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Learn to Cook for Crowds with UMaine Extension

University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering a Cooking for Crowds workshop from 12pm-4pm on Thursday, August 7, at the UMaine Extension Penobscot County office, 307 Maine Avenue, Bangor.

Learn up-to-date methods for safely preparing, handling and serving food for large groups, including at soup kitchens, church functions, food pantries and community fundraisers. The class meets the Good Shepherd Food Bank food safety training requirements. The workshop covers the following food safety guidelines: planning and purchasing; storing food supplies; preparing food; transporting, storing and serving cooked foods; and handling leftovers.

Cost is $15 per person; scholarships are available. Register online at umaine.edu/food-health/food-safety/cooking-for-crowds/ or bring a check to class. For more information, or to request a disability accommodation, call Viña Lindley at 207.342.5971 or 800.287.1426 (in Maine).

Image Description: Extension expert demonstrates cooking for crowds; photo by Edwin Remsberg

UMaine Extension Offers Backyard Locavore Day

The 6th Annual Backyard Locavore Day, sponsored by University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Cumberland County, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, in six gardens in Brunswick and Freeport. This self-guided tour will be held independent of the weather.

Learn do-it-yourself strategies for becoming a locavore — a person who eats food locally grown and produced. Demonstrations and talk topics include vegetable and square-foot gardening, backyard composting, greenhouses, beekeeping, and backyard poultry. Each garden session will feature food-preservation methods, including drying, hot water bath canning, and making herbal vinegars and jam. Complimentary food samples will be provided. UMaine Extension Master Gardner and Master Food Preserver Volunteers, as well as homeowners, will answer questions.

Cost is $15 for those who register in advance, $20 the day of event and free for children younger than 12. Registrants will receive a booklet with a map and descriptions of each site. Proceeds benefit UMaine Extension’s Cumberland County Food Preservation Program. Online registration and information are available at umaine.edu/cumberland/programs/locavore/. Also, for more information, or to request a disability accommodation, call 207.781.6099, 800.287.1471 (in Maine), or email lois.elwell@maine.edu.

UMaine Extension Offers Harvest Preservation Workshop

University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Preserving the Harvest workshop will be held Tuesday, June 17, 2014 from 4:30-7:30 p.m., at Little Ridge Farm, 101 Gould Road, Lisbon Falls 04252.

UMaine Extension staff members will lead the workshop, which will include hands-on, USDA-recommended hot water bath canning and freezing food preservation methods. Learn to preserve pickles, jam, vegetables, and fruits, as well as rhubarb orange chutney. Home food preservation allows for year-round consumption of locally grown foods and enables preservers to control additives, including sugar and sodium.

Fresh produce, canning jars, and other canning equipment will be provided. Participants should bring a potholder. Cost is $15 per person; partial scholarships are available. Register by June 10 at umaine.edu/food-health/food-preservation/hands-on-workshops/. For more information, or to request a disability accommodation, call 207.781.6099, 800.287.1471 (toll-free in Maine).

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Cooking for Crowds Workshop, March 25, 2014

Cooking for Crowds: Food Safety Training for Volunteers

March 25, 2014
Location: UMaine Learning Center, Falmouth, ME
Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Cost: $15.00

Many organizations and community groups rely on volunteers like you for a variety of food events for fundraising, fellowship, food pantries or other service to the community. But cooking for a crowd is tricky! How do you store all that food? When is the food completely cooked? How long can you leave food on the buffet table? Now there is a workshop on Safe Food Handling designed specifically for Volunteers.

For more information or to register, visit Cooking for Crowds.

Image Description: Extension expert demonstrates cooking for crowds; photo by Edwin Remsberg

Learn to make cheese, produce maple syrup at Rural Living Day

University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Waldo County Extension Association are offering more than 20 workshops and seminars at the 20th Rural Living Day on Saturday, March 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at Mount View High School in Thorndike.

Attendees can learn to make cheese, brew beer, produce maple syrup, and attract native pollinators to farms and gardens. Activities for youth ages 6-12 have been added and include gardening, cooking, and outdoors exploration. Presenters include: UMaine Extension specialists; John Bunker, author and apple expert; and Jim Merkel, author and director of the Global Living Project in Belfast, Maine.

A suggested donation of $20 for adults and $5 for youth covers three workshops and lunch made from local food. Rural Living Day proceeds fund a scholarship that Waldo County Extension Association presents annually to a Waldo County student pursuing higher education.

