Morning Sentinel Advances Hayfield, Pasture Management Workshop

March 31st, 2014 1:59 PM

The Morning Sentinel reported the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Franklin County will hold a workshop on hayfield and pasture management April 3, 2014 in Farmington. Richard Kersbergen, Extension educator from Waldo County, will lead the class for farmers and others who want to make their lands more productive and profitable.

Sentinel Gears Up for Tractor Safety Courses

March 25th, 2014 10:25 AM

The Morning Sentinel reported that University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s tractor and farm machinery safety course will be start April 15, 2014 at Ingraham’s Equipment in Knox. The course, designed for youth ages 14–16, will continue for the next four consecutive Tuesdays from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

UMaine Extension offers hayfield, pasture management workshops

March 19th, 2014 10:27 AM
Baling hayUniversity 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

UMaine Extension Offers Tractor and Farm Equipment Safety Class

March 17th, 2014 11:22 AM

Youth on tractorA University of Maine Cooperative Extension tractor and farm machinery safety course will be held 5-7 p.m. five consecutive Tuesdays beginning Tuesday, April 15, at Ingraham’s Equipment, 3 Knox Ridge South, Knox.

This class is designed for youth ages 14-16 to earn federal certification to operate farm machinery as part of their employment. It is also appropriate for adults who want to learn how to drive tractors and operate implements. Participants will be expected to operate machinery during class. A written and driving exam will be administered at the final session in May; it is required for those wishing to earn federal certification.

A $20 enrollment fee pays for a manual and safety equipment. Pre-registration is requested so course materials may be sent to enrollees prior to the first class. For more information, to register, or to request a disability accommodation, contact UMaine Extension in Waldo County at 1.800.287.1426.

Morning Sentinel Advances UMaine Cooperative Extension’s Rural Living Day

March 4th, 2014 2:41 PM

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.

Learn to make cheese, produce maple syrup at Rural Living Day

February 20th, 2014 11:24 AM

Maple sapUniversity 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.

For more information, contact To request a disability accommodation, call 1.800.287.1426.

4-H Annual Fundraisers

January 31st, 2014 11:10 AM

Waldo County 4-H Leaders’ Association  Annual Scholarship Fundraisers

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.

Northeast Regional 4-H Volunteer Forum

January 7th, 2014 9:55 AM

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

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?

November 5th, 2013 9:45 AM

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
1 PM
Troy, ME
Marilyn Schofield 568-3547
Meeting day: Jenn Schofield
948-3272 or 338-4993

Fine Pine 4-H Club
General Club
Friday, December 6, 2013
4:15 PM
Nickerson School
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

Kersbergen Quoted in AP Article on New Crop-Monitoring App

October 29th, 2013 8:58 AM

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. carried the report.