Black Bear Food Guild

BBFG OrganizationEstablished in 1994, the Food Guild is a community supported agricultural endeavor, initiated and developed by students in response to their desire for more hands on learning. Students manage two acres of certified organic vegetable production and one acre under cover crop. The majority of the operating capital is from the sale of membership shares. Students provide fresh organically grown vegetables to about 40 share holders. For additional information please contact Dr. Eric Gallandt at gallandt@maine.edu or 207.581.2933.

Dairy Challenge Team

2015Dairy ChallengeThe mission of the North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge
is to develop tomorrow’s dairy leaders by providing educational and networking opportunities to students of animal and dairy science programs throughout North America.  The students that participate in dairy challenge are preparing for careers in the dairy industry as farmers, researchers, educators, financial analysts, nutritionists, farm service providers and veterinarians.  For more information on the Dairy Challenge contact Dr. David Marcinkowski at: davidmar@maine.edu and check out the Dairy Challenge website.

Dressage Club

The Dressage Club has been in existence at the University of Maine since 2000. The club is actively involved in the riding discipline of dressage. The UMaine Dressage Club works through the year to pursue clinics, shows, and events that will enhance the club member’s knowledge of dressage and riding in general.  For more information please contact Dr. Robert Causey at robert.causey@umit.maine.edu


Equestrian Team

The University of Maine Equestrian Team, located in Old Town at Wind Swept Farm, competes in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA), Zone 1, Region 2. Region 2 schools in IHSA currently offer eight different levels of Hunt Seat Equitation and Hunter Over Fences Equitation, although we accept riders of all riding levels and disciplines.  For more information please contact Dr. Robert Causey at robert.causey@umit.maine.edu.

Ewe Maine Icelandics: Sheep Club

Elena w lambThe Ewe Maine Icelandics was established in September of 2014 with the arrival of the flock of registered Icelandic sheep at the Witter farm.  The club meets weekly at the J. Franklin Witter Teaching & Research Center and allows students hands-on experience and learning opportunities with sheep. For more information please contact the advisor, Dr. Jim Weber, at jaweber@maine.edu or visit the club’s Facebook group.

Food Science Club

The Food Science Club is an affiliate of the Institute of Food Technologists’ Student Association.  The purpose of the Food Science Club is to develop relationships among students and faculty in the area of Food Science.  Participating students learn about the food industry, gaining a full perspective of employment opportunities and contacts.  The club advisor is Dr. Jason Bolton (jason.bolton@maine.edu).


Horticulture Club

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The Horticulture Club provides students interested in plants with an opportunity to engage in a variety of activities outside of the classroom. The horticulture club organizes field trips to gardens, nurseries and greenhouses. They host guest speakers and participate in the Bangor Garden Show. The club propagates and grows a variety of plants in the Roger Clapp Greenhouses for plant sales. The Club is run by its student members and elected officers who collectively determine the direction of the Club and plan its activities.  Meetings are informal and take place in the Roger Clapp Greenhouses. Contact Dr. Stephanie Burnett at sburnett@maine.edu for more information.

IFT College Bowl Team

IFT College BowlEach spring, undergraduate and graduate students on SFA’s College Bowl Team test their food-related knowledge in a Jeopardy style quiz bowl against other university teams in the North Atlantic. Topics include all areas of food science and technology, nutrition, food history and law, and general food-related trivia. According to the IFT (Institute of Food Technology) Student Association website, “The College Bowl is designed to facilitate interaction among students from different universities, stimulate the students’ desire to accumulate and retain knowledge, and provide a forum for students to engage in friendly competition.” It’s a great way to learn more about food, plus it’s a lot of fun! New students from any major are always welcome to participate.

The advisor for the IFT College Bowl team is Dr. Denise Skonberg (denise.skonberg@umit.maine.edu).

Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society (FSN)

Kappa Omicron Nu is the national honor society for the humanSAM_0455 sciences.  The mission is empowered leaders who use an integrated approach to enhance quality of living through excellence in scholarship, leadership and research.  Meetings are held throughout the academic year with speakers of professional interest.  Service projects vary yearly.  Undergraduates are invited to membership who have at least a 3.0 GPA and are in the top 25% of their class. Graduate students must have completed at least 12 hours with a 3.5 GPA or better.  Initiation of new members occurs in October and in February. 


