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Growing Sweet Potatoes: An interview with Tom Witwicki, Master Gardener

  Did you know that you can buy a single sweet potato from the grocery store and turn it into many pounds of food from the garden? Fascinating! In this interview for our blog readers, Master Gardener Volunteer, Tom Witwicki describes sweet potato cultivation. He suggests that red garnet and Japanese purple are two varieties […]

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4-H@UMaine: Connecting Kids to Campus

Connect with us on campus! May 31 – June 1, 2019 Do you ever wonder what it’s like to spend a weekend on a college campus? 4-H@UMaine is the chance to check out what the University of Maine has to offer! Middle school and high school students will be special guests on campus! They will […]

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May 18th Plant Sale: Reduce, Reuse, Garden Tools!

The Annual Master Gardener Plant Sale sells more than just plants. They feature gently used garden tools too! If you come to the plant sale, you just may find the exact tool you need at a price you bargain for!   “It goes well with the reduce, reuse, recycle philosophy,” says Master Gardener, Leigh Mundhenk, […]

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Q&A For the Novice Food Preserver

In this interview, Master Food Preserver Volunteer Kathy Shaw offers a Q&A for our readers about food preservation and in particular, the Master Food Preserver Volunteer Program (MFP) offered by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. Kathy took the course in 2009. She has continued to be a part of the program ever since. She lives […]

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Merrifield Farmer making maple syrup.

Maine Maple Sunday

The annual Maine Maple Sunday is a beloved event here in Maine and a sure sign of Spring as rising temperature creates pressure inside trees, causing sap to flow. Each year nearly 100 participating sugarhouses (building where maple sap is boiled and maple syrup and maple sugar are made) across the state offer a variety of […]

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Happy National Strawberry Day!

It’s national strawberry day and to celebrate we’ve complied some information on the delicious fruit for you! “Fresh strawberries are tasty and wholesome. They are the first berries on the market in the summer. Wild strawberries, which are much smaller but often sweeter, can be gathered most of the summer.” – Bulletin # 4268, Vegetables […]

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Appetizer Recipes Perfect for Super Bowl Sunday

Super Bowl Sunday is this weekend, are you ready? If not, we are here for you with some great appetizer recipes. Whether you’re hosting or need to bring something to a get-together, these easy recipes from UMaine Extension are great for the occasion. Bean or Chick Pea Dip -great for dipping veggie sticks or spreading on […]

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Teachable Moments: Using Steam Canners

by Kate McCarty, UMaine Extension Food Systems Professional There’s now another type of canner approved for use in preserving high-acid foods at home. An atmospheric steam canner, an appliance designed to preserve foods using steam, has been sufficiently tested by the University of Wisconsin, National Center for Home Food Preservation, and USDA for us to […]

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2018 Master Food Preserver Volunteer Annual Report

From November 2017 to October 2018, 50 Master Food Preserver volunteers completed over 930 hours of food preservation education, community projects, and administrative tasks. values volunteer time in Maine at $24.69 per hour, which means that the Master Food Preservers donated the equivalent of $22,960. From Kittery to Bangor, volunteers taught 66 preserving workshops […]

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Pick-Your-Own Apples

Orchards in Cumberland County Apple picking is an excellent fall tradition to spend some quality time with your loved ones, and stock up on apples for all the autumnal apple treats and snacking you could want.  Follow this link to find several apple orchards in Cumberland County and follow the links to their sites to find […]

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