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May 2020

Raising Backyard Poultry-Online via Zoom

May 11, 2020 @ 5:30 pm
Free

Raising Backyard Poultry In this free program geared towards beginning or prospective backyard and small-scale poultry producers, participants will gain a general understanding of what it takes to raise chickens for meat and egg. This program will be led by Dr. Colt Knight, UMaine Extension Livestock Specialist. Topics will include poultry breeds, housing, health, and nutrition. We will also highlight various waterers and lighting options along with ideas for your do-it-yourself poultry equipment.

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Guidance for Pick-Your-Own Operations during COVID-19 webinar

May 12, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Free

Join the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, and the Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry for a free Zoom twilight meeting to discuss the best management practices for Pick-Your-Own operations during the COVID-19 outbreak. We will share tips for keeping you, your crew, and your customers safe, while still allowing pick-your-own to happen this year.

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Invasive Plant Ecology and Identification

May 21, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Free

Join us for this webinar and discussion during National Invasive Species Awareness Week! Instructor Nancy Olmstead, Invasive Plant Biologist with the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry will help you learn to recognize invasive plants, learn why they are harmful, and how they spread. All attendees will be eligible to receive a copy of the Maine Invasive Plants Field Guide. The webinar is free, but registration is required.

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Invasive Plant Management

May 21, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Join us for this webinar and discussion during National Invasive Species Awareness Week! Instructor Nancy Olmstead, Invasive Plant Biologist with the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry will cover key steps in managing invasive plants including assessment, prioritization, control, disposal, and monitoring. All attendees will be eligible to receive a copy of the Maine Invasive Plants Field Guide. The webinar is free, but registration is required.

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June 2020

Gardening for Wildlife-Online Short Course- June Session- FULL-Registration Closed

June 3, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating indefinitely

Free – $10

Join Horticulture Professional Pamela Hargest and Maine Audubon's Education Director Eric Topper for a four-part online series on how our home landscapes can be more beautiful as well as beneficial to birds and other wildlife. A $10 donation is requested for the series. Registration is required. Zoom information will be supplied after course registration.

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Preserving the Maine Harvest: Introduction to Water Bath Canning

June 9, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Free

Join University of Maine Cooperative Extension food preservation staff for a lively discussion and demonstration on how to preserve Maine foods throughout our growing season. In this session, we will: Demonstrate how a boiling water bath canner works Explain the science of boiling water bath canning Discuss recommended equipment, including canning jars and tools Answer your questions $5 suggested donation Registration is required – Participants will receive the Zoom information after registering for this event.

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SCORE USDA Programs for Maple Producers Webinar

June 15, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

Pixabay photo SCORE Volunteer Steve Veazey, the Maine Maple Producers Association, and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension present a webinar on USDA financial assistance programs available to Maple Producers as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.  Visit our website for more details and the Zoom link for this free resource!

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Preserving the Harvest: Preserving Strawberries

June 16, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Free

Join University of Maine Cooperative Extension food preservation staff for a lively discussion and demonstration on how to preserve Maine foods throughout our growing season. In this session, we will: Demonstrate preserving low-sugar jam and freezing strawberries Discuss low-sugar pectins and alternative sweeteners Explain how to use frozen fruit in jams and jellies Answer your questions $5 suggested donation Registration is required – Participants will receive the Zoom information after registering for this event.

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Preserving the Maine Harvest: Preserving Herbs

June 23, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Free

Join University of Maine Cooperative Extension food preservation staff for a lively discussion and demonstration on how to preserve Maine foods throughout our growing season. In this session, we will: Discuss a variety of methods for preserving herbs Demonstrate how to make herbal vinegars and herb pesto Answer your questions $5 suggested donation Registration is required – Participants will receive the Zoom information after registering for this event.

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MG Speaker Series: Photography 101

June 25, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free – $5

Learn to use composition and lighting in your photography to increase the impact of your images. University of Maine Cooperative Extension is pleased to be joined by professional photographer David Elliott for this photography webinar, where he will share tips on composition, lighting and the effect of color on the viewer’s perception. Have you ever looked at two images of the same scene where one talked to you and the other said nothing? Why? Composition of the two is the answer. We’ll…

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Preserving the Maine Harvest: Drinks from the Garden

June 30, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Free

Join University of Maine Cooperative Extension food preservation staff for a lively discussion and demonstration on how to preserve Maine foods throughout our growing season. In this session, we will: Demonstrate how to make a fruit shrub for cocktails and mocktails Explain how to make a flavored water kefir Discuss other creative uses of fruit, herbs, and vegetables in drinks Answer your questions

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July 2020

Preserving the Maine Harvest: Quick Pack Cucumber Pickles

July 7, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Free – $5

Join UMaine Extension food preservation staff for a lively discussion and demonstrations on how to preserve Maine foods throughout our growing season. This series will take place Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. via Zoom and includes a discussion and demonstration of research-based preserving methods like canning, freezing, dehydrating, and fermenting. Participants will receive Zoom information after registering.

