WABI (Channel 5) reported on a Hancock County gleaning initiative — the act of harvesting extra crops and sharing with those in need — put on by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Healthy Acadia. Food collected at farms throughout the county are collected by volunteers and redistributed to food pantries throughout Hancock County.
Fenceviewer, the community news and information website for Hancock County, Maine, quoted David Yarborough, a wild blueberry specialist and horticulture professor at the University of Maine, in an article on this year’s blueberry harvest. Yarborough said the crop is looking “above average” and “the recent showers and the cooler, drier air have provided for excellent crop quality.”
Fenceviewer, the community news and information website for Hancock County, Maine, included an article on the need for participants in a University of Maine-led child food and fitness study called iCook. The five-state, $2.5 million USDA study is designed to prevent childhood obesity by improving culinary skills and promoting family meals. Researchers are seeking 100 children from the Ellsworth, Orono or Dover-Foxcroft areas who are 9 or 10 years old.
Ronald Beard, extension educator with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Sea Grant, was recently awarded the Gulf of Maine Council 2013 Visionary Award for Maine.
The award is presented annually to an individual or organization within each of the Gulf of Maine jurisdictions of Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia and recognizes innovation, creativity and commitment to marine protection, according to Bruce Carlisle, chairman of the Gulf of Maine Council for the Marine Environment.
Beard, who is based in Hancock County, focuses his education on community development through work with local organizations and citizens. He is also a member of the Marine Extension Team.
The University of Maine Cooperative Extension office at Hancock County will be offering a Canning workshop
on Tuesday, July 16th from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Community Education Assistant, Felicia Dumont will demonstrate how to Preserve a Mixed Berry Jam using a water bath canning method, and will talk about using a pressure canner. Participants are asked to bring an oven mitt.
Space is limited to 15 participants. In order to reserve your spot, send in your pre-paid registration fee of $15 along with your name and contact information to: University of Maine Cooperative Extension, 63 Boggy Brook Road, Ellsworth, ME 04605. Deadline to register: Friday, July 12th
Fenceviewer, the community news and information website for Maine’s Hancock County, carried an article about the countywide food drive organized by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Washington Hancock Community Agency.
Organizers called the drive a success after collecting 12,350 items.
Fenceviewer talked to Marjorie Peronto, educator at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Hancock County, about the extension’s involvement in the drive.
WABI (Channel 5) cited Marjorie Peronto, educator at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Hancock County, in a story about a countywide food drive. The drive, which started at the beginning of March and had contributions from over 120 businesses, schools and churches, ends April 3. Peronto spoke about March being a “dry month for food pantries” and said “it’s a good time for us to try to restore their shelves.”
The Downeast-based Fenceviewer.com news site advanced a planned November Hancock Business Conference and Trade Show in Ellsworth. The article includes quotes about small business in Maine from Gov. Paul LePage and UMaine Extension educator Louis Bassano, who says Maine businesses need access to cost-effective, high-quality training and information to succeed.
Discover a wealth of practical information to help your business grow and prosper. A team of dedicated Hancock County business owners and business support professionals have created this exciting, “first ever” Hancock County event. The goal of the conference is to bring together resources needed to create new businesses and help existing businesses become more profitable, expand and create additional jobs in our region.
Visit our website at: www.hancockbiz.org
A food drive being held at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Hancock County office in Ellsworth was the subject of a story on Bangor TV station WLBZ.
UMaine Extension educator Marjorie Peronto said the food drive, which ended this week, will help local food pantries and soup kitchens in the county, which have seen a rise in the number of people using their services.
Visit WERU for a listing of Talk of the Towns Radio shows – hosted by: Ron Beard