Orders are being taken for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteers “Grow it Right!” plant sale.
UMaine Extension Master Gardener Volunteers support community gardens, grow and harvest food for the Maine Harvest for Hunger program and from June 2012 through May 2013 contributed more than 26,000 hours to community-based volunteer programs across the state. Plant sale funds will support the Master Gardener Volunteer program that has been active in the state for more than 30 years, including for educational projects and scholarship funding for Master Gardener Volunteer training.
A high-bush blueberry pack of three young plants (two varieties per pack) costs $35.95; a pack of 10 asparagus crowns costs $15; and a pack of 25 young dormant strawberry plants costs $15. All are suitable for Maine’s climate and will be ready for spring planting. Plants may be picked up Saturday, May 17, 2014, at a University of Maine Cooperative Extension county office of choice. Office locations are in Ellsworth, Bangor, Springvale, Falmouth, Waldoboro, South Paris, Dover-Foxcroft, Machias, and Highmoor Farm in Monmouth.
To order, or to watch video clips about site selection and soil testing, visit http://umaine.edu/gardening/master-gardeners/benefit/. Purchasers will receive expert advice on growing blueberries, strawberries and asparagus at every stage, as well as a take-home package of instructions from Extension staff and Master Gardener Volunteers. To request a disability accommodation, or for more information, contact Richard Brzozowski at email@example.com, 207.781.6099 or toll-free in Maine at 800.287.1471; or Marjorie Peronto at firstname.lastname@example.org, 207.667.8212 or toll-free in Maine at 800.287.1479.
The Portland Daily Sun reported the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Cumberland County will offer a Master Gardener Training Course beginning January 31, 2014 in Falmouth. The training program will take place on 16 consecutive Friday afternoons and will focus on fruits and vegetables.
WABI (Channel 5) reported on a Hancock County gleaning initiative — the act of harvesting extra crops and sharing with those in need — put on by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Healthy Acadia. Food collected at farms throughout the county are collected by volunteers and redistributed to food pantries throughout Hancock County.
The first annual Maine Seniors Day is Sept. 14, 2013 — a day to recognize the service and contributions of all Maine seniors. University of Maine Cooperative Extension would like to thank its hundreds of participating seniors across the state who are actively involved in its range of programs — from Senior Companion to Master Gardener Volunteers. Today and every day, we honor your involvement and efforts.
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Kate Garland, horticulturist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, spoke with WVII (Channel 7) for the latest installment of its “Backyard Gardener” series. Garland spoke about the Maine Harvest for Hunger program and the importance of giving food back to the community.
SeacoastOnline previewed a hands-on Four Season Gardening workshop to be offered by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardeners and staff. The workshop will take place Thursday, August 29, 2013 at the Wells Reserve in Wells and will focus on building an inexpensive home garden greenhouse, planting schedules and recommended winter crops.
WABI (Channel 5) reported on the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Art in the Garden event held at Rogers Farm in Old Town. The event, which included music, live demonstrations and food, gave the Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners a chance to share with locals their produce and what they learned while in the program.
The Sun Journal reported on an outdoor cooking demonstration on how to steam green beans with dressing, which was hosted by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Oxford County and River Valley Health Communities Coalition. Barbara Murphy, Maine Harvest for Hunger coordinator and extension educator in home horticulture and agriculture, said the demonstration was one of 12 cooking lessons to teach residents “how to be clever with their vegetables.”
In May, the “Grow It in Maine” column by Carol Howe in Downeast Coastal Press focused on the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Harvest for Hunger program and its benefits to the state.
WLBZ (Channel 2) and WVII (Channel 7) reported members of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension will be offering free hands-on gardening advice this summer. UMaine Extension’s Penobscot County Master Gardeners will be on hand every Tuesday evening at the Rogers Farm Demonstration Garden in Old Town to answer questions for those who may have gardening problems.