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Poultry Keepers School

Purpose of the Poultry Keepers School: To equip poultry keepers with practical knowledge and skills in the efficient production of poultry with a focus on bird nutrition, health and management.

Targeted Participants: This one-day school is designed for small-scale and medium-size poultry producers who are (or plan to be) involved in raising poultry for eggs or meat as a business enterprise. However, many of the topics presented will also be suitable for backyard keepers and poultry enthusiasts.

April 5, 2014, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Carter Hall Auditorium, Kennebec Valley Community College, Fairfield, Maine

Cost: $25.00 (includes course materials; lunch not provided, participants should bring their own lunch). $10.00 discount for members of the Maine Poultry Growers Association (MPGA)

Co-sponsored by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension;the Maine Poultry Growers Association; the Maine Farm Bureau; and the Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association

For Program Topics and to register:

Spring 2014 Tractor Safety Course

2014 Farm Tractor Safety Course

Tuesdays, beginning April 29, 2014
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Maine Forest Service, Gray, ME

Cost/student: $20.00   Participants should be at least 13 years of age to enroll in this certified course.

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Knitting crosses generations

University of Maine Cooperative Extension Cumberland County Homemakers and Warm Up Maine 4-H Club cross the generational divide by knitting and crocheting for a purpose.

The knitted and crocheted square are provided by UMaine Extension Homemakers to Warm Up Maine 4-H Club.

The Warm Up Maine 4-H Club members will create and donate an afghan to a homeless shelter.


Warm Up Maine 4-H Club members (Back left to right – Beth, Gaetana, LaBack and Front left to right – Bridget, Cecilia, Lucia)  and Marie Temm, Cumberland County Chair of the UMaine Extension Homemakers, display knitted and crocheted squares.








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Help Maine 4-H win a $10,000 science sponsorship!

Help your state 4-H camp win a $10,000 science sponsorship from HughesNet
Are you for 4-H? Raise your hand to win a $10,000 science sponsorship from HughesNet for Maine’s 4-H camps!

National 4-H Council and HughesNet, the nation’s largest satellite internet provider, are joining together to inspire young people in communities across the country to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). HughesNet is giving away a sponsorship for 4-H’s STEM programs. All you have to do is fill out this simple form, and the state with the highest participation rate will win a HughesNet Tech Takeover Day for their local 4-H camp! It literally takes seconds to sign up. The promotion runs from now until May 1, 2014. There is only one award being given out, but Maine is a mighty state and we have alums all around the world, so please help spread the word about this promotion!



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Press Herald Previews Flower Show Auction to Benefit UMaine Cooperative Extension

The Portland Press Herald advanced the 17th annual Portland Flower Show. The show will include an auction on Sunday, March 9, 2014 that will feature items donated by local garden centers, as well as plants and materials used in the show. Funds raised from the auction benefit the University of Maine Cooperative Extension demonstration garden in Falmouth and the Maine Harvest for Hunger Gardens program.

4-H Dog Club Paws ‘N’ Pals is Seeking New Members


 University of Maine Cooperative Extension conducts the state’s most successful out-of-school youth educational program through 4-H. 4-H is a positive youth development organization that empowers young people to reach their full potential. Traditional 4-H programs are delivered through community clubs, which are led by volunteers. Clubs may focus on animal projects, community service, science, healthy lifestyles or more. The 4-H Dog Club Paws ‘N’ Pals in Windham is actively recruiting right now. New members should be between the ages of 11 & 18 and look for something fun to do with their dog. Members of the Paws ‘N’ Pals Club participate and learn about dog sports and obedience training and have fun with their dogs. For more details contact University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Cumberland County at 207.781.6099 or email

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Maine Home Garden News sign up

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.

Feel free to share this link with your family and friends.

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Sheep Shearing Schools

Blade Shearing School with Kevin Ford

April 11-12, 2014
9:00 AM
Fee: $110 per student. Limit of ten participants. Includes shearing manual and lunch each day.

Location: At the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village in New Gloucester, Maine.

Spectators are welcome.

Intermediate Level Sheep Shearing School with Gwen Hinman

April 13th, 2014
9:00 AM
Fee: $85 per student. Limit of ten participants. Includes shearing manual and lunch each day.
Location: Washington, Maine

Beginner Level Sheep Shearing School

April 26th, 2014
9:00 AM
Fee: $40 per student. Limit of ten participants. Includes shearing manual and lunch each day.
Location: Wolfe Neck Farm, Freeport, ME

Spectators are welcome

To register for these classes please visit:

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Become a Community Resource For Food Preservation, Safety

University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering a 10-session Master Food Preserver training program starting June 19 and ending Sept. 25.

Lectures, discussions and hands-on kitchen lab education will be conducted 10 Thursdays, 5:30-8:30 p.m., at Gorham Middle School, 106 Weeks Road, Gorham, and at the UMaine Extension Office, 75 Clearwater Drive, Falmouth.

A Master Food Preserver is a UMaine Extension volunteer who has successfully completed the practical, research-based program on food safety and preservation. Volunteers agree to give back 20 hours of time for community-based projects within a year. Projects could include hands-on food preservation workshops, staffing educational displays and demonstrations and providing information at farmers’ markets, county fairs, and other food-related events.

May 2 is the deadline to apply. Fees are on a sliding scale, from $125 to $330, based on household income. For more information or to request an application or disability accommodation, call 207.781.6099 or 1.800.287.1471 (in Maine). Or, for additional information, contact Kathleen Savoie, Extension Educator, 207.781.6099,

Online applications will be available March 31 at

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Are you dreaming about growing blueberries, strawberries, or asparagus?


Highbush blueberry plants, strawberry plants and asparagus crowns for spring planting are now being sold by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension to benefit the statewide Master Gardener Volunteers program.

Orders are now being taken in the”Grow It Right!” plant sale for highbush blueberry plants — three young plants, two varieties per pack for $35.95; or strawberries – a pack of 25 young dormant plants for $15, or asparagus — a pack of 10 crowns for $15. Plants must be ordered by April 30, 2014 and will be available for pickup at selected University of Maine Cooperative Extension county offices and at Highmoor Farm in Monmouth on Saturday, May 17, 2014.

For more information and to place an order, go to

This is more than a plant sale. It is an educational experience. Online resources (fact sheets, checklists and “how to” videos) from UMaine Extension are available throughout the growing season for these three home garden crops. FMI go to

Money raised will help establish and strengthen Master Gardener Volunteer community-based projects across the state and provide scholarships for participants in need.

Please feel free to pass this message onto your circle of friends.

Thank you for considering this opportunity.


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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