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.

Hayfield and Pasture Management Workshop

March 19th, 2014 12:25 PM

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Franklin County Office, will be holding a workshop on hayfield and pasture management for farmers and others who own such land to make it more productive and profitable.

 The “Got Hayfields” workshops will be focused on how to best manage hayfields and pastures for producing high quality feed for livestock.  Topics will include: managing soil fertility; hay and pasture renovation techniques; grazing management and the basics of forage quality.

 Rick Kersbergen, Extension Educator from WaldoCounty, will be leading this series.

 The workshop will take place on:

 When: Thursday, April 3 from 6-8 P.M.

 Where: Farmington Grange at 124 Bridge Street, Route 43 West, West Farmington, Maine  04992

 Cost:  Free, but donations to the Grange are appreciated for the use of their facility

  Pre-registration is requested.

To register, for more information, or to request a disability accommodation please contact the Waldo County Office at 1-800-287-1426 or at

About University of Maine Cooperative Extension: As a trusted resource for almost 100 years, University of Maine Cooperative Extension has supported UMaine’s land and sea grant public education role by conducting community-driven, research-based programs in every Maine county.

 UMaine Extension helps support, sustain and grow the food-based economy. It is the only entity in our state that touches every aspect of the Maine Food System, where policy, research, production, processing, commerce, nutrition, and food security and safety are integral and interrelated. UMaine Extension also conducts the most successful out-of-school youth educational program in Maine through 4-H.

UMaine Extension offers hayfield, pasture management workshops

March 19th, 2014 10:09 AM
Baling hayUniversity of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering free workshops on hayfield and pasture management this spring around the state.

Rick Kersbergen, UMaine Extension educator in Waldo County, will lead the “Got Hayfields?” workshops, which focus on how to best manage hayfields and pastures to produce high-quality feed for livestock. Topics include weed control, managing soil fertility, hay and pasture renovation techniques, grazing management and basics of forage quality.

Workshops are scheduled for the following dates, times and locations:

  • March 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m., UMaine Extension, 992 Waterville Road, Waldo
  • April 3, 6-8 p.m., Farmington Grange, 124 Bridge St., West Farmington
  • April 10, 7-9 p.m., UMaine Extension, 307 Maine Ave., Bangor
  • April 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Vassalboro Grange, Route 32, East Vassalboro
  • April 30, 2-4 p.m., UMaine Extension, 57 Houlton Road, Presque Isle
  • May 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m., UMaine Extension, 24 Main St., Lisbon Falls
  • June 3, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Noon Family Sheep Farm, 78 Sunset Road, Springvale

Pre-registration is requested. To register, or to request a disability accommodation, call 1.800.287.1426, or visit

University of Maine Cooperative Extension 2013 Summary of the Spotted Wing Drosophila

March 4th, 2014 8:02 AM
The University of Maine Cooperative Extension  2013 Spotted Wing Drosophila Summary for Maine Berry Growers is now available. This information is posted on Highmoor Farm’s Spotted Wing Drosophila blog page, where you can subscribe to updates.

Saar Talks to Sun Journal about Cooperative Extension’s Senior Companion Program

February 7th, 2014 1:23 PM

Anna Saar, who coordinates the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Senior Companion Program for Oxford, Androscoggin and Franklin counties, spoke with the Sun Journal about the program and her upcoming talk in Otisfield. Saar is scheduled to speak February 6, 2014 at a presentation hosted by the Otisfield Social Outreach Committee for residents interested in helping their elderly homebound neighbors stay independent. She said the need for volunteers is great, and the visits require nothing more than companionship.

Talkin’ Maine with Dave Fuller and Tom Saviello

January 27th, 2014 12:55 PM

Dave Fuller recently spoke with Tom Saviello on the Mt. Blue TV Talkin’ Maine program.  Dave spoke about his programming areas at the Franklin  County Cooperative Extension office: agriculture, home horticulture and non-timber forest products.

Free Money Sense Newsletter and Save Money website

January 14th, 2014 4:29 PM

Money Sense is the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s free newsletter is for individuals and families who are interested in knowing ways to save more and spend less. Each issue contains information, tips, tools and suggestions on how to reduce your debt and make better spending choices.

See the current issue — Volume 10, Issue 2: Summer 2013!

The newsletter is mailed to you electronically every two months. If you do not have email, we can mail it to you. You can check out past issues at

If you would like to be added to the mailing list, contact us at 207-582-3739 or 800-287-0274 or email  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Jane Conroy at

We invite you to check out other money-saving resources at our Save Money, Spend Less website at Here you’ll find advice on money management topics from holiday shopping tips, to saving money on food, planning a home budget, and more.

100th year of 4-H in Maine focus of Daily Bulldog post

November 27th, 2013 9:08 AM

The Daily Bulldog reported that State Senator Tom Saviello presented a legislative congratulations to 4-H representatives Lois King and Judy Smith of the Franklin County 4-H Club at a 100th year of 4-H in Maine celebration on Sunday, Nov. 24. 4-H is a program of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.