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.
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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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn. 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: email@example.com; or Marjorie Peronto,(207) 667-8212, or toll-free in Maine (800) 287-1479 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
The University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Maine Harvest for Hunger Program this year generated 179,712 pounds of fresh garden produce donated to charity by volunteer gardeners around the state.
Nearly 500 volunteer gardeners in about a dozen counties this year donated the nearly 90 tons of vegetables and fruit to 114 food pantries, shelters or charitable organizations around the state, according to Extension educator Barbara Murphy in the South Paris Oxford County office. Murphy, who oversees the program, values the produce at $303,713, based on a sales price averaging $1.69 per pound.
The number of participants more than doubled from 200 in 2010 and the number of organizations benefiting from the gardeners’ generosity more than tripled, from 45 last year. Murphy calculated that farmers and gardeners collectively logged 5,890 hours in this year’s Harvest for Hunger effort.
Murphy considers the program, which is still receiving donated produce as the growing season winds down, highly successful given the challenging, if not poor, growing conditions throughout much of the summer. Inconsistent rain, combined with hot, dry periods, took an especially large toll on winter squash, “which always adds tons to the totals,” she says.
Donated fruits and vegetables have increased in volume each year, as has the number of gardeners participating, in addition to the need, Murphy says. Since 2000, volunteers have donated almost 542 tons of fresh produce to the Extension’s Harvest for Hunger program.
For information and details on future participation, Murphy can be reached by email at email@example.com or by telephone at 1-800-287-1482 in Maine.
Participating counties producing the most produce for the program are listed in order: Kennebec, Penobscot, York, Oxford, Washington, Hancock, Franklin, Cumberland, and Knox, Waldo and Lincoln combined, Piscataquis and Somerset.
In addition, Highmoor Farm in Monmouth and university experimental gardens contributed more than 6 tons. Murphy says with as much as 20,000 pounds anticipated from Androscoggin and Penobscot counties, the grand total could reach 100 tons, the amount donated in 2010.
UMaine Extension Offering Master Gardener Volunteer Classes in Waterville
The University of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteers program for Kennebec and Waldo Counties is now open for application. The full schedule is available. The course fee and application is due by September 16.
The program provides participants with more than 40 hours of in-depth training in the art and science of horticulture. In addition, the program trains volunteers to conduct and join sustainable horticulture projects in Kennebec and Waldo Counties.
Trainees receive the latest research-based information from UMaine Extension educators and industry experts. This coming program will focus on vegetables and fruits. The course begins on Oct. 12. Most classes will be held at Colby College in Waterville on Wednesdays, with some Mondays, from 4:00-7:30 pm. Two classes will be held in Belfast (Tuesday, 11/8 and Thursday, 11/10, from 12:30-3:30 pm). Participants must attend two of three tours held at other area sites in spring of 2012. To complete the course, participants must volunteers a minimum of 40 hours at approved community projects the first year. There are many ways to volunteer- demonstration gardens, school programs, Harvest for Hunger campaigns, newsletter articles, public talks and slide shows, and more.
Interested participants may learn more and request an application by contacting University of Maine Cooperative Extension Kennebec County office by phone at 207-622-7546 (local), and (toll-free) 1-800-287-1481.
The University of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program for Knox, Lincoln and Waldo Counties is now open for application.
The Master Gardener Volunteer program provides participants with more than 40 hours of in-depth training in the art and science of horticulture. In addition, volunteers are trained to conduct and join sustainable horticulture projects in their communities.
This year’s program will focus on growing fruits and vegetables. Trainees will receive the latest research-based information from UMaine Extension educators and industry experts. Thirteen classes begin on October 6 from 12:30-3:30 pm and will be held in Waldoboro, Belfast and Waldo. In the spring of 2012, participants must attend two of three tours and hands-on workshops at other sites. To complete the course, participants must volunteer a minimum of 40 hours at approved community projects in their first year. There are many ways to volunteer-demonstration gardens, school programs, Maine Harvest for Hunger campaigns, articles, public talks and more.
Applications are due September 16th. The program costs between $110 and $330.00 based on a sliding income scale. Interested participants may get an application by contacting the UMaine Extension Knox-Lincoln counties office at 207-832-0343 or 800-244-2104 (in Maine) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Comments from Barbara Murphy of UMaine Cooperative Extension were included in a Maine Sunday Telegram story about the 2010 Maine growing season. The story notes that farmers and gardeners donated more than 200,000 pounds of produce through Extension’s Maine Harvest for Hunger program. That’s more than double last year’s yield of 87,319 pounds.
A column in the Morning Sentinel highlighted University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s master gardening courses. The classes help gardeners get the most from their gardens.