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5-Week Beginner Bee School, Thursdays, February 13 – March 12, Springvale, Maine

Participants in this 5-week introductory beekeeping course will learn about the:

Beginner Bee School instructor is Larry Peiffer, Master Beekeeper and former Vice President of the Maine State Beekeepers Association, who has over 10 years of experience teaching beginner and advanced beekeeping courses in southern Maine. Through the York County Beekeepers Association, students will have the opportunity to visit local hives for observation and hands-on experience at a later date. Course fee also includes a texts, handouts, and a one-year membership in the York County Beekeepers Association.

Please pre-register by January 31, 2020.  After this date, please call the office at 207-324-2814 to see if any openings are still available.

For more information, visit the UMaine Extension York County Beekeeping Classes Website.

Limited financial assistance is available.  Please contact Elizabeth Clock at 207.324.2814 for more information.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call Elizabeth Clock at 207.324.2814 or 800.287.1535 (in Maine) 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.

Backyard Maple Sugaring, Springvale, January 18, 2020

Two half-day workshops on Maple Sugaring will be held on January 18th!

Join UMaine Extension and SMMSA at the York County Extension Office for Maple Syrup 101 and Maple Syrup 201 two half-day workshops in one day.

Attend both and save! $10 each per person, or $15 per person for both workshops.

Maple Syrup 101: Intro to Backyard Sugaring

January 18, 2020 | 9 am to 11:30 am | $10 per person

Join experienced sugarmakers for demonstrations and discussion on all aspects of making maple syrup – the sweetest gift of nature – in your own back yard!

UMaine Extension and the Southern Maine Maple Sugarmakers Association will join forces to teach about identifying and tapping trees, collecting and boiling sap, and filtering, grading and canning syrup.

Sap Collection 201: Scaling Up Your Maple Operation

12:30 pm to 3 pm | $10 per person

Was trudging through the snow after every sap run exhausting last season? Do you wish your maple sap collection was quicker and easier?

Come to this workshop to learn about setting up tubing sap collection systems for the small to medium-sized producer. Experienced sugarmakers from Nash Valley Farm and Thurston and Peters’ Sugarhouse will discuss considerations for preparing for and installing a tubing sap collection system. We’ll then go to Maple Moon Farm to tour their 500 tap sugarbush and tubing system.

The York County Extension Office is located at 15 Oak Street in Springvale, ME

Sponsors UMaine Extension CumberlandSouthern Maine Maple Sugarmakers Association (SMMSA)

If you would like more information, please call Becky Gray, UMaine Cooperative Extension Administrative Specialist, at 207.781.6099 or email extension.agcumberland@maine.edu 

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call Becky Gray at 207.781.6099 or 800.287.1471 (in Maine) 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.

Downeast Agriculture Conference, Machias, January 18, 2020

For more information and agenda, visit the UMaine Extension Agriculture website.

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.

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UMaine Wild Blueberry Conference, Bangor, February 22, 2020

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.

Wreath Making-December 7, Portland

 Learn how to make Balsam Fir Wreaths with locally harvested greenery and decorations! Participants will assemble and take home their very own holiday wreath using a single-faced 12” easy clamp ring.
Materials are included with the workshop fee.
Instructors: Kathy Tarpo, PATHS Horticulture Instructor and Pamela Hargest, UMaine Extension Horticulture Professional.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in these programs, please contact Becky Gray by email or call 207.781-6099 or 1.800.287.1471 (in Maine) 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.


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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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