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From Recipe to Market – Fall 2013 series announced

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.

What:     Learn to take your specialty food to market.        

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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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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Spring 2013 Cooking for Crowds schedule announced

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: or call 781-6099 for more information.

Pesticide Credit Workshops

Schedule of workshops for private pesticide applicators to earn re-certification credits at Maine Farm Days is listed below. Maine Farm Days is free, and is scheduled to take place August 22 and 23 at Misty Meadows Farm on Hill Road in Clinton, Maine. All workshops are free. There is no need to register.

For more information visit
or call 207-622-7847 ext. 3

Pesticide Credit Workshops
2012 Maine Farm Days, Misty Meadow Farm, Clinton, Maine
1 credit awarded per workshop (approved)

Wednesday, August 22, 2012
10:00 to 11:00 AM
Pest Issues & You – An Interactive Discussion with John Jemison, Soil & Water Quality Specialist,University ofMaine Cooperative Extension.  John is the current chair of the BPC.

11:10 AM to 12:10 PM
Fruit & Vegetable Pests Interactive Quiz with Clay Kirby, Extension Entomologist,University ofMaine Cooperative Extension

1:00 to 2:00 PM
Common Pests of Cranberries in Maine with Charles Armstrong, Cranberry Specialist,University ofMaine Cooperative Extension

2:10 to 3:10 PM
Insects in Your Woodlot: Good, Bad & Pretty Cute with Colleen Teerling, Entomologist,MaineForest Service

Thursday, August 23, 2012
10:00 to 11:00 AM
IPM Planning & Tools for Farmers to Write an IPM Plan with Kathy Murray, Entomologist, Maine Department of Agriculture.

11:10 AM to 12:10 PM
Cover Crops & No-Till Corn Silage Production with Rick Kersbergen – Extension Educator, University of Maine Cooperative Extension

1:00 to 2:00 PM
What’s New in Pesticide Risks: Toxicity & Exposure with LeBelle Hicks, Toxicologist, Board of Pesticides Control, Maine Department of Agriculture

2:10 to 3:10 PM
Pesticide Poisoning: Horror Stories withRichard Brzozowski, Extension Educator,University ofMaine Cooperative Extension

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Low Sugar Strawberry Jam workshops offerred

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)



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:

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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
A Member of the University of Maine System