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Grow Food in Raised Beds, Containers with UMaine Extension

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014
Raised bed gardensUniversity of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering a six-class workshop on building, planting, maintaining, and harvesting square-foot gardens in raised beds and containers.

Classes meet monthly from May through October at the UMaine Extension office, 7 County Drive, Skowhegan. The first class is 9-11 a.m. May 1; the final class is Oct. 9. UMaine Extension Somerset County staff will teach the classes and local Master Gardener Volunteers will work with participants in demonstration gardens throughout the growing season. Harvested produce will be shared with area schools and senior and food kitchen programs.

Course fee is $10 per person. Scholarships are available. To register, or to request a disability accommodation, call Pete Bastien at 207.474.9622 or 1.800.287.1495 (in Maine). Requests received at least 10 days in advance are preferred; all requests will be accepted.

UMaine Extension Offers Free Apple Tree Pruning Field Day

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Pruning a fruit tree branchThe University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering a free apple tree pruning and grafting field day Saturday, April 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Avalon Acres Orchard & Farm, 234 Dexter Road, in Saint Albans.

Avalon Acres owner Mark Sheriff, an alumnus of the UMaine Extension Master Gardener Volunteers program, will host. He’ll present information about general planting and management practices for apple trees then demonstrate pruning and grafting in the orchard. Apple tree growers and people who plan to plant apple trees this spring are invited to attend.

Pre-registration is requested but not required. Attendees should wear footwear appropriate for walking on uneven terrain. Rain date is Saturday, April 26. For more information, to register, or to request a disability accommodation, contact Peter Bastien, 207.474.9622, 800.287.1945 (toll free in Maine).

UMaine Extension Announces 2013 Master Gardener Course in Somerset County

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Master Gardener working in garden; photo by Edwin RemsbergAre you a gardening enthusiast? Would you like to share your gardening knowledge with your community? If so, you may want to consider joining the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Somerset County Master Gardeners.

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension is pleased to again offer its popular Master Gardener program in the Spring & Fall of 2013. This year the course will be run in a split session format with the first session starting on March 4th through May 6th. The second session will begin on September 9th and continue until October 7th. This year’s course will feature an online manual. Participants in the Master Gardener program will receive fifteen 3-hour training sessions on gardening starting March 4th. The 2013 program will focus on ornamental horticulture and volunteerism, therefore we expect each participant to attend all of the training sessions and work actively on volunteer projects following the course. Projects can include such things as community gardening, planting and maintaining a community vegetable garden, designing and creating a mobile display to be used at fairs and other public functions, or answering public calls and requests for gardening information. The fee is on a sliding scale determined by household income. Scholarships are available. The program will be held on Monday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. beginning March 4, 2013 at the UMaine Extension Somerset County office on Norridgewock Avenue in Skowhegan. For more information or to request an application, please call the UMaine Extension Somerset County office at 474-9622 or 1-800-287-1495 (in Maine). Applications are due on February 2, 2013.

If you are a person with a disability and will need any accommodations to participate in this program, please call Tom Goodspeed at the UMaine Extension Somerset County office at 1-800-287-1495 (in Maine) or TDD: 1-800-287-8957 to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodation at least 10 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however all requests will be accepted.