UMaine Mentioned in Press Herald, BDN Articles on Tick Increase

August 20th, 2014 2:53 PM

The University of Maine was mentioned in articles by the Portland Press Herald and Bangor Daily News on climate change and the increase of ticks and Lyme disease. Both reports referenced a question on the November ballot that will ask voters to approve an $8 million bond that would support a laboratory administered by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension for monitoring Lyme disease and other health threats related to mosquitoes, bed bugs and ticks. Research from UMaine’s Climate Change Institute also was referenced in the BDN article. A clinical research associate at the Maine Medical Center Research Institute, which tracks tick populations in the state, said CCI research shows the state will grow significantly warmer by 2050.

Fuller Talks to Press Herald About Growing Garlic in Maine

July 29th, 2014 9:31 AM

David Fuller, an agricultural and non-timber forest products professional with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, was interviewed by the Portland Press Herald for an article about the increase of garlic in Maine gardens. According to UMaine Extension, about 100 farmers around the state grow garlic and that number is on the rise, Fuller said. He added Mainers are now growing about 70 different varieties. Fuller also spoke about the Maine Garlic Project, a research study he started in 2010 with crops specialist Steven Johnson. The study, which concluded last year, was intended to encourage more garlic production in the state among both farmers and home gardeners. “You start talking garlic with some people, and they just don’t stop,” Fuller said of the passionate farmers he has met.

UMaine Cooperative Extension Lab Bond Selected as Question 2, WABI Reports

July 24th, 2014 1:49 PM

WABI (Channel 5) reported the order of bond questions for the November ballot was determined by a drawing in Augusta. A bond referring to funds for an animal and plant disease and insect control lab administered by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension was selected as Question 2. The question reads, “Do you favor an $8,000,000 bond issue to support Maine agriculture, facilitate economic growth in natural resources-based industries and monitor human health threats related to ticks, mosquitoes and bedbugs through the creation of an animal and plant disease and insect control laboratory administered by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Service?”

Wilton Student receives Franklin County Extension Association 4-H Annual Award

June 11th, 2014 11:17 AM

WILTON – The Franklin County Extension Association announced that Mt. Blue High School senior Kyrie Harnden of Wilton has been chosen to receive the 4-H Annual Award. This award is given to a 4-H member who has demonstrated the character and life skills that 4-H promotes, and who will pursue further education after high school. Harnden has been a member of the Dandy Crafters 4-H Club for 10 years. She plans to attend college and to become a registered nurse.

“4-H has developed me into the person I have always wanted to be,” Harnden said. Her work in many diverse projects (from the arts and music to fitness and health) show her progress. She has held many leadership positions in the Dandy Crafters over the years, and has helped her club to achieve many community service awards. She was a delegate to the Citizen Washington D.C. Focus in 2012.

In addition to 4-H, Kyrie has been very active at Mt. Blue High School in Jazz Band, choir, Interact Club and varsity track, and is a member of the National Honor Society. She plays field hockey and basketball, and has taken dance lessons for more than 10 years. The Franklin County Fiddlers and the Old Crow Indian Band benefit from her membership.Harnden has participated in two mission trips to Nicaragua. Whatever the need, she is always ready to help her family and the community at large.

The Franklin County Extension Association supports the work of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Franklin County. 4-H is one of the association’s important programs, providing hands-on background in agriculture, community service, science and technology. For more information about 4-H, contact the Cooperative Extension office at 1-800-287-1478.

The association is giving its award for the first time this spring and intends to make this award an annual event. While a portion of the award will be taken from operating expense, the association seeks donations in any amount from community members to enrich its Award Fund. Donations can be sent to the Franklin County Extension Association, 138 Pleasant St., Farmington, Maine 04938.

Annual Franklin County 4-H Fair & Auction on June 14, 2014

June 11th, 2014 11:13 AM
Elizabeth Grondin at the 2013 4-H Fair. She is a member of the Beef Boosters 4-H Club.

Elizabeth Grondin at the 2013 4-H Fair. She is a member of the Beef Boosters 4-H Club.

FARMINGTON – The Annual Franklin County 4-H Fair will take place all day on Saturday, June 14 at the Farmington fairgrounds. Activities begin at 9 a.m. The purpose of the fair is to provide a time for the local 4-H clubs to get together and for members to learn about one another’s projects and participate in some fun activities. It also provides opportunity for the public to learn first hand what 4-H is all about. 4-H clubs will be doing demonstrations and having club activities all day.

There will be several workshops held throughout the day and everyone is welcome to participate. Workshops include a Farm Safety Workshop instructed by Leilani Carlson, project coordinator for the Maine Agibility Program and member of the Franklin County Extension staff and Dave Fuller, agriculture and non-timber forest products professional at the Franklin County Extension Office, will present a workshop on making weather sticks as part of the “Money Can Grow on Trees” program.

