WABI (Channel 5) reported the order of bond questions for the November ballot was determined by a drawing in Augusta. A bond referring to funds for an animal and plant disease and insect control lab administered by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension was selected as Question 2. The question reads, “Do you favor an $8,000,000 bond issue to support Maine agriculture, facilitate economic growth in natural resources-based industries and monitor human health threats related to ticks, mosquitoes and bedbugs through the creation of an animal and plant disease and insect control laboratory administered by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Service?”
David Handley, a University of Maine Cooperative Extension specialist of vegetables and small fruits at UMaine’s Highmoor Farm in Monmouth, and Renae Moran, a tree fruit specialist with UMaine Extension, were interviewed for a Maine Public Broadcasting Network report titled “Climate change presents Maine farmers with new challenges.” Handley spoke about testing new crops for the region, such as grapes, as the climate changes. Moran, who is currently testing several varieties of peaches, plums and cherries, warns climate change is unpredictable and more research is needed before any farmer is recommended to make a big investment in traditionally warmer weather fruits.
August 29-31, 2014
University of Maine 4-H Camp & Learning Center
17 Conservation Lane, Bryant Pond, Maine
Arrival: 3:00-6:00 PM Friday
Departure: 2:00 PM Sunday
Activities: Family Fun
- Camping Skills (Fire/Shelter)
- Canoe /Kayak
- Rifle /Shotgun
- Fishing: Lake
- Fly Fishing
- Outdoor “Gourmet” Cooking
- Ropes Course Fun
- Water Zip Line
- STEM Fun: Robots & Rockets
- Nature and Arts
- Photography and Nature
For more information, please call 207.665.2068. Any participant requiring accommodations should call Ryder Scott at 207.665.2935.
Our Lakeside Campus
Nestled in a cove on the shores of Lake Christopher (Bryant Pond), camp facilities include a full waterfront area, archery, shotgun and rifle ranges, outdoor recreation fields and 170 acres of forest and mountain trails leading to remote camp-sites, streams, ponds and wetlands. Our professionally build low and high ropes course brings out the best in leadership and teamwork skills, Rogers Hall, with its welcoming porch, and magnificent fieldstone fireplace hosts meals and indoor gatherings. Our student and staff-run organic garden provides fresh produce for our salad bar, and is a powerful demonstration of the link between sustainability and the food we eat.
Learn more about University of Maine 4-H Camp & Learning Center at Bryant Pond.
David Handley, a University of Maine Cooperative Extension specialist of vegetables and small fruits at UMaine’s Highmoor Farm in Monmouth, was interviewed for a Portland Press Herald article about this year’s strawberry season. Handley said conditions have been ideal starting last fall and continuing through this week, when many farms in the Augusta area are opening for picking. He said the last two years the crop has come in early, but this year is a more normal ripening schedule. He said he expects the best strawberry crop Maine has had in three or four years.
The Sun Journal and The Maine Edge published an advance of Maine 4-H Days, an annual event sponsored by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Maine 4-H Foundation. The event kicks off Friday, June 20 at Windsor Fairgrounds where volunteers will pack 16,000 meals to be donated to Good Shepherd Food Bank. The event runs through Sunday, June 22 and will offer enrichment workshops on archery, chess, country line dancing, yoga, Lego robotics and animal-related topics. An ice cream social and law enforcement K-9 demonstration also will be held.
David Handley, a University of Maine Cooperative Extension specialist of vegetables and small fruits at UMaine’s Highmoor Farm in Monmouth, was interviewed for a Portland Press Herald article about the best methods for growing native berries. Handley shared tips for successfully growing strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries at home.
Maine 4-H Days begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 20, at Windsor Fairgrounds, 82 Ridge Road, Windsor, with volunteers packing 16,000 meals to be donated to Good Shepherd Food Bank.
At least 100 volunteers registered for Maine 4-H Days are needed to pack the meals, which will be distributed to youth from Kittery to Fort Kent. Outreach Northeast is coordinating the volunteer opportunity.
Maine 4-H Days, an annual event sponsored by University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Maine 4-H Foundation, runs through Sunday, June 22. Enrichment workshops include archery, chess, country line dancing, yoga, Lego robotics and numerous animal topics. An ice cream social and a law enforcement K-9 demonstration also will be held.
Weekend registration is $7 per person, $20 per family. For information about the food-packaging event, contact Sarah Sparks, 207.353.5550 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For information about Maine 4-H Days, to register or to request a disability accommodation, contact Jessy Brainerd at 207.581.3877, 800.287.0274 (in Maine) or email@example.com. Registration materials and more information are available online.
4-H Horsemanship Camp for Beginner and Intermediate riders (ages seven and up) will be held June 13, 14 & 15, 2014 at Windsor Fairgrounds. Please call the UMaine Extension Kennebec County office to request the number of packets you will need for your 4-H’ers: 207.622.7546 or 800.287.1481 (in Maine). You may also request packets by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or you may download them from our 4-H Horsemanship Camp for Beginner and Intermediate web page. DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION IS JUNE 6, 2014.
The Kennebec Journal reported the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Poultry Growers Association will offer a daylong school for poultry producers Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Kennebec Valley Community College in Fairfield. The school is designed for farmers with a poultry enterprise and is appropriate for backyard keepers, bird fanciers and 4-H teenagers. Topics will include best management practices, bird health and disease prevention for egg layers and meat birds, poultry nutrition, poultry product quality and organic practices.
Rick Kersbergen, UMaine Extension educator in Waldo County, will lead the “Got Hayfields?” workshops, which focus on how to best manage hayfields and pastures to produce high-quality feed for livestock. Topics include weed control, managing soil fertility, hay and pasture renovation techniques, grazing management and basics of forage quality.
Workshops are scheduled for the following dates, times and locations:
- March 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m., UMaine Extension, 992 Waterville Road, Waldo
- April 3, 6-8 p.m., Farmington Grange, 124 Bridge St., West Farmington
- April 10, 7-9 p.m., UMaine Extension, 307 Maine Ave., Bangor
- April 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Vassalboro Grange, Route 32, East Vassalboro
- April 30, 2-4 p.m., UMaine Extension, 57 Houlton Road, Presque Isle
- May 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m., UMaine Extension, 24 Main St., Lisbon Falls
- June 3, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Noon Family Sheep Farm, 78 Sunset Road, Springvale
Pre-registration is requested. To register, or to request a disability accommodation, call 1.800.287.1426, or visit http://umaine.edu/waldo/programs/events/got-hayfields.