Posts Tagged ‘Master Gardener Volunteers’

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

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

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.

Enrollment for the 2013 Master Gardener Volunteer Training is open in Knox, Lincoln & Waldo Counties!

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

Master Gardener Volunteers at the Morris FarmUniversity of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteers program in Knox, Lincoln, and Waldo Counties provides participants with at least 40 hours of in-depth training in the art and science of horticulture. 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.

Learn more about the Master Gardener Volunteers program.

Learn how to apply to become a Master Gardener Volunteer!

Knox-Lincoln-Waldo-Kennebec Master Gardener Volunteer News May/June 2010

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010
                    Tanglewood Gardens Expand

Tanglewood Garden Plan

Design for the kitchen garden at Tanglewood by Maureen Stalla

Master Gardener Maureen Stalla worked this winter with fellow volunteers on ideas for Tanglewood’s camp kitchen garden.  Her whimsical design includes a stone soup garden with a black kettle, a three sisters garden, a salad garden and a pizza/salsa garden.  Campers will work in the garden and make trellises, stepping stones, arbors, toad houses and other garden art during summer sessions.

The gardens at Frohock Brook produce larger quantities of vegetables and flowers for the Camp’s kitchen and salad bar.  Children bicycle there during summer programs to care for the garden, help with succession planting and harvest.  This year, volunteers will experiment with companion planting.  For more information on how you can volunteer at Tanglewood, please call MG Cindy Dunham: 789-5233 cdunham@tidewater.net

Maine Apprentice Gardener (MAG) Programs are under way! 

Bristol School MAG is on Fridays from 10:00 – 11:30. The raised bed gardens are made and they’ll be a great addition to the school for many years. To help: Bonnie Potter: 677-2527 bonniebpotter@gmail.com

Warren Community School MAG is on Thursdays from 1:15 – 3:00. Students have plants under their grow lights and in the hoop house. We’re picking salads already! FMI or to help: Liz Stanley or Dorothy Robinson: 273-2527 d.c.robinson@tds.net

Great Salt Bay School MAG in Damariscotta is on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week! Other gardening projects at the school, including the Butterfly Project are well under way! FMI: Doris Balant, 563-1216 dbalant@roadrunner.com

All of these school gardens welcome your help during the summer months.

KIDS CAN GROW is in THREE Locations!

Prescott School Kids Can Grow is on Tuesdays after school from 3:00 – 4:30 and will be monthly during the summer. There are 6 new raised beds, a large three-sisters garden and kids have taken lumber and soil home for their family gardens. FMI: Taryn Hammer 832-0343 or taryn.hammer@maine.edu

Knox-Lincoln Extension Kids Can Grow is monthly, and the next class will be on Thursday, May 26.  We’d love to have more mentors to help families with their gardens at home. FMI: Liz Stanley 832-0343 x 123 elizabeth.stanley@maine.edu

Erickson Fields Kids Can Grow starts on Thursday, May 20 at the beautiful community garden in Rockport. FMI and to help: MG Barbara Carter 236-2739 bcarter@mcht.org

Waldo Master Gardener in National Magazine

Master Gardener with chicken coop

Nan with her new chicken coop.

Nan Cobbey of Belfast is featured in this spring’s Women’s Day Gardening and Outdoor Living Magazine. In four years, Nan has transformed the yard around her small cape with various “outdoor rooms”. Her extensive gardens include flowers, annual and perennial vegetables, fruit trees, fantastic stone work, elaborate deer fences and a new chicken coop “folly”.  Nan preserves her harvest, donates food and is also leading our Plant-A-Row efforts in Waldo County.

You can visit Nan’s garden this summer during the Waldo General Hospital Garden Walk on Friday, July 9. Tickets will be available at the hospital’s gift shop for $12.00 and proceeds benefit the hospital.

Penobscot Bay Medical Center
needs volunteers to help them care for their extensive gardens. Because of budget cuts, a group of dedicated staff are trying their best to maintain them after work, focusing on one area at a time. There are beautiful and mature perennials, trees and shrubs in courtyard and entryway gardens, alcoves, and places where the views offer peace and comfort to patients and families. For more information about how you can help in any way, please call nurses Karen Veit 593-5197 kveit@penbayhealthcare.org or Sharon McDermott 596-8856 smcdermott@penbayhealthcare.org

Signs of the Seasons

What is Phenology?
(From the USA Phenology Network website: https://www.usanpn.org/about/why-phenology)

All around us, plants and animals live their lives in rhythm with the rise and fall of the seasons. Lilacs bud and finally bloom, filling the air with a fragrant perfume that many of us associate with spring’s arrival. Butterflies emerge from their cocoons, and sandhill cranes spiral the thermals, responding to climatic signals that it is time to migrate again.

