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Become a Community Resource for Food Preservation, Safety

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering a 10-session Master Food Preserver training program starting June 19 and ending September 25, 2014. Lectures, discussions and hands-on kitchen lab education will be conducted 10 Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. – 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. To request an application or disability accommodation, call 207.781.6099 or 800.287.1471 (in Maine). For more information, contact Kathleen Savoie, Extension Educator, at 207.781.6099 or ksavoie@maine.edu.

Applications are available online.

2014 Farm Tractor Safety Course

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

2014 Farm Tractor Safety Course

Tuesdays, beginning April 29, 2014
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Maine Forest Service, Gray, ME

“Many of the accidents on farms involve tractors and farm machinery,” says Richard Brzozowski of the UMaine Extension Cumberland County office. “Every farm worker needs to develop good skills and a good safety attitude. This course helps them do just that.”

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Individuals will receive practical training in the classroom, in the shop, and on tractors. Participants should be at least 13 years of age to participate in this certified course. Adults are welcome to participate in the practical course.

The course is co-sponsored by UMaine Extension, Hall Implement Co., Wescott & Sons, Hammond Tractor Co., Chad Little Outdoor Power Equipment, Anderson Equipment Co., Beauregard Equipment Inc., Tractor Supply Co., and Maine Farm Bureau — Cumberland County Chapter.
(Illustration by Lynne Hazelton)

To register: http://umaine.edu/cumberland/programs/farm-tractor-safety-course/

Savoie Demonstrates How to Make Flavored Vinegar for Press Herald

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Kathy Savoie, a University of Maine Cooperative Extension educator, provided the Portland Press Herald with a step-by-step demonstration on how to make flavored vinegar. Savoie’s method can be used with any herbs, such as rosemary, basil and mint; and for any type of vinegar, such as apple cider or champagne.

Learn to ID Goat, Sheep Parasite at UMaine Extension FAMACHA Workshop

Friday, April 18th, 2014
goatsUniversity of Maine Cooperative Extension will offer a FAMACHA workshop to teach farmers how to identify parasite infection in sheep and goats Saturday, May 17 at the Northeast Livestock Expo in Windsor, Maine.

FAMACHA is a diagnostic tool — a chart — that matches an animal’s eyelid color to anemia levels, thus enabling farmers to target treatment for sheep and goats infected with the barber pole worm. Thomas Settlemire, professor emeritus at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, and Richard Brzozowski, UMaine Extension small ruminant specialist, will present the workshop.

Participants will receive hands-on training, an information packet, record sheets and a FAMACHA card. Cost is $20 per farm. To enroll, visit http://umaine.edu/cumberland/programs/famacha-workshops/. For more information, or to request disability accommodations, contact 207.781.6099, 1.800.287.1471 (in Maine) or lynne.b.hazelton@maine.edu.

UMaine Extension Plant Sale May 17 in Portland

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

seedlingsThe 21st annual University of Maine Cooperative Extension Cumberland County Master Gardener Volunteer plant sale will be held rain or shine Saturday, May 17, from 8 a.m. to noon, at the Barron Center, 1145 Brighton Ave., Portland. UMaine Extension Master Gardeners Volunteers will answer questions and help attendees pick plants that best suit their needs. Selections include vegetable seedlings, herbs, perennials, shrubs, houseplants, and annuals.

Bags of compost will be for sale; people may also bring their own containers. The event will also include sales of baked goods and gently used garden items and a raffle. Volunteers will demonstrate how to grow potatoes in a five-gallon bucket and attendees who purchase seed potatoes will get a free container.

Proceeds support the Seed Grant program for community projects. The projects, which rely on master gardeners’ expertise and volunteer time, include school and community gardens as well as small group and one-on-one sessions to teach people about backyard vegetable gardens. UMaine Extension Master Gardener Volunteers receive in-depth horticultural training from university educators and industry experts. In return, Master Gardener Volunteers provide the public with up-to-date, research-based information about best practices in consumer horticulture.

For more information, contact Diane Hibbard at 207.781.6099 or dhibbard@maine.edu.

FAMACHA Workshop

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

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 the 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 & Dr. Richard Brzozowski. Participants will receive an information packet, record sheets and a FAMACHA card.

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At North East Livestock Expo (NELE) on Saturday, May 17th 3:00 PM in Windsor, Maine.

Cost PER FARM: $20.00

 

To register: http://umaine.edu/cumberland/programs/famacha-workshops/

MOFGA will offer workshop on Organic Livestock Health Care

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Organic Livestock Health Care with Susan Beal
April 12, 2014; 10am to 3pm; Common Ground Education Center, Unity.
Please bring a bag lunch

Register at http://www.mofgastore.org/product.sc?productId=93&categoryId=5
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.
Before lunch:
Patterns and Articulation: Individual and Intergenerational Health and Vitality 
After lunch: 
Building Holistic Health: Patterns and Practices, Tools and Techniques
Question and Answer Session

Mason Quoted in Press Herald Article about Fire Victim, 4-H Volunteer

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Mitch Mason, the 4-H youth development educator for the University of Maine’s Cumberland County Cooperative Extension, was quoted in a Portland Press Herald article about Gorham resident David Smith, a well-known member of the area’s farming community whose cabinet shop was heavily damaged in a fire. Mason said Smith is very active in the 4-H program. He teaches children how to take care of their animals, hauls animals to fairs and clinics, makes house calls if children have questions, and teaches a woodworking class at an annual 4-H forum. “David’s one of those folks who’s always around, willing to volunteer,” Mason said.

2014 Master Food Preserver Course Applications available

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Do you enjoy the art and science of food preservation? Would you like to develop expertise in food preservation? Consider becoming a Master Food Preserver.

What is a Master Food Preserver?

Master Food Preservers serve to extend Extension’s education programs in food preservation to adults and youth. The Master Food Preserver serves 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.

Complete schedule and APPLICATION FORM are available now.  Application deadline is first Friday in May. Participants are informed of their selection status the 3rd week in May.

If you have questions, please email lois.elwell@maine.edu or call 781-6099 or 1-800-287-1471 (in State)

This program was made possible in part by Whole Foods Market.    2whole-foods-market

 

Yardscaping

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Casco Bay Begins in Your Backyard: How to Have a Green Yard and a Blue Bay

Even if you live miles from the water, what you do to your yard can impact the ocean. Come learn what small changes you can make to your lawn care practices that will save you time, money, and save the environment. You can have a green lawn and a blue Bay!

 asdfsdafDate: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 Time: Noon – 1:00PM

 Place: University of Maine Regional Learning Center,

               75 Clearwater Drive, Falmouth

 RSVP: 207.781.6099 or     extension.rlreception@maine.edu

Presented by: Mary Cerullo, Associate Director, Friends of Casco Bay.  Mary’s many responsibilities include working with communities to promote BayScaping, an education program focusing on environmentally-friendly lawn care. For more information or to request a disability accommodation, call 207.871.6099.