Posts Tagged ‘Master Gardeners’

Plant Sale Benefits Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteers

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

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 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, 207.781.6099 or toll-free in Maine at 800.287.1471; or Marjorie Peronto at, 207.667.8212 or toll-free in Maine at 800.287.1479.

SeacoastOnline Previews Four Season Gardening Workshop

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

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 Covers Art in the Garden Event

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

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.

Cooperative Extension to Offer Gardening Advice, Media Report

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

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.

Foster’s Daily Democrat Covers Master Gardener Plant Sale

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Foster’s Daily Democrat reported last month’s annual plant sale hosted by the Master Gardener Volunteers with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in York County was a success. The sale, held in Springvale, saw hundreds of customers and generated several thousand dollars for community programs, according to the report.

2012 Master Gardener Volunteer Training in York County

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Volunteers collect onions for Maine Harvest for Hunger; photo by Edwin RemsbergApplications are now available for the next Master Gardener Volunteer training with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in York County. Participants will receive 75+ hours of in-depth horticultural training beginning January 20th and running through early June. The training site will be the Anderson Learning Center, Springvale, ME, and the classes will be held on Friday afternoons from 12:30 – 4:00 PM. This winter’s program will focus on growing fruits and vegetables. UMaine Extension specialists, county educa­tors, and other experts will provide training on Soils, Botany, Composting, Herbs, Seed Starting, Vegetables, Berries, Tree Fruits, Pruning, Pest Management, and much more.

Master Gardener Volunteers are required to give back 40 hours of volunteer time providing outreach education in gardening and community service through ongoing outreach projects such as demonstration gardens, the Maine Harvest for Hunger, “Kids Can Grow” programs, and the Garden Angel program. If you are interested in participating in the 2012 training, call UMaine Extension in York County at 1-800-287-1535 (toll free in Maine) or 324-2814 for an information packet and an application form. The deadline for applying is January 4th. You may also apply online via

UMaine Extension’s Harvest for Hunger Program Doubled 2010 Harvest

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Barbara Murphy distributes Harvest for the Hungry produce; photo by Edwin Remsberg, USDAThe numbers are in and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Maine Harvest for Hunger Program this year surpassed by more than 56.3 tons — or 112,687 pounds — the 87,319 pounds of fresh garden produce donated to charity last year by volunteer gardeners around the state.

Volunteer gardeners in 13 counties this year donated 200,006 pounds, or 100 tons, of vegetables and fruit, which included nearly 9 tons of potatoes, to food pantries, shelters and charitable organizations around the state, according to a jubilant Extension educator Barbara Murphy in the South Paris Oxford County office. Murphy oversees the program, renamed this year from “Plant-A-Row for the Hungry” to “Maine Harvest for the Hungry.”

That’s 112,687 pounds more than the 2010 goal of 125,000 pounds of fresh produce.

“Extension volunteers, with the support of Extension employees, produce and gather fresh fruit and vegetables for distribution to 45 Maine food pantries and soup kitchens,” Murphy says. “We asked for an extra effort this year to attempt to meet the growing need, and our volunteer gardeners really came through. We couldn’t be more excited.”

The Maine Harvest for Hunger program engages nearly 200 highly committed Master Gardener volunteers across the state in growing, gleaning and distributing food for Maine residents with limited finances or resources to buy fresh produce.

Murphy has worked to raise awareness of the opportunity for backyard gardeners and others to “plant an extra row” to donate to one of many drop-off locations in Maine. She says the program is growing, but needs to grow more.

“Local farmers are critical to the effort and donate thousands of pounds to the project,” Murphy says.

Donated fruits and vegetables increase in volume each year, as does the number of gardeners participating in the program. So, too, Murphy says, does the need. Since 2000, volunteers have now raised, gathered and donated almost 452 tons of fresh produce to the Extension charitable gardening program.

For information and details on future participation, Murphy can be reached by e-mail at or by telephone at 1-800-287-1482 in Maine.

The charitable garden harvest program was the 2010 winner of the Steven Gould Award for Service to the University.