March 25, 2014
Location: UMaine Learning Center, Falmouth, ME
Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Many organizations and community groups rely on volunteers like you for a variety of food events for fundraising, fellowship, food pantries or other service to the community. But cooking for a crowd is tricky! How do you store all that food? When is the food completely cooked? How long can you leave food on the buffet table? Now there is a workshop on Safe Food Handling designed specifically for Volunteers.
For more information or to register, visit Cooking for Crowds.
Image Description: Extension expert demonstrates cooking for crowds; photo by Edwin Remsberg
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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Have you been wanting to start composting with worms?
Come hear a presentation about how to get started.
January 9th, 2014
3:30pm in the Oakhurst Room at the UMaine Extension Office- Cumberland County
Worm bin door prize…
Free to Master Gardeners and $5 for the public.
Call (207) 781-6099 to register!
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There’s still room in our intermediate beekeeping course in January 2014.
Master Beekeepers Jack Hildreth and Erin MacGregor-Forbes will instruct an intermediate level beekeeping course titled Apiary Management at USM in Portland consecutive Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m., from Jan. 8, 2014 to Feb. 12, 2014. The $130 per-person fee includes a textbook; a $180 fee covers two family members and a textbook to share. The intermediate level beekeeping course is designed for beekeepers that have more than two years of beekeeping experience and / or currently manage 2 or more hives.
To register online: http://umaine.edu/cumberland/programs/agriculture/beekeeping-2013-2014/
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Saturday, June 22, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
UMaine Extension Cumberland County office, UMaine Regional Learning Center
75 Clearwater Drive, Suite 104, Falmouth, Maine 04105
Fee: $30 for the general public and $25 for MPGA members.
Deadline to register is June 19th! Enrollment is limited to 20 participants.
For more information about becoming a member of The Maine Poultry Growers’ Association
(MPGA) please go to: http://www.mainepoultrygrowers.org.
If you have any questions about this workshop, please call UMaine Cooperative Extension, Cumberland County office at 207.781.6099 or 1.800.287.1471 (in Maine).
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If you are a sheep or goat producer and would like to gain the skills and knowledge to fight the barber pole worm (Haemonchus contorutus) in your sheep and goats, then the one day FAMACHA workshop is for you. You will learn how to use the blood color of the capillaries around the eye of the sheep or goat to determine the degree of infection. The barber pole worm is a blood sucking internal parasite that is a common cause of death and poor-doing in small ruminants.
The workshops will be presented by Dr. Thomas Settlemire & Dr. Richard Brzozowski. Participants will receive an information packet, record sheets and a FAMACHA card.
There will be three separate dates to choose from:
10 AM-12 PM, Sunday, May 19, 2013, at Northeast Livestock Expo (NELE) on the Windsor Fairgrounds, Windsor, Maine
11 AM-1 PM, Saturday, June 1, 2013, at Maine Fiber Frolic on the Windsor Fairgrounds, Windsor, Maine
11 AM-1 PM, Saturday, June 15, 2013, at MOFGA Farm & Homestead Day, Unity, Maine
Cost PER FARM: $20.00
For more information go to: http://umaine.edu/cumberland/programs/2013-famacha-workshops/
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University of Maine Cooperative Extension Educator, Kathy Savoie, offers food safety training to occasional volunteer quantity cooks called “Cooking for Crowds”. These workshops meet the Good Shepherd Food-Bank safety training requirements. If you volunteer at local food fund-raising events, you may want to attend. The cost is $15.00 per person. Register online.
In April 2013 separate workshops are offered at UMaine Regional Learning Center, UMaine Extension, 75 Clearwater Dr., Suite 104, Falmouth, ME.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
1:00 PM — 5:00 PM
Register by April 3
Thursday, April 25, 2013
1:00 PM — 5:00 PM
Register by April 18
For more information e-mail: email@example.com or call 781.6099 or 1.800.287.1471 (toll free in Maine)
There are still a few openings left for the 2013 Maine Vegetable & Fruit Schools, to be held on Tuesday, March 12 at Seasons Conference Center in Portland and on Wednesday, March 13 at the Bangor Motor Inn.
More information is posted on the Highmoor Farm website. Please register as soon as possible. The cost is $35.00 and includes lunch.
Image Description: University of Maine Cooperative Extension Highmoor Farm
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