University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering a 10-session Master Food Preserver training program starting June 19 and ending Sept. 25.
Lectures, discussions and hands-on kitchen lab education will be conducted 10 Thursdays, 5:30-8:30 p.m., at Gorham Middle School, 106 Weeks Road, Gorham, and at the UMaine Extension Office, 75 Clearwater Drive, Falmouth.
A Master Food Preserver is a UMaine Extension volunteer who has successfully completed the practical, research-based program on food safety and preservation. Volunteers agree to give back 20 hours of time for community-based projects within a year. Projects could include hands-on food preservation workshops, staffing educational displays and demonstrations and providing information at farmers’ markets, county fairs, and other food-related events.
May 2 is the deadline to apply. Fees are on a sliding scale, from $125 to $330, based on household income. For more information or to request an application or disability accommodation, call 207.781.6099 or 1.800.287.1471 (in Maine). Or, for additional information, contact Kathleen Savoie, Extension Educator, 207.781.6099, email@example.com
Online applications will be available March 31 at http://umaine.edu/food-health/food-preservation/master-food-preservers/.
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There’s still room in our intermediate beekeeping course in January 2014.
Master Beekeepers Jack Hildreth and Erin MacGregor-Forbes will instruct an intermediate level beekeeping course titled Apiary Management at USM in Portland consecutive Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m., from Jan. 8, 2014 to Feb. 12, 2014. The $130 per-person fee includes a textbook; a $180 fee covers two family members and a textbook to share. The intermediate level beekeeping course is designed for beekeepers that have more than two years of beekeeping experience and / or currently manage 2 or more hives.
To register online: http://umaine.edu/cumberland/programs/agriculture/beekeeping-2013-2014/
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Saturday, June 22, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
UMaine Extension Cumberland County office, UMaine Regional Learning Center
75 Clearwater Drive, Suite 104, Falmouth, Maine 04105
Fee: $30 for the general public and $25 for MPGA members.
Deadline to register is June 19th! Enrollment is limited to 20 participants.
For more information about becoming a member of The Maine Poultry Growers’ Association
(MPGA) please go to: http://www.mainepoultrygrowers.org.
If you have any questions about this workshop, please call UMaine Cooperative Extension, Cumberland County office at 207.781.6099 or 1.800.287.1471 (in Maine).
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If you are a sheep or goat producer and would like to gain the skills and knowledge to fight the barber pole worm (Haemonchus contorutus) in your sheep and goats, then the one day FAMACHA workshop is for you. You will learn how to use the blood color of the capillaries around the eye of the sheep or goat to determine the degree of infection. The barber pole worm is a blood sucking internal parasite that is a common cause of death and poor-doing in small ruminants.
The workshops will be presented by Dr. Thomas Settlemire & Dr. Richard Brzozowski. Participants will receive an information packet, record sheets and a FAMACHA card.
There will be three separate dates to choose from:
10 AM-12 PM, Sunday, May 19, 2013, at Northeast Livestock Expo (NELE) on the Windsor Fairgrounds, Windsor, Maine
11 AM-1 PM, Saturday, June 1, 2013, at Maine Fiber Frolic on the Windsor Fairgrounds, Windsor, Maine
11 AM-1 PM, Saturday, June 15, 2013, at MOFGA Farm & Homestead Day, Unity, Maine
Cost PER FARM: $20.00
For more information go to: http://umaine.edu/cumberland/programs/2013-famacha-workshops/
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University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Cumberland County is offering a Master Gardener Training Course to begin February 8, 2013. The 2013 training program will focus on ecological landscaping and herbaceous and take place on 15 consecutive Friday afternoons in Falmouth.
A Master Gardener is a trained volunteer of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. Master Gardeners receive approximately 45 hours of practical training in basic horticulture with sessions in soil science, botany, entomology, plant diseases, garden problem solving, pruning and more. After the training, each Master Gardener agrees to “give back” 40 hours of volunteer time over a 12-month period as a participant in any numerous community-based projects around the county. The projects include growing and donating food through the Maine Harvest for Hunger program, establishing school and community gardens, working with immigrants and/or low income families to promote gardening interests, and serving as a Garden Angel to assist elderly or less-able individuals in gardening endeavors.
Participants must be residents of Cumberland County and are selected through an application process. Request a packet by calling the Cumberland County office of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension at 1-800-287-1471. The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, December 21, 2012.
Schedule of workshops for private pesticide applicators to earn re-certification credits at Maine Farm Days is listed below. Maine Farm Days is free, and is scheduled to take place August 22 and 23 at Misty Meadows Farm on Hill Road in Clinton, Maine. All workshops are free. There is no need to register.
For more information visit http://www.kcswcd.org/Projects/Maine%20Farm%20Days%20stuff/MFD%20Page.htm
or call 207-622-7847 ext. 3
Pesticide Credit Workshops
2012 Maine Farm Days, Misty Meadow Farm, Clinton, Maine
1 credit awarded per workshop (approved)
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
10:00 to 11:00 AM
Pest Issues & You – An Interactive Discussion with John Jemison, Soil & Water Quality Specialist,University ofMaine Cooperative Extension. John is the current chair of the BPC.
11:10 AM to 12:10 PM
Fruit & Vegetable Pests Interactive Quiz with Clay Kirby, Extension Entomologist,University ofMaine Cooperative Extension
1:00 to 2:00 PM
Common Pests of Cranberries in Maine with Charles Armstrong, Cranberry Specialist,University ofMaine Cooperative Extension
2:10 to 3:10 PM
Insects in Your Woodlot: Good, Bad & Pretty Cute with Colleen Teerling, Entomologist,MaineForest Service
Thursday, August 23, 2012
10:00 to 11:00 AM
IPM Planning & Tools for Farmers to Write an IPM Plan with Kathy Murray, Entomologist, Maine Department of Agriculture.
11:10 AM to 12:10 PM
Cover Crops & No-Till Corn Silage Production with Rick Kersbergen – Extension Educator, University of Maine Cooperative Extension
1:00 to 2:00 PM
What’s New in Pesticide Risks: Toxicity & Exposure with LeBelle Hicks, Toxicologist, Board of Pesticides Control, Maine Department of Agriculture
2:10 to 3:10 PM
Pesticide Poisoning: Horror Stories withRichard Brzozowski, Extension Educator,University ofMaine Cooperative Extension
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FAMACHA workshops are designed to equip sheep and goat producers with the skills and knowledge to determine the degree of infection of Haemonchus contorutus (barber pole worm) in sheep and goats using blood color of the capillaries around the eye. The barber pole worm is a blood sucking internal parasite that is a common cause of death and poor-doing in small ruminants. The workshops will be presented by Dr. Thomas Settlemire and Dr. Richard Brzozowski. Participants will receive an information packet, record sheets and a FAMACHA card. The fee to participate in a FAMACHA workshop is $20.00 per farm. The microscope-use workshop is free. One or more individuals from each farm are welcome to participate.
Download and send in enrollment form with check or call 1-800-287-1471 (in Maine) or 207-781-6099 to register for this workshop with a credit card or for more information.