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Maine Home Garden Newsletter August available

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

Maine Home Garden News

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

http://umaine.edu/gardening/maine-home-garden-news/

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.~

Low Sugar Strawberry Jam workshop announced

In June strawberries are ready to pick, how do you make the flavor last?

Find the answer at the Preserving the Harvest workshop at UMaine Extension in Falmouth.

This workshop focuses on: Hot Water Bath Canning of Low Sugar Strawberry Jam 

June 26th, 2014   5:30PM-8:30PM  $15.00 materials fee  (partial scholarships available)

Call 781-6099 or register online:  Register online

Kate McCarty, Program Aide, Food Preservation and other Master Food Preservers of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension will teach you the basic steps for canning and freezing. We will provide fresh produce and canning jars. Please bring a pot holder to class.

 

 

 

 

 

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Maine Home Garden News September 2013 issue

 

The September, 2013 articles of Maine Home Garden News are now available at:

Maine Home Garden News articles

In this issue . . .

September is the month to . . .
So You’ve Had a Bad Gardening Year
Winter Storage of Some Vegetables
Root Cellar Project — York County

 

Image Description: Brunswick Garden A, photo credit Kelly Ash

Image Description: Scarborough Garden, photo credit Kelly Ash

Preserving Dilly Beans – learn canning techniques

Come learn how to preserve those freshly picked beans and make dilly beans (pickled green beans!)

Kate McCarty, Community Education Assistant and Master Food Preserver Volunteers are offering a hands-on canning class. Bring a pot holder with you as the take home product will be warm to the touch.

Photo Credit Edwin Remsberg USDA

Make this your year to learn how to preserve all of your garden produce!

Follow Kate throughout the gardening season at: preserving workshops

 

Date: July 23, 2013

Topic: Preserving Dilly Beans (Pickled Green Beans)
Location: 
UMaine Regional Learning Center, 75 Clearwater Dr, Falmouth 
Time: 
5:30 – 8:30 PM
Cost: 
$15 (scholarships are available)
To register: Call Lois Elwell at 207-781-6099 or 1-800-287-1471 (in Maine) or register online
Taught by: Kate McCarty, Community Education Assistant and Master Food Preserver Volunteers

Date: July 30, 2013
Topic: 
Preserving Dilly Beans (Pickled Green Beans)
Location: 
UMaine Extension Androscoggin-Sagadahoc County Office, 24 Main Street, Lisbon Falls 
Time: 
5:30 – 8:30 PM
Cost: 
$15 (scholarships are available)
To register: Call Lois Elwell at 207-781-6099 or 1-800-287-1471 (in Maine) or register online
Taught by: Kate McCarty, Community Education Assistant and Master Food Preserver Volunteers

 

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May 2013 issue Maine Home Garden News available now!

Photos by Edwin Remsberg

 

 

 

 

 

Maine Home Garden News is published during the Maine gardening season. The May issue is now available at:

http://umaine.edu/gardening/maine-home-garden-news/

To receive this free online gardening newsletter:

For more information, contact us at 1-800-287-1471.  UMaine Extension no longer designs “for print” publications, except for as needed by clients who don’t have online access including e-mail.

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UMaine Extension Backyard Locavore Event Tickets on Sale

Our 5th Annual Backyard Locavore Day will be held on Aug. 10 in various communities within Cumberland County. Events in Brunswick, Falmouth, Freeport, North Yarmouth, Portland, Raymond, South Portland, Scarborough and Windham begin at 10 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. Registration is $15 in advance, $20 day of event and children under 12 are free. This is a rain or shine event.

Tickets can be ordered online:  http://umaine.edu/cumberland/programs/locavore/    More information is available by contacting 207-781-6099 or (800)-287-1471 in Maine, or email: Lois.Elwell@maine.edu.

Registrants will receive a booklet in July describing each site and a map showing specific locations. Locavore Day is designed to educate members of the public about learn do-it-yourself strategies for becoming a locavore, who is someone who eats food grown or produced locally. Every year more and more people grow, raise, harvest and preserve foods in a sustainable way to meet individual food needs.

Each backyard will have a Master Gardener volunteer to answer your questions on gardening methods, including vegetable and square-foot gardening, backyard composting, root cellars, greenhouses, beekeeping, backyard poultry.  Specific food-preservation methods such as drying, hot water bath canning, making herbal vinegars and jam making may be discussed with a Master Food Preserver volunteer.  There will be complementary food samples.

This event raises funds for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Cumberland County Food Preservation Programming at the UMaine Regional Learning Center in Falmouth.

 

 

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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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
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
207.581.1110
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