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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:




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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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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:

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:    More information is available by contacting 207-781-6099 or (800)-287-1471 in Maine, or email:

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.



Maine Home Garden News

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

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.~

Certified Vegetable Gardening Course

Please note:

Due to great interest, registration for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s spring 2013 Certified Vegetable Gardening Course is now closed.


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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

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Growing Your Own Fruit Trees

Do you want to grow fruit trees, but don’t know where to begin? Join Master Gardener Joel Leak as he provides basic information on how to grow apples, pears and stone fruits (including peaches, plums, nectarines, apricots and cherries). He will discuss varieties, planting, pollination, insect pests, diseases and pruning. Joel has been gardening for 40 years and started with a small vegetable garden when he was young .He graduated from the Cumberland County Master Gardener program in 2001.~ He has over 40 fruit trees, 10 grape vines, many berry bushes, and a large vegetable garden.
Wednesday, 3/13, 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

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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

Food Preservation Hands-on Workshops

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:


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UMaine Extension in Falmouth Announces Summer Canning Workshops

Workshop leaders:  Kate McCarty, Food Preservation Program Aide and/or Master Food Preserver Volunteers from UMaine Extension will teach Hot Water Bath Canning method and Freezing at our  “Preserving the Harvest” programs.

Date Topic
June 26 Strawberry Jam
July 10 Strawberry Jam
July 31 Dilly Beans

Each workshop will cover the follow food preservation basics:

Location:  UMaine Regional Learning Center, 75 Clearwater Dr., Suite 104, Falmouth

Time: 5:30 – 8:30 PM

Cost: $10 per person per workshop. (scholarships are available)

Register: call 207-781-6099 or

FMI email:

For More Workshop Dates:


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University of Maine Cooperative Extension

Contact Information

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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