Archive for the ‘News’ Category

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 They might just print it in the Portland Press Herald‘s Sunday Source section!

Microscope Workshop

Monday, July 14th, 2014

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Cost: $30.00

Location: J. Franklin Witter Center, 160 University Farm Road, Old Town, Maine

Instructors: Jim Weber DVM PhD and Anne Lichtenwalner DVM PhD

Common internal parasites of sheep, goats and camelids can be detected using fecal flotation methods. Equip yourself with microscopy skills that will improve your ability to make sound management decisions. Participants will be provided with a reference notebook that will include practical information for microscope use, parasite identification and control, as well as a list of supplies typically used for performing fecal egg counts and where to obtain these items.

For more information and registration, visit:

 (Photo left:USDA, Photo Right: Edwin Remsberg)

4-H Fundraiser for Community Food Pantry

Friday, July 11th, 2014

4h_logoSupport our local 4-H Club & Community Food Pantry

Last year through generous community donations, a steer and a pig were purchased at the Cumberland Fair’s 4-H Auction and donated to the Community Food Pantry in Cumberland. Over 100 area families benefited from this worthwhile fundraiser.

Please help them with their new goal of raising $10,000 so they can double this years donation. They want to buy 2 steers and 2 pigs for the Community Food Pantry.


You can donate by cash/check/credit card. Checks should be made out to:

The Community Food Pantry 4-H

Cumberland Town Hall

290 Tuttle Road

Cumberland, ME 04021

Credit Card donation is available through the Cumberland Town Website :


Tomato and Potato Late Blight Alert

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Media Advisory

July 10, 2014

Contact: Ann Gibbs, 287-7602

Tomato and Potato Late Blight Alert

Both MOFGA and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension reported that late blight symptoms were found in a potato field in Buxton, ME this week. Late blight is a non-treatable disease that affects tomatoes and potatoes, and spreads rapidly under warm, wet conditions. It is recommended that growers and home gardeners take precautions to prevent infection or spread of the disease. To learn more about late blight and management, see the Cooperative Extension bulletin #2427, Tomato and Potato Late Blight Information for the Upcoming Growing Season (

Hiring Full time Admin Specialist

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

University of Maine Cooperative Extension Cumberland County in Falmouth has an opening for a full-time Administrative Specialist. The position will provide support to a variety of Extension programs. The incumbent will provide exemplary customer service, maintain both paper and electronic records and files, prepare unique and specialist documents and reports, update webpages and social media, monitor budgets and communicate with the general public as well as prepare meeting minutes and agendas.

The incumbent must have skills in Microsoft office and must be able to use related proprietary and non-proprietary software, office machines such as copiers, faxes, scanners, collators, postage machines and folders. Incumbent must have excellent organizational and communication skills.

For specific job details and to apply go to

The University of Maine in an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Any required pre-employment physicals and/or background checks will be paid for by the University. The University of Maine is an Affirmative Action/Equal opportunity Employer and encourages minorities and under-represented groups to apply.

Preserving the Harvest -July workshops announced

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Ever wonder how to preserve all those great garden vegetables? UMaine Extension’s hands-on food preservation workshops teach techniques for hot water bath and pressure canning, fermentation, drying of herbs, fruits and vegetables.

Cost: $15 materials fee per person unless otherwise noted. Contact us at (207) 781-6099 or 1-800-287-1471 (within Maine) or register at: Current Workshops .      remsberg_11081030738  Colorful vegetables from the garden

July 8, 2014   2:00pm-4:00pm  Refrigerator Pickling and Drying Fruits, Vegetables, and Herbs at  Kennebunk  To register: Contact Brick Store Museum at (207) 985-4802  or register online

July 15, 2014  5:30-8:30pm   Hot Water Bath Canning and Freezing: Pickled Green Beans at UMaine Extension, South Paris   – Space available - sign up today!

July 18, 2014  2:00pm-4:00pm  Drying Fruits, Vegetables, and Herbs at Little Ridge Farm, 101 Gould Rd., Lisbon Falls     – Space available  – sign up today!

July 29, 2014   5:30pm-8:30pm  Hot Water Bath Canning and Freezing: Pickled Green Beans  at UMaine Extension, Falmouth   – Space available  - sign up today!

July 31, 2014   5:30pm-8:30pm  Hot Water Bath Canning and Freezing: Pickled Green Beans  at UMaine Extension, Lisbon Falls  – Space available  - sign up today!


Maine Home Garden News

Friday, July 4th, 2014

The Maine Home Garden News is now available for the July issue at:

Maine Home Garden News designed to equip home gardeners with practical information. It includes timely and seasonal tips as well as research-based articles related to garden, yard, kitchen and community. Articles are written by UMaine Extension specialists, educators, and horticulture professionals, as well as Master Gardener Volunteers from around Maine. 

 In this issue . . .

Reminder:  ~ Save the Date for the Cumberland County Backyard Locavore Day event being held on August 9, between 10 am-3 pm rain or shine.~