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Aquatic Animal Health Course

Course Major Objectives:

  1. To gain a foundation in the basics of aquatic animal health and diagnostics in organisms important to Maine’s aquaculture industry (e.g. finfish and shellfish).
  2. To gain hands-on experience with diagnostic tools and a basic understanding of the diversity of pathogens/diseases of importance to Maine’s aquaculture industry.
  3. To gain knowledge  of the importance of water quality parameters and aquatic system design on aquatic animal health and best biosecurity practices
  4. To gain hands-on experience with biosecurity practices in a wide range of contexts seen in Maine’s aquaculture industry.

Course Overview:

Day 1: Overview of aquatic animal health and the disease triad, as well as, finfish and shellfish diagnostic practices.

Day 2: Disease management – biosecurity and best management practices and mitigation of aquatic animal disease (i.e. vaccination, probiotics, selective breeding, and genetic engineering).

Day 3: Importance of water quality and system design in aquatic animal health.

Day 4: Aquatic animal assessments, diagnostic tools, health policy and guidelines.

Day 5: Field trip to an aquaculture facility for biosecurity review in operation and tour of health laboratory.

If you are a person with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Scarlett Tudor at mary.tudor@maine.edu or 207.581.4397 to discuss your needs. 

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Maine State 4-H Fun Show

July 24th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The fun show is for riders 5 years and older.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call Melissa Freeman at 207.353.5550 or 800.287.1458 (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.

Nature Walk at Shepard’s Farm Preserve

If you are a person with a disability and need accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Sara King at sara.king@maine.edu or 207.743.6329 or 1.800.287.1482 (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.

Personal Delivery of Late Blight Information, 2021-2022

University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering a new delivery method for Late Blight Information. A text message with the latest blight information from the hotline will be delivered directly to your cell phone. This is a one-year subscription from June 2021 to June 2022.  Available in the US and Canada.

Cooperative Extension resources on potatoes.

Preserving the Harvest: Tomato Salsa, September 18, 2021, Kennebunk

Ever wonder how to preserve all those great summer tomatoes? This interactive food preservation demonstration will teach you the basic steps for canning and freezing. Participants will receive a “Preserving the Harvest” food preservation packet, and will learn recommended methods for preserving foods, the latest and safest recipes, about equipment to ensure safety and how to check for properly sealed jars. Please bring a potholder with you to the workshop.

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

REFUND POLICY: No refunds or credits of any payment will be made for notification of withdrawal within 5 days of the start of the class. Prior to that time, we will refund your registration fee minus a $5 service fee. Course and material fees will be refunded in full if a class is cancelled.

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 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.

Preserving the Maine Harvest: Canning Salsa Safely Webinar, August 2021

August 10 – Canning Salsa Safely

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.

Tidewater Farm Tours: Beginner Vegetable Gardening

Join us for a special tour of the Gardens at Tidewater Farm! This tour will feature a presentation on beginner vegetable gardening in our very own demonstration garden. During this tour, we’ll walk through all of the gardens at Tidewater Farm, highlight different kinds of vegetable beds (e.g. raised beds, in ground beds) and discuss tips and tricks for successfully managing a vegetable garden. Participants will be able to pick a few vegetables to take home.

Instructors: Master Gardener Volunteers and Pamela Hargest, Horticulture Professional for UMaine Cooperative Extension in Cumberland County

For more information about Tidewater Farm, visit the Gardens at Tidewater Farm webpage.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call Pamela Hargest 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.

Tidewater Farm Tours: Growing Herbs in Maine

Join us for a special tour of the Gardens at Tidewater Farm! This tour will feature a presentation on how to grow herbs in Maine in our very own demonstration gardens. During this tour, we’ll walk through all of the gardens at Tidewater Farm, highlight the 40 plus species of herbs grown on-site and discuss how you can incorporate herbs into your own landscape. Participants will be able to take home a few herbs of their choice.

Instructors: Master Gardener Volunteers and Pamela Hargest, Horticulture Professional for UMaine Cooperative Extension in Cumberland County

For more information about Tidewater Farm, visit the Gardens at Tidewater Farm webpage.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call Pamela Hargest 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.

Tidewater Farm Tours: Native Plants for the Maine Garden

Join us for a special tour of the Gardens at Tidewater Farm! This tour will feature a presentation on native plants for the Maine garden in our very own demonstration garden. During this tour, we’ll walk through all of the gardens at Tidewater Farm, highlight several species of native plants and discuss how to select plants for your site. Participants will be able to take home a few native plant seeds.

Instructors: Master Gardener Volunteers and Pamela Hargest, Horticulture Professional for UMaine Cooperative Extension in Cumberland County

For more information about Tidewater Farm, visit the Gardens at Tidewater Farm webpage.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call Pamela Hargest 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.

Tidewater Farm Tours: The Cut Flower Garden

Join us for a special tour of the Gardens at Tidewater Farm! This tour will feature a presentation on how to grow cut flowers in our very own demonstration garden. During this tour, we’ll walk through all of the gardens at Tidewater Farm, highlight several annual and perennial species for cut flowers and discuss how you can install your very own cutting garden at home. Participants will be able to take home a small bouquet of flowers.

Instructors: Master Gardener Volunteers and Pamela Hargest, Horticulture Professional for UMaine Cooperative Extension in Cumberland County

For more information about Tidewater Farm, visit the Gardens at Tidewater Farm webpage.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call Pamela Hargest 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.


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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
A Member of the University of Maine System