Enrollment is now open for University of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer training in Oxford county. This multi-session course will feature in-depth training in the art and science of horticulture. Trainings will be held in two locations: UMaine Extension Oxford County office in South Paris, starting January 30, 2014, Thursdays, 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM; and Mexico Region 9 Technical School, start date TBA, Wednesdays, 12:30 PM to 4:00 PM. 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.
An online application can be found at the following website: http://umaine.edu/oxford/programs/master-gardeners/. To request a printed application, please call 207.743.6329. Applications should be submitted no later than January 15th. The course fee is on a sliding scale from $110-$330. A limited number of scholarships are available. UMaine Extension programs are open and accessible to all in accordance with program goals.
Image Description: Master Gardener Volunteers in Oxford County; photo by Edwin Remsberg
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.”
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.
We are now accepting applications for the 2013 Master Gardener Program. If you would like to learn more about our program go to the Oxford County Master Gardener Program web page.