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Local Bread Wheat Project Cited in Press Herald Report

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

A Portland Press Herald article about Maine bakeries using more local grains mentioned the Northern New England Local Bread Wheat Project, a USDA-funded collaboration of researchers, farmers, millers and bakers in Vermont and Maine that aims to help farmers increase organic bread wheat production and quality. For the past four years, Alison Pray, co-owner of the Standard Baking Co. in Portland, has been working with the Northern New England Local Bread Wheat Project at the University of Maine and the Northern Grain Growers Association. The groups occasionally send her new heritage wheat varieties to bake with so she can evaluate their properties and flavor, according to the article.

Dill Quoted in Press Herald Article About Increase in Tick-Borne Illnesses

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

James Dill, a pest management specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, was quoted in a Portland Press Herald article about Maine seeing an increase in tick-bite illnesses other than Lyme disease. Cases of anaplasmosis and babesiosis, which can seriously affect health if undetected, are at or nearing record levels in the state, according to the article. Dill said the good thing about illnesses from ticks is they can be treated with antibiotics. “That’s why, when we have a tick bite, we always tell the individual to contact their physician, especially if people find a tick that is attached and it has started to feed,” he said. He also stressed the importance of having a dedicated tick laboratory at UMaine, which would be funded if voters support Question 2 on the November ballot.

Upcoming Beekeeping Courses

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

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2014 Fall: Beginner Beekeeping

Dates: Thursdays, October 16 to November 13
Location: UMaine Extension Cumberland Office, 75 Clearwater Drive, Falmouth, ME
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Workshop Fee: $100.00 per person
Instructors: Jack Hildreth and Chris Rogers

2015 Winter: Beginner BeekeepingOpen House 217

Dates: Thursdays, February 5 to March 5
Location: UMaine Extension Cumberland Office, 75 Clearwater Drive, Falmouth, ME
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Workshop Fee: $100.00 per person
Instructors: Jack Hildreth and Chris Rogers

2015 Winter: Intermediate Beekeeping

Dates: Tuesdays, January 6 to February 10
Location: UMaine Extension Cumberland Office, 75 Clearwater Drive, Falmouth, ME
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Instructors: Jack Hildreth and Peter Richardson
Workshop Fee: $140.00

For more information and to register, visit:

Dill Quoted in AP Article on Berry Growers’ Fruit Fly Battles

Monday, August 11th, 2014

James Dill, a pest management specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, was quoted in an Associated Press article about Northeast berry growers learning how to combat an invasive fruit fly — the tiny spotted-wing drosophila — that wiped out 80 percent of some farms’ late-season fruit two years ago. Growers in Maine, the country’s largest producer of wild blueberries, are spraying and harvesting sooner and planting earlier varieties, the article states. “You take a loss, but the loss is on green berries rather than having to put more pesticides out there,” Dill said. The Portland Press Herald, Yahoo! News and Fox Business carried the AP report.


Backyard Locavore Day TICKETS on sale

Friday, August 8th, 2014

Backyard Locavore Day


REMINDER:  Tickets on Sale NOW!

See a total of 6 backyards in Brunswick and Freeport.  See details and online ticket ordering today at:

  • Ask the Master Food Preservers your canning questions orPreparing for canning

  • Ask the Master Gardeners about your gardening questions or

  • Ask the garden owners specific gardening questions about their backyards.

Come and learn at this unique outdoor educational event.




This way to the backyard!

Buy your tickets today and get the $15 in advance  Day of event Tickets will cost $20.

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension office will be open for ticket pickup

and sales on Saturday, August 9th between 10AM and Noon.

Regular Office hours:  Friday,  August 8th   8AM-4:30 PM  for ticket sales and pick up arrangements call 781-6099 or email


Press Herald Advances UMaine Extension’s Backyard Locavore Day

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

locovore-ticketThe Portland Press Herald previewed the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s sixth annual Backyard Locavore Day on Aug. 9. Several UMaine Extension experts will be on hand during self-guided tours of six backyards in Freeport and Brunswick. Visitors can learn do-it-yourself strategies for becoming a locavore, or a person who eats food locally grown and produced. Demonstrations and talk topics will include vegetable and square-foot gardening, backyard composting, greenhouses and beekeeping. Each garden session will feature food-preservation methods, including drying, hot water bath canning and making herbal vinegars and jam. Complimentary food samples will be provided.

Maine Home Garden Newsletter August available

Monday, August 4th, 2014

The August 2014 issue of Maine Home Garden News is now available at:

Maine Home Garden News

In this issue…

August Is the Month to . . .
Native Perennials for Late Season Bee Gardens
Cover Crops for the Home Gardener
Tomatoes: Maine Foods for August

UMExtension in Cumberland County announces August events

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Please share these links with your friends and family.     Have a great August!

UMaine Extension Cumberland County News

August 9th   Join in the fun of a great day outdoors at the 6th Annual Backyard Locavore Day scheduled for August 9th Rain or Shine  -Unique one day educational event. Gain knowledge on food preservation and gardening from UMaine Extension’s Master Food Preservers and Master Volunteers.  Learn more at:  Backyard Locavore Day

Meet author Marisa McClellan 7–9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21,  Falmouth. Cost is $15 per person. Registration is online.

Preserving the Harvest July Workshops Announced  -Ever wonder about preserving your garden produce?  Learn how at a University of Maine Preserving the Harvest class. For a listing of current workshops:  Preserving the Harvest

Maine Home Garden News August Issue Announced   -Gardening advise  by the month throughout the growing season!  Sign up for  gardening information, timely tips and research-based articles written by UMaine Extension staff and Master Gardener Volunteers at  Maine Home Garden News

The Cumberland County Extension Association is looking for new members

Maine Harvest for Hunger

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

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“Yesterday, over 80% of the produce used in our meal was donated through the harvest for hunger program.”- Don Morrison, Operations Manager of Wayside Food Programs. 7-31-14 

It’s not too late!!! Every home gardener in Maine can still participate. Will you consider making a difference? 14.9% of Maine  households, representing approximately 200,000 individuals, are “food  insecure” and 24%, or nearly 1 in every 4 children, are food insecure. For more information on how you can participate in Maine Harvest for Hunger, visit:

Tri-Town Weekly Publishes Q&A with McCarty

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Tri-Town Weekly interviewed Kate McCarty, a food preservation community education assistant with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, in advance of UMaine Extension’s sixth annual Backyard Locavore Day on Aug. 9. McCarty will be one of several experts on hand for guided tours of backyards in Freeport and Brunswick for the event. During McCarty’s tour in Freeport, she will demonstrate how to increase self-sufficiency to meet food needs through backyard gardening techniques and food preservation methods. “I love Maine and believe it produces incredible food. I take every opportunity to support our local food producers, and it’s easy to do so with so many talented chefs, farmers, bakers, cheese makers and brewers,” McCarty said.