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UMaine Mentioned in Press Herald, BDN Articles on Tick Increase

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

The University of Maine was mentioned in articles by the Portland Press Herald and Bangor Daily News on climate change and the increase of ticks and Lyme disease. Both reports referenced a question on the November ballot that will ask voters to approve an $8 million bond that would support a laboratory administered by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension for monitoring Lyme disease and other health threats related to mosquitoes, bed bugs and ticks. Research from UMaine’s Climate Change Institute also was referenced in the BDN article. A clinical research associate at the Maine Medical Center Research Institute, which tracks tick populations in the state, said CCI research shows the state will grow significantly warmer by 2050.

UMaine Cooperative Extension Lab Bond Selected as Question 2, WABI Reports

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

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?”

Press Herald Interviews Coffin About Free Tomato Plants

Monday, July 21st, 2014

The Portland Press Herald spoke with Extension educator Donna Coffin about the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Piscataquis County handing out free tomato plants. In June, staff members and volunteers handed out 220 cherry tomato plants and donated 50 to prisoners at the Charleston Correctional Facility, hoping to inspire new vegetable gardeners, the article states. “The idea is if they start with one tomato, it is not as intimidating,” Coffin said.

 

4-H Adventures in Health Science

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Once again, the University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H program, in collaboration with Mayo Regional Hospital and C.A. Dean Memorial Hospital, will offer 4-H Adventures in Health Science to students ages 12 to 18. The program offers youth the opportunity to learn about careers in the field of health care through direct interaction with medical professionals who practice in Piscataquis County.

Each program begins with a three-day summer immersion experience. The first will be at Mayo Regional Hospital’s Resource Center in Dover-Foxcroft, on July 15, 16, and 17. The second group will meet at C.A. Dean Memorial Hospital in Greenville, on July 22, 23, and 24. Both groups will meet from 10:00 to 2:00 each day.

This summer’s area of exploration will be muscles and bones.  Students will meet the experts in the areas of anatomy, phyaical or occupational therapy, eating for strong muscles and bones, emergency care of injuries and injury prevention.  The hands-on activities will be fun as well as educational.

Following the initial event, students will be eligible to participate in all 4-H activities at the local, state, and national levels.  4-H members learn about topics that interest them, do public service projects, and participate in field trips, among many other activities.

Space is limited. To register, contact Sheila Norman at 564-3301 or email sheila.norman@maine.edu.  Applications will be accepted on a first come-first served basis.

For more information or to request a disability accommodation, call 564-3301.

UMaine Cooperative Extension to Give Away Tomato Plants, Maine Edge Reports

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

The Maine Edge carried a report stating the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Piscataquis County will give away 300 cherry tomato plants as part of the One Tomato Project to increase the number of people growing food. Extension personnel will distribute tomato plants to county food cupboards June 13 and 20, and plants will be given away the week of June 23, at the Dover-Foxcroft Cooperative Extension office.

WABI Advances Cooperative Extension Weed Identification Walk

Friday, June 6th, 2014

WABI (Channel 5) reported the University of Maine Cooperative Extension will offer a free weed identification walk Thursday, June 12, at Stutzman’s Farm in Sangerville. Donna Coffin, an Extension educator, will lead the walk that will focus on common weeds that invade vegetable, fruit and other cultivated crops. Participants are encouraged to bring a photo of problematic weeds found in their gardens.

Cooperative Extension to Give Away Tomato Plants

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Piscataquis County will give away 300 cherry tomato plants as part of the One Tomato Project to increase the number of people growing food.

One Tomato LogoThe One Tomato Project, which originated in Ontario, Canada, encourages people to plant, grow, and eat more vegetables, and to give extra to food banks. The mission: “To grow healthier communities, one tomato at a time.”

Extension personnel will distribute tomato plants to county food cupboards June 13 and 20. And plants will be given away, while supplies last, the week of June 23, at the extension office at 165 East Main St., Dover-Foxcroft. People will be asked to complete a survey about their gardening experiences. Extension staff will provide information about container gardens and sign up those interested in receiving the Piscataquis & Penobscot Garden Newsletter.

growing a tomato in a bag“Starting a garden can be intimidating,” says Donna Coffin, Extension Educator. “But if you just start with one tomato it seems less daunting. One tomato can be grown anywhere there is full sun — in a vegetable garden, in a flower garden, in a window box, in a pot or even in a bag. With regular watering you can start harvesting in no time.”

About one-third of households nationwide grow some type of food; the typical household spends about $70 to do so and yields about $600 worth of produce, according to the National Gardening Association’s 2009 report “Impact of Home and Community Gardening in America.”

Walter Boomsma, president of the Piscataquis County Extension Executive Committee, supports the project. “This is the type of program that clearly has a direct benefit to our citizens and county,” he says. “One Tomato has practical value with very little rhetoric and the potential for big returns on a relatively small investment. People can try gardening with practically no risk and discover the fun of becoming more self-sufficient and eating healthier.”

Participants will be invited to post about their plant progress on the UMaine Extension Piscataquis Facebook page. For more information, visit http://umaine.edu/piscataquis/programs/home-gardening/one-tomato/ or call 207.564.3301, 1.800.287.1491 (in Maine).

What’s That Weed? UMaine Extension Knows

Thursday, May 29th, 2014
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Rough cinquefoil (Potentilla norvegica L.) in flower, June. Photo by Jennifer Cote

University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering a free weed identification walk at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 12, at Stutzman’s Farm, 891 Douty Hill Road, Sangerville.

Common weeds that invade vegetable, fruit, and other cultivated crops will be the focus of the walk led by Extension Educator Donna Coffin. She’ll have references available for those who want to learn how to identify and manage weeds. Participants are encouraged to bring a digital photo of problematic weeds in their farms and gardens. Two hours of pesticide recertification credit are available for private pesticide applicators.

For more information, or to request a disability accommodation, contact Coffin at 207.564.3301, 800.287.1491 (in Maine), or donna.coffin@maine.edu. Details also are available at calendar.umaine.edu/events/.

Starting Seeds at Home Workshop

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Would you like to start your own seedlings to transplant out in the garden when the weather warms up?  Do you know how long it takes to have the transplants ready for the garden?  Do you know it is important to start with good quality seed?  Do you want to learn how to do a germination test to determine the seed’s viability since different types of seed remain viable for different lengths of time?

Please attend our workshop presented by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Piscataquis County.  It will be held on May 8th, 2014 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm at the Greenville High School Cafeteria.  There is a $5 fee that supports the Greenville Adult Education program.  For further information please contact Ana Bonstedt at ana.bonstedt@maine.edu or 207-564-3301.

UMaine Extension offers hayfield, pasture management workshops

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering free workshops on hayfield and pasture management this spring around the state.

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.