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Learn to ID Goat, Sheep Parasite at UMaine Extension FAMACHA Workshop

University of Maine Cooperative Extension will offer a FAMACHA workshop to teach farmers how to identify parasite infection in sheep and goats Saturday, May 17 at the Northeast Livestock Expo in Windsor, Maine.

FAMACHA is a diagnostic tool — a chart — that matches an animal’s eyelid color to anemia levels, thus enabling farmers to target treatment for sheep and goats infected with the barber pole worm. Thomas Settlemire, professor emeritus at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, and Richard Brzozowski, UMaine Extension small ruminant specialist, will present the workshop.

Participants will receive hands-on training, an information packet, record sheets and a FAMACHA card. Cost is $20 per farm. To enroll, visit http://umaine.edu/cumberland/programs/famacha-workshops/. For more information, or to request disability accommodations, contact 207.781.6099, 1.800.287.1471 (in Maine) or lynne.b.hazelton@maine.edu.

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Cooking for Crowds Workshop, April, 2014

Cooking for Crowds: Food Safety Training for Volunteers

April 2, 2014
Location: UMaine Learning Center, Falmouth, ME
Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Cost: $15.00

For more information or to register, visit Cooking for Crowds.

Current Workshop dates:

April 2, 2014  To register, visit Cooking for Crowds.  (Spaces are available)

April 17, 2014  To register, visit Cooking for Crowds.  (Spaces are available)

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.

 

Image Description: Extension expert demonstrates cooking for crowds; photo by Edwin Remsberg

Become a Community Resource For Food Preservation, Safety

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, ksavoie@maine.edu

Online applications will be available March 31 at http://umaine.edu/food-health/food-preservation/master-food-preservers/.

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Vermiculture

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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UMaine Extension Offers Intermediate Beekeeping Courses

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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Are You a Poultry Grower? Learn How to Build a Wire Poultry Travel Cage!

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Cumberland County and the Maine Poultry Growers’ Association (MPGA) are sponsoring a “How to Build a Wire Poultry Travel Cage” workshop.

Build and take a wire poultry travel cage home! The workshop will also feature Extension Veterinarian, Dr. Anne Lichtenwalner speaking on poultry health.

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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2013 FAMACHA Workshops for Sheep and Goat Producers

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

OR

11 AM-1 PM, Saturday, June 1, 2013, at Maine Fiber Frolic on the Windsor Fairgrounds, Windsor, Maine

OR

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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Cooking For Crowds, a Food Safety Training for Volunteer Quantity Cooks

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: lois.elwell@maine.edu or call 781.6099 or 1.800.287.1471 (toll free in Maine)

 

2013 Maine Vegetable and Fruit Schools

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.

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Grow Your Own Organic Garden

Are you concerned about the rising cost of food? Unsure what the term “certified organic” means? Interested in learning how to grow your own vegetables in sustainable manner? Join us for an evening workshop on how to grow your own garden. We’ll talk about the basics of soil science and how to enrich your soil to produce healthy, high-yielding plants. The course will also cover the basics of making and using compost, the principles of crop rotation and how to incorporate green manures and manage nutrients in the garden. Other topics will include how to tell the difference between cultivated plants and weeds, basic weed control strategies, and common insect pests and methods of natural insect control.
Richard Brzozowski has served as an Extension Educator for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension since 1987. He is responsible for planning, implementing and evaluating educational programs for farmers and gardeners in Cumberland County. He currently serves on the Maine Master Gardener Development Board.
Thursday, 5/16, 6:00-9:00pm, $10 at Gorham Middle School
To register or for more information, please contact:
 
Gorham Adult Education
106 Weeks Road, Gorham, ME 04038
(207) 222-1126
www.gorham.maineadulted.org

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Cooperative Extension in Cumberland County
75 Clearwater Drive, Suite 104
Falmouth, Maine 04105
Phone: 207.781.6099 or 1.800.287.1471 (in Maine)E-mail: extension.cumberland@maine.edu
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