The Executive Board members of the Aroostook county Extension Association cordially invite you to the Aroostook County Extension Association Annual Meeting Thursday, November 21, 2013. 5:30 pm Grant Memorial United Methodist Church on Fleetwood Street in Presque Isle.
The business meeting will be preceded by a social time at 5:30 pm and a dinner will be served around 6:00 pm. Cost of the dinner is free; however, reservations are required. Please call 532-6548 or 1-800-287-1469 by Tuesday, November 12th to RSVP.
The program for the evening will feature “4-H – Celebrating 100 years”. There will be a brief powerpoint presentation of some of the highlights and programs that were offered this past year by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension staff, presentation of awards and election of officers.
Master Gardener 2013
Are you a gardening enthusiast? Would you like to share your gardening knowledge with your community? If so, you may want to consider joining the Aroostook County Master Gardeners. The University of Maine Cooperative Extension is pleased to again offer its popular Master Gardener Program in the fall of 2013. Participants in the Master Gardener program will receive fourteen 3-hour in-depth training sessions in the art and science of horticulture starting September 10th, 2013. Trainees also receive current, research based information from Extension educators and experts.
After successful completion of the training program, each Master Gardener will volunteer 40 hours to a community gardening project such as planting and maintaining a vegetable variety trial, designing and creating a mobile display to be used at fairs and other public functions, or answering public calls and requests for gardening information.
Master Gardeners become a part of a nationwide Cooperative Extension effort to train one another on best gardening practices and are recognized as well-trained practitioners who serve and beautify their communities. They are linked to a professional network of support through county, state and national Cooperative Extension offices.
The 2013 program will focus on garden vegetables, small fruits and trees fruits. The course will cover topics such as: soil science, composting and fertilizing, botany, growing nightshades vegetables, plant health and many other aspects of plant management.
The program will be held as a distance education opportunity on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm beginning September 10th at the Cooperative Extension Houlton Office in Aroostook. The live feed will originate out of our PiscataquisCounty office.
The program fees are based on your annual household income
Annual household income
$40,000 or less
$40,001 – $70,000
$70,001 or more
Note: This information will be confidential
The fee is due on the first day of class following acceptance in the program. If the fee is a barrier to a participant, please contact the county Master Gardener Coordinator. Limited scholarships are available.
For more information or to request an application, please call the Piscataquis County Extension Office at 564-3301 or 1-800-287-1491. Applications are due September 6th, 2013. UMaine Extension programs are open and accessible to all in accordance with program goals. Under University Policy, Federal and State of Maine Laws, participants with disabilities are entitled to reasonable accommodations that will allow them access to UMaine Extension programs. If you are a person with a disability and will need any accommodations please call Ana Bonstedt at the Piscataquis County Extension Office at 1-800-287-1491 or TDD: 1-800-287-8957 to discuss your needs. Request for accommodation should be submitted at least 10 days before the program begins, a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however all requests will be accepted. Our goal is to enable the public to participate in this program. Cooperative Extension provides equal opportunities in programs.
The Bangor Daily News spoke with Donna Coffin, educator with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, about pig habits for an article on a 140-pound black guinea hog who escaped into the Aroostook woods on its way to a slaughterhouse. Coffin said pigs are omnivores and if they can find a dry shelter with access to water, they could survive the winter in the wild. She also said the pig could be more cautious of people the longer it is on its own, but could be enticed with bait.
The Bangor Daily News and WABI (Channel 5) included articles on the presence of 4-H members at local fairs. Members of 4-H, the youth development branch of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, celebrated the group’s 100th birthday at the Bangor State Fair and displayed results of hard work at the Northern Maine Fair in Presque Isle.
Canada-based Progressive Dairyman published an article on harvesting forage safely by University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Steven Johnson, crops specialist, and Dawna Cyr, farm safety project assistant. The article originally appeared in Progressive Forage Grower magazine.
Small grains have long played an important role in Maine agriculture, and their value is increasing with new and local markets for a greater variety of grains. You will find information on growing small grains and oilseeds for feed, food, and energy at the new UMaine Extension Grains & Oilseeds website.
The Maine Grain and Oilseed Newsletter provides production and research information to Maine’s grain and oilseed producers. Information includes tips on production, fertility, marketing, pest management, and more.
Image Description: Clean, dry grain, ready for storage
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
8:30 am – 2:30 pm
Conlogue’s 100 Ross Ridge Rd, Littleton
The Southern Aroostook Soil & Water Conservation District Presents:
Four Season Forward
Producing Year- Round Crops Using High Tunnels, Low Tunnels, and Quick-Hoops with Clara Coleman
Potluck lunch (as was common in the days of old, please bring your own plates and utensils to help us minimize waste) Beverages provided
Jim Dwyer, crops specialist working with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s potato Integrated Pest Management program, spoke with the St. John Valley Times about placing 20 European corn borer traps alongside potato fields in the St. John Valley. The traps use a pheromone to attract male moths, which can cause problems for potato crops. The moths are then counted and collected, Dwyer said.
The St. John Valley Times previewed the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s upcoming 4-H Sheep and Fiber Festival May 11 in Presque Isle.