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Farm Scoop – April 2014

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

UMaine Extension offers Hayfield,
Pasture Management WorkshopsBaling hay

University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering free workshops on hayfield and pasture management this spring around the state.

Rick Kersbergen, UMaine Extension educator in Waldo County, will lead the “Got Hayfields?” workshops, which focus on how to best manage hayfields and pastures to produce high-quality feed for livestock. Topics include weed control, managing soil fertility, hay and pasture renovation techniques, grazing management and basics of forage quality.

Workshops are scheduled for the following dates, times and locations:

•  April 3, 6-8 p.m., Farmington Grange, 124 Bridge Street, West Farmington

•  April 10, 7-9 p.m., UMaine Extension, 307 Maine Avenue, Bangor

•  April 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Vassalboro Grange, Route 32, East Vassalboro

•  April 30, 2-4 p.m., UMaine Extension, 57 Houlton Road, Presque Isle

•  May 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m., UMaine Extension, 24 Main Street, Lisbon Falls

•  June 3, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Noon Family Sheep Farm, 78 Sunset Road, Springvale

Pre-registration is requested. Register here, or to request a disability accommodation, call 1.800.287.1426.

 

School for Poultry Producers Focuses on
Best Practices, Bird Health

UMaine Extension and Maine Poultry Growers Association (MPGA) will offer a daylong school for poultry producers on Saturday, April 5th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Kennebec Valley Community College in Fairfield.

Topics will include best management practices, bird health and disease prevention for egg layers and meat birds. Additional topics include poultry nutrition, poultry product quality and organic practices.

The school is designed for farmers with a poultry enterprise and is appropriate for backyard keepers, bird fanciers and 4-H teens. The $25 fee ($10 for MPGA members) includes a reference notebook, a poultry break-even calculator and refreshments. Participants should bring their lunch.

The Maine Farm Bureau and Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association are co-sponsors. For more information and to register, visit the Cumberland County Extension page, or call UMaine Extension, 207.781.6099. To request a disability accommodation, call 207.781.6099 or 1.800.287.1471 (in Maine only).

 

Conservation of our Native BeesA queen bee with some of her attending workers.

Alison C. Dibble, Ph.D., conservation biologist and pollination ecologist from the University of Maine, Orono, will speak on April 8, at 7:00 p.m. (weather date April 15) at the Standish Town Hall. Her talk will feature a summary of what we know of the 270 species of native bees in Maine, their importance as pollinators, and recognition of their potential role in crop pollination given the decline of the introduced honey bee due to Colony Collapse Disorder. She will offer practical tips on how to enhance bee habitats in the home garden and around the farm, and where to look for more resources. She will emphasize bumble bees, which are easy to recognize and are starting to fly in early April. With Dr. Frank Drummond and others at the University of Maine, Dr. Dibble researches use of native bees as pollinators of the wild blueberry crop in a 5-year USDA-funded project on pollination security in four crops of the northeast (includes also apple, cranberry, squashes). She also prepares pollinator habitat enhancement plans for farmers around the state.

The talk is hosted by the Wildridge Garden Club and is free and open to the public.

 

Final Date for Maine Farms for the Future Clinics

GET YOURSELF READY NOW! This is the final free clinic offered by the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, to help interested and farmers confirm their eligibility and “practice” applying for the Maine Farms for the Future Business Planning Grant in mid-September.

The last clinic will be held in Room 319 of the Deering Building which is located at 90 Blossom Lane in Augusta.

Thursday, April 10 – 1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Space is limited to 15 participants per clinic. Please call Kimbalie Lawrence at 207.287.3491 to reserve your place at the table and get a jump on your application.

 

Organic Livestock Health Care

with Susan Beal

April 12, 2014; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Common Ground Education Center, Unity.

Please bring a bag lunch and Register here.

Susan has a clear understanding of organic livestock care and its relation to physiology, nutrition, herbs and homeopathy. She will give a good overview related to all species.

