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Youth ‘Pickle Labs’ Food Preservation Series Offered

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pickles; photo by Edwin RemsbergThe University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Falmouth is offering “Pickle Labs” in February and April, a series of two-hour, hands-on, multi-media educational programs designed to teach children 7-12 years old about the science behind food preservation.

Program sessions, each limited to 24 participants, costs $2 per child and will be held at the Cumberland County Extension office, 75 Clearwater Drive, Ste 104, in Falmouth. Students will learn about food preservation science with pickles. In the process, they’ll dissect a pickle, identify pickle flavors through smell and taste, play pickle Jeopardy and sample different pickled products.

Sessions are scheduled Feb. 22 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m.; Feb. 23 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m.; April 17, 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m.; and April 19, 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m.

To register, call (207) 781-6099 or 1-800-287-1471 in Maine. UMaine Extension programs are open and accessible to all in accordance with program goals. Participants with special needs are asked to contact the office at least 10 days prior to the desired sessions to allow accommodations to be arranged.

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