Cooperative Extension

Boothbay Register advances workshop on growing grapes commercially

Boothbay Register reported an introduction to growing grapes commercially in Maine will be held 10:30 a.m.–3 p.m. Jan. 11 at the Augusta Civic Center. The workshop, which is designed for growers interested in small-scale grape production, will focus on basic site requirements and preparation, plant selection and care, trellising and pruning options, and nutrient and […]

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Orneville blueberry farm featured in ‘Growing Maine’ video

University of Maine Cooperative Extension has released the sixth installment of “Growing Maine,” a series of short documentaries highlighting Maine food producers and farm families. The latest video in the series tells the story of Worcester’s Blueberries, a lowbush blueberry farm in southeast Piscataquis County. With more than 30 summer employees and the off-season crew […]

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Class to focus on growing grapes commercially in Maine

An introduction to growing grapes commercially in Maine is scheduled 10:30 a.m.–3 p.m. Jan. 11, at the Augusta Civic Center, 76 Community Drive. Designed for growers interested in small-scale grape production, topics include basic site requirements and preparation, plant selection and care, trellising and pruning options, and nutrient and pest management. University of Maine Cooperative […]

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Fuller cited in Morning Sentinel article on Skowhegan wreath company

David Fuller, an agriculture and nontimber forest products professional with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, was quoted in a Morning Sentinel article about business booming at Central Maine Wreath in Skowhegan. Fuller said it’s hard to know the full economic impact of fir tipping and wreath making, as the industry is not monitored by […]

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Yarborough speaks with Ellsworth American about Maine blueberry market glut

David Yarborough, a wild blueberry specialist with University of Maine Cooperative Extension, was interviewed by The Ellsworth American for the article, “Market glut hits blueberry growers hard.” This year, many wild blueberry growers in Hancock and Washington counties left portions or entire fields unraked as the price of berries plummeted, according to the article. A […]

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Learn effective meeting skills at UMaine Extension workshop

University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Sea Grant announce that a five-session workshop for people seeking to build effective meeting skills begins Jan. 4, at Sanford City Hall, 919 Main St., Sanford. The remaining sessions are scheduled for Jan. 18; Feb. 1 and 15; and March 1 (snow dates are March 8 and 15). […]

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Morse quoted in Island Ad-Vantages article on new Penobscot Bay scallop farm

Dana Morse, an ​aquaculture research​er ​with Maine Sea Grant who works at the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center, was mentioned in an Island Ad-Vantages article about a new scallop farm in Penobscot Bay. Father-and-son fishermen Marsden and Bob Brewer recently were granted a 3.23-acre experimental aquaculture lease southwest of Andrews Island, which allows them […]

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Jim Dill speaks with WABI about possibility of bugs in Christmas trees

Jim Dill, a pest management specialist with University of Maine Cooperative, spoke with WABI (Channel 5) for a report about the possibility of bringing ticks or other insects into your home on a Christmas tree. “Getting a Christmas tree at a Christmas tree farm or a roadside operation should not have any concerns to an […]

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Griffin Dill offers tips to BDN on how to keep rodents out of the home

Griffin Dill, an integrated pest management specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, spoke with the Bangor Daily News for an article on how to keep rodents from coming into your home this winter. “Some are looking for a warm, protected area to over winter and others are looking for a food source,” he […]

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Family Code Night to be held in Washington County

During the first week of December, STEM Guides Downeast is hosting Family Code Night at multiple locations across Washington County. Family Code Night is a free family event at which children in grades 4–8 and their parents do their first hour of coding together. Nationwide, the family-engaging evening events are offered at schools, libraries and […]

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