COVID-19 PISCATAQUIS COUNTY RESOURCE REPORT
Connecting with Maine Communities During COVID-19
For over 100 years, the University of Maine Cooperative Extension has been providing research-based knowledge to the people of Maine. During the COVID-19 crisis, we have become a state-wide leader in providing practical, useful and trusted resources and information for families, industries, and communities coping with the effects and impacts of COVID-19. Without the support of our local counties, our efforts would not be possible. Thank you for the difference you make in your communities, counties and across this great state.
— Hannah Carter, Dean
University of Maine Cooperative Extension
- Maine Farm and Seafood Products Directory
- COVID-19 Information and Support for Maine Farmers
- COVID-19 Information and Support for Maine Livestock Producers
- COVID-19 and Maine Agriculture FAQ
- COVID-19 Information and Support for Maine Food Producers and Produce Growers
- COVID-19 Food Safety Information for Maine Consumers
- Weekly Maine Farmer ZOOM Meetings
- Garden Chats: Growing Resilience from the Ground Up
- Learn at Home: Educational Resources to Use During School Closures
- 4-H Volunteers Can Go Virtual! Series
- 4-H State Public Speaking Tournament (virtual, completed on April 25, 2020, and was a huge success)
New fact sheets and articles:
- #1064, Standard Operating Procedures and Their Use on Farms, with Prioritized Farm Chore Checklist
- #1065, How Can Livestock Farmers Prepare for the Coronavirus Outbreak?
- #4103, Social Distancing: What is it? Why do it? And How to Make the Time at Home with Your Kids Fun!
- Farmer’s Response to Disease Outbreaks Like COVID-19
Changing live in-person programs into virtual programs /meetings and surface mailed information
- “Garden in a Box” series with Piscataquis Regional Food Center with online lessons, supplemented with printed garden information & seeds. Here are the first packets prepared for participants.
- Fourth Friday Plant Clinics were moved to Zoom format where gardeners can ask questions about gardening and how to take care of their plants.
- 200 Mini Microgreens Kits (pre-moistened soil, ‘Confetti’ radish seeds, and instructions) were created for Sedomocha Elementary students. David Murray, second grade teacher at Sedomocha, supplied the cups and distributed the kits to the students’ at-home study packets.
- The Sedomocha school garden will continue to be maintained. the garlic is coming up, and peas, carrots, radishes, kale, spinach, arugula, and chard have been planted.
- Growing and Utilizing Hemp in the Home Garden moved to Zoom format and was recorded over 80 folks participated
- Garden Chats: Growing Resilience from the Ground Up. These 1-hour sessions are held every Monday at 9:00 a.m., Wednesday at 12:00 p.m., and Thursday at 6:00 p.m. via Zoom
- Victory Gardens for ME, an 8-part YouTube Video Series has been launched, especially for the Beginning Gardener to be able to grow your own produce.
- Farm Zoom weekly sessions Friday at 10 am – over 180 farmers and ag service providers have participated to share what is going on with their farm or agency. They can also air questions and concerns.
- Discussion on CARES Act and PPP for farmers and update on fourth economic stimulus package impact on Maine farms had over 55 people participate.
- 4-H Virtual Arts and Crafts Showcase: Youth can submit artwork created between March 1st and May 31st and will be displayed on the Extension website.
- Super Science 4-H Club is meeting virtually and accepting new members.
- 4-H “Intro to Zoom and Other Techy Tips” Info Session on May 12 at 5:30 for 4-H members, volunteers, leaders, and parents/guardians. If interested, register here.
Developing and revising farm-oriented websites
- New website “E-commerce and Alternative Marketing Methods for Farmers” was posted. https://extension.umaine.edu/piscataquis/agriculture/e-commerce-other-alternative-marketing-ideas-for-farms/
- The UMaine Extension Poultry website https://extension.umaine.edu/livestock/poultry/was updated with more current information for new and small-scale poultry keepers.
- An additional poultry factsheet was adapted “Nutrition for Backyard Poultry Flocks in Maine.” https://extension.umaine.edu/publications/2222e/
- Revised the Small Ruminants website to be more robust for small-scale sheep and goat keepers. https://extension.umaine.edu/livestock/sheep-and-goats/
- The One Tomato project will again be distributing cherry tomato seedlings to folks in Piscataquis County. Staff will be traveling to towns during the end of May to mid-June to give all who want a cherry tomato seedling and growing instructions. Stay tuned for details by subscribing to our Central Maine Garden Newsletter or following us on Facebook.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Piscataquis County
165 East Main St., Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426
207.564.3301 or 1.800.287.1491 (Maine)
Please reach out to the following staff if you have ideas on how the University of Maine Cooperative Extension can provide assistance to the residents of Piscataquis County during the COVID-19 crisis.
Reach us by email, website, Facebook and phone
Staff Contact Information:
- Donna Coffin, Agriculture & Home Horticulture, firstname.lastname@example.org, 207-262-7726
- Trisha Smith, Home Horticulture, email@example.com, 207-564-3301 ext. 3
- Sheila Norman, 4-H Youth, firstname.lastname@example.org, 207-262-7724
- Emily Mott, 4-H Youth, email@example.com, 207-564-3301 ext. 2
- Anette Moulton, Administrative Specialist, firstname.lastname@example.org, 207-564-3301 ext. 6