The University of Maine Cooperative Extension is partnering with the Maine Poultry Growers Association in presenting a day-long school for poultry producers scheduled for Saturday, April 5, 2014 at the Kennebec Valley Community College in Fairfield from 9:00Am to 3:00PM. Additional co-sponsors for the school include the Maine Farm Bureau and the Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association.
The purpose of the school is to equip Maine producers of poultry meat or eggs with practical knowledge and skills to improve their production and quality of their products. The school is designed for full or part-time farmers with a poultry enterprise. However, the information presented will also be suitable for backyard keepers, bird fanciers and 4-H teens.
A team of instructors from the Umaine Extension, MOFGA and the agricultural community will cover topics of poultry nutrition, efficient production, poultry health, best management practices, organic production considerations, labor saving tips and poultry meat quality.
The fee for participating in this school is $25 per person. A discounted fee of $10 is available to memebers of the Maine Poultry Growers Association (MPGA). Each participant will receive a reference notebook, a poultry breakeven calculator and refreshments. (participants should bring their own lunch)
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March 25, 2014
This workshop is taught by Kathy Savoie, UMaine Extension Educator. The workshop offers up-to-date information on how to handle, transport, store and prepare foods safely for large group functions such as soup kitchens, church functions, food pantries and community fundraisers. This class meets the Good Shepherd Food-Bank food safety training requirements.
Date: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 Time: 1pm-5pm
For more information call lois.elwell at 207-781-6099 or 1-800-287-1471 (in Maine)
Future Cooking for Crowds classes are being scheduled for:
Wednesday, April 2, 1-5pm or
Thursday, April 17, 1-5pm
Call 207-781-6099 or email to: Lois.Elwell@maine.edu to be placed on an interest list.
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Saturday, June 22, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
UMaine Extension Cumberland County office, UMaine Regional Learning Center
75 Clearwater Drive, Suite 104, Falmouth, Maine 04105
Fee: $30 for the general public and $25 for MPGA members.
Deadline to register is June 19th! Enrollment is limited to 20 participants.
For more information about becoming a member of The Maine Poultry Growers’ Association
(MPGA) please go to: http://www.mainepoultrygrowers.org.
If you have any questions about this workshop, please call UMaine Cooperative Extension, Cumberland County office at 207.781.6099 or 1.800.287.1471 (in Maine).
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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.