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.
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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.
There is still room in our Sheep Shearing Workshops in April!
University of Maine Cooperative Extension and The Maine Sheep Breeders Association will offer three Sheep Shearing Workshops in April 2014. Each school is designed for individuals with specific levels of experience. The beginner-level school and intermediate-level school present a conventional shearing method using hand-held electric shears. The blade shearing school , however presents the sheep shearing technique using hand shears or blades (no electricity).
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/
Bake Sale Fundraiser
by local Cumberland County
UMaine Homemakers groups
Don’t forget to pick up a treat!
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:
Purpose of the Poultry Keepers School: To equip poultry keepers with practical knowledge and skills in the efficient production of poultry with a focus on bird nutrition, health and management.
Targeted Participants: This one-day school is designed for small-scale and medium-size poultry producers who are (or plan to be) involved in raising poultry for eggs or meat as a business enterprise. However, many of the topics presented will also be suitable for backyard keepers and poultry enthusiasts.
April 5, 2014, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Carter Hall Auditorium, Kennebec Valley Community College, Fairfield, Maine
Cost: $25.00 (includes course materials; lunch not provided, participants should bring their own lunch). $10.00 discount for members of the Maine Poultry Growers Association (MPGA)
Co-sponsored by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension;the Maine Poultry Growers Association; the Maine Farm Bureau; and the Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association
For Program Topics and to register: umaine.edu/cumberland/programs/poultry-keepers/
Tuesdays, beginning April 29, 2014
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Maine Forest Service, Gray, ME
Cost/student: $20.00 Participants should be at least 13 years of age to enroll in this certified course.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension Cumberland County Homemakers and Warm Up Maine 4-H Club cross the generational divide by knitting and crocheting for a purpose.
The knitted and crocheted square are provided by UMaine Extension Homemakers to Warm Up Maine 4-H Club.
The Warm Up Maine 4-H Club members will create and donate an afghan to a homeless shelter.
Warm Up Maine 4-H Club members (Back left to right – Beth, Gaetana, LaBack and Front left to right – Bridget, Cecilia, Lucia) and Marie Temm, Cumberland County Chair of the UMaine Extension Homemakers, display knitted and crocheted squares.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.