The 4-H members will also enjoy craft projects such as making magnets with Denae Greenlaw, a member of the Dandy Crafters 4-H Club, making balloon creations. Learning how to use a compass with the 4-H Adventure Seekers 4-H Club. Club members and adults will enjoy the wildlife display and hearing stories from Jack Howatt or watching demonstrations from the sheriff’s department K-9 handler Cpl. Chris Chase and Abbie, and much more. There is something for everyone.

The Franklin County 4-H Leaders Association will be selling hot dogs, chips, and drink during lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

All contests are open to the public as well. Only one entry per person in each contest. Entries for all contests will be accepted from 8 – 10 a.m. in the Starbird Building. Winners will be announced at 4 p.m. Entries may be picked up Saturday evening from 6-8 p.m.

And don’t forget the 4-H auction fundraiser will be held Saturday evening, June 14 at 7 p.m. Stay and bid on some great items! Preview of items being sold will begin at 6 p.m.


Division 1: 5 – 8 years old

Division 2: 9 – 11 years old

Division 3: 12 – 14 years old

Division 4: 15 – 18 years old

Division 5: Adult


Themes for each age division:

Divisions 1 & 2 – “Backyard”

Division 3 – “Agriculture”

Division 4 – “Tell a Story”

Division 5 – “Mood

Photo must be at least 5” x 7” with a maximum of 8 inches x 10 inches, be framed & have a strong hanger. Photos may be black & white or color. Each photo must include name and address. If you are a 4-H member, please include the name of your club/clubs.


Theme “Farm Life”

Paintings, charcoal, or pencil drawings
Ages 5 – 8 may use crayons or markers. Needs to express theme.
Minimum size 8” x 10”, Maximum size 16” x 20”.
May use sketchpad, posterboard, or canvas.


Please use the following recipe for Banana Bread:

Preheat oven to 350°

1/3 Cup Softened butter or margarine

2/3 Cup Brown Sugar, firmly packed

1 Teaspoon Vanilla

2 Eggs

1 ¾ Cups Flour

1 Teaspoon Baking Powder

½ Teaspoon Salt

1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice

1 Cup Ripe Mashed Bananas

In large mixing bowl, cream butter & sugar. Beat in vanilla. Beat in eggs, one at a time. In medium bowl, mix together flour, baking powder & salt; blend into batter alternately with bananas & lemon juice. Turn into 1 greased & floured loaf pan.

Bake in a 350° oven for 60 minutes or until cake tester inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes, remove from pan. Cool completely. Slice.

Submit 2 pieces. Submissions will not be returned. Entries judged by appearance, texture, flavor. Brochures with a listing of the days activities and contest information are available at the Franklin County Extension Office and at local businesses. Questions, call Judy Smith at the Extension Office, 778-4650. 4-H is a program of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.

Press Herald Publishes Feature on Fuller

May 30th, 2014 2:19 PM

The Portland Press Herald published a feature for its “Meet” series on David Fuller, a fiddlehead expert and agricultural and non-timber forest products professional with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. Fuller spoke about identification and proper cooking methods as the fiddlehead season winds down. He said the ostrich fern has three core characteristics: a smooth lower stem; a deep, U-shaped curve on the inside of the stem; and a brown parchment-like paper that covers the top of the fiddlehead. “I tell folks you don’t really need to know the other ferns,” he said. “You just need to know that none of the other ferns have those three things.

See the latest Maine farm figures!

May 14th, 2014 4:00 PM

This 2012 Census of Ag – Maine Highlights This documents provides a wealth of information on the status of agriculture in our state and the changes that have occurred since 2007.  This document was provided by Gary Keough of the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service.  For more information from the USDA NASS, Census of Agriculture.

Maine Fiddlehead Festival and Local Food Day

April 11th, 2014 10:40 AM

The Maine Fiddlehead Festival and Local Food Day is scheduled for Saturday, May 3, 2014 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. to celebrate the abundance of locally grown and locally growing foods in the Franklin County area of Maine. This FREE festival includes a parade featuring antique tractors, local food vendors, supervised children’s activities, cooking demonstrations, live music, and “Tent Talks” – a number of hands-on demonstrations and presentations on various topics relating to farmed and wild-harvested foods. For more information, visit the event website at


Morning Sentinel Advances UMaine Cooperative Extension Pruning Workshops

March 31st, 2014 3:30 PM

The Morning Sentinel reported on two upcoming pruning workshops offered by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. On Saturday, April 12, 2014 Franklin County Soil and Water Conservation District will host the UMaine Extension’s David Fuller who will discuss how to prune apple trees at the Extension office in Farmington. Walter Gooley, a conifer expert and retired Maine state forester, will also speak at the event. UMaine Extension will also offer a free apple tree pruning and grafting field day at Avalon Acres Orchard and Farm in Saint Albans on Saturday, April 19, 2014.

Morning Sentinel Advances Hayfield, Pasture Management Workshop

March 31st, 2014 2:00 PM

The Morning Sentinel reported the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Franklin County will hold a workshop on hayfield and pasture management April 3, 2014 in Farmington. Richard Kersbergen, Extension educator from Waldo County, will lead the class for farmers and others who want to make their lands more productive and profitable.