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2021 In-Service Training for Agricultural Service Providers — CCA

This 2-day in-service training for agriculture service providers will focus on crop and forage production, soil quality, precision agriculture, pest management, and more (see the agenda below for details). CEUs and Pesticide Applicator Recertification Credits requested.

Lunch & Learn Series
Thursdays, 12:00 – 1:00 PM

February 4, 2021 –  Nutrient Management
February 11, 2021 –  Soil and Water
February 18, 2021 –  Soil management / Crop management
February 25, 2021 –  Crop Management and Soil Fertility
March 11, 2021 –  Crop Management
March 18, 2021 –  UMaine Extension Organizational Meeting – no program
March 25, 2021 –  Integrated Pest Management
April 1, 2021–  Soil and Water

For more information please visit the 2021 In-Service Training for Agricultural Service Providers — CCA website.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call John Jemison at 207.581.3241 to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 10 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however all requests will be considered.

Boots-2-Bushels: Boot Camp for Market Gardeners and Farmers

All classes taught by UMaine Extension and MOFGA subject matter experts.
For complete information, including the course syllabus, visit the Boots-2-Bushels website.

For more information or to request an accommodation, contact Anne Devin at 207.991.2651 or anne.devin@maine.edu.

Compost Webinar Series: Noontime Seminars, March 2021

Thursday, March 11: Organic Certification Process for Compost Usage — Dr. Caleb Goossen, MOFGA. Dr. Goossen will address issues concerning compost certification for use in Organically Certified production systems.

Tuesday, March 23: Is carcass composting the right decision? — Dr. Krishona Martinson, Equine Extension Specialist, University of Minnesota. Dr. Martinson’s team conducted a national survey of equine owners and veterinarians about equine carcass composting.  The results are eye-opening.

Tuesday, March 30: Composting Hemp Residual — Mark King, Environmental Specialist Maine Department of Environmental Protection and Maine Compost Team. Mr. King will discuss observations from a recent pilot compost project and regulations for compost operations.

If you are a person with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Pamela Doherty at 207.832.0343, or pamela.doherty@maine.edu to discuss your needs.

Educational Update for the Agricultural Industry via Zoom – March 10, 2021

A one-hour Zoom meeting will be held consisting of three presentations. The three presentations are research reports from efforts funded by the Research Committee of the Maine Potato Board. This is potato growers’ and potato handlers’ money. The Maine Potato Board and Cooperative Extension thought the meeting should be free; so they are co-sponsoring it, therefore, the meeting is FREE!

The three presentations are:

One MBPC recertification credit has been approved for this meeting. In order to receive the MBPC credit, a 15-question test will have to be passed with a score of at least 80%. Those signed up by noon of the day of the event will receive the link for the test before the presentation. Late signups would get it after the event. Only those that signed up for the presentation will be eligible for the MBPC credit.

Preregistration is required. The Zoom link and passcode will be sent to participants prior to the training.

1 CCA credit has been approved for this meeting.

Cooperative Extension resources on potatoes.

If you are a person with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Steve Johnson, UMaine Extension Crops Specialist at stevenj@maine.edu  or 207.554.4373 to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 7 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however, all requests will be considered.

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training – Online/Virtual, April 1 & 2, 2021 (Two separate mornings back-to-back)

For more information visit the Food Safety Training website.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Theresa Tilton at theresa.tilton@maine.edu or 207.942.7396 to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 10 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however all requests will be considered.

UMaine Wild Blueberry Conference Series

For more information, visit the UMaine Cooperative Extension Wild Blueberries website.

To register by phone please call 207.581.3175 or 1.800.287.0274 (in Maine).

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Mary Michaud at mary.j.michaud@maine.edu or 207.581.3175 to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 10 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however all requests will be considered.

Winter Gardening Series: Nibbling on Natives in Your Backyard and Beyond

There’s an increasing interest among homeowners to utilize more native species in their landscaping for attracting and sustaining beneficial insects.  Many of our native species are edible by people too, providing an additional incentive to add them to yards and landscapes.  Join Russ Cohen, expert forager and author of Wild Plants I Have Known…and Eaten, as he features over two dozen species of native edible wild plants suitable for adding to your own landscape, or nibbling on as you encounter them in other locales.

Moderator: Kate Garland, Horticulture Professional for UMaine Extension

Instructor: Until his retirement in June of 2015, Russ Cohen’s “day job” was serving as the Rivers Advocate for the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game’s Division of Ecological Restoration, where one of his areas of expertise was in riparian vegetation. Now Russ has more time to pursue his passionate avocation, which is connecting to nature via his taste buds, and assisting others in doing the same. In addition to leading foraging walks and talks each year at a wide variety of venues throughout the Northeast, Russ has now taken on a role as a “Johnny Appleseed” for edible native species.  He has set up a small nursery outside of Boston, where he grows/keeps over 1,000 plants that he has propagated from seed.  He partners with land trusts, cities and towns, schools and colleges, tribal groups, state and federal agencies, and others to plant plants from his nursery in appropriate places on their properties.  Russ has initiated over two dozen such projects in the past five years.

        

If you are a person with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Pamela Hargest, UMaine Extension Horticulture Professional,  at pamela.hargest@maine.edu or 207.781.6099 to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 7 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however, all requests will be considered.

 

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Winter Gardening Series: Ornamental Garden Design

There are many considerations for designing and planning your own ornamental garden. In this presentation, you’ll learn how you can take a sustainable approach to garden design with ideas and tips for siting an ornamental garden, plant selection, plant arrangement and sourcing materials. After this webinar, you’ll have the tools and resources you need to get started on your own garden project.

Instructor: Charlene Spindler Gray holds a master’s degree in Landscape Design from Columbia University. After working and designing in the New York and Maine landscape industries for 10+ years, Charlene now enjoys teaching undergraduate students to design artful and ecological landscapes in the Environmental Horticulture BS degree program at UMaine.

        

If you are a person with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Pamela Hargest, UMaine Extension Horticulture Professional,  at pamela.hargest@maine.edu or 207.781.6099 to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 7 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however, all requests will be considered.

 

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Winter Gardening Series: Protecting Fruit Trees from Insects and Diseases

Worms on the inside, holes and ooze on the outside, leaves curling, spotted and falling off – these are just some of the telltale signs that insects and diseases are harming your fruit trees. Spoiled fruit and reduced yields are likely, and your tree’s health could be in jeopardy too. Unfortunately, there isn’t one practice or one spray that can protect your trees, but few have more experience and expertise in thwarting pests than UNH Extension’s George Hamilton and UMaine Extension’s Glen Koehler. Hamilton, a fruit & vegetable production field specialist, and Koehler, associate scientist of integrated pest management, will share proven tips and solutions for low input approaches to protecting your fruit trees from pests, and will answer your questions and prevention and management in the home orchard.

Moderator: Nate Bernitz, Infoline Program Coordinator for UNH Extension

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If you are a person with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Pamela Hargest, UMaine Extension Horticulture Professional,  at pamela.hargest@maine.edu or 207.781.6099 to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 7 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however, all requests will be considered.

 

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UMaine Extension Workshops, Classes, and Events
5741 Libby Hall
Orono, Maine 04469-5741
Phone: 207.581.3188 or 800.287.0274 (in Maine)E-mail: extension@maine.edu
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Orono, Maine 04469
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