday, Nov. 24. 4-H is a program of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.
November 21st, 2013 2:01 PM
If you participated in the hiding 100 geocaches to celebrate 100 years of 4-H, cold weather is upon us. We hope everyone enjoyed participating in this celebration of 4-H. If you didn’t register with a public site for your geocache, a friendly reminder that you may want to remove any hidden geocaches for the upcoming season. Be sure to let your county office know how many 4-Hers visited your geocache.
November 21st, 2013 2:00 PM
For: Aroostook, Hancock, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Somerset, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Waldo and Washington Counties
The 4-H Regional Public Speaking Tournament will be held Saturday, March 29, 2014 at the University of Maine at Orono. 4-H Youth ages 9 to 18 who have participated in their county 4-H public speaking tournament and received the required score are invited to participate. For youth in counties which do not hold public speaking tournaments, arrangements may be made through their county’s Extension office to present their presentation to their county’s 4-H staff in order to be eligible. Registration for the regional tournament must be handled through the youth’s county Extension office. To register youth, county offices should contact Joyce Fortier in the Hancock County Extension Office no later than March 19th at 207.667.8212 or at email@example.com. For more information on 4-H public speaking, including guidelines and judging sheets, please visit the Hancock County 4-H Program page or contact Lisa Reilich at 207.598.6621 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 21st, 2013 1:58 PM
Windsor Fair has changed their baby beef and market lamb show and sale from 4-H to a youth show and sale. The 2014 Show and Sale will be open to all youth between the ages of 9 and 18 as of December 31st of the current year. In lieu of an Intent to sell form, youth must CALL the committee to let them know they want to raise a steer or lamb for the show and auction; committee members are: Diane Gushee – 256.7798 or email@example.com, Dana Prime – 446.3570, Carol Davis – 491.7893 or firstname.lastname@example.org, Curtis Prime – Livestock Superintendent, Windsor Fair – 242.3341, and Tom Foster, President, Windsor Fair. To participate in the 2014 Youth Show and Sale, notification must be communicated to a committee member by January 3, 2014 for market steers ad June 6, 2014 for market lambs. View a complete list of rules.
November 21st, 2013 12:06 PM
One Maine Potato, Two Maine Potato, more….
The science behind cooking and eating spuds.
Come explore the science related to the storage conditions, processing and healthy consumption of Maine potatoes. This class will include baking potatoes, and preparing a “potato bar” with healthy toppings for lunch! We will discuss MyPlate recommendations, and where potatoes and toppings fit as part of a healthy diet. Participants will also have an introduction to kitchen basics and kitchen safety (knife skills, hand washing, equipment overview, etc).
This 4-H Science Saturday will take place on January 25, 2014 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, at Hitchner Hall, at the University of Maine in Orono (with a snow date of February 8, 2014); there is room for a maximum of 25 participants in grades 6 – 8. This event will be hosted by Jason Bolton, Assistant Extension Professor and Food Safety Specialist, and Kate Yerxa, MS, RD, Extension Educator.
Register online at: http://umaine.edu/4h/home/science-saturday/, or, for more information contact Jessy Brainerd at 800.287.0274 (toll free in Maine) or 207.581.3877 or e-mail email@example.com.