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Preserving the Maine Harvest: Fermented Cucumber Pickles

July 14, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Free – $5

Join UMaine Extension food preservation staff for a lively discussion and demonstrations on how to preserve Maine foods throughout our growing season. This series will take place Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. via Zoom and includes a discussion and demonstration of research-based preserving methods like canning, freezing, dehydrating, and fermenting. Participants will receive Zoom information after registering.

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Summer Series: Choosing Native Plants for Pollinators

July 20, 2020 @ 12:00 pm
Free – $5

In this webinar, we’ll discuss how to select native plants for pollinators and specific growing conditions for these different planting combinations. 

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Preserving the Maine Harvest: All Things Green Beans-Canning and Freezing

July 21, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Free – $5

Join UMaine Extension food preservation staff for a lively discussion and demonstrations on how to preserve Maine foods throughout our growing season. This series will take place Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. via Zoom and includes a discussion and demonstration of research-based preserving methods like canning, freezing, dehydrating, and fermenting. Participants will receive Zoom information after registering.

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Preserving the Maine Harvest: Freezing Maine Seafood

July 28, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Free – $5

Join UMaine Extension food preservation staff for a lively discussion and demonstrations on how to preserve Maine foods throughout our growing season. This series will take place Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. via Zoom and includes a discussion and demonstration of research-based preserving methods like canning, freezing, dehydrating, and fermenting. Participants will receive Zoom information after registering.

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August 2020

Summer Series: All Season Gardening

August 3, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free – $5

In this webinar, we’ll discuss how to then use season extension structures to boost spring and summer season crops and cover production schedules, which hardy greens to use for winter growing and when and how to get them started.

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Preserving the Maine Harvest: Freezing Fruit

August 4, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Free – $5

Join UMaine Extension food preservation staff for a lively discussion and demonstrations on how to preserve Maine foods throughout our growing season. This series will take place Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. via Zoom and includes a discussion and demonstration of research-based preserving methods like canning, freezing, dehydrating, and fermenting. Participants will receive Zoom information after registering.

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Livestock Nutrition Webinars

August 6, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until September 3, 2020

Free

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Windham Butcher Shop are pleased to announce a series of livestock nutrition talks that cover basic nutrition and feeding needs of Small Ruminants, Beef Cattle, Pigs, and Poultry. Join Dr. Colt W. Knight as he discusses the nutritional demands for livestock, differences among feeds, and why a properly balanced ration is crucial to profitability, reproduction, and animal health. The final lecture in this series will discuss what you should expect from processors and…

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Preserving the Maine Harvest: Steam Canning

August 11, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Free – $5

Join UMaine Extension food preservation staff for a lively discussion and demonstrations on how to preserve Maine foods throughout our growing season. This series will take place Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. via Zoom and includes a discussion and demonstration of research-based preserving methods like canning, freezing, dehydrating, and fermenting. Participants will receive Zoom information after registering.

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Planning Your Cover Cropping System

August 12, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Free

Adding diversity to a cover cropping system can increase the benefits to your soils, crop production, and farm ecosystem. Join Jason Lilley from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension to discuss key considerations for planning a diverse cover cropping system. In this meeting, we will highlight several cover crop options that work throughout various cropping systems.

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Livestock Nutrition Webinars

August 13, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until September 3, 2020

Free

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Windham Butcher Shop are pleased to announce a series of livestock nutrition talks that cover basic nutrition and feeding needs of Small Ruminants, Beef Cattle, Pigs, and Poultry. Join Dr. Colt W. Knight as he discusses the nutritional demands for livestock, differences among feeds, and why a properly balanced ration is crucial to profitability, reproduction, and animal health. The final lecture in this series will discuss what you should expect from processors and…

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Summer Series: Cover Crop and Soil Management

August 17, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free – $5

In this webinar, we’ll discuss fall activities that will improve soil health in your garden with a special emphasis on cover crops--what to plant, when to plant it, and how to manage it.

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Preserving the Maine Harvest: Freezing Tomatoes and Freezing Corn

August 18, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Free – $5

Join UMaine Extension food preservation staff for a lively discussion and demonstrations on how to preserve Maine foods throughout our growing season. This series will take place Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. via Zoom and includes a discussion and demonstration of research-based preserving methods like canning, freezing, dehydrating, and fermenting. Participants will receive Zoom information after registering.

