Cooperative Extension

Franklin Journal reports on soil health workshop

The Franklin Journal reported on a workshop offered by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Maine Grass Farmers Network, and the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association. About a dozen farmers gathered at Hardy Farm in Farmington to learn about the effect grazing has on soil health, and ways to improve and maintain it, the […]

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Machias Valley News Observer reports on 4-H Tech Changemakers

Machias Valley News Observer reported on an innovative project in Washington County that is part of a national program offered through a partnership between the National 4-H Council and Microsoft. The 4-H Tech Changemakers program aims to empower teens to create opportunities for people to participate in today’s increasingly digital world in unique ways, according […]

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Bowen speaks with WABI about food preservation workshop

WABI (Channel 5) reported the University of Maine Cooperative Extension will host a series of hands-on food preservation workshops. Laurie Bowen, a community education assistant with UMaine Extension, will lead the first class in Bangor, WABI reported. Bowen said the course, which covers the basics of safely canning food, is great for beginners or canners […]

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Morning Ag Clips advances free yoga class for gardeners, farmers

Morning Ag Clips reported the University of Maine Cooperative Extension will host a free yoga class for gardeners and farmers Sept. 26 in Falmouth. The class will be held 6–7 p.m. at the UMaine Regional Learning Center. Brie Weisman, Maine AgrAbility specialist and owner of Adapt-Able Living in Rumford, will demonstrate ways to incorporate yoga […]

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UMaine Extension beginner beekeeping school starts Sept. 26

University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Maine State Beekeepers Association will hold a five-week beginner beekeeping school Thursdays 6–8:30 p.m. from Sept. 26 through Oct. 24, at Springvale Public Library.  Master beekeeper and former MSBA vice president Larry Peiffer will discuss honeybee colonies, hive construction, pests and diseases, honey production and seasonal management of […]

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Piscataquis Observer advances winter backyard poultry workshop

The Piscataquis Observer reported the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Piscataquis County will hold a free winter care workshop for small-scale poultry producers Sept. 26. The program will be offered 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 6–8:30 p.m. at the UMaine Extension office in Dover-Foxcroft. Workshop topics will include poultry breeds, housing, health and nutrition, demonstrations […]

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BDN interviews Jackson about importance of farmers

Tori Jackson, a professor of agriculture and natural resources with University of Maine Cooperative Extension, spoke with the Bangor Daily News for the article “If you enjoy food and clothing, you know why farmers are important.” Jackson, who works with farmers around Maine, said beyond growing crops, farmers provide an important link between people and […]

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Moran speaks with Kennebec Journal about start of apple-picking season

Renae Moran, an associate professor of pomology at the University of Maine and a fruit tree specialist with UMaine Cooperative Extension, was quoted in the Kennebec Journal article “Apple-picking season begins — ready or not.” As orchards around Maine marked the start of the apple-picking season, experts said crops may need some time to catch […]

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‘Growing Maine’ explores keys to success of Pittsfield couple’s dairy business

University of Maine Cooperative Extension has released the eighth installment of “Growing Maine,” a series of short documentaries highlighting Maine food producers and farm families. The newest video tells the story of Balfour Farm in Pittsfield, a MOFGA-certified organic dairy farm producing cheese and yogurt.    Heather and Doug Donahue, farmers for 18 years, moved to […]

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