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Fall Gardening Series: Backyard Composting

Home composting is fun and easy if you understand the basic principles and concepts.

Composting reduces organic material entering the waste stream and provides a great soil amendment. Join UMaine Extension Educator Mark Hutchinson for this webinar to learn about best practices for managing a successful backyard compost pile!

Instructor: Mark Hutchinson, UMaine Extension Educator

Co-sponsor: The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA, www.mofga.org), formed in 1971, is the oldest and largest state organic organization in the country. The organization aims to educate about and advocate for organic agriculture, illuminating its interdependence with a healthy environment, local food production, and thriving communities.

 

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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Fall Gardening Series: Native Seed Starting

Did you know that late fall and early winter is the perfect time to start native seeds outdoors?

Join Master Gardener Volunteer Ginger Laurits for this webinar to learn how to successfully start and care for native plants! Ginger will share simple how-to steps for starting native plants from seed to transplant, including everything from mixing your own soil medium, protecting your seeds from critters, overwintering your plants, and more!

Instructor: Ginger Laurits, York County Master Gardener Volunteer

Co-sponsor: The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA, www.mofga.org), formed in 1971, is the oldest and largest state organic organization in the country. The organization aims to educate about and advocate for organic agriculture, illuminating its interdependence with a healthy environment, local food production, and thriving communities.

 

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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Fall Gardening Series: Planning Your Vegetable Garden – Selecting the Right Seeds

Selecting the right seeds is crucial to starting your garden off on the right foot.

Join MOFGA’s Crops and Conservation Specialist Caleb Goossen for this webinar to learn about everything you need to know before you order seeds for next year’s garden including variety selection, disease-resistant, how much to order, and more!

Instructor: Caleb Goossen, MOFGA’s Organic Crop and Conservation Specialist

Co-sponsor: The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA, www.mofga.org), formed in 1971, is the oldest and largest state organic organization in the country. The organization aims to educate about and advocate for organic agriculture, illuminating its interdependence with a healthy environment, local food production, and thriving communities.

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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Fall Gardening Series: Reflections on the Season – Growing Fruit Trees in Maine

Whether you are a hobby orchardist, commercial grower, or interested in starting your own orchard, we want to hear from you!

Join us for this special panel discussion with Fruit Tree experts from across the state to reflect on this past growing season, share lessons and challenges from different parts of the state, and discuss plans for next year’s growing season. This webinar will be primarily discussion-based with plenty of time to ask questions!

Participants are encouraged to submit questions and topics they’d like the panel to discuss in advance on the registration page.

Moderator: Laura Sieger, MOFGA’s Orchard Coordinator

Panel:

Renae Moran, UMaine Extension Tree Fruits Specialist

Scott Miller, Orchardist

Richard Hodges, ReTreeUS Program Manager

Molly DellaRoman and Tim Skillin, Five Star Orchard Owners

Co-sponsor: The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA, www.mofga.org), formed in 1971, is the oldest and largest state organic organization in the country. The organization aims to educate about and advocate for organic agriculture, illuminating its interdependence with a healthy environment, local food production, and thriving communities.

 

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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Preserving the Maine Harvest: October 2020 Series

October 6 – Winter Storage

October 13 – Storing Maine Grains and Repackaging Bulk Items

October 20 – Pressure Canning Meats

October 27 – Preserving Cranberries

For more information about food preservation workshops, visit the UMaine Extension Food & Health website.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call Kate McCarty at 207.781.6099 or 800.287.147 (in Maine) 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.

Virtual Coffee Break: 4-Week Series for Parents and Caregivers of Young Children

October 29, 2020: Mindfulness for Parents

How do you keep your cool when you feel like you’re frustrated and overwhelmed? How do you stay focused when you’re being pulled in 30 different directions, sometimes literally in one or two by your own children? What is mindfulness anyway? We all feel it, and it is possible to turn down the volume on the annoying, frustrating, overwhelming parts of our lives. We may even test out a couple of things. Leslie Forstadt, Human Development Extension Professor from UMaine Cooperative Extension will join the conversation.

November 5, 2020: Diversifying Your Children’s Library

Are you interested in expanding the culturally diverse titles in your home library? A great way to expand your child’s understanding of the world is to add more books that represent a diversity of cultures and stories. Join us for this timely conversation and as well as ideas for books for young children. Cindy Seger, a local library celebrity (aka Librarian) from the Old Town Public Library will be our guest for this session.

November 12, 2020: Co-Parenting and COVID

Parenting is challenging enough when both parents live in the same home. When you live in separate households, things can get even harder. In this café, we will explore these parenting relationships and how they may impact children. This will be a great chance to connect with other families who are co-parenting to share what is working well and what is challenging in addition to tips for communication. University of Maine Professor and Director of Parenting Relationships Research Lab Daniel Pulhman will be our guest for this session.

November 19, 2020: Preparing for the Holiday Season in 2020

Holidays can be stressful for parents and families in the best of times. How are you rethinking your plans as a result of the pandemic? Join us to share new ideas for holiday traditions and reflect on what it all might look like this year. We’ll talk about ways to adapt holiday meals, create gifts and special experiences for and with children, and ways to enjoy the season with your family.

For more information about food preservation workshops, visit the UMaine Extension Parenting website.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Alicia Greenlaw, alicia.greenlaw@maine.edu. at 207.944.1843 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
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
207.581.1110
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