The Portland Press Herald reported the University of Maine Cooperative Extension will offer its annual spring workshop on food safety for those who cook for crowds. The Falmouth workshop costs $15 per person and begins March 25.
Anna Saar, who coordinates the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Senior Companion Program for Oxford, Androscoggin and Franklin counties, spoke with the Sun Journal about the program and her upcoming talk in Otisfield. Saar is scheduled to speak February 6, 2014 at a presentation hosted by the Otisfield Social Outreach Committee for residents interested in helping their elderly homebound neighbors stay independent. She said the need for volunteers is great, and the visits require nothing more than companionship.
The University of Maine Youth Development Program in Oxford County recently recognized Zachary Hebert and Alison Corey as Outstanding 4-H Members and Vicki Drew and Doug Bean as Outstanding 4-H Volunteers. They received plaques in December at an annual bowling celebration.
Outstanding members are selected based on 4-H, school and community activities and volunteers are honored for their dedication to 4-H.
Hebert, a senior at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School, has been a 4-H member for more than 12 years. He has served as vice president and president of the Hebron Heartbreakers 4-H Club, participated in the Eastern States Exposition, traveled with the 4-H Teen Exchange Club, hosted out-of-state 4-Hers wanting to explore Maine and displayed projects at the Oxford County and Fryeburg fairs. The National Honor Society member is also an Eagle Scout and a Big Brother. He has traveled to China and participated on the soccer, cross-country skiing and lacrosse teams at OHCHS.
Corey, a junior at Gould Academy, joined 4-H at age 5. In fifth grade, she initiated a program that has since created more than 400 back-to-school packs. During her first year at Gould, Corey volunteered her photography skills more than 60 hours weekly at the University of Maine 4-H Camp and Learning Center at Bryant Pond. Later, she was hired to be a summer lifeguard at the camp and a member of the video and photo production staff. Her photos have been featured in the USDA Children, Youth, and Families at Risk report as well as in University of Maine and Purdue University publications. Corey writes and illustrates stories and won the 2013 Molly Ockett Native American Essay Contest. She has attended the Grab the Torch Leadership, Ethics and Philanthropy Institute and UMaine Teen Leadership camps. Corey has been a volunteer snowboard instructor for the Sunday River RugRats, a learn-to-ski program.
Drew, a co-leader of the Oxford Caprine Milkers, has been involved at the club and county levels. As an Oxford County leader for 16 years, she has championed the dairy goat program, assisting 4-H members statewide at fairs and clinics. At the club level, Drew teaches 4-H members record keeping, showmanship, feeding, care and clipping of animals. She showcases goats at Fryeburg Fair. For years, Drew coordinated the 4-H trip to Story Land and collected items for auction fundraisers.
Bean has been a longtime 4-H volunteer with the Twisted Sticks 4-H Club that participates in shows at the Eastern States Exposition, Waterford World’s, Skowhegan State, Oxford County, Fryeburg, Monmouth and Windsor fairs. The Twisted Sticks offer a training demonstration at June Jamboree and Scribners Mill and exhibit educational displays in Waterford World’s, Oxford County and Fryeburg 4-H halls. In Twisted Sticks’ 4-H project records, members indicated they learned self-discipline, responsibility, motivation, critical thinking and problem-solving skills as well as communication and determination.
Plant Sale Benefits Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteers
Order blueberry, strawberry, asparagus now for spring planting
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 207.781.6099 or toll-free in Maine at 800.287.1471; or Marjorie Peronto at email@example.com, 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.
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.