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University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Hancock County gives local residents access to the resources and expertise of the University of Maine. Through educational programs and resources, UMaine Extension delivers unbiased, research-based information to Hancock County citizens. We can answer your questions on a wide array of topics. To find out how we can help you, browse our site or contact us.

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For more than 90 years, University of Maine Cooperative Extension has worked with Maine volunteers to offer community-driven, research-based educational programs in every county. Our annual report features highlights  of recent accomplishments and the difference we make in the lives of Maine citizens and their communities.

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New Offering – Small and Home-Based Business Focus Group

Through a partnership between UMaine Cooperative Extension and the Ellsworth Noontime Rotary,  aspiring or existing business owners in Hancock County can participate in a facilitated brainstorming session with a team of experienced and knowledgeable local business leaders. The focus group will provide valuable feedback on an issue of importance to the business and help the business owner gain helpful insights and ideas for improving the business.   For More Information


3rd Annual Hancock County-Wide Food Drive – Update!

The 2014 County-wide food drive is complete and was a huge success!  This is how it turned:canned food

Total food collected:   10,675 items !

  • We had 125 food collection sites from 25 towns in Hancock County
  • Food was distributed to 11 pantries in Hancock County.
  • Bulk food items that were donated will be distributed to 6 community meal sites
  • Volunteers that assisted with the drive – recruiting collection sites, delivering promotional materials,                                                                                  collecting and delivering food, sorting food, Volunteerdistributing food: 49
  • 19 Hancock County Master Gardeners
  • 30 representatives from Hancock County Food Pantries, Community Meal Sites, Churches, Civic Organizations (including WHCA, Healthy Acadia, Maine Community Foundation, and UMaine Cooperative Extension)
Money raised so far:
United Way of Eastern Maine              $ 5,000 (match, $1 per item)
Maine Community Foundation           $ 5,000 (match, $1 per item)
MCF Broadreach Fund                           $ 5,000 (toiletries for food pantries)
MCF private donor                                  $    500

Donations received by Coop. Ext.       $     502

TOTAL                                                       $ 16,002

For more information call:  207.667.8212


New – Eat Well Volunteer Program offered at Hancock County -

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension is seeking volunteers for its new Eat Well Volunteer Program.  

Click Here →  Eat Well Volunteer