Cooperative Extension Program Cited in Press Herald Column

April 26th, 2013 7:53 AM

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Maine Harvest for Hunger program was mentioned in a recent “Food and Dining Dispatches” column for the Portland Press Herald. The program is seeking gardeners willing to plant an extra row of produce this year to donate to local soup kitchens and food pantries.

Newspaper Garden Feature Cites UMaine Extension Education Classes

October 25th, 2012 8:56 AM

A Lewiston Sun Journal feature article about a Jay middle school community gardening project to benefit a local food bank noted that a seventh-grader leading the project learned about gardening methods through University of Maine Cooperative Extension classes. The students donated more than 100 pounds of cucumbers, tomatoes, green beans and carrots from their school garden.

Maine Harvest for Hunger Conserves Resources – Helping Maine People and the Environment!

October 17th, 2012 11:36 AM

Maine Harvest for Hunger conserves resources - helping Maine people and the environment! Harvest for Hunger volunteers gather surplus produce  that would otherwise be fed to livestock, tilled in or  thrown out. This helps feed hungry Mainers and utilizes the nitrogen and water that was used to grow the food (numbers based on 2011 totals): 1,700 lbs nitrogen fertilizer; 244,000 lbs gleaned and surplus food; 2.3 million gallons H2O.

Extension Experts’ Comments in Charitable Gardening Report

September 24th, 2012 3:44 PM

University of Maine Cooperative Extension educators and garden specialists Barbara Murphy and Diana Hibbard were interviewed for a Portland-area KeepMECurrent news report on community gardens and UMaine Extension’s Harvest for Hunger program, which generated more than 293,000 pounds of produce for soup kitchens, homeless shelters and individuals last year.

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Newspaper Report on UMaine Extension Meeting with USDA Official

August 3rd, 2012 8:08 AM

Foster’s Daily Democrat reported on a meeting with Maine native, current U.S. Department of Agriculture Undersecretary Kevin Concannon and University of Maine Cooperative Extension educators Barb Murphy and Frank Wertheim and others in the Partners for a Hunger-Free York County collaborative. They met in Alfred, Maine, to discuss efforts to end hunger in York County and how the USDA can help.

Harvest for Hunger Program Featured in Press Herald

May 30th, 2012 6:44 PM

In a story about employee-managed corporate gardens, the Portland Press Herald featured University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Harvest for Hunger program and UMaine Extension educator Barbara Murphy, who helps run the program. Murphy said hunger in Maine is usually represented by poor nutrition resulting from people not having the money to buy fresh fruits and vegetables, which is the niche Harvest for Hunger is trying to fill. The story also included a UMaine-produced video about the IDEXX Laboratories’ gardens.

Extension’s Rebar Op-Ed Extolls Program Benefits

April 3rd, 2012 8:27 AM

An opinion column in the weekend edition of the Bangor Daily News by University of Maine Cooperative Extension Director John Rebar discussed the resurgence of farming in Maine and the role UMaine Extension researchers play in helping farmers and food producers with the latest science-based advice and agricultural methodology, in addition to nutritional food choice options for the public. In the past decade, Rebar writes, Maine has seen the number of farms grow by 1,000 and 1.3 million acres are now in agricultural use.

Report on Teen Role in Harvest for Hunger

February 7th, 2012 9:55 AM

The Lewiston Sun Journal has a story about Trevor Doiron, a 13-year-old from Jay, who is starting a community garden and will eventually report the produce to Maine Harvest for Hunger, a program run by University of Maine Cooperative Extension. The story noted that Doiron has met with Lauren St. Germain from UMaine Extension in Farmington, and St. Germain gave him tips on how where to solicit discounted materials and ideas about funding sources.

Kennebunk Weekly Notes Extension Gardening Program

January 13th, 2012 9:39 AM

UMaine Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardener Volunteers program was mentioned in a story on the website of the weekly Kennebunk Post. The story, which is about an upcoming Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration in Kennebunk, notes guest speaker Kathy Landrum, a social activist, went through the Master Gardener program in 2010. Landrum said the program inspired her to use her skills in horticulture to grow food for the hungry.