Cooperative Extension

Apply Now for Master Gardener Volunteer Training

Jan. 9 is the deadline to apply for University of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer training offered this winter and spring at the Oxford County UMaine Extension office, 9 Olson Road, South Paris. The first of the 14 sessions, held 5:30–9 p.m. Thursdays, is Jan. 29. The last is May 15. Topics include botany, […]

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Maine AgrAbility Earns Grant to Assist Farmers with Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded the Maine AgrAbility Project a $701,828 grant to continue assisting farmers, loggers and fishermen with disabilities and chronic illnesses so they may remain active in production agriculture. Richard Brzozowski, University of Maine Cooperative Extension specialist and project director, said the grant will fund the project for four more years. […]

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McConnon Speaks with Sun Journal About Black Friday, Holiday Shopping

James McConnon, a University of Maine economics professor and a business and economics specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, spoke with the Sun Journal for an article about shopping this Black Friday and throughout the holiday season. “Consumer enthusiasm is as high as I’ve seen it since the Great Recession in 2007,” McConnon […]

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Pesticide Training Offered for Growers

University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering growers a training session for the Bureau of Pesticide Control (BPC) private pesticide applicator core exam. Training will be 3–6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15, at the UMaine Extension Oxford County office, 9 Olson Road, South Paris. Participants also have the option of taking the exam 6–7:30 p.m. Effective […]

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UMaine Extension Provides 4-H Afterschool Academy

University of Maine Cooperative Extension will provide professional development for afterschool providers at seven locations across the state beginning in January 2015. During the 10 hours of training, positive youth development concepts suitable for after-school programs and the interactive 4-H science curriculum will be highlighted. The agenda includes webinar overviews of the 4-H Afterschool Academy […]

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Make Holiday Gifts in the Kitchen

Create cranberry gifts in the kitchen from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Cumberland County office, 75 Clearwater Drive, Falmouth. Kate McCarty, UMaine Extension preservation community education assistant, will lead the second in a yearlong series of “From Scratch: Your Maine Kitchen” workshops that highlight and […]

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Jackson Informs Sun Journal Farming Article

Tori Jackson, University of Maine Extension educator, was cited in a Sun Journal story about Maine having the second-highest rate of farms in the United States. The number of farms in Maine increased by nearly 1,000 from 2002 (7,196) to 2012 (8,136), according to the article. In 2013, UMaine Extension worked with more than 1,000 […]

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Helping Farmers Make Informed Soil Health Decisions Focus of Mallory’s Research

Ellen Mallory, a sustainable agriculture specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and a professor in the School of Food and Agriculture, is leading a project that aims to help inform farmers’ decisions about adopting soil health strategies. The yearlong project, “Building knowledge, skills and networks for soil security in Maine,” received a $44,442 […]

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Morse Speaks to Free Press About Fish Farming for Food Tour Report

Dana Morse, a Maine Sea Grant researcher who works at the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center, was quoted in an article published by The Free Press about Maine Foodie Tours — tours of restaurants and markets that offer local food — coming to Rockland in the summer of 2015. The Rockland tour will include […]

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UMaine Extension Mentioned in Guardian Article on Maine’s Artisan Grain Industry

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension was mentioned in an article published by The Guardian that looks at Maine’s growing artisan grain industry. The article focuses on Skowhegan’s Somerset Grist Mill and Maine Grains, a wholesaler producing stone-milled flour and related products from grains grown by local farmers. “Lots of people are experimenting and working […]

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