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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 “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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Get into world of ice wands and more.
Come learn about their use at the next workshops taught by Kathy Savoie, UMaine Extension Educator. “Cooking for Crowds” – food safety trainings for occasional volunteer cooks.
Tuesday, November 5th, 1-5pm
Wednesday, November 20th, 1-5pm
University of Maine Regional Learning Center
75 Clearwater Dr, Suite 104
Falmouth, ME 04105
To register call Lois Elwell at 207-781-6099 or 1-800-287-1471 (in Maine)
Don’t see a workshop offered in your area? Please request a workshop.
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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 – 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.
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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University of Maine Cooperative Extension Educator, Kathy Savoie will provide food safety training to volunteer groups such as churches, PTA, fundraisers, food pantries, Granges and others interested in the latest food safety tips for volunteer quantity cooks.
This workshop meets the Good Shepherd Food-Bank Food Safety training requirements.
“Cooking for Crowds” is a food safety training for volunteer quantity cooks being offered at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Cumberland County office located at 75 Clearwater Dr., Suite 104, Falmouth, ME on these dates:
March 25, Tuesday 1PM-5PM
April 2, Wednesday 1PM-5PM
April 17, Thursday 1PM-5PM
Online registration at: http://umaine.edu/food-health/food-safety/cooking-for-crowds/
Cost: $15.00 (scholarships available)
For more information: Call 207.781.6099
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.
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.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension Educator, Kathy Savoie, offers food safety training to occasional volunteer quantity cooks called “Cooking for Crowds”. These workshops meet the Good Shepherd Food-Bank safety training requirements. If you volunteer at local food fund-raising events, you may want to attend. The cost is $15.00 per person. Register online.
In April 2013 separate workshops are offered at UMaine Regional Learning Center, UMaine Extension, 75 Clearwater Dr., Suite 104, Falmouth, ME.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
1:00 PM — 5:00 PM
Register by April 3
Thursday, April 25, 2013
1:00 PM — 5:00 PM
Register by April 18
For more information e-mail: email@example.com or call 781.6099 or 1.800.287.1471 (toll free in Maine)
University of Maine Cooperative Extension Announces March & April 2013 Cooking for Crowds workshops.
March 26 (register by March 19)
April 10 (register by April 3)
April 25 (register by April 18)
Volunteers learn up-to-date methods for safely preparing, handling and serving food for large groups such as churches, club affiliation fundraisers, PTA, food pantries, Granges, and others. This workshop meets the Good Shepherd Food-Bank Food Safety training requirements. The cost is $15.00 (scholarship available). All workshops offered at 1pm-5pm.
You may request a specific Cooking for Crowds workshop for your group.
Register online: http://umaine.edu/food-health/food-safety/cooking-for-crowds/ or call 781-6099 for more information.
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)