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Become a Community Resource For Food Preservation, Safety

University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering a 10-session Master Food Preserver training program starting June 19 and ending Sept. 25.

Lectures, discussions and hands-on kitchen lab education will be conducted 10 Thursdays, 5:30-8:30 p.m., at Gorham Middle School, 106 Weeks Road, Gorham, and at the UMaine Extension Office, 75 Clearwater Drive, Falmouth.

A Master Food Preserver is a UMaine Extension volunteer who has successfully completed the practical, research-based program on food safety and preservation. Volunteers agree to give back 20 hours of time for community-based projects within a year. Projects could include hands-on food preservation workshops, staffing educational displays and demonstrations and providing information at farmers’ markets, county fairs, and other food-related events.

May 2 is the deadline to apply. Fees are on a sliding scale, from $125 to $330, based on household income. For more information or to request an application or disability accommodation, call 207.781.6099 or 1.800.287.1471 (in Maine). Or, for additional information, contact Kathleen Savoie, Extension Educator, 207.781.6099,

Online applications will be available March 31 at

Image Description: Preparing for canning

Low-Sugar Strawberry Jam Preserving Workshop

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Cumberland County announces Low-Sugar Strawberry Jam Preserving workshops with Kate McCarty, Community Educator.

Date/Time: Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Place: University of Maine Regional Learning Center, 75 Clearwater Dr., Ste 104, Falmouth, ME

Cost: $15.00 per person (scholarships are available)
To register online and to see details of future workshops:

For more information or to request a disability accommodation, call 781.6099 or in Maine 1.800.287.1471.

Youth ‘Pickle Labs’ Food Preservation Series Offered

The 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.

Image Description: pickles; photo by Edwin Remsberg


University of Maine Cooperative Extension

Contact Information

Cooperative Extension: Food & Health
5741 Libby Hall
Orono, Maine 04469-5741
Phone: 207.581.3188, 800.287.0274 (in Maine) or 800.287.8957 (TDD)E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
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