Preparing for Your Next Vegetable Garden

By Clark Whitter, Cumberland County Master Gardener, Class of 2010 Analyze At the end of the growing season, including fall and early winter crops, analyze what did well and what did not. If a crop has not done well for the last two to three years, consider cutting back on some vegetables or change some […]

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seedling plants in a greenhouse

Maine Seed Distributors

By Tayla Mann, UMaine Extension Staff, Administrative Clerk Here at the UMaine Extension we love local. Local foods, local farmers, and local seeds. Lucky for us, Maine has some great seed distributors worth talking about! Johnny’s Selected Seeds Johnny’s, created in 1973, prides themselves in being 100% employee owned and producing safe, non-GMO seeds. They provide a […]

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Bee on purple coneflower.

So You Want to Be a Beekeeper

By Peter Richardson, EAS Master Beekeeper  If you are thinking about taking the plunge into the wonderful world of beekeeping, I applaud your instincts. Beekeeping is fun, interesting and provides many rewards. Rewards like brighter gardens, more plentiful fruit on your trees, delicious raw honey and beeswax for candles, salves and creams. Your friends will […]

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Preserving Your Fresh Garden Veggies into the Winter

By Jason Lilley, Sustainable Agriculture Professional There’s nothing like going into your back yard to harvest the freshest possible vegetables for dinner. Using this home grown produce doesn’t have to come to an end with the first killing frosts. With some planning you can have harvestable crops in the garden well into December, and have […]

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Extending Vegetable Growing Season

By Jason Lilley, UMaine Extension Staff, Sustainable Agriculture Professional Given access to water, it has been a great season for growing veggies like tomatoes, peppers, beans, and basil. With the first hard frost is in sight there are a few easy actions to take to get those crops to last just a bit longer into […]

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Cumberland County 4-H Members’ Community Service Project Helps the Local Food System

By Sara Conant, UMaine Extension Staff, 4-H Community Education Assistant Cumberland County 4-H members Adam Dale, Caleb McGrath-Holmquist, and Katie McGrath-Holmquist are raising funds to purchase four market hogs and two market lambs from the Cumberland Fair 4-H Livestock Auction on Wednesday September 28, 2016 at 4:00 P.M. at the Cumberland Fairgrounds, 197 Blanchard Road […]

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