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A Quick Reference For How To Take A Soil Test

  What does a soil test from the Cooperative Extension do? A soil test will tell you: -Nutrient levels in your soil – Soil pH levels – Presence of lead contamination, if any Why should I test my soil? A soil test will help you to optimize your garden or lawn by providing the information […]

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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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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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Apple producer in his orchard

NEW Fruit and Veg Listserv for Farmer-to-Farmer Communication!

Hello Farmers! After many conversations with farmers who have been searching for better ways to communicate with other farmers, Caleb Goossen and myself are getting a new Maine vegetable and berry growers email listserv up and running. Listserv User Guidelines The Maine Vegetable and Berry Growers email listserv is open to all commercial growers, organic […]

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Two New Publications: Storey’s Guides

#1113 Storey’s Guide to Raising Pigs, Third Edition Learn how to successfully raise your own pigs with a focus on a sustainable and environmentally friendly farming practices. Expert tips on making your hog operation more efficient and profitable. Great resource for beginners. 374 pages. $19.95 #1114 Storey’s Guide to Raising Sheep Drawing from years of hands-on experience, […]

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Maple Syrup Publications & Videos

Maine Maple Sunday is not until March 25, but the sap is already flowing in some parts of the state. We have several publications and videos in our publications catalog worth checking out: #7036 How to Tap Maple Trees & Make Maple Syrup #7038 Maple Syrup Quality Control Manual #7041 Licensing and Regulations for Maple Syrup Processing in Maine Remember, Cooperative Extension has […]

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Summer Agriculture Workshops

The purpose of the Cooperative Extension is to give local residents access to the resources and expertise generated from the University of Maine. Through programs, publications and especially workshops. This summer is chalk full of FREE Agriculture workshops for all your farming needs. But what is so beneficial about going?   Answered Questions There are […]

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Preparing for Your Backyard Poultry Flock

By Jason Lilley, UMaine Extension Cumberland Sustainable Agriculture Professional It’s the time of year when many families are heading to their local garden center or farm to pick up their backyard poultry flock. There are several things to consider and prepare before picking up those birds to ensure that the birds are healthy and productive. […]

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Little Ridge Farm, rows of planted beans

Succession Planting

By Jason Lilley, UMaine Extension Cumberland Sustainable Agriculture Professional Now that the garden soil is drying out and warming up, it’s time to get planting! Many gardeners wish that they had more space to get more veggies from. One way to increase your yields without increasing your garden space is with succession planting. Succession planting […]

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Three horses outside in the snow at Witter Farm

What’s Happening In Orono

By Lynne Hazelton, UMaine Extension Administrative Support Specialist, Agriculture and Horticulture  Take a Tour through UMaine with Lynne, Mallory, and Tayla, as they visit the Advanced Structures & Composites Center, the J.Franklin Witter Teaching & Research Center, the Hudson Museum, and the Emera Astronomy Center. After surviving a snowy drive north, we started our full day […]

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