From Recipe to Market: Learn to Cash in on Opportunities

March 25th, 2014 9:17 AM

University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering a six-session course that covers moving a specialty food product to market.

The class, which meets 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. each Tuesday, April 8–29, 2014 will be held in two locations — 7 County Drive, Skowhegan, and 165 East Main St., Dover-Foxcroft. Two May class sessions will include individual business consultations and a tour of the Dr. Matthew Highlands Pilot Plant, a state-of-the-art UMaine facility that assists food processors, entrepreneurs, farmers, researchers and students in the food industry.

Topics to be covered include licensing, safe preparation and packaging of food, assessing potential profits and locating resources to support a developing business. The class is for people operating a value-added business and those seriously considering one; participants must have a specific food product or recipe in mind and are expected to attend all sessions. Presenters include: Beth Calder, UMaine Extension food science specialist; James McConnon, UMaine Extension business and economics specialist; and Kathy Hopkins, Debra Kantor and Donna Coffin, UMaine Extension educators.

Cost is $35 per person. Partial scholarships are available. Registrations must be received by April 1 to reserve a space. More information, including online registration is online. For questions, or to request a disability accommodation at the Skowhegan site, call 207.474.9622 or email tammy.bodge@maine.edu. For questions, or to request a disability accommodation at the Dover-Foxcroft site, call 207.564.3301 or email amanda.miles@maine.edu.

Explore Farming with UMaine Extension

March 19th, 2014 11:18 AM
University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Piscataquis Valley Adult Education Cooperative (PVAEC) explore what it takes to be a farmer in Maine on Wednesday, March 26, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at UMaine Extension, 165 East Main St., Dover-Foxcroft.

“Is Farming for ME?” will instruct attendees how to assess all assets that can contribute to a successful farm and where they can go for more information on starting a farm business plan. The program is part of the YOU CAN series of workshops developed to teach self-sufficiency skills to Maine families.

Donna Coffin, Extension Educator for Piscataquis and Penobscot counties and statewide resource for the Maine beef and equine industry, will lead the workshop. Cost is $5; pre-registration is required. To register, call 207.564.6525 or visit http://bit.ly/pyoucan. For more information, or to request a disability accommodation, call 207.564.3301 or 800.287.1491 (in Maine).

Tractor Supply Store Presents Local 4-H Clubs with $502

March 12th, 2014 11:04 AM
Back row:  Sheila Norman, Trisha White, Jim White, Haleigh White, Christal Merrill, Dawn Merrill and Geneva Libby Front Row: Douglas Haislet, Adam Chamberland, Alison Chamberland, and Tyler Libby

Back row: Sheila Norman, Trisha White, Jim White, Haleigh White, Christal Merrill, Dawn Merrill and Geneva Libby
Front Row: Douglas Haislet, Adam Chamberland, Alison Chamberland, and Tyler Libby

4-H Clubs in Piscataquis County were presented with a check from the Tractor Supply Company (TSC).  Thanks to the generosity of local TSC customers during the fall 2013 4-H/TSC Paper Clover Campaign, 4-H members at the local, state, and national levels received a total of $502.  Once again, the Dover-Foxcroft TSC was among the top five stores in its region for transaction percentages for donations.

Members from three Piscataquis 4-H clubs were on hand for the presentation: the Mid-Maine Minutemen Boys and Girls 4-H Club, the Parkman Adventure 4-H Club, and the 4-H Adventures in Health Science Club. These Piscataquis County 4-H Clubs are members of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development Program.

The 4-H/TSC Paper Clover Campaign is a nationwide, in-store fundraiser that benefits 4-H programming in the communities where a TSC store is located. The fall 2013 campaign was a very successful promotion, raising over $627,000 that will support 4-H at the local, state, and national levels.  The funds raised have provided direct support for local camps, after-school programs and other activities, and has granted scholarships to these events so youth can explore their interests in everything from animal science to robotics.  For more information on the 4-H program, contact your local University of Maine Cooperative Extension office.

The Tractor Supply Company (TSC) store in Dover-Foxcroft, ME, was recognized with two awards for its outstanding performance during the fall 4-H/TSC Paper Clover Campaign.  The store received the Regional Champion Award for having one of the top five highest transaction percentages for Paper Clover donations in its region. This TSC store was, also, the recipient of the Class Champion Award for achieving the TSC company goal.

Monson 4-H After School Spring Program

March 12th, 2014 10:40 AM

The spring Monson 4-H After School Program will begin March 24, 2014, from 3:45 to 5:00, at the Monson Community Building.  We will meet each Monday that school is in session. Youth ages 8-12 are eligible to participate.  The program will begin with Choose Health-Food, Fun, and Fitness, a six-week curriculum that includes games, food science activities, and nutrition.  Other planned activities include bicycle safety and a field trip.

Come join the fun!!

4-H is the Positive Youth Development branch of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.

For more information or to request a disability accommodation, call Sheila Norman at 564-3301 or email sheila.norman@maine.edu.

