Village Soup reported the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Knox and Lincoln counties will take part in 4-H National Youth Science Day on Nov. 3. The event will include a Maps and Apps experiment for children ages 9-18.
The Maine Edge reported the University of Maine Cooperative Extension will host a Robotics Expo for youth ages 5-18 on Oct. 19 at the University of Southern Maine in Gorham. Activities are planned for those participating in or interested in a 4-H robotics program. Representatives from UMaine’s College of Engineering are also expected to attend the expo.
David Yarborough, a wild blueberry specialist and horticulture professor at the University of Maine, spoke with the Associated Press about this year’s blueberry crop. Yarborough said Maine’s wild blueberry fields for the most part escaped widespread damage from a harmful new fruit fly during the summer harvest, resulting in what is expected to be an above-average crop. Boston Herald, The Bellingham Herald, Brattleboro Reformer, Portland Press Herald, WLBZ (Channel 2) and Boston.com were among several news organizations to carry the AP report.
Rick Kersbergen, sustainable dairy and forage systems educator with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, was quoted in a Bangor Daily News article on the variety of Maine farm shares. Kersbergen said popular farmers markets, such as those in Belfast and Orono, are “just about impossible to get into,” and diversifying farm shares is one way farmers can continue to directly sell products to consumers.
The Portland Press Herald blog “Maine a la Carte: Dishing on food and drink news” previewed a University of Maine Cooperative Extension class on preserving your apple harvest. Kate McCarty, a food preservation community education assistant with UMaine Cooperative Extension, will teach participants how to can and freeze apples during the Oct. 23 class in Falmouth.
The latest entry of the Portland Press Herald blog “The Root: Dispatches from Maine’s food sources” cites several University of Maine projects related to Maine’s potato harvest and quotes Andrew Plant, an educator with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Aroostook County. Plant said The County’s nutrient-rich Caribou soil and climate — warm days and cool nights — offer ideal growing conditions for potatoes. The blog also states UMaine’s Potato Breeding Program is close to releasing seeds for new potato varieties to the public and researchers at the USDA’s New England Plant, Soil and Water Research Lab at UMaine have been evaluating how cover crops, rotation schedules, soil amendments and irrigation affect potato crop production and yield.
A Bangor Metro magazine article titled “Kitchen envy” featured David Yarborough, a wild blueberry specialist and horitculture professor at the University of Maine, and his wife Nancy Leavitt. Yarborough and Leavitt, a book artist and calligrapher, spoke about what they like to cook in their Stillwater home and how their cooking has evolved over the years.
Kate Garland, horticulturist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, spoke with WVII (Channel 7) for the latest installment of its “Backyard Gardener” series. Garland spoke about fall lawn care such as raking and composting.
Lisa Phelps, University of Maine Cooperative Extension program administrator, spoke with the Maine Public Broadcasting Network about 4-H for an article on the organization’s 100th birthday. Phelps said even though technology has advanced since the organization’s start, the mission of the UMaine Cooperative Extension’s youth development program remains the same. From the start, the program aimed to help plant new knowledge into old homesteads by teaching children the latest science. The radio station Q 106.5 also included an article previewing the program’s annual awards banquet on Oct. 19.
The latest entry of the Portland Press Herald blog, “The Root: Dispatches from Maine’s food sources,” previewed a two-night honeybee disease and pest management workshop at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s office in Falmouth on Nov. 5 and 12. Master Beekeeper Erin MacGregor-Forbes will teach the workshop.