Agenda:

Morning: Patterns and Articulation: Individual and Intergenerational Health and Vitality

Afternoon: Building Holistic Health: Patterns and Practices, Tools and Techniques

Question and Answer Session

 

Blade Shearing School with Kevin Fordsheep shearing

Date: April 11-12, 2014

Time: 9:00 a.m.

Fee: $110 per student. Limit of 10 participants. Includes shearing manual, morning refreshments and lunch each day.

Location: At the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village in New Gloucester, Maine.

Spectators are welcome.

 

Intermediate Level Sheep Shearing School
with Gwen Hinman

Date: April 13th, 2014

Time: 9:00 a.m.

Fee: $85 per student. Limit of six participants. Includes shearing manual, morning refreshments and lunch.

Location: Washington, Maine

 

Beginner Level Sheep Shearing School

Date: April 26th, 2014

Time: 9:00 a.m.

Fee: $40 per student. Limit of 18 participants. Includes shearing manual, morning refreshments and lunch.

Location: Wolfe Neck Farm, Freeport, ME

Spectators are welcome.

For more information or to register please visit the Cumberland County Extension page.

 

Farm Tractor Safety Course for
Youth and AdultsYouth on Tractor

Farm work can be dangerous, but a University of Maine Cooperative Extension tractor safety course will help reduce risks to Maine farmers and farm workers. A farm tractor safety course will be held on 5 consecutive Tuesday evenings starting April 29, 2014 at the Maine Forest Service Building on Route 26 (356 Shaker Road) in Gray.

Participants should be at least 13 years of age to participate in this certified course. Adults

Location for Most Sessions: Maine Forest Service, Route 26 (Shaker Road) in Gray

Instructor: Richard J. Brzozowski, Extension Educator

Fee: $20.00 (scholarships available)

Course Schedule:

Session #1 6:30 – 8:30 p.m, Tuesday, April 29, 2014 – Maine Forest Service, Route 26, in Gray. Registration and introduction to the course, requirements of the course, all assignments must be completed and submitted plus ten hours of practice driving.

Session #2 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 6, 2014 – Meet at Hall Implement in Windham (Foster’s Corner near the rotary of Routes 302 / 202) Safety check of farm equipment exercise and tractor controls and parts identification exercise.

Session #3 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 13, 2014 – Maine Forest Service Building, Gray.

Session #4 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 20, 2014 – Maine Forest Service Building, Gray. Practice driving, safety video, and review for final exam.

Session #5 5:30 – 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 27, 2014 – Driving Test and Written Final Exam. Tentatively scheduled for Windham Public Works, 185 Windham Center Road, Windham.

An adult must sign off on driving hours logged for youth. Participants must successfully pass the final written exam, and successfully complete the tractor hook up and driving exams, to be certified.

For more information call 207.781.6099 or 1.800.287.1471 (in Maine) or email Lynne Hazelton. Registration is required, and space is limited.

 

York County Farmers’ Network (YCFN) Upcoming Events

YCFN Potluck Dinner and Conservation Easement Workshop

Date: Tuesday, April 15

Time: 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Location: Anderson Learning Center, 21 Bradeen St., Springvale, Maine 04083

Cost: Free

Jointly sponsored with Three Rivers Land Trust, from 5:30 to 6:15, enjoy the potluck dinner (bring a dish to share and your own plates and utensils). Following dinner, we’ll have a presentation about conservation easements, with a special focus on how easements may fit into landowners’ plans for future use of their farm or property. Please RSVP and feel free to tell interested friends and neighbors about this event.

 YCFN Potluck Supper and Farm Tour at Riverside Farm

Date: Tuesday, May 13

Time: 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Location: N. Berwick, hosted by Riverside Farm owner Dave Tuttle

Potluck supper, followed by a tour of Riverside Farm’s new hydroponics endeavor. Dave Tuttle will lead discussions on small tools as well as on farm transitions: wholesale to retail and from one generation to the next. Questions, or if you need directions, please contact Frank Wertheim or Becky Gowdy at UMaine Extension in York County, 207-324-2814.

