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Educational Programs - Cumberland County Extension Association Annual Meeting

The public is invited the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Cumberland County Extension Association to be held on Wednesday, September 17th starting at 6:00 PM at the UMaine Regional Learning Center in Falmouth. The theme for this year’s meeting is “100 Years of Extension Supporting Local Food Systems”

Ron Adams, Director of Food Services for the Portland PubIMG_1603lic Schools will give the keynote address. Ron is an advocate for the farm to school movement. He worked with a team to reinvent the Maine Harvest Lunch and helped expand it into a statewide event. Ron also headed up a CDC Communities Putting Prevention to Work grant to increase fruit and vegetable consumption Currently Portland spends 37% of it’s food budget on local foods with a goal of 50% by 2016.

Peter Richardson will speak to the value of backyard beekeeping. Peter Richardson is an Eastern Apiculture Society Master Beekeeper and President of the Cumberland County Beekeepers Association. He teaches beekeeping courses through the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and was instrumental in developing the hive site on Tidewater Farm. PIMG_1625eter currently keeps a number of hives at his small farm in Freeport, Maine.

Please join us for a light meal prior to the meeting starting at 5:00pm, there is no cost. For dessert we will enjoy the delicious results of the annual Pie Bake-Off !

We will recognize specific UMaine Extension Master Gardener, Master Food Preserver, Homemaker, 4-H and Eat Well volunteers at this event. This year’s Friend of Extension will be presented to Peter Crichton, Cumberland County Manager. Peter has a long history with Extension.

Do you have a favorite pie recipe? We invite you to enter the bake-off sponsored by King Arthur Flour and share your scrumptious dessert! All recipes will become part of our UMaine Extension Cookbook. Thank you! Whether you choose to enter the pie bake-off or not, we look forward to seeing you there!

For directions, guidelines for the Pie Bake-off and more information go to

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To RSVP, register your pie bake-off entry by September 16 or for more information contact us at 781-6099 or 1-800-287-1471 or email


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