National 4-H Council and HughesNet, the nation’s largest satellite internet provider, are joining together to inspire young people in communities across the country to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). HughesNet is giving away a sponsorship for 4-H’s STEM programs. All you have to do is fill out this simple form, and the state with the highest participation rate will win a HughesNet Tech Takeover Day for their local 4-H camp! It literally takes seconds to sign up. The promotion runs from now until May 1, 2014. There is only one award being given out, but Maine is a mighty state and we have alums all around the world, so please help spread the word about this promotion!
The Portland Press Herald advanced the 17th annual Portland Flower Show. The show will include an auction on Sunday, March 9, 2014 that will feature items donated by local garden centers, as well as plants and materials used in the show. Funds raised from the auction benefit the University of Maine Cooperative Extension demonstration garden in Falmouth and the Maine Harvest for Hunger Gardens program.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension conducts the state’s most successful out-of-school youth educational program through 4-H. 4-H is a positive youth development organization that empowers young people to reach their full potential. Traditional 4-H programs are delivered through community clubs, which are led by volunteers. Clubs may focus on animal projects, community service, science, healthy lifestyles or more. The 4-H Dog Club Paws ‘N’ Pals in Windham is actively recruiting right now. New members should be between the ages of 11 & 18 and look for something fun to do with their dog. Members of the Paws ‘N’ Pals Club participate and learn about dog sports and obedience training and have fun with their dogs. For more details contact University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Cumberland County at 207.781.6099 or email email@example.com.
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Welcome to Spring! University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s “Maine Home Garden News” is now available. To receive articles electronically go to: Maine Home Garden News
Back issues are available for viewing on line.
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April 11-12, 2014
Time: 9:00 AM
Fee: $110 per student. Limit of ten participants. Includes shearing manual and lunch each day.
Location: At the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village in New Gloucester, Maine.
Spectators are welcome.
April 13th, 2014
Time: 9:00 AM
Fee: $85 per student. Limit of ten participants. Includes shearing manual and lunch each day.
Location: Washington, Maine
April 26th, 2014
Time: 9:00 AM
Fee: $40 per student. Limit of ten participants. Includes shearing manual and lunch each day.
Location: Wolfe Neck Farm, Freeport, ME
Spectators are welcome
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Online applications will be available March 31 at http://umaine.edu/food-health/food-preservation/master-food-preservers/.
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Highbush blueberry plants, strawberry plants and asparagus crowns for spring planting are now being sold by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension to benefit the statewide Master Gardener Volunteers program.
Orders are now being taken in the”Grow It Right!” plant sale for highbush blueberry plants — three young plants, two varieties per pack for $35.95; or strawberries – a pack of 25 young dormant plants for $15, or asparagus — a pack of 10 crowns for $15. Plants must be ordered by April 30, 2014 and will be available for pickup at selected University of Maine Cooperative Extension county offices and at Highmoor Farm in Monmouth on Saturday, May 17, 2014.
For more information and to place an order, go to http://umaine.edu/gardening/master-gardeners/benefit/
This is more than a plant sale. It is an educational experience. Online resources (fact sheets, checklists and “how to” videos) from UMaine Extension are available throughout the growing season for these three home garden crops. FMI go to http://umaine.edu/gardening/master-gardeners/benefit/grow-it-right/
Money raised will help establish and strengthen Master Gardener Volunteer community-based projects across the state and provide scholarships for participants in need.
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Thank you for considering this opportunity.
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Sponsors: Community Health Information Partnership, Cornerstones of Science, and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension
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The University of Maine Cooperative Extension is partnering with the Maine Poultry Growers Association in presenting a day-long school for poultry producers scheduled for Saturday, April 5, 2014 at the Kennebec Valley Community College in Fairfield from 9:00Am to 3:00PM. Additional co-sponsors for the school include the Maine Farm Bureau and the Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association.
The purpose of the school is to equip Maine producers of poultry meat or eggs with practical knowledge and skills to improve their production and quality of their products. The school is designed for full or part-time farmers with a poultry enterprise. However, the information presented will also be suitable for backyard keepers, bird fanciers and 4-H teens.
A team of instructors from the Umaine Extension, MOFGA and the agricultural community will cover topics of poultry nutrition, efficient production, poultry health, best management practices, organic production considerations, labor saving tips and poultry meat quality.
The fee for participating in this school is $25 per person. A discounted fee of $10 is available to memebers of the Maine Poultry Growers Association (MPGA). Each participant will receive a reference notebook, a poultry breakeven calculator and refreshments. (participants should bring their own lunch)
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March 25, 2014
This workshop is taught by Kathy Savoie, UMaine Extension Educator. The workshop offers up-to-date information on how to handle, transport, store and prepare foods safely for large group functions such as soup kitchens, church functions, food pantries and community fundraisers. This class meets the Good Shepherd Food-Bank food safety training requirements.
Date: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 Time: 1pm-5pm
For more information call lois.elwell at 207-781-6099 or 1-800-287-1471 (in Maine)
Future Cooking for Crowds classes are being scheduled for:
Wednesday, April 2, 1-5pm or
Thursday, April 17, 1-5pm
Call 207-781-6099 or email to: Lois.Elwell@maine.edu to be placed on an interest list.
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