 

UMaine Cooperative Extension offers
2014 Master Food Preserver ProgramMason jars full of canned produce

Master Food Preserver (MFP) volunteers serve to extend Extension’s educational programs in food preservation to adults and youth. The MFP Program includes 10 three-hour kitchen lab sessions in the Gorham Middle School, Family and Consumer Science Room, and the UMaine Cooperative Extension Cumberland County office in Falmouth.

Sessions will take place throughout the growing season from June – September, focusing on food preservation techniques including: canning, drying, freezing, fermenting and winter storage techniques.

Once MFPs have successfully completed the Program, they serve as a volunteer and resource in the community to provide the public with research-based information from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and USDA.

Details and application packets are available online at the Food Preservation - Master Food Preserver Program page.

 

University of Maine Cooperative Extension
launches a new Garlic Website4-garlic-bulbs

Garlic is a member of the Allium family, which includes onions, chives, and leeks. Garlic originated in central Asia, and has been grown for 5,000 years in Egypt and India. Found as an important ingredient in many cuisines, garlic is an easy-to-grow, high value crop that is increasingly popular in Maine with farmers and gardeners. Visit the new garlic website for more information.

 

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Read the latest articles on gardening in the Maine Home Garden News. Sign up online to receive monthly issues throughout the growing season.

 

USDA Enhances Farm Storage Facility Loan Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the expansion of the Farm Storage and Facility Loan program, which provides low-interest financing to producers. The enhanced program includes 22 new categories of eligible equipment for fruit and vegetable producers, and makes it easier for farmers and ranchers around the country to finance the equipment they need to grow and expand.

Producers with small and mid-sized operations, and specialty crop fruit and vegetable growers, now have access to needed capital for a variety of supplies including sorting bins, wash stations and other food safety-related equipment. A new more flexible alternative is also provided for determining storage needs for fruit and vegetable producers, and waivers are available on a case-by-case basis for disaster assistance or insurance coverage if available products are not relevant or feasible for a particular producer.

Additionally, Farm Storage and Facility Loans security requirements have been eased for loans between $50,000 and $100,000. Previously, all loans in excess of $50,000 required a promissory note and additional security, such as a lien on real estate. Now loans up to $100,000 can be secured by only a promissory note.

Other new changes to the Farm Storage and Facility Loan program will allow FSA State Committees to subordinate Commodity Credit Corporation’s lien position. These changes to the program were issued via an official notice to state and county Farm Service Agency offices and are effective immediately. More than 33,000 loans have been issued for on-farm storage, increasing grain storage capacity by 900 million bushels since May 2000.

More information about tools and resources available to small and mid-sized farmers will be rolled out in the coming months, including information about access to capital, risk management, food safety, and locating market opportunities on USDA’s Small and Mid-Sized Farmer Resources webpage.

Visit the FSA website or an FSA county office to learn more about FSA programs and loans, including the Farm Storage Facility Loan Program.

 

 

UMaine Extension offers hayfield, pasture management workshops

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014
Baling hayUniversity of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering free workshops on hayfield and pasture management this spring around the state.

Rick Kersbergen, UMaine Extension educator in Waldo County, will lead the “Got Hayfields?” workshops, which focus on how to best manage hayfields and pastures to produce high-quality feed for livestock. Topics include weed control, managing soil fertility, hay and pasture renovation techniques, grazing management and basics of forage quality.

Workshops are scheduled for the following dates, times and locations:

  • March 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m., UMaine Extension, 992 Waterville Road, Waldo
  • April 3, 6-8 p.m., Farmington Grange, 124 Bridge St., West Farmington
  • April 10, 7-9 p.m., UMaine Extension, 307 Maine Ave., Bangor
  • April 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Vassalboro Grange, Route 32, East Vassalboro
  • April 30, 2-4 p.m., UMaine Extension, 57 Houlton Road, Presque Isle
  • May 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m., UMaine Extension, 24 Main St., Lisbon Falls
  • June 3, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Noon Family Sheep Farm, 78 Sunset Road, Springvale

Pre-registration is requested. To register, or to request a disability accommodation, call 1.800.287.1426, or visit http://umaine.edu/waldo/programs/events/got-hayfields.