Phenology is the study of the seasonal timing of these cyclical life events, which also include bird, fish, and mammal migrations; insect emergence; plant leafing, blooming, fruiting, and changing of leaf colors in autumn; egg-laying; and emergence from hibernation. Phenological events are clearly vital for the functioning of natural ecological systems. In turn, they affect the goods and services provided by our natural world, such as the production of food and water, health, conservation, and recreational activities. Phenological events are sensitive to weather and climate, which makes them an important living ba­rometer, or indicator, of their environment. Because these environments are changing through human activities including global climate change, we can track phenology of plants and animals to learn more about our natural world and how we can adapt to these changing environments.

Signs of the Seasons: The Maine Phenology Project

Phenological information is familiar to fishers and farmers, gardeners, foresters, and amateur naturalists, as well as to professional scientists. Observing nature’s signs and seasons provides a natural vehicle for engaging citizens in research and raising awareness of the local impacts of global climate change. Formal K-12 science educators have observed that studies of phenology “provide the necessary context for students to more fully understand major biogeochemical cycles and begin to look at Earth as a system” (Bombaugh et al., American Biology Teacher, 2003); likewise, an informal education setting in which citizens participate in observing the world around them may enhance knowledge of earth systems and climate change science. Signs of the Seasons: The Maine Phenology Project will develop a complementary suite of indicators that will contribute to a more accurate profile of the “fingerprint” of climate change impacts in Maine, and help citizen monitors understand how global climate change is affecting the plant and animal species they care about and depend upon.

For more information on the details of how to become a Maine Phenology Project volunteer, please contact:

Esperanza Stancioff, Climate Change Educator
University of Maine Cooperative Extension/Maine Sea Grant
(207) 832-0343  esp@maine.edu

The 19th Annual Gardens in the Watershed Tour to benefit the Georges River Land Trust will take place on Sunday, July 11th in the lower watershed towns of Cushing, Thomaston and South Thomaston. This year, there are six outstanding and diverse gardens with something for everybody.

In order for the tour to be a success, we rely on volunteers to take tickets, greet visitors in the gardens, and answer questions in four hour shifts.   There will also be a short orientation meeting the morning before the tour (Saturday, July 10th) to familiarize volunteers with their gardens and duties.  Best of all, the gardens will be open exclusively to volunteers on Saturday, so you can have your own pre-tour visit without the crowds. Recruit a friend to volunteer with you!

Many thanks for your help, Pat Ashton, Garden Tour Co-chair and Christine Beacham, Garden Tour Volunteer Coordinator   594-5166 GRLT office or patashton@me.com

Friends of the Rockland Public Library announces two opportunities for gardeners!

On June 19 from 10:00 – 2:00, the library will hold its annual book, plant and bake sale.

On July 17 from 10:00 – 3:00, join us for our annual garden tour. Rockland is an elegant and walk-able town. These “urban gardens” will give you ideas for your own home.

For more information, please call MG Kathy Thyng 596-6125

Rockland’s Maine Street Design Committee is looking for volunteers to adopt two gardens in the city.  The ‘Central Park’ garden (the garden with the gazebo on Park St. near the Lighthouse Museum and across from the Tradewinds) needs a regular commitment of caretakers. A small group of people incuding Susan Beebe and MG Virginia Slawson and would love more help. The “Welcome to Rockland” sign at the corner near Rite Aide is in need of new plantings and care.

For more information about how to help, please contact: Lorain K. Francis, Executive Director of Rockland Main Street, Inc. 593 6093  lorain@rocklandmainstreet.com

Morris Farm Raised Beds

Morris Farm MG Volunteers, Mary Bausch, Cyndy Fairbanks, Paul Fenton and Merry Fossel finishing the new raised beds on May 1st (not pictured – Phyllis Guss and Tara Johnson).


Morris Farm MGs Grow in 2010
Mary Bausch, MG 

The Morris Farm Master Gardeners have been busy from late winter into spring planning and working on their extensive demonstration gardens. Two 4’ x 30’ raised beds (!) have been built, part of a long-term plan to make the gardens easier to maintain in an area of very clay-ey soil.  One of the new beds will hold the heirloom tomato plants grown by Wiscasset High School students and sold at the annual Morris Farm Plant Sale on June 5. Seedlings have been started for many varieties of vegetables, herbs and flowers, and plans are in place for irrigation and increased food production – much of which will be donated to area soup kitchens in Wiscasset and Newcastle.
Most of all, they’re hoping for a better tomato and pumpkin season than 2009!