Explore Alternative Farming Fuels

February 26th, 2014 3:48 PM

Dover-Foxcroft, Maine — Farmers and others interested in using alternative fuels for transportation and equipment are invited to a program at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 13, at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Piscataquis County Office, 165 East Main St., Dover-Foxcroft. This is the rescheduled meeting from last month.

The Maine Highlands Farmers and UMaine Extension are sponsoring the free program titled “Alternative Fuels Available to Farms and the Transportation Industry.” Tim Seymour, a sales representative at Darling’s, will talk about advantages and disadvantages of using alternative energy for transportation, as well as sources and supplies of alternative fuels and the future of fuels.

Following the program, the Maine Highlands Farmers will discuss upcoming group activities. For more information, or to request a disability accommodation, contact Extension Educator Donna Coffin, 207.564.3301, 800.287.1491 (in Maine) or donna.coffin@maine.edu.

YOU CAN Make Maple Syrup

February 11th, 2014 10:02 AM

Maple sap buckets on trees.Learn to safely tap maple trees and make maple syrup in a YOU CAN workshop 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Piscataquis County Office, 165 East Main St., Dover-Foxcroft.

UMaine Extension and Piscataquis Valley Adult Education Cooperative (PVAEC) sponsor the YOU CAN program, which was developed to teach self-sufficiency skills to Maine families.

Kathy Hopkins, Extension Educator for Somerset County and statewide resource for the Maine maple syrup industry, will lead the workshop; cost is $5. To register, stop in or write to 48 Morton Ave., Suite M, Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426, call 207.564.6525 or visit http://bit.ly/pyoucan. For more information, or to request a disability accommodation, call 207.564.3301 or 800.287.1491 (in Maine).

UMaine Extension Offers Rabbit-Raising Tips

February 5th, 2014 10:22 AM
Dover-Foxcroft, Maine — University of Maine Cooperative Extension is sponsoring a class on raising rabbits Tuesday, Feb 25, 6:30-8 p.m., at UMaine Extension, 165 East Main St., Dover-Foxcroft.
Sheila Norman, Piscataquis County 4-H community education assistant, will discuss which breeds are suitable for pets and which are suitable for livestock. She will also cover care, housing and nutrition needs and what to expect at a rabbit show.
Cost is $5; register with Piscataquis Valley Adult Education Cooperative at 207-564-6525 or http://pvaec.maineadulted.org/. For more information, or to request a disability accommodation, call Sheila Norman at 207.564.3301.

Explore Alternative Farming Fuels

February 5th, 2014 10:20 AM
Dover-Foxcroft, Maine — Farmers and others interested in using alternative fuels for transportation and equipment are invited to a program at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Piscataquis County Office, 165 East Main St., Dover-Foxcroft.
The Maine Highlands Farmers and UMaine Extension are sponsoring the free program titled “Alternative Fuels Available to Farms and the Transportation Industry.” Tim Seymour, a sales representative at Darling’s, will talk about advantages and disadvantages of using alternative energy for transportation, as well as sources and supplies of alternative fuels and the future of fuels.
Following the program, the Maine Highlands Farmers will discuss upcoming group activities. For more information, or to request a disability accommodation, contact Extension Educator Donna Coffin, 207.564.3301, 800.287.1491 (in Maine) or donna.coffin@maine.edu.

Explore Alternative Farming Fuels

January 28th, 2014 3:03 PM

Farmers and others interested in using alternative fuels for transportation and equipment are invited to a program at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Piscataquis County Office, 165 East Main St., Dover-Foxcroft.

The Maine Highlands Farmers and UMaine Extension are sponsoring the free program titled “Alternative Fuels Available to Farms and the Transportation Industry.” Tim Seymour, a sales representative at Darling’s, will talk about advantages and disadvantages of using alternative energy for transportation, as well as sources and supplies of alternative fuels and the future of fuels.

Following the program, the Maine Highlands Farmers will discuss upcoming group activities. For more information, or to request a disability accommodation, contact Extension Educator Donna Coffin, 207.564.3301, 800.287.1491 (in Maine) or donna.coffin@maine.edu.

Technology in Everyday Life discussion at Senior Network

January 13th, 2014 11:46 AM

Senior Network is an opportunity for seniors of any age to gather, get to know one another, share a meal, play a game or listen to a speaker … or just visit together. Senior Network is open to any senior of ANY AGE who lives in the Maine Highlands Region.

The use of Ipads, social networking and consumer use and safety tips will be the topic of discussion on Thursday, January 23.

Through the support of the Maine Community Foundation and the Piscataquis County Economic Development Council, Extension Educators Deb Killam and Jane Conroy with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension will be presenting information on basic social networks, set up for accounts and safety tips for consumer protection.

There will be iPads available as this will be hands on. Participants are encouraged to bring along their own computers, iPads as well.

So come for the social time starting at 11:00 followed by the Potluck lunch. The session Technology in Everyday Life will start at 12:15 p.m.  There is no cost to participate.  Senior Network meets in the community room of the Dover-Foxcroft Town Office, 48 Morton Avenue Suite A, Dover-Foxcroft, ME.

For more information contact Jane Conroy, University of Maine Cooperative Extension at 1-800-0274 or jconroy@maine.edu.