Cooperative Extension

AP reports on Yarborough’s 2019 retirement

The Associated Press reported David Yarborough, a wild blueberry specialist with University of Maine Cooperative Extension, will transition into retirement in early 2019. Yarborough is a well-known authority on the fruit, which is one of the biggest agricultural products in the state and the source of a handful of summer festivals, according to the article. […]

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2018 Presidential Award winners named

A fisheries scientist whose research informs commercial and recreational resource management, a popular mechanical engineering professor whose classroom contributions include development of new curricula and educational software, and a soil scientist whose leadership and expertise benefit policymakers and the public are the recipients of the University of Maine’s top faculty honors this year. Yong Chen, […]

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UMaine Extension guide focuses on marketplace communication skills

University of Maine Cooperative Extension has a new bulletin for farmers and food producers on the role of communication in successful marketing. The publication includes guidelines on good communication practices for marketing and tips for applying these skills, whether selling goods direct to the consumer or business to business. “Communicating with Markets: A Producer’s Guide” […]

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Learn to to cook with seaweed, make cheese April 7 at Rural Living Day

University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Waldo County Extension Association are hosting the 24th annual Rural Living Day from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. April 7 at Mount View High School in Thorndike. Workshops will be offered in three sessions. Topics include adaptive gardening, Maine’s native bees, identifying invasive plants, composting with worms, grafting apple […]

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Garland speaks with BDN about companion gardening

The Bangor Daily News interviewed Kate Garland, a horticulturist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, for an article about companion gardening, the practice in which certain plants improve each other’s health and yields when grown together. “People have been [companion gardening] for as long as there has been gardening,” Garland said. “I think we […]

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Sun Journal publishes feature on master gardener, food preservationist

The Sun Journal published an article on Dennis Connelly, a master gardener and food preservationist certified with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. Connelly volunteers at the Police Activities League Center in Auburn and the Dempsey Center in Lewiston, according to the article. In about a week, he and the children at the PAL Center […]

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Republican Journal advances Rural Living Day

The Republican Journal reported the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Waldo County Extension Association will host the 24th annual Rural Living Day on April 7 at Mount View High School in Thorndike. All are welcome to attend the daylong event that will feature workshops on a variety of topics, including attracting bees, repelling ticks, […]

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UMaine Extension welcomes new wild blueberry specialist

Lily Calderwood is the the new University of Maine Cooperative Extension wild blueberry specialist and assistant professor of horticulture. Calderwood most recently worked with Cornell Cooperative Extension as a commercial horticulture educator. Her research interests include sustainable agriculture, soil health and integrated pest management, and farmer-to-farmer learning. In her first year with UMaine Extension, Calderwood […]

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UMaine resources included in BDN’s tips to fix winter-ravaged lawns

University of Maine resources were included in the Bangor Daily News article, “7 tips for fixing your winter-ravaged, ripped up and gravel-filled lawn.” If homeowners notice areas of dead plants and grass, they should test the soil, the article suggested. In Maine, one option is to get a soil testing container and information form from […]

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VillageSoup previews backyard composting workshop

VillageSoup reported Knox-Lincoln County Soil & Water Conservation District will hold a backyard composting workshop April 10 at the Knox-Lincoln Cooperative Extension Office in Waldoboro. Liz Stanley, UMaine Extension horticulture program coordinator, and Hildy Ellis, SWCD program manager, will demonstrate a variety of techniques for making compost at home — including aerobic and anaerobic methods […]

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