Posts Tagged ‘Master Gardeners’

Master Gardeners Offer Home Composting Workshop

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

University of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners are offering a hands-on workshop on basics of home composting and soil management 6–8 p.m. Thursday, June 5, 2014, at Wells Reserve at Laudholm, 342 Laudholm Farm Road, Wells 04090.

Best practices for home composting, including proper materials, pile management for optimum efficiency and bin options will be covered. Mulching, lasagna gardening, hugelkultur, cover cropping and soil testing will also be discussed and demonstrated. Glenn MacWilliams, a Master Gardener volunteer, and Frank Wertheim, an Extension professor, will lead the program. Meet at All Seasons Garden behind the lab/science building, dressed for the outdoors, and prepared for hands-on learning.

A $7 fee ($5 for members of Laudholm Trust) may be paid at the event. To register, contact UMaine Extension in York County, 207.324.2814 or rebecca.gowdy@maine.edu. For more information, or to request a disability accommodation, call Wertheim at 207.324.2814 or 800.287.1535 (in state).

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 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 richard.brzozowski@maine.edu, 207.781.6099 or toll-free in Maine at 800.287.1471; or Marjorie Peronto at marjorie.peronto@maine.edu, 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.