UMaine Extension hosts Preserving by the Pint author

July 16th, 2014 10:31 AM
"Marisa McCLellan"

Photo Courtesy of Marisa McCLellan.

McClellan to demonstrate how to extend farmers’ market fare.

University of Maine Cooperative Extension will host cookbook author Marisa McClellan 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, at the UMaine Extension Cumberland County office, 75 Clearwater Drive, Suite 104, Falmouth. McClellan, who penned Preserving by the Pint: Quick Seasonal Canning for Small Spaces, will demonstrate urban canning and preserving techniques.

“Teaching city dwellers and home cooks how to extend the life of their farmers’ market purchases throughout the year is my passion,” says McClellan, who learned to can local blueberries, blackberries, and apples from her mother. In addition to canning basics, the book contains seasonal recipes. Spring includes Whole Strawberries in Vanilla Syrup and summer showcases Honey-Sweetened Apricot-Lavender Butter. Fall has Chunky Pear Preserves with Sage and winter wraps up with Quince Slices in Chai Tea Syrup.

Cost is $15 per person. To register online, visit request disability accommodations, call 207.781.6099 or 1.800.287.1471 (in Maine).

Green Bean Canning Workshop

July 16th, 2014 10:26 AM

Food preservation workshop hosted by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension announced for July 23, 2014. Learn techniques for hot water bath canning of green beans at Highland Lake Grange, 9 Hardy Rd., Westbrook. Class time is 6:00-8:00pm. The cost is $15 per person for materials, and registration can be completed online.

Press Herald Advances Food Preservation Workshops

July 15th, 2014 9:14 AM

The Portland Press Herald reported on July food preservation workshops hosted by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. The workshops teach techniques for hot water bath and pressure canning, as well as fermentation and drying of herbs, fruits and vegetables. Workshops are scheduled in Lisbon Falls, South Paris and Falmouth. The cost is $15 per person for materials, and registration can be completed online.

UMaine Cooperative Extension Composting Course Cited in Press Herald Article

July 15th, 2014 8:59 AM

A University of Maine Cooperative Extension composting course was mentioned in a Portland Press Herald feature on composter Geoff Hill, 67, of Belgrade. Hill said he first became interested in composting on April 22, 1970 — the first Earth Day — as a way to improve the planet’s health. In the early 1990s, he took a UMaine Extension course to earn the title of Master Composter. He also joined the Maine Compost Team, a group that won the gubernatorial Teamwork Award during his time of service, between 1992 and 1997.

UMaine Extension Cited in AP Report on Late Blight Symptoms in Buxton

July 15th, 2014 8:26 AM

The Associated Press reported officials with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association say late blight symptoms have been found in a potato field in Buxton. According to officials, late blight is a nontreatable disease that affects potatoes and tomatoes and spreads rapidly in warm and wet conditions. UMaine Extension and MOFGA ask growers and gardeners to take precautions to prevent infections and spread of the disease, according to the article. Maine Public Broadcasting Network, The Republic, Portland Press Herald, WLBZ (Channel 2) and WABI (Channel 5) carried the AP report.

SeacoastOnline Interviews Kaczor About Health of Maine’s Beaches

July 14th, 2014 12:52 PM

Keri Kaczor, of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and coordinator of Maine Healthy Beaches, spoke with SeacoastOnline about the health of Maine’s beaches following the release of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s annual report on the water quality at beaches throughout the nation. Maine Healthy Beaches is a partnership between the UMaine Extension/Sea Grant, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, and local municipalities. The statewide organization is dedicated to monitoring and keeping beaches clean. Kaczor said despite Maine’s low rank in the NRDC report, there are plenty of beaches in the state with nearly spotless records, and most of those beaches are in state or national parks where there is little to no developmen

Snap a Felfie …

July 14th, 2014 11:21 AM

Our friends at the Portland Press Herald have asked us to share this note with anybody interested.

The season of agricultural fairs is upon us. Show us your farm animals! Snap a ‪#‎felfie‬ — a farm selfie — and share it below, with hashtag ‪#‎SourceFelfie‬ or by email at They might just print it in the Portland Press Herald‘s Sunday Source section!

Microscope Workshop

July 14th, 2014 9:10 AM

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Cost: $30.00

Location: J. Franklin Witter Center, 160 University Farm Road, Old Town, Maine

Instructors: Jim Weber DVM PhD and Anne Lichtenwalner DVM PhD

Common internal parasites of sheep, goats and camelids can be detected using fecal flotation methods. Equip yourself with microscopy skills that will improve your ability to make sound management decisions. Participants will be provided with a reference notebook that will include practical information for microscope use, parasite identification and control, as well as a list of supplies typically used for performing fecal egg counts and where to obtain these items.

For more information and registration, visit:

 (Photo left:USDA, Photo Right: Edwin Remsberg)

4-H Fundraiser for Community Food Pantry

July 11th, 2014 8:45 AM

4h_logoSupport our local 4-H Club & Community Food Pantry

Last year through generous community donations, a steer and a pig were purchased at the Cumberland Fair’s 4-H Auction and donated to the Community Food Pantry in Cumberland. Over 100 area families benefited from this worthwhile fundraiser.

Please help them with their new goal of raising $10,000 so they can double this years donation. They want to buy 2 steers and 2 pigs for the Community Food Pantry.


You can donate by cash/check/credit card. Checks should be made out to:

The Community Food Pantry 4-H

Cumberland Town Hall

290 Tuttle Road

Cumberland, ME 04021

Credit Card donation is available through the Cumberland Town Website :


Tomato and Potato Late Blight Alert

July 10th, 2014 3:55 PM

Media Advisory

July 10, 2014

Contact: Ann Gibbs, 287-7602

Tomato and Potato Late Blight Alert

Both MOFGA and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension reported that late blight symptoms were found in a potato field in Buxton, ME this week. Late blight is a non-treatable disease that affects tomatoes and potatoes, and spreads rapidly under warm, wet conditions. It is recommended that growers and home gardeners take precautions to prevent infection or spread of the disease. To learn more about late blight and management, see the Cooperative Extension bulletin #2427, Tomato and Potato Late Blight Information for the Upcoming Growing Season (