March 25, 2014
Location: UMaine Learning Center, Falmouth, ME
Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
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.
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The Morning Sentinel previewed the 20th Rural Living Day that will be held in Thorndike on March 29, 2014. The University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Waldo County Extension Association are holding the event that will offer more than 20 workshops and seminars on topics such as how to make cheese, brew beer, attract native pollinators and produce maple syrup.
Alan Majka, associate Extension professor at the University of Maine, received a $3,500 grant from the Healthy Acadia Coalition to fund “Dining with Diabetes Down East.” Majka will work in Washington County, providing diabetes self-management support through diet-related education at several sites. The program will address basic diabetes and diet concepts, and practical skill development regarding planning and preparing meals through hands-on cooking. In Washington County diabetes prevalence is at 10.4 percent. It is estimated that 3.1 percent of Maine adults are unaware that they have diabetes.
The Portland Press Herald reported the University of Maine Cooperative Extension will offer its annual spring workshop on food safety for those who cook for crowds. The Falmouth workshop costs $15 per person and begins March 25.
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.
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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, email@example.com
Online applications will be available March 31 at http://umaine.edu/food-health/food-preservation/master-food-preservers/.
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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).
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The Portland Press Herald reported on the Maine FoodCorps program, the state branch of a national program that teaches healthful eating, expands school-based gardens and increases locally grown food in school cafeterias. The University of Maine Cooperative Extension oversees the Maine program that is funded by the Maine Commission for Community Service, with 20 percent of the funding coming from the federal AmeriCorps program. The article states Maine was chosen as one of the original FoodCorps sites because of the state’s interest in and support of the farm-to-school movement.
The Morning Sentinel published an article about Katie Quinn, a bartender at Bullwinkle’s restaurant on Sugarloaf Mountain, who created a Bloody Mary mix to help reduce overhead. Quinn cites Recipe to Market, a University of Maine Cooperative Extension course, with helping her meet necessary guidelines, such as seeking her commercial kitchen license and label registration from the state Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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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