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UMaine Extension hosts Preserving by the Pint author

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
"Marissa McCLellan"

Photo Courtesy of Marisa McCLellen.

McClellan to demonstrate how to extend farmers’ market fare.

University of Maine Cooperative Extension will host cookbook author Marisa McClellan 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, at the UMaine Extension Cumberland County office, 75 Clearwater Drive, Suite 104, Falmouth. McClellan, who penned Preserving by the Pint: Quick Seasonal Canning for Small Spaces, will demonstrate urban canning and preserving techniques.

“Teaching city dwellers and home cooks how to extend the life of their farmers’ market purchases throughout the year is my passion,” says McClellan, who learned to can local blueberries, blackberries, and apples from her mother. In addition to canning basics, the book contains seasonal recipes. Spring includes Whole Strawberries in Vanilla Syrup and summer showcases Honey-Sweetened Apricot-Lavender Butter. Fall has Chunky Pear Preserves with Sage and winter wraps up with Quince Slices in Chai Tea Syrup.

Cost is $15 per person. To register online, visit http://umaine.edu/cumberland/programs/meet-marisa-mcclellan/.To request disability accommodations, call 207.781.6099 or 1.800.287.1471 (in Maine).

UMaine Extension Offers Backyard Locavore Day

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014
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.

Master Gardeners Offer Home Composting Workshop

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

University of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners are offering a hands-on workshop on basics of home composting and soil management 6–8 p.m. Thursday, June 5, 2014, at Wells Reserve at Laudholm, 342 Laudholm Farm Road, Wells 04090.

Best practices for home composting, including proper materials, pile management for optimum efficiency and bin options will be covered. Mulching, lasagna gardening, hugelkultur, cover cropping and soil testing will also be discussed and demonstrated. Glenn MacWilliams, a Master Gardener volunteer, and Frank Wertheim, an Extension professor, will lead the program. Meet at All Seasons Garden behind the lab/science building, dressed for the outdoors, and prepared for hands-on learning.

A $7 fee ($5 for members of Laudholm Trust) may be paid at the event. To register, contact UMaine Extension in York County, 207.324.2814 or rebecca.gowdy@maine.edu. For more information, or to request a disability accommodation, call Wertheim at 207.324.2814 or 800.287.1535 (in state).

Dill Talks to WLBZ about Grub Season

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

James Dill, a pest management specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, spoke with WLBZ (Channel 2) about grubs — the immature larvae of beetles that can cause dead, brown patches on lawns. Dill said grubs also attract other animals, such as skunks and crows, that can damage lawns by digging. Dill warns that treatment should have been done in the fall, and any method used now — such as pesticides or microscopic worms that eat the grubs — will only prevent more grubs from emerging later. He adds grub patterns can be unpredictable, and suggests contacting a professional before using chemicals.

Murphy Gives Spring Gardening Tips on MPBN’s “Maine Calling”

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Barbara Murphy, a University of Maine Cooperative Extension educator and gardening expert who helps beginning gardeners achieve successful harvests, was a guest on the Maine Public Broadcasting Network’s “Maine Calling” radio show. The show focused on spring gardening advice, and touched on topics such as annuals, perennials, container gardening, vegetables, sun, soil and pests.

UMaine Extension Offers Harvest Preservation Workshop

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014
canned piclesUniversity 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).

Sentry Reports on SMCC, UMaine Cooperative Extension Plant Project

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

The South Portland-Cape Elizabeth Sentry reported Southern Maine Community College’s Horticulture Department has partnered with the  University of Maine Cooperative Extension to allow students to grow newly developed varieties of vegetables and flowers as part of a national program to introduce new plants to home gardeners. The students are growing the plants from seeds that were made available to the public for the first time this year, the article states. All-America Selections, a nonprofit organization that tests new varieties of seeds, chose UMaine Extension to showcase the plants at its Tidewater Farm display garden in Falmouth. UMaine Extension then asked SMCC to grow the plants in the college’s greenhouse until they’re ready to be transplanted to the display garden.

Fuller Gives Talk at Fiddlehead Festival, Morning Sentinel Reports

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

David Fuller, an agricultural and non-timber forest products professional with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and fiddlehead expert, gave a walking talk about the ferns at the Fiddlehead Festival and Local Food Day in Farmington, according to the Morning Sentinel. Fuller, who took a group of 20 attendees on a walk in the woods to show how unchecked foraging could wipe the fern out from a harvesting area, stressed the importance of using sustainable practices when picking fiddleheads. Those practices include harvesting no more than half of the fiddleheads in an area and not going back for a second harvest that year.

Drummond Quoted in AP, Press Herald Articles on Beekeeping

Monday, April 28th, 2014

Frank Drummond, an entomology specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and a UMaine professor of insect ecology, was quoted in Associated Press and Portland Press Herald articles about Maine beekeepers assessing their hives after the long winter. Drummond said some beekeepers have experienced considerable losses while others have not. “It seems to be all over the place. I expect it will be one of those winters that wasn’t great for the bees but also wasn’t catastrophic,” he said. Boston Herald and The Republic of Indiana carried the AP report.

Pen Bay Pilot Reports on UMaine Extension Plant Orders, Pickup Sites

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

The Penobscot Bay Pilot reported the University of Maine Cooperative Extension is taking orders for highbush blueberry plants, asparagus crowns and strawberry plants until May 1, 2014. Plants will be available for pickup on May 17 at various locations throughout the state, including the Knox-Lincoln Extension office in Waldoboro and the Waldo Extension office in Waldo. Proceeds from the “Grow it Right!” sale go toward scholarships for UMaine Extension’s statewide Master Gardener Volunteer Program and fund statewide community-based horticulture projects.