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Plant Sale Benefits Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteers

Plant Sale Benefits Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteers

Order blueberry, strawberry, asparagus now for spring planting

Orders are being taken for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteers “Grow it Right!” plant sale.

UMaine Extension Master Gardener Volunteers support community gardens, grow and harvest food for the Maine Harvest for Hunger program and from June 2012 through May 2013 contributed more than 26,000 hours to community-based volunteer programs across the state. Plant sale funds will support the Master Gardener Volunteer program that has been active in the state for more than 30 years, including for educational projects and scholarship funding for Master Gardener Volunteer training.

A high-bush blueberry pack of three young plants (two varieties per pack) costs $35.95; a pack of 10 asparagus crowns costs $15; and a pack of 25 young dormant strawberry plants costs $15. All are suitable for Maine’s climate and will be ready for spring planting. Plants may be picked up Saturday, May 17, 2014, at a University of Maine Cooperative Extension county office of choice. Office locations are in Ellsworth, Bangor, Springvale, Falmouth, Waldoboro, South Paris, Dover-Foxcroft, Machias, and Highmoor Farm in Monmouth.

To order, or to watch video clips about site selection and soil testing, visit http://umaine.edu/gardening/master-gardeners/benefit/. Purchasers will receive expert advice on growing blueberries, strawberries and asparagus at every stage, as well as a take-home package of instructions from Extension staff and Master Gardener Volunteers. To request a disability accommodation, or for more information, contact Richard Brzozowski at richard.brzozowski@maine.edu, 207.781.6099 or toll-free in Maine at 800.287.1471; or Marjorie Peronto at marjorie.peronto@maine.edu, 207.667.8212 or toll-free in Maine at 800.287.1479.

UMaine Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Training Offered in Oxford County

Enrollment is now open for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer training in Oxford county. This multi-session course will feature in-depth training in the art and science of horticulture. Trainings will be held in two locations: UMaine Extension Oxford County office in South Paris, starting January 30, 2014, Thursdays, 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM; and Mexico Region 9 Technical School, start date TBA, Wednesdays, 12:30 PM to 4:00 PM. Trainees receive current, research-based information from UMaine Extension educators and industry experts. In return, trained Master Gardeners volunteer their time and expertise in many ways for community programs and activities.

An online application can be found at the following website: http://umaine.edu/oxford/programs/master-gardeners/. To request a printed application, please call 207.743.6329. Applications should be submitted no later than January 15th. The course fee is on a sliding scale from $110-$330. A limited number of scholarships are available. UMaine Extension programs are open and accessible to all in accordance with program goals.

Image Description: Master Gardener Volunteers in Oxford County; photo by Edwin Remsberg

SeacoastOnline Previews Four Season Gardening Workshop

SeacoastOnline previewed a hands-on Four Season Gardening workshop to be offered by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardeners and staff. The workshop will take place Thursday, August 29, 2013 at the Wells Reserve in Wells and will focus on building an inexpensive home garden greenhouse, planting schedules and recommended winter crops.

WABI Covers Art in the Garden Event

WABI (Channel 5) reported on the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Art in the Garden event held at Rogers Farm in Old Town. The event, which included music, live demonstrations and food, gave the Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners a chance to share with locals their produce and what they learned while in the program.

UMaine Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program Taking Applications

Are you a gardening enthusiast? Would you like to share your gardening knowledge with your community? If so, you may want to join the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteers training for Kennebec and Waldo Counties this fall.

The program provides participants with more than 40 hours of in-depth training in the art and science of horticulture. In addition, the program trains volunteers to conduct and join sustainable horticulture projects in Kennebec and Waldo Counties.

Trainees receive the latest research-based information from UMaine Extension educators and industry experts. This coming program will focus on vegetable and fruit production and will be on Monday and Wednesday afternoons from Oct. 16 through early December. Classes will be held at Colby College from 1:00 – 4:30 p.m. Participants must attend two of three tours held at other area sites in spring of 2014 and pass a written exam. To complete the course, participants must volunteer a minimum of 40 hours at approved community projects the first year. There are many ways to volunteer – demonstration gardens, school programs, Harvest for Hunger campaigns, newsletter articles, public talks, and more.

For more information or to apply online, go to http://umaine.edu/kennebec/resources/master-gardeners/ or contact the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Kennebec County office by e-mail at cfitzgerald@maine.edu or by phone at 207.622.7546 (local) or 1.800.287.1481 (toll-free, in Maine). The course application is due Sept. 11 for first consideration. If accepted, the program fee is due by October 9. If the fee is a barrier to a participant, please contact the county Master Gardener Coordinator. Limited scholarships are available. To request a disability accommodation, call Caragh Fitzgerald at 207.622.7546 / 1.800.287.1481 / or TDD: 1.800.287.8957 (in Maine0 to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 14 days before the program begins provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however all requests will be accepted.

Image Description: gardener working in vegetable garden

Cooperative Extension to Offer Gardening Advice, Media Report

WLBZ (Channel 2) and WVII (Channel 7) reported members of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension will be offering free hands-on gardening advice this summer. UMaine Extension’s Penobscot County Master Gardeners will be on hand every Tuesday evening at the Rogers Farm Demonstration Garden in Old Town to answer questions for those who may have gardening problems.

Foster’s Daily Democrat Covers Master Gardener Plant Sale

Foster’s Daily Democrat reported last month’s annual plant sale hosted by the Master Gardener Volunteers with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in York County was a success. The sale, held in Springvale, saw hundreds of customers and generated several thousand dollars for community programs, according to the report.

Cooperative Extension Horticulturist Cited in Portland Flower Show Story

Amy Witt, a home horticulturist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, was cited in a Portland Press Herald story about the Portland Flower Show. The theme of the flower show is “Timeless Gardens” and organizers invited children and teenagers to write essays about how to make gardens timeless. Witt said nine students received cash prizes for their essays. The Cumberland County Master Gardener Plant Auction, which benefits the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Maine Harvest for Hunger Gardens in Cumberland County, will take place Sunday, March 10 during the flower show.

UMaine Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Training Offered in Bangor

BANGOR, ME –Enrollment is now open for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer training in Penobscot county.  UMaine Extension Horticulturist Kate Garland will collaborate with experts from around the state to present a 13-week course on sustainable horticulture topics including: botany, plant propagation, soils, composting, landscape design, pesticide safety, insects and plant diseases, ecology, plant selection, and more. All meetings will take place on Tuesday evenings 5:00-8:15 beginning in March, with the exception of one Saturday morning session on March 16th.

An online application may be found at the following website:  http://umaine.edu/penobscot/programs/gardening/master-gardeners/. To request a printed application, please call Kate at 207-942-7396. Applications should be submitted no later than February 13th. The course fee is on a sliding scale from $110-$330. A limited number of scholarships are available. UMaine Extension programs are open and accessible to all in accordance with program goals.


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Contact Information

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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Orono, Maine 04469
207.581.1110
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