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Welcome to Spring!   University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s “Maine Home Garden News” is now available.   To receive articles electronically go to: Maine Home Garden News

Back issues are available for viewing on line.

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Fermentation – a technique to preserve food – Oct 6th

Fermentation is yet another way to preserve food.   Gather around and come learn how!

This workshop is offered by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Master Food Preserver and Community Education Assistant, Kate McCarty.

Date: October 6, 2013
Topic: 
Introduction to Fermentation  
Location: 
Gather Restaurant, 189 Main St, Yarmouth
Time: 
3:00 – 5:00 PM
Cost: 
$15 (scholarships are available)
To register: Call Lois Elwell at 207-781-6099 or 1-800-287-1471 (in Maine) register online
Taught by: Kate McCarty, Community Education Assistant and Master Food Preserver Volunteers

Photo Credit to Kelly Ash

 

 

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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

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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.

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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Maine Home Garden News

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

http://umaine.edu/gardening/blog/2013/04/01/maine-home-garden-news-april-2013/

Maine Home Garden News was created in response to a continued increase in requests for information on gardening and includes timely and seasonal tips, as well as research-based articles on all aspects of gardening. Articles are written by UMaine Extension specialists, educators, and horticulture professionals, as well as Master Gardener Volunteers from around Maine, with Professor Richard Brzozowski serving as editor. 

 In this issue . . .

Reminder:  ~ Save the Date for the Cumberland County Backyard Locavore Day event being held on August 10, 2013 between 10 am-4 pm rain or shine.~

Maine strawberries are ready!

In anticipation of strawberry season and preserving these tasty Maine treats, UMaine Cooperative Extension offers resources on using and preserving strawberries and other wonderful Maine grown produce.  Feel free to share these resources with your family and friends.

 

Food Preservation: “How To” videos

http://umaine.edu/food-health/food-preservation/how-to-videos/

Food Preservation Hands-on Workshops

http://umaine.edu/food-health/food-preservation/hands-on-workshops/

Pressure Gauge Testing Service

http://umaine.edu/food-health/food-preservation/pressure-gauge-testing-service/

Publications including USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning, Let’s Preserve fact sheet series and the Canning and Freezing Quick Guides:

http://extensionpubs.umext.maine.edu/ePOS?this_category=8&store=413&form=shared3%2fgm%2fmain.html&design=413

 

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Low Sugar Strawberry Jam workshops offerred

Strawberries are ready!  Come learn how to  preserve low sugar strawberry jam at the Preserving the Harvest─A Hands On Food Preservation Workshops being held in June and July.

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.

Low Sugar Strawberry Preserving Workshops using Hot Water Bath Method  of canning are being offered at the  University of Maine Cooperative Extension, 75 Clearwater Dr., Suite 104, Falmouth, ME 04105. 

Call 781-6099 to register for either workshop:

June 26   5:30PM-8:30PM    $10.00 materials fee  (scholarships available)

July 10     5:30PM-8:30PM     $10.00 materials fee  (scholarships available)

 

 

Celebration Featuring African Drummers, Dancers to Benefit Immigrant Garden Projects

The Batimbo Beats, a group of Burundians trained in the sacred drum dances of their native country, will perform at Westbrook Middle School’s Performing Arts Center on Sunday, May 20, from 3 to 5 p.m. The event, “Celebrating the Planting Season,” honors a Burundi tradition to declare the beginning of the farming year. Proceeds from Celebrating the Planting Season will support the International Gardens Project of the Center for African Heritage.

In the nation of Burundi, commonly called the Heart of Africa, Batimbo was a name given to families who had the privilege of being the guardians of the sacred tradition of the drums, which are made from hollowed tree trunks covered with animal skins. The drummers, dressed in bright robes, enter in a dramatic procession balancing the heavy drums on their heads. Their performance includes dance moves, leaps, and call-and-response chanting.

In addition to the Batimbo Beats, a dance troupe with the Rwanda Community Association of Maine will perform. There will be vendor tables with information, and arts and crafts for sale. A discussion of the Center for African Heritage programs and future plans will follow the performances. Admission is $25 for adults, $10 for children, at the door.

The Center for African Heritage is a non-profit organization striving to build coalitions and economic viability for the growing African community in the Greater Portland area.  The Center addresses many needs, including hunger, poverty, youth development, job readiness, and economic opportunity, through farming and youth development initiatives.

This year, the Center for African Heritage plans to employ at least four youth interns and one youth leader at International Gardens Project at Tidewater Farm in Falmouth. The youths and their leader will participate in agricultural, employment, and leadership training in support of the farming groups and families who use the community garden plots. They will support marketing initiatives and train the farmers to use equipment. The land was made available to community groups in an agreement by the Town of Falmouth and the Tidewater Conservation Foundation. The International Gardens Project receives assistance from the 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: extension.cumberland@maine.edu
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Orono, Maine 04469
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