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Grow Food in Raised Beds, Containers with UMaine Extension

University 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.

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UMaine Extension Offers Free Apple Tree Pruning Field Day

The 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).

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You Can Program Series: Backyard Maple Syrup

DOVER-FOXCROFT: Enjoy the spring tradition and learn to safely tap maple trees and make maple syrup in your backyard from Kathy Hopkins in the next workshop in the YOU CAN series to be held, Thursday, February 28th from 1:0 0 pm to 3:00 pm at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Piscataquis County Office at 165 East Main St., Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426.

Even though times are tough, YOU CAN sustain your family! The Piscataquis Valley Adult Education Cooperative and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension have put together a series of workshops that will give you the skills to get started in self-sufficiency.

The cost of this workshop is $5 and you can register through PVAEC, 48 Morton Ave., Suite M, Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426 or call 564-6525 or register online at http://bit.ly/pyoucan.

Kathy Hopkins is the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Educator in Somerset County for 20 years. Her area of expertise includes sustainable agriculture, home horticulture and natural resources. She currently serves as a statewide resource for the Maine maple syrup industry. She coordinates maple trainings, workshops and has prepared a fact sheet on maple syrup production for backyard producers as well as a quality control manual for commercial industry.

For more information or to request a disability accommodation, call 564-3301 or in Maine 1-800-287-1491.

About University of Maine Cooperative Extension:

As a trusted resource for almost 100 years, University of Maine Cooperative Extension has supported UMaine’s land and sea grant public education role by conducting community-driven, research-based programs in every Maine county.

UMaine Extension helps support, sustain and grow the food-based economy. It is the only entity in our state that touches every aspect of the Maine Food System, where policy, research, production, processing, commerce, nutrition, and food security and safety are integral and interrelated. UMaine Extension also conducts the most successful out-of-school youth educational program in Maine through 4-H.

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SC Extension Homemakers’ Educational Program Update #10

Somerset County Extension Homemakers – Schedule of Educational Programs

November 16, 2012 to November 30, 2012

Program Title, Group Location, and Date

Tenerife Embroidery – Named after one of the Canary Islands, is a method of embellishing items with particular designs using embroidery floss.                    

For more information please contact:
Somerset County Extension Homemakers [SCEH]
Phone: (207) 474-9622 or
800-287-1495 (in Maine)
FAX: (207) 474-0374
or E-mail us at: someh@umext.maine.edu

Office hours weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

SC Extension Homemakers’ Educational Program Update #9

Somerset County Extension Homemakers – Schedule of Educational Programs

November 1, 2012 to November 15, 2012

Program Title, Group Location, and Date

Tenerife Embroidery – Named after one of the Canary Islands, is a method of embellishing items with particular designs using embroidery floss.

Maine Birds – This training will focus on songbirds that live in Maine and how to feed, support, and enjoy them.

Other:

For more information please contact:
Somerset County Extension Homemakers [SCEH]
Phone: (207) 474-9622 or
800-287-1495 (in Maine)
FAX: (207) 474-0374
or E-mail us at: someh@umext.maine.edu

Office hours weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

SC Extension Homemakers’ Educational Program Update #8

Somerset County Extension Homemakers – Schedule of Educational Programs

October 16, 2012 to October 31, 2012

Program Title, Group Location, and Date

Tenerife Embroidery – Named after one of the Canary Islands, is a method of embellishing items with particular designs using embroidery floss.                    

N.W. National Parks – Introduction to the great adventures available to us in our own Northwestern USA.          

For more information please contact:
Somerset County Extension Homemakers [SCEH]
Phone: (207) 474-9622 or
800-287-1495 (in Maine)
FAX: (207) 474-0374
or E-mail us at: someh@umext.maine.edu

Office hours weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

SC Extension Homemakers’ Educational Program Update #7

Somerset County Extension Homemakers – Schedule of Educational Programs

October 1, 2012 to October 15, 2012

Program Title, Group Location, and Date

Tenerife Embroidery – Named after one of the Canary Islands, is a method of embellishing items with particular designs using embroidery floss.                    

N.W. National Parks – Introduction to the great adventures available to us in our own Northwestern USA.          

Other:

For more information please contact:
Somerset County Extension Homemakers [SCEH]
Phone: (207) 474-9622 or
800-287-1495 (in Maine)
FAX: (207) 474-0374
or E-mail us at: someh@umext.maine.edu

Office hours weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

SC Extension Homemakers’ Educational Program Update #6

Somerset County Extension Homemakers – Schedule of Educational Programs

September 1, 2012 to September 15, 2012

Program Title, Group Location, and Date

Tenerife Embroidery – Named after one of the Canary Islands, is a method of embellishing items with particular designs using embroidery floss.                    

For more information please contact:
Somerset County Extension Homemakers [SCEH]
Phone: (207) 474-9622 or
800-287-1495 (in Maine)
FAX: (207) 474-0374
or E-mail us at: someh@umext.maine.edu

Office hours weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

SC Extension Homemakers’ Educational Program Update #5

Somerset County Extension Homemakers – Schedule of Educational Programs

June 1, 2012 to June 15, 2012

Program Title, Group Location, and Date

Stepping Stones                      

For more information please contact:
Somerset County Extension Homemakers [SCEH]
Phone: (207) 474-9622 or
800-287-1495 (in Maine)
FAX: (207) 474-0374
or E-mail us at: someh@umext.maine.edu

Office hours weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

SC Extension Homemakers’ Educational Program Update #4

Somerset County Extension Homemakers – Schedule of Educational Programs

May 1, 2012 to May 15, 2012

Program Title, Group Location, and Date

Embroidery Basics -  An overview of the various types of embroidery and how to choose appropriate materials for them.

Other:

For more information please contact:
Somerset County Extension Homemakers [SCEH]
Phone: (207) 474-9622 or
800-287-1495 (in Maine)
FAX: (207) 474-0374
or E-mail us at: someh@umext.maine.edu

Office hours weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


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Cooperative Extension in Somerset County
7 County Drive
Skowhegan, Maine 04976-4209
Phone: 207.474.9622 or 1.800.287.1495 (in Maine)E-mail: cesom@umext.maine.edu
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