The Morning Sentinel previewed the 20th Rural Living Day that will be held in Thorndike on March 29, 2014. The University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Waldo County Extension Association are holding the event that will offer more than 20 workshops and seminars on topics such as how to make cheese, brew beer, attract native pollinators and produce maple syrup.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Waldo County Extension Association are offering more than 20 workshops and seminars at the 20th Rural Living Day on Saturday, March 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at Mount View High School in Thorndike.
Attendees can learn to make cheese, brew beer, produce maple syrup, and attract native pollinators to farms and gardens. Activities for youth ages 6-12 have been added and include gardening, cooking, and outdoors exploration. Presenters include: UMaine Extension specialists; John Bunker, author and apple expert; and Jim Merkel, author and director of the Global Living Project in Belfast, Maine.
A suggested donation of $20 for adults and $5 for youth covers three workshops and lunch made from local food. Rural Living Day proceeds fund a scholarship that Waldo County Extension Association presents annually to a Waldo County student pursuing higher education.
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100 % of all proceeds directly benefit Waldo County 4-H Youth.
Fedco Seed Fundraiser: January 30th – March 3, 2014
Seed order forms are available on-line or by calling the county Extension office.
Compost Fundraiser at the Annual Tree and Shrub Sale (sponsored by Waldo County Soil and Conservation District): May 3, 2014 (more information to come)
How can you help?
Support our fundraiser by buying packets of seeds ($1.75 per packet) and compost.
Help us by selling seeds.
1. Be sure to collect money or checks
made payable to the Waldo County 4-H Leaders’
Association when taking your orders.
2. Write down name / address / phone number.
4-H provides educational travel experiences where youth are learning essential civic leadership skills and come home with the tools that will allow them to bring about real change in their communities.
We hope we can count on your support.
Thank you for your consideration.
Maine 4-H Volunteers have you ever thought about what other states are doing in their 4-H programming? Here is an opportunity for you to meet, network with other 4-H volunteers from different states, participate in fun educational workshops and tour a little bit of Maryland.
Maryland has the honor of acting as host for the 2014 Northeast Regional 4-H Volunteers’ Forum to be held November 20-23, 2014 at the Marriott Inn & Conference Center in College Park, Maryland. As many as 350 4-H volunteers from across 13 states will come together to explore new places, experience innovative programs and exchange new ideas. Watch for more information at http://www.mymaryland4hfoundation.com/events/northeast-regional-volunteer-forum
The 4-H Program is a global youth organization that focuses on positive youth development through hands on learning of essential life skills. This would not be possible without the many 4-H volunteers that help to bring these programs to life.
Want to learn more about 4-H and how you can join a county 4-H club?
Waldo County 4-H Clubs are hosting their 4-H Cub Informational Meetings on …
Little Beavers 4-H Club
Dairy & Community Service
Monday, November 11, 2013
Marilyn Schofield 568-3547
Meeting day: Jenn Schofield
948-3272 or 338-4993
Fine Pine 4-H Club
Friday, December 6, 2013
Connie Tuller 223-5039
Home School 4-H Club
Community Service Learning
For youth 5 – 18 years old
Fridays 10:30 AM
Kindred Spirits 4-H Club
Informational Meeting to be announced soon
Richard Kersbergen, a University of Maine Cooperative Extension educator on sustainable dairy and forage systems, was quoted in an Associated Press article about goCrop, a new app that helps map crops and monitor irrigation systems. Kersbergen said goCrop would be a potentially useful tool in helping dairy farmers keep records. NWCN.com carried the report.
Want to teach middle school or high school science using a school garden?
University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Waldo County is offering training for Maine teachers who want to use gardens and greenhouses as proficiency-based learning environments for the applied science.
Sept. 9, the Waldo County Extension Association will offer a free information session on using the Master Gardener curriculum and assessment in the classroom. The program includes a field trip to Islesboro Central School, dinner and a facilitated discussion at the Technical School in Waldo. Participants will meet at noon at the Islesboro Ferry in Lincolnville.
After the event, participants will also receive an hour-long support visit and resources to use in their classrooms, including ideas for tying gardening to the Next Generation Science Standards.
A 1.0 CEU credit for participants is pending.
The Science in the Garden program is offered in response to the growing popularity of school gardens and the local foods movement. University of Maine Cooperative Extension has partnered with horticulture teacher Ryan Martin at the Islesboro Central School on a pilot program utilizing the Master Gardener curriculum. As part of this program, students who demonstrated proficiency were awarded Master Gardener certifications.
For more information about the Science in the Garden program or the Sept. 9 information session, or to request a disability accommodation, contact Vina Lindley, firstname.lastname@example.org or Rick Kersbergen, email@example.com.
As you make plans for your 4-H clubs, afterschool programs and science clubs this coming school year, please take a moment to consider a visit to the University of Maine! Please contact your county Extension 4-H Staff who work closely with our Maine 4-H Science Professionals assisting to match a UMaine offering to the needs of your youth.
Some example offerings include:
While many of these experiences are at the University of Maine campus in Orono, faculty and graduate students are willing to travel to YOUR location!
As always, if you have youth interested in a topic that is not on this short list, please let us know.
In 2013/2014, we also will have some special offerings… including an opportunity to connect with a researcher on an Arctic climate change research trip, and opportunities to spend a Saturday exploring a science topic at UMaine. Details on these will be shared as soon as the programs are set.
Rick Kersbergen, University of Maine Cooperative Extension educator of sustainable dairy and forage systems, spoke with the Kennebec Journal about the low quality of this year’s hay harvest due to a rainy June. Kersbergen spoke about the loss of nutrients while farmers wait for the hay to dry. He said once the hay crop quality drops, the only remedy is a second crop of good quality hay.