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Livestock Nutrition Webinars

August 20, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until September 3, 2020

Free

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Windham Butcher Shop are pleased to announce a series of livestock nutrition talks that cover basic nutrition and feeding needs of Small Ruminants, Beef Cattle, Pigs, and Poultry. Join Dr. Colt W. Knight as he discusses the nutritional demands for livestock, differences among feeds, and why a properly balanced ration is crucial to profitability, reproduction, and animal health. The final lecture in this series will discuss what you should expect from processors and…

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Preserving the Maine Harvest: Canning Salsa and Tomatoes

August 25, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Free – $5

Join UMaine Extension food preservation staff for a lively discussion and demonstrations on how to preserve Maine foods throughout our growing season. This series will take place Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. via Zoom and includes a discussion and demonstration of research-based preserving methods like canning, freezing, dehydrating, and fermenting. Participants will receive Zoom information after registering.

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Livestock Nutrition Webinars

August 27, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until September 3, 2020

Free

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Windham Butcher Shop are pleased to announce a series of livestock nutrition talks that cover basic nutrition and feeding needs of Small Ruminants, Beef Cattle, Pigs, and Poultry. Join Dr. Colt W. Knight as he discusses the nutritional demands for livestock, differences among feeds, and why a properly balanced ration is crucial to profitability, reproduction, and animal health. The final lecture in this series will discuss what you should expect from processors and…

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Summer Series: Pain Free Gardening

August 31, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free – $5

In this webinar, we’ll introduce ergonomic tools and techniques to keep your flowers blooming and your vegetables ripening while keeping aches and pains at bay. 

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September 2020

Preserving the Maine Harvest Webinar Series

September 1, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
This weekly series begins at 2:00pm and includes these episodes- 9/1 Canning Relish 9/8 Preserving Apples 9/15 Pressure Canning Soups/Stocks 9/22 Fermenting Vegetables 9/29 Dehydrating Fruits and Vegetables
Free – $5
Tuesdays at 2 PM Preserving the Maine Harvest September UMaine Extension Logo, September 1st Canning Relish, September 8 Preserving Apples, September 15th Pressure Canning Soups/Stocks, September 22nd Fermenting Vegetables, September 29th Dehydrating Fruits and Vegetables. To request a reasonable accommodation, contact Kate McCarty kate.mccarty@maine.edu or 207.781.6099

Join UMaine Extension food preservation staff for a lively discussion and demonstrations on how to preserve Maine foods throughout our growing season. This series will take place Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. via Zoom and includes a discussion and demonstration of research-based preserving methods like canning, freezing, dehydrating, and fermenting. Participants will receive Zoom information after registering. September webinars include: Sept. 1st: Canning Relish Sept. 8th: Preserving Apples Sept. 15th: Pressure Canning Soups/Stocks Sept. 22nd: Fermenting Vegetables Sept. 29th: Dehydrating Fruits…

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Livestock Nutrition Webinars

September 3, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until September 3, 2020

Free

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Windham Butcher Shop are pleased to announce a series of livestock nutrition talks that cover basic nutrition and feeding needs of Small Ruminants, Beef Cattle, Pigs, and Poultry. Join Dr. Colt W. Knight as he discusses the nutritional demands for livestock, differences among feeds, and why a properly balanced ration is crucial to profitability, reproduction, and animal health. The final lecture in this series will discuss what you should expect from processors and…

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Preserving the Maine Harvest Webinar Series

September 8, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
This weekly series begins at 2:00pm and includes these episodes- 9/1 Canning Relish 9/8 Preserving Apples 9/15 Pressure Canning Soups/Stocks 9/22 Fermenting Vegetables 9/29 Dehydrating Fruits and Vegetables
Free – $5
Tuesdays at 2 PM Preserving the Maine Harvest September UMaine Extension Logo, September 1st Canning Relish, September 8 Preserving Apples, September 15th Pressure Canning Soups/Stocks, September 22nd Fermenting Vegetables, September 29th Dehydrating Fruits and Vegetables. To request a reasonable accommodation, contact Kate McCarty kate.mccarty@maine.edu or 207.781.6099

Join UMaine Extension food preservation staff for a lively discussion and demonstrations on how to preserve Maine foods throughout our growing season. This series will take place Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. via Zoom and includes a discussion and demonstration of research-based preserving methods like canning, freezing, dehydrating, and fermenting. Participants will receive Zoom information after registering. September webinars include: Sept. 1st: Canning Relish Sept. 8th: Preserving Apples Sept. 15th: Pressure Canning Soups/Stocks Sept. 22nd: Fermenting Vegetables Sept. 29th: Dehydrating Fruits…

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Summer Series: Growing Garlic

September 14, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free – $5

In this webinar, we’ll discuss all aspects of garlic culture including planting stock, site selection, timing of harvest and proper drying.

