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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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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:  lois.elwell@maine.edu.

 

 

 

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Preserving Tomatoes Canning and Freezing

If you have tomatoes and need to find a way to store them, this is the class for you.  There is nothing like your own tomato sauce in the middle of a Maine winter simmering on the stove.

Tomatoes canning and freezing techniques will be taught by Kate McCarty of University of Maine. Cost $15 (scholarship available)

Location: UMaine Regional Learning Center, 75 Clearwater Dr., Suite 104, Falmouth, ME on August 27, 2013 at 5:30PM-8:30PM.

Sign up today at:  online registration   or for more information call 207.781.6099

Photo by Amy Witt        

  

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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.

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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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Maine Harvest for Hunger is Urgently Seeking Gardeners! Enroll with Just a Few Clicks of the Mouse!

Maine Harvest for Hunger is urgently seeking gardeners who would be willing to plant an extra row of fruit or vegetables this growing season, and then donate the harvest to local food pantries in the area.

Enrollment for the Maine Harvest for Hunger is currently open online and easy to do!

To enroll in the program, click here. Or, contact Amy Witt at amy.witt@maine.edu

Help feed Maine’s hungry! Your garden could make a difference.

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May 2013 issue Maine Home Garden News available now!

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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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2013 Maine Vegetable and Fruit Schools

There are still a few openings left for the 2013 Maine Vegetable & Fruit Schools, to be held on Tuesday, March 12 at Seasons Conference Center in Portland and on Wednesday, March 13 at the Bangor Motor Inn.

More information is posted on the Highmoor Farm website. Please register as soon as possible. The cost is $35.00 and includes lunch.

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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
www.gorham.maineadulted.org

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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
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
207.581.1110
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