The Andy Valley Successful Farmer

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Farmer and duck with ducklingsWorkshop series beginning Wednesday, Mar. 5, 2014
Meets weekly 5:45 – 9:00 p.m. through Weds., Mar. 26
Androscoggin Valley Soil & Water Conservation District,
254 Goddard Road, Lewiston, ME 04240

Full 5-session registration $50/person or $15/individual session
Priority Series Registration Deadline February 24, 2014

Join with other new and experienced farmers, University of Maine Cooperative Extension educators, and other agricultural professionals to share strategies for successful farming. Topics include crop, nutrient and pest management; irrigation, and transition to organic production. This series includes four evening sessions and one full-day session in May. Full details, including how to register, are available online. Contact Jane Heikkinen, 207.753.9400 x 400, with any questions or to request a disability accommodation.

Sponsored by Androscoggin Valley Soil & Water Conservation District, Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry; USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services; and University of Maine Cooperative Extension. All sponsors are equal opportunity employers.

Introduction to Canning Tomatoes Aug 22!

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Thursday, Aug 22, 5:30-8:30 p.m.University of Maine Cooperative Extension Highmoor Farm
Androscoggin-Sagadahoc Counties office, 24 Main Street, Lisbon Falls ME 04252
$15 per person (scholarships are available)

Come join UMaine Extension Food Preservation Community Education Assistant Kate McCarty in this Preserving the Harvest workshop where you will learn how to can all those tasty tomatoes. Register online or, for more information or to request a disability accommodation, please call 1.800.287.1471.

4-H Science Series 2013!

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Youth working togetherCome join with other youth and
explore the exciting world
of 4-H science!

Patten Free Library
33 Summer Street, Bath, Maine
Wednesdays, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

  • March 20th – Design a Wind Powered Boat
  • March 27th – Design a Pinwheel
  • April 3rd – Lift a Load using Wind Power
  • April 10th -­‐ Can Wind Power produce Electricity?
  • April 17th – Wired for Wind

Registration Information

  • Open to all youth ages 5-­18
  • Youth ages 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult
  • Adult and teen volunteers welcome!
  • No prior experience needed
  • Registration is free and includes all materials
  • Space is limited. Please register at Patten Free Library with Carol.

For more information about the experiments, email Sarah Sparks or call 207-353-5550.

To request a disability accommodation, please call Sarah Sparks at 1-800-287-1458 (toll free in Maine). Receiving requests for accommodations at least 10 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however all requests will be considered.

 

Advanced Intermediate Beekeeping School

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

New this year, the Advanced Intermediate Beekeeping School is designed for accomplished beekeepers with five-plus years of experience, or those who have already taken Intermediate Bee School. Completion of an Intermediate Beekeeping School or instructor permission is a prerequisite for this course.

When: Tuesdays, February 26-March 26, 2013, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Where: University of Southern Maine, 209 Payson Smith Hall, Portland

Fee: $120/per person

Register and find more information online, or contact Lois Elwell, or call 207-781-6099.

 

Master Gardener Volunteer Training January 2013!

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

A 15-week course for those interested in becoming certified Master Gardener Volunteers will be offered by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension at the Androscoggin-Sagadahoc Counties office located at 24 Main Street in Lisbon Falls beginning in March 2013. Extension Educator Tori Jackson will collaborate with experts from around the state to present basic ornamental horticulture and volunteer training. Sessions will be held Thursday evenings from 6:00-9:00 PM beginning on March 7, 2013. Enrollment will be capped at 20. The deadline to request an application is January 4, 2013, and applications must be received by January 21, 2013. The course fee is on a sliding scale from $110-$330. A limited number of scholarships are available. For more information or to request an application, contact KymNoelle Sposato or call 207-353-5550.

