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UMaine Extension Offers Master Gardener Training

University of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteers training will be held Mondays, Sept. 8 through Nov. 17, 2014, and Mondays, Jan. 19through Feb. 9, 2015. Classes will meet 6-9 p.m. at the UMaine Extension Somerset County Office, Norridgewock Avenue, Skowhegan.

UMaine and state specialists will present 15 three-hour gardening sessions focused on vegetables, fruit, and volunteerism. Participants are expected to attend all sessions and, following the course, work on educationally based, volunteer projects. Projects may include assisting people taking part in community vegetable gardens and/or school gardens, designing and creating displays for fairs and other public functions, and answering public calls and requests.

Cost is $220; scholarships are available. The course features an online manual and requires an Internet connection. For more information, to request an application or disability accommodation, or if interested and do not have reliable Internet access, call Pete Bastien, 207.474.9622 or 800.287.1495 (in Maine). Completed applications are due by Aug. 22, 2014.

Image Description: Man weeding garden; photo by Edwin Remsberg

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

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.

UMaine Extension Selling Blueberry, Strawberry, Asparagus Plants

University of Maine Cooperative Extension is taking orders for highbush blueberry plants, asparagus crowns and strawberry plants.

A set of three blueberry plants costs $39.95; varieties are appropriate for Maine’s climate. A set of 25 strawberry plants costs $15 and a set of 10 asparagus crowns totals $15. A packet with links to online videos comes with each order and provides information about site selection, planting and care of the specific plants.

Proceeds from this “Grow it Right!” sale go toward scholarships for UMaine Extension’s statewide Master Gardener Volunteer Program and fund statewide community-based horticulture projects. UMaine Extension educators and industry experts annually provide research-based horticulture training to more than 250 Master Gardener Volunteers, who then share what they’ve learned with community neighbors.

Orders can be placed online until May 1, 2014. Plants will be available for pickup May 17 at various locations throughout the state.

For more information, contact Richard Brzozowski at 207.781.6099, 800.287.1471 (toll-free in Maine) or richard.brzozowski@maine.edu; or contact Marjorie Peronto at 207.667.8212, 800.287.1479 (toll-free in Maine) or marjorie.peronto@maine.edu.

Master Gardener Volunteer Training starts Jan.23

Applications are available for the 2014 Master Gardener Volunteer training with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in York County.

From Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, through early June, participants will receive more than 66 hours of in-depth horticultural training. Classes will meet weekly each Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Anderson Learning Center, 21 Bradeen St., Springvale, Maine.

The winter program focus will be on growing fruits and vegetables. UMaine Extension specialists, county educators and other experts will train volunteers in a number of areas, including soils, botany, composting, starting seeds and pest management.

Master Gardener Volunteers are required to give back 40 hours of volunteer time by providing outreach education in gardening and community service projects, including with demonstration gardens, Maine Harvest for Hunger, “Kids Can Grow” and Garden Angel programs.

For more information and an application form, or to request a disability accommodation, call UMaine Extension at 1.800.287.1535 (in Maine) or 207.324.2814. The deadline to apply is Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. Additional information and applications are also online at http://extension.umaine.edu/york/programs/master-gardener-volunteer-program.

Image Description: Maine Master Gardener Volunteer with participants of Kids Can Grow

UMaine Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Training Starts September 10

Applications are open for Master Gardener Volunteer Training beginning Sept.10, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Piscataquis County office, 165 East Main St., Dover-Foxcroft.

The 14-week program will focus on the art and science of growing garden vegetables and fruits, including soil and plant nutrition, botany, plant health and garden management. Program graduates then have the opportunity to give back to their communities by volunteering their time and skills.

Program fees are on a sliding scale, from $110 to $330, based on annual household income. A limited number of scholarships are available. All financial information is confidential. Applications are due Sept. 6.

For more information, to request an application, or to request a disability accommodation, contact the UMaine Extension Piscataquis County Office at 207.564.3301 or 1.800.287.1491 (in Maine), or ana.bonstedt@maine.edu. Applications also are online.

Image Description: Master Gardener Volunteer working in vegetable garden

Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardener Volunteers Program Mentioned in Feature

A Boston Globe feature on Sharon Kitchens, a former city dweller who now lives off the land in Maine, mentioned the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardener Volunteers Program. Kitchens, who also writes the Portland Press Herald blog “The Root,” expects to complete the program this year and to begin the volunteer requirements.

Blueberry Plant, Asparagus Sale to Benefit Master Gardener Program

Highbush blueberry plants and asparagus crowns for spring planting are being sold by University of Maine Cooperative Extension to benefit the statewide Master Gardener Volunteers program.

Orders are now being taken in the”Grow It Right!” plant sale for highbush blueberry plants — three young plants, two varieties per pack for $35.95 and asparagus — a pack of 10 crowns for $15.00. Plants must be ordered by April 30, 2013 and will be available for pickup at University of Maine Cooperative Extension county offices and at Highmoor Farm in Monmouth on Saturday, May 18. UMaine Extension county office locations are listed online.

UMaine Extension experts will provide advice on growing blueberries and asparagus, as well as take-home instructions from Master Gardener volunteers. Online resources are available to gardeners throughout the growing season and harvest.

“This is more than a plant sale. It is an educational experience with positive results,” says Richard Brzozowski, UMaine Extension educator in the Cumberland County office.

Money raised will assist Master Gardener Volunteer projects and provide scholarships for participants. Since its inception more than 30 years ago, the UMaine Extension Master Gardener Volunteers program has assisted in dozens of community horticultural projects across the state, including Maine Harvest for Hunger, youth gardening and other community-based volunteer efforts.

A soil test is recommended prior to planting to help gardeners get the most out of their garden site. Additional information is available at the plant sale website.

For more information about Grow It Right! contact Brzozowski at 207.781.6099 (toll-free in Maine 800.287.1471), or Marjorie Peronto at 207.667.8212 (toll-free in Maine 800.287.1479), or email richard.brzozowski@maine.edu or marjorie.peronto@maine.edu.


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Cooperative Extension: Garden & Yard
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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