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:
- Advanced Structures and Composites/Wind Power
- Engineering (all types)
- Marine Science
- Pest Management (Insects!)
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.
Visit Maine Climate News at umaine.edu/maineclimatenews.