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Preserving the Maine Harvest Webinar Series

September 15, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
This weekly series begins at 2:00pm and includes these episodes- 9/1 Canning Relish 9/8 Preserving Apples 9/15 Pressure Canning Soups/Stocks 9/22 Fermenting Vegetables 9/29 Dehydrating Fruits and Vegetables
Free – $5
Tuesdays at 2 PM Preserving the Maine Harvest September UMaine Extension Logo, September 1st Canning Relish, September 8 Preserving Apples, September 15th Pressure Canning Soups/Stocks, September 22nd Fermenting Vegetables, September 29th Dehydrating Fruits and Vegetables. To request a reasonable accommodation, contact Kate McCarty kate.mccarty@maine.edu or 207.781.6099

Join UMaine Extension food preservation staff for a lively discussion and demonstrations on how to preserve Maine foods throughout our growing season. This series will take place Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. via Zoom and includes a discussion and demonstration of research-based preserving methods like canning, freezing, dehydrating, and fermenting. Participants will receive Zoom information after registering. September webinars include: Sept. 1st: Canning Relish Sept. 8th: Preserving Apples Sept. 15th: Pressure Canning Soups/Stocks Sept. 22nd: Fermenting Vegetables Sept. 29th: Dehydrating Fruits…

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Preserving the Maine Harvest Webinar Series

September 22, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
This weekly series begins at 2:00pm and includes these episodes- 9/1 Canning Relish 9/8 Preserving Apples 9/15 Pressure Canning Soups/Stocks 9/22 Fermenting Vegetables 9/29 Dehydrating Fruits and Vegetables
Free – $5
Tuesdays at 2 PM Preserving the Maine Harvest September UMaine Extension Logo, September 1st Canning Relish, September 8 Preserving Apples, September 15th Pressure Canning Soups/Stocks, September 22nd Fermenting Vegetables, September 29th Dehydrating Fruits and Vegetables. To request a reasonable accommodation, contact Kate McCarty kate.mccarty@maine.edu or 207.781.6099

Join UMaine Extension food preservation staff for a lively discussion and demonstrations on how to preserve Maine foods throughout our growing season. This series will take place Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. via Zoom and includes a discussion and demonstration of research-based preserving methods like canning, freezing, dehydrating, and fermenting. Participants will receive Zoom information after registering. September webinars include: Sept. 1st: Canning Relish Sept. 8th: Preserving Apples Sept. 15th: Pressure Canning Soups/Stocks Sept. 22nd: Fermenting Vegetables Sept. 29th: Dehydrating Fruits…

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Summer Series: Root Cellaring

September 28, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free – $5

In this webinar, we’ll discuss ideal storage conditions for most of our crops, and how to create those various conditions throughout most households.

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Preserving the Maine Harvest Webinar Series

September 29, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
This weekly series begins at 2:00pm and includes these episodes- 9/1 Canning Relish 9/8 Preserving Apples 9/15 Pressure Canning Soups/Stocks 9/22 Fermenting Vegetables 9/29 Dehydrating Fruits and Vegetables
Free – $5
Tuesdays at 2 PM Preserving the Maine Harvest September UMaine Extension Logo, September 1st Canning Relish, September 8 Preserving Apples, September 15th Pressure Canning Soups/Stocks, September 22nd Fermenting Vegetables, September 29th Dehydrating Fruits and Vegetables. To request a reasonable accommodation, contact Kate McCarty kate.mccarty@maine.edu or 207.781.6099

Join UMaine Extension food preservation staff for a lively discussion and demonstrations on how to preserve Maine foods throughout our growing season. This series will take place Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. via Zoom and includes a discussion and demonstration of research-based preserving methods like canning, freezing, dehydrating, and fermenting. Participants will receive Zoom information after registering. September webinars include: Sept. 1st: Canning Relish Sept. 8th: Preserving Apples Sept. 15th: Pressure Canning Soups/Stocks Sept. 22nd: Fermenting Vegetables Sept. 29th: Dehydrating Fruits…

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October 2020

Preserving the Maine Harvest

October 6, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - October 27, 2020 @ 3:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until October 20, 2020

Free – $5

Join UMaine Extension food preservation staff for a lively discussion and demonstrations on how to preserve Maine foods throughout our growing season. This series will take place Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. via Zoom and includes a discussion and demonstration of research-based preserving methods like canning, freezing, dehydrating, and fermenting. Participants will receive Zoom information after registering. October webinars include: October 6th:  Winter Storage October 13th: Storing Maine Grains and Repackaging Bulk Items October 20th: Pressure Canning Meats October 27th:  Preserving…

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Planning a Backyard Orchard -Webinar-Oct. 7, 2020

October 7, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free – $5

Are you thinking of planting some fruit trees next spring? If so, now is actually the best time to start planning! Join MOFGA’s Agricultural Specialist for Downeast Maine CJ Walke for this webinar to help pave the way for success with your tree planting efforts next spring. $5 suggested donation for this webinar Registration is required – Participants will receive the Zoom information after registering for this event.

