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Blueberry plant sale to benefit UMaine Extension Master Gardener Volunteers

blueberriesLearn. Grow. Eat. Give. The University of Maine Cooperative Extension and its Master Gardener Volunteers are offering a “Go Blueberry!” plant sale online to raise funds for its Master Gardener Volunteers program.

This year the Master Gardeners will celebrate 30 years in Maine. UMaine Extension Master Gardener Volunteers have assisted in dozens of community gardens across the state, including the Maine Harvest for Hunger program and other community-based volunteer efforts. Money raised will assist in many of those projects, including scholarships to help those attend that cannot afford the Master Gardener Volunteers course fee.

Members of the public can support the project by ordering a high-bush blueberry plant pack, consisting of three young plants, two varieties per pack, for $35.95. Packs will be available for pickup at specific University of Maine Cooperative Extension county offices May 19, 2012. These locations include: Hancock County located in Ellsworth; Penobscot County located in Bangor; York County located in Springvale; Knox-Lincoln Counties located in Waldoboro; and Highmoor Farm located in Monmouth. Cumberland County pre-orders only should be picked up at the Cumberland County Master Gardener Plant Sale to held at the Barron Center on Brighton Avenue in Portland on May 19, not at the Extension Office in Falmouth. Those interested in purchasing a high-bush blueberry pack can get additional information at http://umaine.edu/gardening/go-blueberry/.

Purchasers will receive expert advice on growing blueberries at every stage — planting, pruning and harvesting — and a take-home package of instructions from UMaine Extension staff and Master Gardener Volunteers.Purchasers will also receive a discount of $5 off the cost of one soil test for their blueberry planting site at the UMaine Soil Testing Lab. Soil tests can help gardeners get the most out of their soils and garden sites. When purchasers place orders, they’ll receive instructions on how to select the right site and how to take the soil sample. Soil samples can be taken early in the spring.

To request special accommodations or for more information contact Richard Brzozowski, 207.781.6099, toll-free in Maine, 800-287-1471 or email: richard.brzozowski@maine.edu; or Marjorie Peronto,(207) 667-8212, or toll-free in Maine (800) 287-1479 or email: marjorie.peronto@maine.edu.

UMaine Extension programs are open and accessible to all in accordance with program goals. To provide adequate time to respond to requests, inquiries are welcome with as much advance notice as possible.

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