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Have you been wanting to start composting with worms?

Come hear a presentation about how to get started.

January 9th, 2014

3:30pm in the Oakhurst Room at the UMaine Extension Office- Cumberland County

Worm bin door prize…

Free to Master Gardeners and $5 for the public.

 

Call (207) 781-6099 to register!

Image Description: Worm Bin

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

 

 

Image Description: Brunswick Garden B, photo credit Kelly Ash

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

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.

 

 

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.~

Master Gardener Training Course to be Offered in Cumberland County

University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Cumberland County is offering a Master Gardener Training Course to begin February 8, 2013.  The 2013 training program will focus on ecological landscaping and herbaceous and take place on 15 consecutive Friday afternoons in Falmouth.

A Master Gardener is a trained volunteer of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.   Master Gardeners receive approximately 45 hours of practical training in basic horticulture with sessions in soil science, botany, entomology, plant diseases, garden problem solving, pruning and more.  After the training, each Master Gardener agrees to “give back” 40 hours of volunteer time over a 12-month period as a participant in any numerous community-based projects around the county.  The projects include growing and donating food through the Maine Harvest for Hunger program, establishing school and community gardens, working with immigrants and/or low income families to promote gardening interests, and serving as a Garden Angel to assist elderly or less-able individuals in gardening endeavors.

Participants must be residents of Cumberland County and are selected through an application process. Request a packet by calling the Cumberland County office of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension at 1-800-287-1471.  The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, December 21, 2012.

Preserving the Harvest Summer 2012 schedule

Preserving the Harvest─A Hands On Food Preservation Workshop

Ever wonder how to preserve all those great garden vegetables? 

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.

Summer 2012 Preserving Workshops – Hot Water Bath Method   

Pricing various with location.   ($10 scholarship available)  Contact number listed for registration information.

Preserving the Harvest         June/July 2012 Schedule: 

Date Location time Cost Register
June 2 Wells High School—Wells   9:00AM-12:00PM      $15  207-646-4565
June 26  UMaine Regional Learning Center—Falmouth     5:30-8:30PM     $10     207-781-6099
July 10     UMaine Regional Learning Center—Falmouth         5:30-8:30PM     $10   207-781-6099
July 24    UMaine Cooperative Extension—South Paris   5:30-8:30PM    $10   207-743-6329
July 31    UMaine Regional Learning Center—Falmouth     5:30-8:30PM    $10    207-781-6099
  More workshops are added during the growing season.       

Here is the  link:   http://umaine.edu/food-health/food-preservation/hands-on-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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Orono, Maine 04469
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