Maine Animal Club (MAC)

The Maine Animal Club was formed in 1972 by students interested in creating an organization that would enhance students’ knowledge of animals and animal agriculture through social interactions. MAC provides an atmosphere that is dynamic and challenging that allows students to take on responsibility to be innovative, creative, and to enhance their understanding of animal agriculture in the United States.  For more information please contact Dr. Dave Marcinkowski at davidmar@maine.edu.

Nutrition Club

Nutrition ClubThe Nutrition Club is a student-run organization for nutrition majors and others interested in healthy eating.  The Nutrition Club is focused on nutrition education and service activities for the University of Maine campus and local community. Students gain volunteer experience and valuable insights into the field of nutrition that help contribute to their future careers.  For more information, please contact club advisor Dr. Susan Sullivan at susan.sullivan@umit.maine.edu.

Pi Alpha Xi

Pi Alpha Xi is the national honors society for horticulture.The mission of this honors society is to promote scholarship and ‘the enrichment of human life through plants’. Undergraduate students majoring in horticulture or sustainable agriculture and graduate students with an horticultural project are eligible to be members of Pi Alpha Xi. To become members, students must have a 3.0 or higher grade point average, and undergraduate students must have at least junior standing. We have an initiation ceremony for new members each spring.


Pre-Veterinary Club

Pre Vet at PEI 2007The Pre-Vet Club is a resource for all students interested in attending veterinary school- offering activities, a support group, and information about veterinary schools, including tours of regional veterinary colleges. The club meets weekly, as a venue for discussing classes and exams, and as a stress-free environment for students to support each other. For more information please contact Dr. Anne Lichtenwalner at anne.lichtenwalner@maine.edu .

Poultry Club

2016 chickens-in-coop-flippedThe University of Maine Cooperative League of University Chicken KeeperS (UMCLUCKS) is a student-led group dedicated to “learning by doing” when it comes to birds.  This club, founded in 2015, plans and cares for poultry projects on campus, and works to develop skills and resources in regards to poultry farming.  Mentored by Cooperative Extension and School of Food and Agriculture faculty, the club is trained in biosecurity and basic poultry care, and establishes poultry projects based on interest and availability of resources.  For more information please contact Dr. Anne Lichtenwalner at anne.lichtenwalner@maine.edu.

Standardbred Drill Team

The UMaine Standardbred Drill Team has been involved with showing and promoting the sales of the university-owned Standardbred horses since 2000. In addition, the Drill Team is a product of the UMaine ties to the Maine Harness Racing industry. Membership is subject to a riding evaluation and is open to undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled in or have completed the Equine Management Cooperative (AVS 303) and are actively volunteering at the university Horse Barn Co-Operative at Witter Farm.  For more information please contact Dr. Robert Causey at robert.causey@umit.maine.edu.


Sustainable Agriculture Enthusiast

SAGEThe Sustainable Agriculture Enthusiasts group was established in the fall of 1988 by a group of students of various disciplines drawn together by their common pursuit of a more sustainable agriculture. The organization is recognized by the University and the student government. In addition to biweekly meetings, SAgE members discuss and investigate various topics that relate to sustainable agriculture, sponsor off campus speakers, attend conferences, and organize field trips. For more information, contact Dr. Marianne Sarrantonio at mariann2@maine.edu.

UMADCOWS

UMADCOWS-250x166The UMADCOWS is a group of energetic students that blends theory and practice in a yearlong learning program in which students make the day-to-day decisions regarding the management of the dairy herd. For more information, please visit their website.

UMaine Greens

UMaine GreensUMaine Greens produces salad mix for the Bear’s Den at the UMaine Memorial Union. Greens are grown by students both outdoors and inside a 26- by 96-foot greenhouse located on campus near the University’s automated composting facility off the Rangely Road near the University Credit Union. The composting facility recycles waste from UMaine dining halls, along with other feedstocks, to produce high quality compost, which is used both by the UMaine Greens students, and in other campus projects. Both facilities host class tours, research projects, and demonstrations. The UMaine Greens experience is loved by students with an interest in local food systems, delicious food, and getting their hands dirty! For additional information please contact Dr. Eric Gallandt at gallandt@maine.edu or 207.581.2933.