Posts Tagged ‘Master Gardener Volunteers’

UMaine Extension Offers Master Gardener Training

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Man weeding garden; photo by Edwin RemsbergUniversity of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteers training will be held Mondays, Sept. 8 through Nov. 17, 2014, and Mondays, Jan. 19through Feb. 9, 2015. Classes will meet 6-9 p.m. at the UMaine Extension Somerset County Office, Norridgewock Avenue, Skowhegan.

UMaine and state specialists will present 15 three-hour gardening sessions focused on vegetables, fruit, and volunteerism. Participants are expected to attend all sessions and, following the course, work on educationally based, volunteer projects. Projects may include assisting people taking part in community vegetable gardens and/or school gardens, designing and creating displays for fairs and other public functions, and answering public calls and requests.

Cost is $220; scholarships are available. The course features an online manual and requires an Internet connection. For more information, to request an application or disability accommodation, or if interested and do not have reliable Internet access, call Pete Bastien, 207.474.9622 or 800.287.1495 (in Maine). Completed applications are due by Aug. 22, 2014.

Pen Bay Pilot Reports on UMaine Extension Plant Orders, Pickup Sites

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

The Penobscot Bay Pilot reported the University of Maine Cooperative Extension is taking orders for highbush blueberry plants, asparagus crowns and strawberry plants until May 1, 2014. Plants will be available for pickup on May 17 at various locations throughout the state, including the Knox-Lincoln Extension office in Waldoboro and the Waldo Extension office in Waldo. Proceeds from the “Grow it Right!” sale go toward scholarships for UMaine Extension’s statewide Master Gardener Volunteer Program and fund statewide community-based horticulture projects.

UMaine Extension Selling Blueberry, Strawberry, Asparagus Plants

Monday, March 31st, 2014

University of Maine Cooperative Extension is taking orders for highbush blueberry plants, asparagus crowns and strawberry plants.

A set of three blueberry plants costs $39.95; varieties are appropriate for Maine’s climate. A set of 25 strawberry plants costs $15 and a set of 10 asparagus crowns totals $15. A packet with links to online videos comes with each order and provides information about site selection, planting and care of the specific plants.

Proceeds from this “Grow it Right!” sale go toward scholarships for UMaine Extension’s statewide Master Gardener Volunteer Program and fund statewide community-based horticulture projects. UMaine Extension educators and industry experts annually provide research-based horticulture training to more than 250 Master Gardener Volunteers, who then share what they’ve learned with community neighbors.

Orders can be placed online until May 1, 2014. Plants will be available for pickup May 17 at various locations throughout the state.

For more information, contact Richard Brzozowski at 207.781.6099, 800.287.1471 (toll-free in Maine) or richard.brzozowski@maine.edu; or contact Marjorie Peronto at 207.667.8212, 800.287.1479 (toll-free in Maine) or marjorie.peronto@maine.edu.

Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardener Volunteers Program Mentioned in Feature

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

A Boston Globe feature on Sharon Kitchens, a former city dweller who now lives off the land in Maine, mentioned the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardener Volunteers Program. Kitchens, who also writes the Portland Press Herald blog “The Root,” expects to complete the program this year and to begin the volunteer requirements.

Blueberry Plant, Asparagus Sale to Benefit Master Gardener Program

Friday, March 15th, 2013

Highbush blueberry plants and asparagus crowns for spring planting are being sold by 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 and asparagus — a pack of 10 crowns for $15.00. Plants must be ordered by April 30, 2013 and will be available for pickup at University of Maine Cooperative Extension county offices and at Highmoor Farm in Monmouth on Saturday, May 18. UMaine Extension county office locations are listed online.

UMaine Extension experts will provide advice on growing blueberries and asparagus, as well as take-home instructions from Master Gardener volunteers. Online resources are available to gardeners throughout the growing season and harvest.

“This is more than a plant sale. It is an educational experience with positive results,” says Richard Brzozowski, UMaine Extension educator in the Cumberland County office.

Money raised will assist Master Gardener Volunteer projects and provide scholarships for participants. Since its inception more than 30 years ago, the UMaine Extension Master Gardener Volunteers program has assisted in dozens of community horticultural projects across the state, including Maine Harvest for Hunger, youth gardening and other community-based volunteer efforts.

A soil test is recommended prior to planting to help gardeners get the most out of their garden site. Additional information is available at the plant sale website.

For more information about Grow It Right! contact Brzozowski at 207.781.6099 (toll-free in Maine 800.287.1471), or Marjorie Peronto at 207.667.8212 (toll-free in Maine 800.287.1479), or email richard.brzozowski@maine.edu or marjorie.peronto@maine.edu.

 

Blueberry plant sale to benefit UMaine Extension Master Gardener Volunteers

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

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/master-gardeners/benefit/.

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.

Kennebunk Weekly Notes Extension Gardening Program

Friday, January 13th, 2012

UMaine Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardener Volunteers program was mentioned in a story on the website of the weekly Kennebunk Post. The story, which is about an upcoming Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration in Kennebunk, notes guest speaker Kathy Landrum, a social activist, went through the Master Gardener program in 2010. Landrum said the program inspired her to use her skills in horticulture to grow food for the hungry.