University of Maine Cooperative Extension programs are open and accessible to all in accordance with program goals.

 

Agritourism 101

Friday, October 5th, 2012
Field

Photo by Edwin Remsberg

Agritourism 101

An Introduction to Growing Tourism on the Farm

Presented by Marc Edwards, Agritourism Professional, University of Maine Cooperative Extension

Developing agritourism on the farm can generate potentially significant supplemental income.  This program is intended for new and existing farmers not currently  engaging in agritourism activities, but who may be considering developing agritourism on their farms. It will bring awareness of agritourism opportunities and the potential for farmers to benefit from developing agritourism on their farms.  After attending this program, participants will have a general understanding of agritourism, and be able to identify at least one potential agritourism activity on their farm. Participants will also be able to identify the first three basic steps towards developing agritourism on their farm.

When: Thursday, November 8, 2012   6:30 – 8:00 pm

Where: UMaine Extension Androscoggin-Sagadahoc Counties Office, 24 Main Street, Lisbon Falls ME 04252

Cost: $25 and includes materials

To register or for more information, or to request special accommodations, contact KymNoelle Sposato or call (207) 353-5550 or (800) 287-1458 (in Maine). You can find full details of all events on the Events Calendar.

University of Maine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. To provide adequate time to respond to your request please provide as much notice as possible.

 

 

 

4-H Science Experiment Series

Friday, August 17th, 2012

Come join us for the 4-H Science Experiment Series, being held Tuesdays, October 2nd – November 6th, starting at 4:00 p.m. at the Patten Free Library in Bath, ME.

October 2nd – Join in the 2012 National Science Experiment 4-H Eco-Bot Challenge, and explore how robots can be used to preserve and protect the environment, while taking a glimpse into the future of science, technology, engineering and math

October 9thThink Like a Scientist and participate in a secret egg carrying mission

October 16thDiscover Form and Function and practice your engineering skills.

October 23rd – Engineer and design in this exciting Catapult Building Challenge

October 30thSense of Balance – Use the skills from building a catapult to build your own balance beams

November 6thArm in Arm Building – build a robotic arm.

The 4-H Science Experiment Series is:

  • Open to youth ages 5-18 years old (youth ages 5-10 must be accompanied by an adult to participate)
  • Geared to all levels so no prior robot experience is needed
  • Free and materials for the experiment will be provided

Pre-register with Carol at the Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street, in Bath.

For more information about the experiment, contact Sarah Sparks or call (207) 353-5550 or (800) 287-1458 (in Maine), TDD: 1-800-287-8957. Information is also available at the UMaine Extension Events Calendar.

UMaine Extension programs are open and accessible to all in accordance with program goals. Any person with a disability who needs accommodations for this program should contact Sarah Sparks at 1-800-287-1458 to discuss their needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least ten days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however all requests will be accepted.

GardenPro Workshop for Retailers

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

The spring sales season is just around the corner … soon customers will bring their gardening questions to you. Providing good information to your customers is a great way to improve their gardening knowledge AND make them want to return to your business again and again.

GardenPro (the program) and the GardenPro Answer Book (the publication) are both designed to help you answer questions like:

  • What can I plant on my septic field?
  • How can I get rid of moss in my lawn?
  • What should I plant to attract pollinators?
  • How should I plant this tree?
  • Why did my plant wilt?
  • What’s wrong with my plant?

… and more

Interested? GardenPro (the program) will be held at Longfellow’s Greenhouses in Manchester on Thursday, March 29, 2012. The cost is $10, including lunch. Registration is limited to 50 people; preregistration is required by March 26. More information, including registration and ordering the GardenPro book, is available online or by calling Meghan Dill 207.581.3878.

UMaine Extension programs are open and accessible to all in accordance with program goals. To provide adequate time to respond to your request please provide as much notice as possible.