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Preserving the Maine Harvest

October 13, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - November 3, 2020 @ 3:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until October 27, 2020

Free – $5

Join UMaine Extension food preservation staff for a lively discussion and demonstrations on how to preserve Maine foods throughout our growing season. This series will take place Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. via Zoom and includes a discussion and demonstration of research-based preserving methods like canning, freezing, dehydrating, and fermenting. Participants will receive Zoom information after registering. October webinars include: October 6th:  Winter Storage October 13th: Storing Maine Grains and Repackaging Bulk Items October 20th: Pressure Canning Meats October 27th:  Preserving…

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Navigating CFAP-2 for Maple Producers Webinar

October 15, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

Has your maple operation been impacted by COVID-19 market disruption? Join Steve Veazy of SCORE Maine, for this free webinar to learn how to apply for CFAP-2 financial assistance. https://extension.umaine.edu/cumberland/agriculture/navigating-cfap-2-for-maple-producers-october-15th-webinar/

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Preserving the Maine Harvest

October 20, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - October 30, 2020 @ 3:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until October 27, 2020

Free – $5

Join UMaine Extension food preservation staff for a lively discussion and demonstrations on how to preserve Maine foods throughout our growing season. This series will take place Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. via Zoom and includes a discussion and demonstration of research-based preserving methods like canning, freezing, dehydrating, and fermenting. Participants will receive Zoom information after registering. October webinars include: October 6th:  Winter Storage October 13th: Storing Maine Grains and Repackaging Bulk Items October 20th: Pressure Canning Meats October 27th:  Preserving…

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Preserving the Maine Harvest

October 27, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free – $5

Join UMaine Extension food preservation staff for a lively discussion and demonstrations on how to preserve Maine foods throughout our growing season. This series will take place Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. via Zoom and includes a discussion and demonstration of research-based preserving methods like canning, freezing, dehydrating, and fermenting. Participants will receive Zoom information after registering. October webinars include: October 6th:  Winter Storage October 13th: Storing Maine Grains and Repackaging Bulk Items October 20th: Pressure Canning Meats October 27th:  Preserving…

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November 2020

Thanksgiving with the UMaine Food Team- Webinar

November 17, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free – $5

Join the Food and Nutrition staff of University of Maine Cooperative Extension for a 1-hour webinar on using local foods in your Thanksgiving dinner. We'll cover cost-effective ways to shop for local foods, food safety tips for handling turkey and leftovers, plus several delicious recipes that use Maine foods. Your Thanksgiving plans may be a little different this year, but we'll help you to make sure that your dinner tastes the best yet! See the website for more information.

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December 2020

Backyard Sugaring: Maple Syrup 101 Webinar

December 5, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Free – $5
image of tree with tap and sap bucket

Join UMaine Extension professional Jason Lilley, Southern Maine Maple Sugarmakers Rich Morrill from Nash Valley Farm and Frank Ferrucci from Maple Moon Farm to learn the skills you need to make maple syrup in your own backyard. Registration is required; a $5 donation is optional.

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January 2021

Making Money Moves: A Decision-Making Workshop for Farmers

January 12 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 9:30 am on Tuesday, repeating until January 26, 2021

$30

The 2020 season was an unpredictable and disruptive one. As a result, many growers are considering big transitions to their business models. This discussion-based series is designed to help established farmers think through those big decisions. Farmer participants should have 5 or more years of experience running your farm and be prepared to reflect on your operation. Tuesdays, January 12th, 19th, and 26th | 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM  

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Livestock Nutrition Webinar Series

January 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on January 22, 2021 at 12:00 pm

One event on January 27, 2021 at 12:00 pm

One event on February 3, 2021 at 12:00 pm

One event on February 10, 2021 at 12:00 pm

Free – $5

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Windham Butcher Shop are pleased to announce a series of livestock nutrition webinar talks that cover basic nutrition and feeding needs of Small Ruminants, Beef Cattle, Pigs, and Poultry. Join Dr. Colt W. Knight as he discusses the nutritional demands for livestock, differences among feeds, and why a properly balanced ration is crucial to profitability, reproduction, and animal health. The final lecture in this series will discuss what you should expect from processors…

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Winter Gardening: Exciting New Vegetable Varieties for Home Gardeners

January 13 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Free – $5

Webinar Wednesday, January 13, 2021 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM Registration deadline: 4 PM on January 13, 2021 Join us for a panel discussion of exciting new vegetable varieties for the home garden! After this talk, you’ll look at your 2021 seed catalogs with a new appreciation of what some of the new varieties available can do for your garden (and how to choose!). Registration is required, $5 donation requested.