For more information, contact sonia.antunes@maine.edu. To register, visit http://umaine.edu/waldo/rld. To request a disability accommodation, call 1.800.287.1426.

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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, ksavoie@maine.edu

Online applications will be available March 31 at http://umaine.edu/food-health/food-preservation/master-food-preservers/.

Image Description: Preparing for canning

YOU CAN Make Maple Syrup

Learn to safely tap maple trees and make maple syrup in a YOU CAN workshop 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Piscataquis County Office, 165 East Main St., Dover-Foxcroft.

UMaine Extension and Piscataquis Valley Adult Education Cooperative (PVAEC) sponsor the YOU CAN program, which was developed to teach self-sufficiency skills to Maine families.

Kathy Hopkins, Extension Educator for Somerset County and statewide resource for the Maine maple syrup industry, will lead the workshop; cost is $5. To register, stop in or write to 48 Morton Ave., Suite M, Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426, call 207.564.6525 or visit http://bit.ly/pyoucan. For more information, or to request a disability accommodation, call 207.564.3301 or 800.287.1491 (in Maine).

Image Description: Maple sap buckets on trees.

UMaine Extension Offering Sanitation, Meat & Poultry Workshops

University of Maine Cooperative Extension will hold a sanitation workshop from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 5, in Room 203, Hitchner Hall at UMaine in Orono. Registration is $65 and includes a notebook and lunch.

On Wednesday, March 12, and Thursday, March 13, a meat and poultry HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) workshop will take place in 203 Hitchner Hall, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Registration is $150 and includes the sanitation workshop, notebook and lunches.

For more information, to register or to request special accommodations, contact Theresa Tilton at 207.942.7396, 800.287.1485 (toll free in Maine) or theresa.tilton@maine.edu. Registration also can be done online through the Extension website at: http://umaine.edu/food-health/food-safety/sanitation-and-haccp-workshops/.

UMaine Extension programs are open and accessible to all in accordance with program goals. To provide adequate time to respond to special requests, please provide as much notice as possible.

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Recipe to Market 6-Part Workshop

Do your friends and family rave about your homemade chowder, blueberry jam, ice cream, fudge or other special food product? They say you should sell it and make a fortune. You wonder if they’re right, and if you have the drive and personality to run a business.

Participants of the Recipe to Market 6-part workshop will learn about licensing, how to prepare and package their food product safely, to access potential profits, and discover some of the resources available to support them in business development.

This program is for individuals currently operating a value-added business or those seriously considering one.

Cost: $50 Register online or contact Lois Elwell, 207.781.6099, lois.elwell@maine.edu to pay with check.

Dates/Times/Subject: Sessions to be held at the UMaine Regional Learning Center, 75 Clearwater Dr., Falmouth, Maine

  1. October 3 (5:30 – 9:00 p.m.), Are You an Entrepreneur? What Is Involved?
  2. October 10 (5:30 – 9:00 p.m.), Developing Your Product and Process.
  3. October 24 (5:30 – 9:00 p.m.), Business Realities.
  4. November 7 (5:30 – 9:00 p.m.), Resource Panel.
  5. November 14 (9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) Individual Business Counseling.
  6. November 21 (8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) Pilot Plant Tours, Hitchner Hall, Orono, Maine.

Image Description: Maine made food products; photo by Edwin Remsberg

University of Maine Cooperative Extension Eat Well Nutrition Workshops

This six-part series starts September 17, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. and will be held at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Penobscot County Office located at 307 Maine Avenue in Bangor, Maine. Class dates are: September 17, 24, October 1, 22, 29, and November 5, 2013. Classes are 60 to 90 minutes in length and participation in all six classes is required.

Through hands-on activities participants will learn how to save money on groceries, enhance cooking skills, keep foods safe to eat, and try new, healthy recipes the whole family will enjoy!

Participants in the Eat Well Nutrition Workshops will also receive: recipes, a cookbook, tips to help keep families healthy and active, and other incentives at each lesson they attend to help practice at home, what is learned at each workshop.

Registration is free to eligible adults with children.

For more information about program eligibility, or to request a disability accommodation, contact Theresa or Wendy at 207.942.7396 or 800.287.1485 (in Maine), TDD: 1.800.287.8957 or e-mail cepen@umext.maine.edu. You can also visit the UMaine Extension events calendar.

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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: extension@maine.edu
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Orono, Maine 04469
207.581.1110
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