The 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 email@example.com.
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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 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.
At North East Livestock Expo (NELE) on Saturday, May 17th 3:00 PM in Windsor, Maine.
Cost PER FARM: $20.00
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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 781-6099 or 1-800-287-1471 (in State)
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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!
Place: University of Maine Regional Learning Center,
75 Clearwater Drive, Falmouth
RSVP: 207.781.6099 or email@example.com
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.
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Richard Brzozowski, a University of Maine Cooperative Extension poultry specialist, commented in a Morning Sentinel story about day-old mail order baby chicks that died en route from Pennsylvania to Mercer, Maine, when their delivery was delayed. Brzozowski said Maine farmers often rely on mail order chicks because there are no commercial hatcheries in Maine.
Richard Brzozowski, a University of Maine Cooperative Extension educator, spoke with the Portland Press Herald for an article about Maine’s snow depth and its potential to cause flooding and affect future crops. Brzozowski said the winter’s consistent snow cover is beneficial to gardens and farms. He said strawberry crops benefit from the snow protecting them from the cold, and lawns and vegetable gardens can enjoy nitrogen left behind by melting snow. He also warned a snowpack that lasts longer than usual could delay spring bulbs from sprouting, but added the insulating snow cover means the soil won’t take as long to thaw.
The 2-day Blade Shearing School will feature instructor Kevin Ford and is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April 11th and 12th at the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village in New Gloucester, Maine. Participants will learn to set up, sharpen and use hand shears. Shears will be available for purchase from Kevin Ford. The fee for this special workshop is $110 per person which includes a shearing manual and lunch each day. For an optimum experience, individuals planning to participate in the blade shearing school ought to have some sheep shearing experience. There is a limit of ten participants for the blade shearing school. Spectators are welcome.
An Intermediate-level Sheep Shearing School with instructor Gwen Hinman is scheduled to take place in Meadowcroft Farm in Washington, Maine on Sunday, April 13. This school is designed for participants to hone their shearing skills. It is expected that participants provide their own shears. The fee for this school is $85 per person which includes a shearing manual and lunch. The limit for this school is six participants.
A Beginner Sheep Shearing will take place on the Saturday, April 26 at Wolfe’s Neck Farm in Freeport, Maine. The fee for this school is $40 per person and includes a shearing manual and lunch. There is a limit of eighteen participants for this shearing school. A team of four instructors will lead this school. Spectators are welcome.
For more information: http://umaine.edu/cumberland/programs/agriculture/sheep-shearing-school/
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What: Homemade Baked goods – sale of pies, whoopie pies, cookies, brownies, squares and breads
The money raised will go to the statewide scholarships endowment effort for Bryant Pond 4-H Camp in memory of Jackie Conant, the long time state chairperson of the Maine Extension Homemaker Council.
For more information on University of Maine Extension Homemakers Groups go to:
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