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UMaine Extension hosts Preserving by the Pint author

McClellan to demonstrate how to extend farmers’ market fare.

University of Maine Cooperative Extension will host cookbook author Marisa McClellan 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, at the UMaine Extension Cumberland County office, 75 Clearwater Drive, Suite 104, Falmouth. McClellan, who penned Preserving by the Pint: Quick Seasonal Canning for Small Spaces, will demonstrate urban canning and preserving techniques.

“Teaching city dwellers and home cooks how to extend the life of their farmers’ market purchases throughout the year is my passion,” says McClellan, who learned to can local blueberries, blackberries, and apples from her mother. In addition to canning basics, the book contains seasonal recipes. Spring includes Whole Strawberries in Vanilla Syrup and summer showcases Honey-Sweetened Apricot-Lavender Butter. Fall has Chunky Pear Preserves with Sage and winter wraps up with Quince Slices in Chai Tea Syrup.

Cost is $15 per person. To register online, visit request disability accommodations, call 207.781.6099 or 1.800.287.1471 (in Maine).

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UMaine Extension Offers Backyard Locavore Day

The 6th Annual Backyard Locavore Day, sponsored by University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Cumberland County, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, in six gardens in Brunswick and Freeport. This self-guided tour will be held independent of the weather.

Learn do-it-yourself strategies for becoming a locavore — a person who eats food locally grown and produced. Demonstrations and talk topics include vegetable and square-foot gardening, backyard composting, greenhouses, beekeeping, and backyard poultry. 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. UMaine Extension Master Gardner and Master Food Preserver Volunteers, as well as homeowners, will answer questions.

Cost is $15 for those who register in advance, $20 the day of event and free for children younger than 12. Registrants will receive a booklet with a map and descriptions of each site. Proceeds benefit UMaine Extension’s Cumberland County Food Preservation Program. Online registration and information are available at Also, for more information, or to request a disability accommodation, call 207.781.6099, 800.287.1471 (in Maine), or email

Open House Photos

Thank you to everyone who attended our Open House of the Demonstration Garden at Tidewater Farm and thank you to all of the Master Gardener and Master Food Preserver Volunteers that helped make this event amazing. For more images of our Open House, visit our facebook page:

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Demonstration Garden Open House

OPEN HOUSE: Demonstration Garden at Tidewater Farm

Falmouth, Maine. Wednesday June 18th, 2014. 5PM-7PM

The event, which is sponsored by WCLZ and the Inn by the Sea, will consist of gardening tips and demonstrations, including vegetable gardening, beekeeping, food preservation and composting. There also will be food and live music by the Pinetones. UMaine Extension’s Home Horticulture and Master Gardener Volunteer programs are establishing the demonstration garden at Tidewater Farm to provide agricultural and horticultural educational opportunities to the community. The main objectives are to teach youth and adults the basic gardening skills they need to grow their own food, and to promote best gardening practices for food production and ecologically compatible landscapes while creating community for gardeners of all ages and abilities


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Meet Dr. Miller

An evening with a Small Ruminant Parasitologist, Dr. James Miller

Monday, June 16, 2014

Dr. James E. Miller is a faculty member in the Department of Pathobiological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine at Louisiana State University. He is scheduled to vacation in southern, Maine in June.  The Maine Sheep Breeders Association the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, and the Turner Veterinary Service have arranged for sheep producers, goat producers and other interested parties to meet with Dr. Miller and learn from him.

Monday, June 16, 2014

5:00 to 6:30 pm – Evening meal (on-your-own) meet at Cole Farms Restaurant located at 64 Lewiston Road (Routes100/202/4) in Gray, Maine.  Please arrive by 5:15 pm to order off the menu.  RSVP 207-781-6099 or email with contact phone number, email, number of attendants, and subject line MILLER.

7:00 to 8:30 pm – The educational component of the evening is scheduled for the Maine Forest Service Building on Route 26 (356 Shaker Road) in Gray. Free and open to the public.

Both of these sites are easy accessed from the Maine Turnpike – 10 minutes from Exit 63

Topics to be presented:

Short Biography

Dr. James E. Miller is a faculty member in the Department of Pathobiological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine at Louisiana State University where he has been for 30 years. He graduated from the School of Veterinary Medicine, Davis, CA in 1978 and obtained a PhD degree from the same institution in 1984. He also completed a Food Animal Residency in 1981. He is author and/or coauthor of numerous refereed journal articles, technical/report papers, proceedings papers, abstracts and book chapters. He is a research collaborator on many projects with national and international organizations.

He is a co-founder of the American Southern Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasite Control. The Consortium’s primary purpose is to evaluate and promote integrated control of nematode infection with a concentration on alternative non-chemical methods. Dr. Miller is the principal investigator for several competitive and industry supported grants studying the epidemiology, control, and genetics of ruminant nematode parasitism. His area of special expertise is small ruminant gastrointestinal nematode parasitism, which is one of the most serious constraints affecting production world-wide. Economic losses are caused by decreased production, costs of prophylaxis, costs of treatment, and the death of infected animals. Anthelmintic resistance in nematode populations (specifically affecting small ruminants) threatens the success of treatment programs.

Dr. Miller’s current research is two-fold: 1) To evaluate alternative (non-chemical) approaches for protection against nematode infection, and 2) To determine why, and/or how resistant animals differ from more susceptible animals to gastrointestinal nematode infection.


Creating a Pallet Garden

Come learn how to make a vertical pallet garden!

Pallet Gardens are the trend.  Do you want a garden but don’t have the space? Pallet gardens are an inexpensive way to create a bountiful and beautiful garden for a small space. Tuesday, May 27, 2014 5:00 – 7:00PM at the UMaine Extension Demonstration Garden at Tidewater Farm. 

Presumpscott Point Road (just off Farmgate Road) in Falmouth, ME

To register for this workshop, contact the UMaine Extension office at or (207) 781-6099  (The participant limit is 15)



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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 For more information, or to request disability accommodations, contact 207.781.6099, 1.800.287.1471 (in Maine) or

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FAMACHA Workshop

FAMACHA workshops are designed to equip sheep and goat producers with the skills and knowledge to determine the degree of infection of Haemonchus contorutus (barber pole worm) in sheep and goats using the blood color of the capillaries around the eye. 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.

At North East Livestock Expo (NELE) on Saturday, May 17th 3:00 PM in Windsor, Maine.

Cost PER FARM: $20.00


To register:

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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.


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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: 

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University of Maine Cooperative Extension

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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:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
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