Archive for the ‘News’ Category

Hungry Critters in the Garden

Monday, July 21st, 2014

To hungry critters, your garden is the best food source in town

UMaine Extension Educator, Richard Brzozowski talks about identifying tracks and electric netting in this Portland Press Herald article. Read about the animals that eat your garden and what you can do about it.

www.pressherald.com/2014/07/20/maine-gardener-to-hungry-critters-your-garden-is-the-best-food-source-in-town/

 

Volunteers Needed to Collect Beach Profile Data in Scarborough, Current Reports

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Current reported the University of Maine Cooperative Extension is seeking six to eight volunteers to collect beach profile data for Pine Point in Scarborough in an effort to monitor monthly changes in sand erosion. No prior scientific knowledge is needed. The collected data will be submitted to the Maine Geological Survey and will be used by state geologists who will review and analyze the information to produce reports every two years regarding the effect of climate change on Maine’s beaches, according to the article. The Southern Maine Volunteer Beach Profile Monitoring Program is a project of Maine Sea Grant.

Press Herald Publishes Koskela’s Op-Ed on Monarch Butterflies

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Elissa Koskela, an assistant coordinator of the Signs of the Seasons program coordinated by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Sea Grant, wrote an opinion piece for the Portland Press Herald about the decline of the monarch butterfly population. Signs of the Seasons is a phenology program that helps scientists document the local effects of global climate change through the work of volunteer citizen scientists who are trained to record the seasonal changes of common plants and animals in their communities.

UMaine Extension hosts Preserving by the Pint author

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
"Marisa McCLellan"

Photo Courtesy of Marisa McCLellan.

McClellan to demonstrate how to extend farmers’ market fare.

University of Maine Cooperative Extension will host cookbook author Marisa McClellan 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, at the UMaine Extension Cumberland County office, 75 Clearwater Drive, Suite 104, Falmouth. McClellan, who penned Preserving by the Pint: Quick Seasonal Canning for Small Spaces, will demonstrate urban canning and preserving techniques.

“Teaching city dwellers and home cooks how to extend the life of their farmers’ market purchases throughout the year is my passion,” says McClellan, who learned to can local blueberries, blackberries, and apples from her mother. In addition to canning basics, the book contains seasonal recipes. Spring includes Whole Strawberries in Vanilla Syrup and summer showcases Honey-Sweetened Apricot-Lavender Butter. Fall has Chunky Pear Preserves with Sage and winter wraps up with Quince Slices in Chai Tea Syrup.

Cost is $15 per person. To register online, visit http://umaine.edu/cumberland/programs/meet-marisa-mcclellan/.To request disability accommodations, call 207.781.6099 or 1.800.287.1471 (in Maine).

Green Bean Canning Workshop

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Food preservation workshop hosted by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension announced for July 23, 2014. Learn techniques for hot water bath canning of green beans at Highland Lake Grange, 9 Hardy Rd., Westbrook. Class time is 6:00-8:00pm. The cost is $15 per person for materials, and registration can be completed online.

Press Herald Advances Food Preservation Workshops

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

The Portland Press Herald reported on July food preservation workshops hosted by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. The workshops teach techniques for hot water bath and pressure canning, as well as fermentation and drying of herbs, fruits and vegetables. Workshops are scheduled in Lisbon Falls, South Paris and Falmouth. The cost is $15 per person for materials, and registration can be completed online.

UMaine Cooperative Extension Composting Course Cited in Press Herald Article

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

A University of Maine Cooperative Extension composting course was mentioned in a Portland Press Herald feature on composter Geoff Hill, 67, of Belgrade. Hill said he first became interested in composting on April 22, 1970 — the first Earth Day — as a way to improve the planet’s health. In the early 1990s, he took a UMaine Extension course to earn the title of Master Composter. He also joined the Maine Compost Team, a group that won the gubernatorial Teamwork Award during his time of service, between 1992 and 1997.

UMaine Extension Cited in AP Report on Late Blight Symptoms in Buxton

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

The Associated Press reported officials with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association say late blight symptoms have been found in a potato field in Buxton. According to officials, late blight is a nontreatable disease that affects potatoes and tomatoes and spreads rapidly in warm and wet conditions. UMaine Extension and MOFGA ask growers and gardeners to take precautions to prevent infections and spread of the disease, according to the article. Maine Public Broadcasting Network, The Republic, Portland Press Herald, WLBZ (Channel 2) and WABI (Channel 5) carried the AP report.

SeacoastOnline Interviews Kaczor About Health of Maine’s Beaches

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Keri Kaczor, of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and coordinator of Maine Healthy Beaches, spoke with SeacoastOnline about the health of Maine’s beaches following the release of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s annual report on the water quality at beaches throughout the nation. Maine Healthy Beaches is a partnership between the UMaine Extension/Sea Grant, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, and local municipalities. The statewide organization is dedicated to monitoring and keeping beaches clean. Kaczor said despite Maine’s low rank in the NRDC report, there are plenty of beaches in the state with nearly spotless records, and most of those beaches are in state or national parks where there is little to no developmen

Snap a Felfie …

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Our friends at the Portland Press Herald have asked us to share this note with anybody interested.

The season of agricultural fairs is upon us. Show us your farm animals! Snap a ‪#‎felfie‬ — a farm selfie — and share it below, with hashtag ‪#‎SourceFelfie‬ or by email at pgrodinsky@pressherald.com. They might just print it in the Portland Press Herald‘s Sunday Source section!