Cooperative Extension

Spring Gardening Tips Available from Extension Educators

Contact: Lois Berg Stack, (207) 581-2949; Mark Hutchinson, (207) 832-0343 ORONO — With the ground beginning to thaw and dry out, gardeners will be anxious to begin tilling and planting. University of Maine Cooperative Extension educators have several tips to help gardeners make the most of their preseason preparations.

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Berry Talk Previewed On Website

Contact: Jessica Bloch, 207-581-3777 The Village Soup website has a preview of an April 19 UMaine Cooperative Extension talk about growing blueberries and raspberries. David Handley of Cooperative Extension will speak about proper berry-growing techniques, including variety selection, planting, pruning, trellising, and pest management.

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BDN Advances Cardiac Care Benefit Run, Walk

Contact: George Manlove, (207) 581-3756 The Bangor Daily News this week advanced a UMaine sorority cardiac care research benefit run and walk planned April 17 and the request from University of Maine Cooperative Extension for gardeners in Maine to plant extra vegetables to donate to local food pantries again this summer.

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Extension’s Harvest for Hunger Program Reported

Contact: George Manlove, (207) 581-3756 The coastal Village Soup newspaper group carried a UMaine Cooperative Extension news release soliciting volunteer gardeners throughout the state to grow extra vegetables to donate to food pantries. Harvest for Hunger coordinator Barbara Murphy says the Extension’s Master Gardener Volunteers Program generated 200,000 pounds of produce last year and hopes […]

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UMaine Regional Learning Center to Open at Tidewater Farm in Falmouth May 14

Contact: Doug Babkirk (doug.babkirk@maine.edu) Initiative to engage children, families and communities in year-round educational programs FALMOUTH — The University of Maine Regional Learning Center grand opening is scheduled for Saturday May 14, 11 a.m. at Tidewater Farm in Falmouth. Through its Cooperative Extension programs, UMaine will offer sustainable living education programs for children, families and […]

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Pest Website Announced

Contact: Jessica Bloch at 207-581-3777 The Lewiston Sun Journal has a story about a collaborative effort, of which UMaine Cooperative Extension is a part, to start a website about pests and pest management, aimed at low-risk management. The website, which can be seen here (www.gotpests.org) is intended for Maine homeowners and gardeners and is designed […]

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Organic Farmer Lauds Cooperative Extension In Article

A Waterville Sentinel article about an organic farmer from Skowhegan had a mention of UMaine’s Cooperative Extension services. Sarah Smith of Grassland Farm in Skowhegan, who is going to speak to members of Congress later this week about organic farming issues, said organic farmers in Maine are fortunate to have the support of the various […]

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Opening Nears For Regional Learning Center In Falmouth

The Falmouth Forecaster newspaper website has a photo of Maine Department of Transportation workers on Monday posting signs directing travelers on Interstate 295 to UMaine’s new Regional Learning Center at Tidewater Farm in Falmouth. The center, which is scheduled to open the first week of May with a grand opening on May 14, will include […]

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Cruise Industry Article Cites Gabe, McConnon Research

An article in the April 2011 edition of Portland Monthly magazine about the economic outlook for the coming cruise ship season cites research by UMaine economists Todd Gabe of the School of Economics and Jim McConnon, a Cooperative Extension specialist and professor of economics, that estimated typical spending ranges by visiting cruise line passengers.

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Cooperative Extension Hosts Robotics Event For Kids

UMaine Cooperative Extension was one of the hosts of the Second Annual Washington County 4-H Robotics Expo, held at ine-Machias, according to a Bangor Daily News story. Twenty teams of Washington County children in grades 5-8 competed in the event.

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