Archive for the ‘Workshops’ Category

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

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.


Pollinator Conservation Planning Short Course

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Pollinators are essential to our environment. They are responsible for the reproduction of nearly 75 percent of the world’s flowering plants and fundamental to agriculture and natural ecosystems. More than two-thirds of the world’s crop species are dependent on pollination. Beyond agriculture, pollinators are keystone species in most terrestrial ecosystems, since their activities are ultimately responsible for the seeds and fruits that feed everything from songbirds to black bears.

Conservation of pollinating insects is critically important.  In 2006, the National Academy of Sciences released a report calling attention to the decline of pollinators. The report urged agencies and organizations to increase awareness and protect pollinator habitat. The Pollinator Conservation Planning Short Course was developed to address this need.

The course will include both classroom and field training components, and is approved for two pesticide applicator recertification credits.  University of Maine’s Dr. Frank Drummond, Professor of Insect Ecology and Insect Pest Management, will be a guest speaker for the day.

When:  May 15, 2012  9:00 am – 4:00 pm EDT

Where:  Unity, Maine

Fee:  $45/person, $35/person for NRCS personnel. Some scholarships are available.

Registrants will receive the Xerces Society’s Pollinator Conservation Toolkit which includes the Xerces’ publication, Attracting Native Pollinators. Protecting North America’s Bees and Butterflies, as well as habitat management guidelines and relevant USDA-NRCS and extension publications.

Further information, including event registration, is available online.