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Beginner Beekeeping-Online

January 14 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until February 11, 2021

$70 – $115
bee on yellow flower

This 5-week course is a great opportunity for new beekeepers, prior to their first year of bees, to learn the basics of honey bee biology, or as a refresher for those going into their first winter of beekeeping.  Instructor: Erin MacGregor-Forbes, Eastern Apiculture Society certified Master Beekeeper

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Making Money Moves: A Decision-Making Workshop for Farmers

January 19 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 9:30 am on Tuesday, repeating until January 26, 2021

$30

The 2020 season was an unpredictable and disruptive one. As a result, many growers are considering big transitions to their business models. This discussion-based series is designed to help established farmers think through those big decisions. Farmer participants should have 5 or more years of experience running your farm and be prepared to reflect on your operation. Tuesdays, January 12th, 19th, and 26th | 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM  

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Beginner Beekeeping-Online

January 21 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until February 11, 2021

$70 – $115
bee on yellow flower

This 5-week course is a great opportunity for new beekeepers, prior to their first year of bees, to learn the basics of honey bee biology, or as a refresher for those going into their first winter of beekeeping.  Instructor: Erin MacGregor-Forbes, Eastern Apiculture Society certified Master Beekeeper

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Livestock Nutrition Webinar Series

January 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on January 22, 2021 at 12:00 pm

One event on January 27, 2021 at 12:00 pm

One event on February 3, 2021 at 12:00 pm

One event on February 10, 2021 at 12:00 pm

Free – $5

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Windham Butcher Shop are pleased to announce a series of livestock nutrition webinar talks that cover basic nutrition and feeding needs of Small Ruminants, Beef Cattle, Pigs, and Poultry. Join Dr. Colt W. Knight as he discusses the nutritional demands for livestock, differences among feeds, and why a properly balanced ration is crucial to profitability, reproduction, and animal health. The final lecture in this series will discuss what you should expect from processors…

Find out more »

Making Money Moves: A Decision-Making Workshop for Farmers

January 26 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 9:30 am on Tuesday, repeating until January 26, 2021

$30

The 2020 season was an unpredictable and disruptive one. As a result, many growers are considering big transitions to their business models. This discussion-based series is designed to help established farmers think through those big decisions. Farmer participants should have 5 or more years of experience running your farm and be prepared to reflect on your operation. Tuesdays, January 12th, 19th, and 26th | 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM  

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Livestock Nutrition Webinar Series

January 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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One event on January 22, 2021 at 12:00 pm

One event on January 27, 2021 at 12:00 pm

One event on February 3, 2021 at 12:00 pm

One event on February 10, 2021 at 12:00 pm

Free – $5

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Windham Butcher Shop are pleased to announce a series of livestock nutrition webinar talks that cover basic nutrition and feeding needs of Small Ruminants, Beef Cattle, Pigs, and Poultry. Join Dr. Colt W. Knight as he discusses the nutritional demands for livestock, differences among feeds, and why a properly balanced ration is crucial to profitability, reproduction, and animal health. The final lecture in this series will discuss what you should expect from processors…

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Winter Gardening: Optimizing Plant Growth with Indoor Lighting

January 27 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Free – $5

Webinar Wednesday, January 27, 2021 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM Registration deadline: 4 PM on January 27, 2021 Join us for a presentation on how to best use artificial light to optimize plant growth in seedlings and other indoor plants! Registration is required. $5 suggested donation for this webinar

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Beginner Beekeeping-Online

January 28 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until February 11, 2021

$70 – $115
bee on yellow flower

This 5-week course is a great opportunity for new beekeepers, prior to their first year of bees, to learn the basics of honey bee biology, or as a refresher for those going into their first winter of beekeeping.  Instructor: Erin MacGregor-Forbes, Eastern Apiculture Society certified Master Beekeeper

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February 2021

Livestock Nutrition Webinar Series

February 3 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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One event on January 22, 2021 at 12:00 pm

One event on January 27, 2021 at 12:00 pm

One event on February 3, 2021 at 12:00 pm

One event on February 10, 2021 at 12:00 pm

Free – $5

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Windham Butcher Shop are pleased to announce a series of livestock nutrition webinar talks that cover basic nutrition and feeding needs of Small Ruminants, Beef Cattle, Pigs, and Poultry. Join Dr. Colt W. Knight as he discusses the nutritional demands for livestock, differences among feeds, and why a properly balanced ration is crucial to profitability, reproduction, and animal health. The final lecture in this series will discuss what you should expect from processors…

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Beginner Beekeeping-Online

February 4 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until February 11, 2021

$70 – $115
bee on yellow flower

This 5-week course is a great opportunity for new beekeepers, prior to their first year of bees, to learn the basics of honey bee biology, or as a refresher for those going into their first winter of beekeeping.  Instructor: Erin MacGregor-Forbes, Eastern Apiculture Society certified Master Beekeeper

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Cooking with the Maine Harvest: Instant Pot Cooking

February 9 @ 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Free

Electric pressure canners are marketed as a quick and easy way to add slow-cooked texture and flavor to foods. This 45-minute webinar will discuss how these appliances work, which foods we have found cook well in them, and safety considerations. Join us and demystify your Instant Pot!  Registration is required; a $5 donation per session is optional. If you can't attend the session live, register to receive the follow-up email with recipes, resources, and the link to the webinar recording.

