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Extension expert conducts research in blueberry fields; photo by Edwin Remsberg, USDA

University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Washington County gives local residents access to the resources and expertise of the University of Maine. Through educational programs, publications, and events, UMaine Extension delivers unbiased, research-based information to  Washington 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.


Nominations Sought for Norman W. Duzen Community Service Award

The Washington County Extension Association (WCEA) seeks nominations for the 2015 Norman W. Duzen Volunteer Award, which honors a Washington County resident whose volunteerism has enhanced the lives of community members.

Norman W. Duzen had a special place in his heart for the people of Washington County and donated many hours of his time to make their lives better. The University of Maine Cooperative Extension Washington County staff and the WCEA Executive Committee established the Norman W. Duzen Community Service Award in his honor. At the WCEA Annual Meeting, the recipient will receive a wooden keepsake box with his or her name engraved on it. The winner’s name also will be added to a plaque at the Washington County Extension office.

The deadline for nominations is Thursday, Feb. 12.

Nomination Form for the Norman W. Duzen Community Service Award (PDF-Printable version)


Upcoming Programs:

4-H Photography Club

University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering a 4-H photography club for youth ages 9-18. The club will meet on Saturdays, Feb. 7-March 7, 10 a.m.-noon, at the Washington County UMaine Extension office, 28 Center St., Machias.

Explore Extension’s 4-H program while learning composition and editing techniques, and use new skills to take better pictures and videos. Cameras will be provided. Space is limited to six participants; preregistration is required, with a $5 registration fee. For more information, to register or to request a disability accommodation, contact 207.255.3345, or


Introduction to Beekeeping Course

Would you like to learn how to produce your own local honey, and help provide pollinators to your yard and neighborhood? Don’t miss this opportunity to take beekeeping classes in Machias or at a remote site via videoconference at Washington County Community College in Calais.  The five-session Introduction to Beekeeping Course will take place on Thursday evenings beginning February 26th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Please click the link above for more information.


Dining with Diabetes Down East

A Program for People with Diabetes and Their Families

This program is free and open to anyone with type 2 diabetes, prediabetes, family members and caregivers. Participants will meet once a week for 4 weeks. You will learn how to select and prepare foods that help to control blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure. There will be an opportunity to taste a variety of main dishes, side dishes, and desserts.

Please click on the above link to find out more information.


New Offering- Small and Home-Based Business Focus Group

Please click on the above link to find out more information.


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