Master Gardeners and community members have also been helping at the farm to create the new Wiscasset Primary School gardens, under the leadership of Morris Farm’s Kim Andersson. Five petal-shaped raised beds have been built right across from the school grounds on the farm and there’s plenty more to do on this ambitious project. Children from the Morris Farm day camp will use and care for some of the beds during the summer months with continued help from the Morris Farm Master Gardener Volunteers.

Meanwhile at the farm, there’s a new farm family and their livestock. Be sure to see it all on Open Farm Day, Saturday, July 25!

Knox-Lincoln & Waldo County Master Gardener Pot Luck and Awards Dinner will be on June 17 from 6:00 – 8:30 at the Waldoboro office. If you’d like to help with planning and making this a fun event, please contact Liz Stanley 832-0343 x 123 or Elizabeth.stanley@maine.edu

Kennebec County Master Gardener Tea at the Blaine House will be on June 23 from 2:00 to 3:30.  We’ll be able to enjoy some light snacks and tea, then tour the New England Garden and the Blaine House grounds.  All active Kennebec County Master Gardeners are welcome to attend, but an RSVP is needed.  If you have questions or would like to be added to the guest list, give us a call at the Kennebec office at 622-7546 or 1-800-287-1481.

Plant–A–Row Gears Up in Kennebec & Waldo Counties

Master Gardeners in both counties are encouraging citizens (including fellow MGs!) to dedicate a part of their garden to grow produce for local food pantry donation. To participate, volunteers can donate theiPlant a Row Hand planting a heart seedr own produce or participate in a community garden that’s already growing for donation.

For more information in Waldo County, please contact Nan Cobbey at 338-1198 nan@cobbey.com

In Kennebec, the goal is to provide 12,000 pounds of produce to food pantries throughout the county. Volunteers can enroll online at http://extension.umaine.edu/kennebec/resources/plant-a-row/, by email at PlantARowKennebec@umext.maine.edu, or by calling 622-7546 or 800-287-1481.
Help us help our neighbors this summer!

Kennebec County Community Gardens Recruiting Volunteers

Two community gardens located in Kennebec County are actively looking for extra help from Master Gardeners and interested citizens. One garden, managed by a team of Master Gardeners is located in Vassalboro, at Lupine Farm on land owned by the McCaughey Farm Trust. This garden grows vegetables for the Vassalboro Food Station Pantry. Last year this project provided 1,811 pounds of food to the Vassalboro Food Station. Many volunteers are needed to transplant seedlings, help with garden management, harvesting, and distribution to the food pantry throughout the season.

The second garden is aptly named Caring Community Gardens (CCG), located in Gardiner, and also grows fresh produce for the area food pantry. The gardens are located at Oakland’s Farm in Gardiner, Chrysalis Place Food Bank, and a new garden in South Gardiner. CCG would appreciate 1-2 volunteers to help plan and manage two raised beds at Chrysalis Place Food Bank. Many volunteers are also needed to fill various roles, including a Volunteer Coordinator, Assistant Garden Steward(s), and with regular ongoing help for planting, maintenance, and harvesting.

Both gardens have scheduled upcoming work days and events, and would be excited to meet and work alongside you! FMI: Keri Penick 622-7546 or 800-287-1481  keri.penick@maine.edu

Keri Penick, VISTA Volunteer joins Kennebec Extension garden programs

Many of you involved in the Kennebec Master Gardener program have had a chance to meet Keri, an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer working with us this year.  Keri is taking the lead on a number of programs, most notably the Kennebec Area Plant-A-Row Challenge.  She’s helping streamline the volunteer management procedures for Gardiner’s Caring Community Gardens project, a volunteer-run garden growing for the food pantry.  And, Keri is helping improve overall volunteer management and support for the Kennebec Master Gardener program.

Keri is originally from Iowa, and, despite moving to the area during February’s flooding of the Kennebec River, she is excited to be in Maine.  And, we are thrilled to have her aboard.  She’s a great worker, with lots of new ideas and tremendous enthusiasm.  Thanks for joining us!

Keri - Kennebec VISTA

VISTA Volunteer – Kennebec County

Keri Penick, VISTA Volunteer joins Kennebec Extension garden programs

Many of you involved in the Kennebec Master Gardener program have had a chance to meet Keri, an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer working with us this year.  Keri is taking the lead on a number of programs, most notably the Kennebec Area Plant-A-Row Challenge.  She’s helping streamline the volunteer management procedures for Gardiner’s Caring Community Gardens project, a volunteer-run garden growing for the food pantry.  And, Keri is helping improve overall volunteer management and support for the Kennebec Master Gardener program.

Keri is originally from Iowa, and, despite moving to the area during February’s flooding of the Kennebec River, she is excited to be in Maine.  And, we are thrilled to have her aboard.  She’s a great worker, with lots of new ideas and tremendous enthusiasm.  Thanks for joining us!