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Livestock Nutrition Webinar Series

February 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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One event on January 22, 2021 at 12:00 pm

One event on January 27, 2021 at 12:00 pm

One event on February 3, 2021 at 12:00 pm

One event on February 10, 2021 at 12:00 pm

Free – $5

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Windham Butcher Shop are pleased to announce a series of livestock nutrition webinar talks that cover basic nutrition and feeding needs of Small Ruminants, Beef Cattle, Pigs, and Poultry. Join Dr. Colt W. Knight as he discusses the nutritional demands for livestock, differences among feeds, and why a properly balanced ration is crucial to profitability, reproduction, and animal health. The final lecture in this series will discuss what you should expect from processors…

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Winter Gardening: Science of Pruning

February 10 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Free – $5

Webinar Wednesday, February 10, 2021 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM Registration deadline: 4 PM on February 10, 2021 Join us for a presentation on how to select the best pruning cuts for your woody plants and how plants will respond to various types of pruning cuts! Registration is required. $5 suggested donation for this webinar

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Beginner Beekeeping-Online

February 11 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until February 11, 2021

$70 – $115
bee on yellow flower

This 5-week course is a great opportunity for new beekeepers, prior to their first year of bees, to learn the basics of honey bee biology, or as a refresher for those going into their first winter of beekeeping.  Instructor: Erin MacGregor-Forbes, Eastern Apiculture Society certified Master Beekeeper

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Cooking with the Maine Harvest: Reducing Food Waste in Your Home Kitchen

February 23 @ 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Free

Uneaten leftovers, improper food storage, and a lack of planning can all contribute to waste food in our home kitchens. This webinar will discuss the ways food waste occurs at home and ways to avoid it. Special guest Master Food Preserver Volunteer Anna Hewitt will demonstrate several clever and easy techniques for reducing wasted food in your home kitchen.

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Intermediate Beekeeping: Apiary Management

February 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until March 18, 2021

$80 – $165
hands holding honey frame

Apiary Management is geared towards beekeepers with a minimum of two years of experience.  The focus of this 4-part class is how to effectively manage a sideline/hobby apiary under Maine conditions. Instructor: Eastern Apiculture Society Certified Master Beekeeper, Erin MacGregor-Forbes.

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March 2021

Intermediate Beekeeping: Apiary Management

March 4 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until March 18, 2021

$80 – $165
hands holding honey frame

Apiary Management is geared towards beekeepers with a minimum of two years of experience.  The focus of this 4-part class is how to effectively manage a sideline/hobby apiary under Maine conditions. Instructor: Eastern Apiculture Society Certified Master Beekeeper, Erin MacGregor-Forbes.

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Using Frozen Fruit in Baking and Preserving

March 9 @ 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Free – $5

"Cooking with the Maine Harvest" March Webinars UMaine Extension Food & Nutrition staff are offering two webinars in March to help you prepare for the upcoming food preservation season. We are halfway through winter, so it’s time to begin using your precious cache of frozen berries or canned vegetables. On March 9, we’ll share tips for using your home frozen fruit in cooking and baking. On March 23, discover creative uses for home canned goods in your cooking. March 9…

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Intermediate Beekeeping: Apiary Management

March 11 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until March 18, 2021

$80 – $165
hands holding honey frame

Apiary Management is geared towards beekeepers with a minimum of two years of experience.  The focus of this 4-part class is how to effectively manage a sideline/hobby apiary under Maine conditions. Instructor: Eastern Apiculture Society Certified Master Beekeeper, Erin MacGregor-Forbes.

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Intermediate Beekeeping: Apiary Management

March 18 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until March 18, 2021

$80 – $165
hands holding honey frame

Apiary Management is geared towards beekeepers with a minimum of two years of experience.  The focus of this 4-part class is how to effectively manage a sideline/hobby apiary under Maine conditions. Instructor: Eastern Apiculture Society Certified Master Beekeeper, Erin MacGregor-Forbes.

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Using Home Canned Foods in Cooking

March 23 @ 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Free – $5

"Cooking with the Maine Harvest" March Webinars UMaine Extension Food & Nutrition staff are offering two webinars in March to help you prepare for the upcoming food preservation season. We are halfway through winter, so it’s time to begin using your precious cache of frozen berries or canned vegetables. On March 9, we’ll share tips for using your home frozen fruit in cooking and baking. On March 23, discover creative uses for home canned goods in your cooking. March 9…

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May 2021

Spring Gardening Series: Supporting Pollinators in Your Landscape

May 26 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Free – $10

Webinar Wednesday, May 26, 2021 6:00 PM to 7:15 PM Registration deadline: 4 PM on May 26, 2021 In this webinar, you’ll learn about native pollinators and their habitat needs, as well as tips for selecting plants, designing gardens with pollinators in mind, and maintaining established pollinator gardens. We offer our program fee on a sliding scale ($0-10)

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June 2021

Is My Maple Business Profitable? Finances for Maple Producers

June 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until June 29, 2021

$20

Tuesdays, June 8, 15, 22, & 29 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM This online course is designed to provide financial management education and to train maple business owners on financial skills they can immediately put to use for their operations. The course will feature four weekly sessions to discuss the cost of production and profitability of maple operations.

