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8 Surefire Things You Can Do to Improve Your Vegetable Garden Harvest

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
Anticipating the perfect vegetable garden is what gets us through winter in Maine. In this workshop,  we will talk about essential, common-sense techniques that will help you have a bountiful harvest.

Cost – $10

Location – Telstar High School, Bethel

When: May 21, 2014; 6-8pm

Pre-registration Required by contacting Deanna Fowles: 


2014 Eat Well Volunteer Training

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Combine your love of cooking, nutrition and helping others by becoming a University of Maine Cooperative Extension Eat Well Volunteer.  This fun, informative and hands-on training will prepare you to present live cooking demonstrations and recipe samplings at various sites in Oxford County.  After 30 hours of training you will work as part of a team to encourage audiences to increase their consumption of fresh vegetables by demonstrating and serving delicious, easy-to-prepare, low-cost recipes.  You will have the opportunity to interact with the audiences while teaching basic cooking techniques and answering questions on how to fit cooking in to a busy day.

 Training Information:

  • When: Monday May 5,12,19; June 2,9,16,23
  • Time: 1:00 – 4:00 P.M.
  • Location: University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Oxford County 9 Olson Rd, South Paris
  • Fee:  $50 (limited scholarships available)
  • To request an application or for more information, please stop by or call the office 743-6329
  • Pre-registration required by April 25th.
  • Enrollment is limited!  Don’t delay!

ARK Schedule for Spring 2014

Monday, March 17th, 2014

April 12 – Making Great Snacks 

Snacks can be great and great for your body too! Join Abigail Bangs to mix up some delicious, nutritious, hunger satisfying snacks. (One group from 10 to 12)  Limit is 15.

 April 19 – Egg Decorating

Cyndy Tinsley will offer a variety of ways to decorate eggs. The older group will be using the wax process that the Ukrainians created with brilliant dye colors and patterns.

 MONDAY, April 21 – Puppets and Mask Making

 Environmentalist and creator of “Trash into Art”, Rijah Newell offers the opportunity to make masks and puppets. You will have the chance to use them in the April 26th Earth Day parade and/or the animal free “Circus Ole” at OHCHS at 7:00. This workshop will be held at CEBE (Center for Ecology-based Economy) at 447 Main St., Norway from 1:00 to 3:00 Monday, April 21. Get ready for the parade/circus on Tuesday afternoon. (One group from 1 to 3)

 May 3 – Fossil Fun 

 Join Darlene Gray as she shares her knowledge and authentic fossils at The Raven Collection at 406 Main St., Norway. Then make a “fossil” of your own. (Two all ages groups 9 to 10 and 11 to 12). Limit is 8 for each group.

 May 10 – Clayworks

 Scott Currie will help inspire you with real flowers from the field as you create a special pottery project celebrating spring. This workshop will be held at Christian Ridge Pottery on Stock Farm Rd., S. Paris.

May 17- Launchers and Catapults – BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!

Lee Carter will help you make a variety of launchers as you create a desktop basketball court and other amazing action gadgets.

Please contact the Oxford County Extension office @ 743-6329 for more information or to sign up for a workshop.

2013 ARK participants, posing with their masks.

Saar Talks to Sun Journal about Cooperative Extension’s Senior Companion Program

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Anna Saar, who coordinates the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Senior Companion Program for Oxford, Androscoggin and Franklin counties, spoke with the Sun Journal about the program and her upcoming talk in Otisfield. Saar is scheduled to speak February 6, 2014 at a presentation hosted by the Otisfield Social Outreach Committee for residents interested in helping their elderly homebound neighbors stay independent. She said the need for volunteers is great, and the visits require nothing more than companionship.

Oxford County 4-H Members, Volunteers Honored

Friday, January 17th, 2014
4-H youth receives text

The University of Maine Youth Development Program in Oxford County selected Alison Corey, left, and Zachary Hebert as Outstanding 4-H Members.

The University of Maine Youth Development Program in Oxford County recently recognized Zachary Hebert and Alison Corey as Outstanding 4-H Members and Vicki Drew and Doug Bean as Outstanding 4-H Volunteers. They received plaques in December at an annual bowling celebration.

Outstanding members are selected based on 4-H, school and community activities and volunteers are honored for their dedication to 4-H.

Hebert, a senior at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School, has been a 4-H member for more than 12 years. He has served as vice president and president of the Hebron Heartbreakers 4-H Club, participated in the Eastern States Exposition, traveled with the 4-H Teen Exchange Club, hosted out-of-state 4-Hers wanting to explore Maine and displayed projects at the Oxford County and Fryeburg fairs. The National Honor Society member is also an Eagle Scout and a Big Brother. He has traveled to China and participated on the soccer, cross-country skiing and lacrosse teams at OHCHS.

Corey, a junior at Gould Academy, joined 4-H at age 5. In fifth grade, she initiated a program that has since created more than 400 back-to-school packs. During her first year at Gould, Corey volunteered her photography skills more than 60 hours weekly at the University of Maine 4-H Camp and Learning Center at Bryant Pond. Later, she was hired to be a summer lifeguard at the camp and a member of the video and photo production staff. Her photos have been featured in the USDA Children, Youth, and Families at Risk report as well as in University of Maine and Purdue University publications. Corey writes and illustrates stories and won the 2013 Molly Ockett Native American Essay Contest. She has attended the Grab the Torch Leadership, Ethics and Philanthropy Institute and UMaine Teen Leadership camps. Corey has been a volunteer snowboard instructor for the Sunday River RugRats, a learn-to-ski program.

Drew, a co-leader of the Oxford Caprine Milkers, has been involved at the club and county levels. As an Oxford County leader for 16 years, she has championed the dairy goat program, assisting 4-H members statewide at fairs and clinics. At the club level, Drew teaches 4-H members record keeping, showmanship, feeding, care and clipping of animals. She showcases goats at Fryeburg Fair. For years, Drew coordinated the 4-H trip to Story Land and collected items for auction fundraisers.

Bean has been a longtime 4-H volunteer with the Twisted Sticks 4-H Club that participates in shows at the Eastern States Exposition, Waterford World’s, Skowhegan State, Oxford County, Fryeburg, Monmouth and Windsor fairs. The Twisted Sticks offer a training demonstration at June Jamboree and Scribners Mill and exhibit educational displays in Waterford World’s, Oxford County and Fryeburg 4-H halls. In Twisted Sticks’ 4-H project records, members indicated they learned self-discipline, responsibility, motivation, critical thinking and problem-solving skills as well as communication and determination.

Sun Journal Covers UMaine Cooperative Extension Cooking Demo

Monday, August 12th, 2013

The Sun Journal reported on an outdoor cooking demonstration on how to steam green beans with dressing, which was hosted by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Oxford County and River Valley Health Communities Coalition. Barbara Murphy, Maine Harvest for Hunger coordinator and extension educator in home horticulture and agriculture, said the demonstration was one of 12 cooking lessons to teach residents “how to be clever with their vegetables.”

Murphy, Stack Cited in Press Herald Maine Gardener Column

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Barbara Murphy, consumer horticulture specialist, and Lois Berg Stack, ornamental horticulture specialist, were interviewed for the latest article in the Portland Press Herald’s Maine Gardener series. Murphy and Stack spoke about fungal diseases in plants caused by heavy rain and gave advice on how to care for plants despite the wet weather.