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2014 Master Food Preserver Course Applications available

Do you enjoy the art and science of food preservation? Would you like to develop expertise in food preservation? Consider becoming a Master Food Preserver.

What is a Master Food Preserver?

Master Food Preservers serve to extend Extension’s education programs in food preservation to adults and youth. The Master Food Preserver serves as a volunteer and resource in the community to provide the public with research-based information from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and USDA.

Complete schedule and APPLICATION FORM are available now.  Application deadline is first Friday in May. Participants are informed of their selection status the 3rd week in May.

If you have questions, please email lois.elwell@maine.edu or call 781-6099 or 1-800-287-1471 (in State)

This program was made possible in part by Whole Foods Market.   

 

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Interested in food preservation techniques? Volunteering?

Are you looking for a new learning experience and a volunteer activity in 2014?

Anyone with produce looks for the best way to store and preserve for the long winter months.

Learn how to preserve foods in a safe and cost effective way.

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Cumberland County offers

the “Master Food Preserver”  program from mid-June to mid- September

via an application process starting in April of 2014.

 

Learn more at:  Master Food Preserver Info

To be added to the interest listing, please  email to:  lois.elwell@maine.edu.

 

 

 

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Volunteer Activities with Extension Homemaker Groups

The opportunity to be a life long learner awaits you.  Volunteer with other creative people doing community projects and service.

Why not signup today to join an existing daytime group near you or start a new evening group in your community?    The University of Maine Extension Homemakers’ (daytime) Groups for 2014 are:  Gray, West Baldwin, Windham/White Rock, and Tri-town.

By extending the University of Maine resources into community through educational  opportunities and service projects, the Extension Homemaker Groups bring  life-long learning home.


 

For more information please contact:

Cumberland County Extension Homemakers [CCEH]
Phone: (207) 781-6099 or
800-287-1471 (in Maine)
FAX: 207-781-5983
E-mail: cumeh@umext.maine.edu

 

 

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A is for Apple Preserving

A is for Apple. Come learn to to preserve your apple harvest with Kate McCarty, Community Education Assistant from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.

Date: October 23, 2013
Topic: Preserving Apples: Canning and Freezing
Location: UMaine Extension Office, 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   register online
Taught by: Kate McCarty, Community Education Assistant and Master Food Preserver Volunteers

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From Recipe to Market – Fall 2013 series announced

From Recipe to Market – A 6-part workshop series for developing and taking your specialty food product to market. Cashing in on Value Added Opportunities.  Participants must have a specific product or recipe in mind and are expected to attend all sessions.   This program is for individuals currently operating a value-added business or those seriously considering one.

What:     Learn to take your specialty food to market.        

When:    Thursday evenings   5:30pm-9pm   (See schedule below)

Oct 3       Are you an Entrepreneur?

Oct 10     Developing Your Product & Process, Food Regulations and Licensing

Oct 24     Business Reality

Nov 7      Panel discussion

Nov 14    Individual 1hour Business Consults   (by appointment between 9am-4:30pm)

Nov 21    Pilot Plant tour in Orono      8am-4:30pm

Where:    UMaine Regional Learning Center, 75 Clearwater Dr., Falmouth, ME 04105

Who:      Anybody interested marketing their own specialty food.

Fee:        $50 per person (Scholarship may be available)

For registration go to:   From Recipe to Market

For additional information or to request a disability accommodation please call 1-800-287-1471

Dr. Beth Calder, Extension Food Science specialist, Assistant Professor, Department of Food Sciences and Human Nutrition, University of Maine and Dr. James McConnon, Extension Business and Economics Specialist, Professor, University of Maine along with Kathy Savoie,MS, RD, Extension Professor, UMaine Extension, Cumberland County will guide you through this unique opportunity to learn about licensing, prepare and package product safely, to access potential profits, and discover some resources available to support them in business development.

University of Maine Cooperative Extension receives federal support through USDA,
state support through the University of Maine, and local support through Maine Cumberland county government.

 

 

 

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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

 

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Preserving Tomatoes Canning and Freezing

If you have tomatoes and need to find a way to store them, this is the class for you.  There is nothing like your own tomato sauce in the middle of a Maine winter simmering on the stove.

Tomatoes canning and freezing techniques will be taught by Kate McCarty of University of Maine. Cost $15 (scholarship available)

Location: UMaine Regional Learning Center, 75 Clearwater Dr., Suite 104, Falmouth, ME on August 27, 2013 at 5:30PM-8:30PM.

Sign up today at:  online registration   or for more information call 207.781.6099

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Island Canning Classes Announced

Casco Bay Islanders and Mainland folks are welcomed to Long Island to learn some food preservation techniques.  Class is limited to 12 participants.

Preserving classes on Long Island and register online.  Canning Workshops

Date: August 21, 2013
Topic:
Canning Salsa and Tomatoes
Location:  
875 Island Ave., Long Island
Time:
5:00 – 8:00 PM
Cost: 
$15 (scholarships are available)
To register: Call Lois Elwell at 207-781-6099 or 1-800-287-1471 (in Maine) or
Taught by: Alanna Rich, Master Food Preserver Volunteer

Preview of upcoming workshops for September – Look for online registration soon.

Date:  September 25, 2013
Topic:
Fermenting Cabbage to Make Sauerkraut
Location:  
875 Island Ave., Long Island
Time:
5:00 – 8:00 PM
Cost: 
$15 (scholarships are available)
To register: Call Lois Elwell at 207-781-6099 or 1-800-287-1471 (in Maine) or
Taught by: Alanna Rich, Master Food Preserver Volunteer

Date:  October 25, 2013
Topic:
Processing Sauerkraut
Location:  
875 Island Ave., Long Island
Time:
5:00 – 8:00 PM
Cost: 
$15 (scholarships are available)
To register: Call Lois Elwell at 207-781-6099 or 1-800-287-1471 (in Maine) or
Taught by: Alanna Rich, Master Food Preserver Volunteer

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.

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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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Fresh Strawberries become Low-sugar Strawberry Jam

Date: June 18, 2013
Topic: Preserving Low-Sugar Strawberry Jam
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

Come learn how to preserve those freshly picked strawberries! Kate McCarty, Community Educator and Master Food Preserver Volunteers are offering a hands-on low-sugar strawberry jam canning class. Bring a pot holder with you as the take home product will be warm to the touch.

Make this your year to learn how to preserve all of your garden produce! Check our website often for current  Preserving 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
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