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Spring Gardening Series: Getting the Most Out of Compost and Manure

June 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Free – $10

Webinar Wednesday, June 9, 2021 6:00 PM to 7:15 PM Registration deadline: 4 PM on June 9, 2021 In this webinar, you’ll learn what to look for when purchasing compost and manure, what the benefits and considerations are for using these products, how to use different kinds of manure, no-till practices, and at what rates to use these products. We offer our program fee on a sliding scale ($0-10)

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Drying Fruits, Vegetables, and Meats

June 15 @ 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Free – $5

Join the University of Maine Cooperative Extension food preservation staff for a lively discussion and demonstration on how to preserve Maine foods throughout our growing season. We will: Demonstrate how to dehydrate fruits, vegetables, and meats safely Discuss uses for dehydrated foods Answer your questions

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Is My Maple Business Profitable? Finances for Maple Producers

June 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until June 29, 2021

$20

Tuesdays, June 8, 15, 22, & 29 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM This online course is designed to provide financial management education and to train maple business owners on financial skills they can immediately put to use for their operations. The course will feature four weekly sessions to discuss the cost of production and profitability of maple operations.

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Is My Maple Business Profitable? Finances for Maple Producers

June 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until June 29, 2021

$20

Tuesdays, June 8, 15, 22, & 29 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM This online course is designed to provide financial management education and to train maple business owners on financial skills they can immediately put to use for their operations. The course will feature four weekly sessions to discuss the cost of production and profitability of maple operations.

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Spring Gardening: Irrigation for the Home Garden

June 23 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Free – $10

Webinar Wednesday, June 23, 2021 6:00 PM to 7:15 PM Registration deadline: 4 PM on June 23, 2021 In this webinar, we’ll learn about different ways to water your garden with a special focus on how to successfully install, maintain, and manage a drip irrigation system.. We offer our program fee on a sliding scale ($0-10)

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Is My Maple Business Profitable? Finances for Maple Producers

June 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until June 29, 2021

$20

Tuesdays, June 8, 15, 22, & 29 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM This online course is designed to provide financial management education and to train maple business owners on financial skills they can immediately put to use for their operations. The course will feature four weekly sessions to discuss the cost of production and profitability of maple operations.

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July 2021

Preserving the Maine Harvest Webinar: Boiling Water Bath Canning

July 20 @ 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Free

Summer produce is arriving in our gardens and farmers' markets, so it's time to learn how to make jams, pickles, salsa, and more with the boiling water bath canning method. This interactive webinar from UMaine Extension staff will teach you the basics of canning, the equipment needed, and how to tell if jars are sealed. Registration is required; to request a reasonable accommodation contact Kate McCarty kate.mccarty@maine.edu; 207.781.6099. Free, $5 optional donation

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August 2021

Preserving the Maine Harvest: Canning Salsa Safely

August 10 @ 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Free – $5

It's tomato season in Maine! Join UMaine Extension staff to learn how to preserve delicious and safe homemade tomato salsa. We'll discuss how to can homemade salsa, where to find a research-based recipe, and why that's important. Registration is required; a $5 donation per session is optional.

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September 2021

Preserving the Maine Harvest: Pressure Canning

September 14 @ 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Free – $5

A pressure canner is used to safely preserve your homegrown or farm-fresh vegetables. Many first-time canners are intimidated by these appliances, so join UMaine Extension staff for demystifying the pressure canner. We’ll discuss pressure canning as a method for preserving foods and highlight the steps for pressure canning with a live demonstration. Registration is required; a $5 donation is optional but appreciated.

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Developing Sugarbush Leases- Webinar

September 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
$10

Join Land for Good and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension for this session on “Developing Sugarbush Leases”. Setting up a sugarbush is a long-term investment. This program will share resources and best practices for developing robust leases between land-owners and maple syrup producers to ensure that investment pays off.  

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October 2021

Growing Great Garlic in Maine

October 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free – $10

Join Dave Fuller with UMaine Extension for a webinar session on growing great garlic in Maine. We’ll cover every step of growing including variety choice, timing of planting, scape removal, dealing with diseases, and when to harvest and store your garlic

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Fermenting Vegetables Webinar

October 12 @ 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Free

Come learn the process of making your own sauerkraut through the wonders of fermentation. Join UMaine Extension food preservation staff to learn the basic steps of fermenting. We will explain the science of fermentation, demonstrate fermenting sauerkraut, and discuss steps to success in this interactive webinar. Registration is required; a $5 donation per session is optional. Register on the program webpage to receive the link and resources. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Kate McCarty, 207.781.6099;…

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