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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. 

Aquatic Animal Husbandry Course

Course Major Objectives:

  1. To gain a good foundation in the basic biology and husbandry needs of organisms important to Maine’s aquaculture industry (e.g. salmon, trout, eels, oysters, mussels, scallops and lobsters).
  2. To gain a basic understanding of the diversity of recirculating systems used to culture these organisms and basics of system operation.
  3. To gain understanding of the importance of water quality parameters and quantification of these parameters in recirculating systems.
  4. To gain hands-on experience with daily aquatic animal husbandry and the equipment used.

Course Overview:

Day 1: Introduction to Maine’s aquaculture industry and aquatic animal husbandry, biology of relevant aquatic species, and water quality basics and equipment.

Day 2: Recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) applications in Maine’s aquaculture industry, RAS system basics, and system component effects of water quality parameters.

Day 3: Husbandry across life stages, basics of aquatic animal health, aquatic animal behavior and ethics of working with aquatic animals.

Day 4: Culturing live foods, aquatic animal nutrition, and feeding procedures.

Day 5: Field trip to Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research (CCAR, Franklin ME) to learn basics of tagging and handling aquatic animals.

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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. 

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.

Cumberland County Master Gardener Calendar Raffle

How does the calendar raffle work?
During the month of June, we will anonymously select one raffle ticket per day and the winner will receive the prize(s) listed for that day in the calendar. All raffle tickets drawn will be thrown back in, giving everyone multiple chances to win! The more raffle tickets you purchase, the greater the chance you’ll win at least one day.

How can I purchase raffle tickets?
You may purchase raffle tickets online using this registration page or mail in a completed 2021 Raffle Entry Form (PDF)  along with a check.

For more information or questions, contact Mary Wicklund at Mary.Wicklund@maine.edu or 207-781-6099.  Download and print a copy of the 2021 MGV Raffle Calendar (PDF)

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FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food Training – June 11, 2021

FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food Training 

The course covers:

For more information visit the Cooperative Extension food safety website.

 

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Is My Maple Business Profitable? Finances for Maple Producers

This online course is designed to provide financial management education and to train maple business owners on financial skills they can immediately put to use for their operations. The course will feature four weekly sessions to discuss the cost of production and profitability of maple operations. Assignments will be based on the University of Vermont online maple business tools.

Course participants will set financial goals, complete a cost analysis, and develop a sales forecast specific to their operations. The course will also provide opportunities to discuss business planning factors with other maple producer participants and Extension business educators.

 

Instructors:

Mark Cannella: University of Vermont Extension Association Professor

Jason Lilley: UMaine Cooperative Extension Sustainable Agriculture

         

To request a reasonable accommodation, please contact Rebecca Gray, UMaine Extension staff,  at rebecca.gray@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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May Baskets Virtual Workshop

May Baskets Virtual Workshop!

In days gone by when people of New England were separated by long harsh winters they often celebrated spring by hanging May Baskets.  A small but festive container filled with goodies, wildflowers, even baked goods was hung on the recipient’s door. A loud knock would summon the recipient and the bearers of the May Basket would gleefully shout MAY BASKET on YOU and then all would scatter! A chase ensued and the last person being caught received a kiss from the recipient of the May Basket. The May Basket tradition is very old, originally a European tradition from the 1800s, it has evolved in many ways but is still celebrated and recognized by many as a sure sign that spring has arrived.
This activity is designed for youth in grades K-6. Learn some fun history and make a beautiful May Basket of your own to give to that unsuspecting someone!
Wednesday, May 12th at 4:30 pm via Zoom
Materials will be mailed to you. Please register by May 3rd

We hope you will make plans to join us!

Email rebecca.mosley@maine.edu with questions.
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.

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Seafood HACCP Alliance Segment II – May 14, 2021 – Virtual

Friday, May 14, 2021

1-Day Seafood HACCP Alliance Segment II

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call Theresa Tilton at 207.942.7396 to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 5 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however all requests will be considered.

Spring Gardening Series: Getting the Most Out of Compost and Manure

Compost and manure have many uses in the garden and landscape. In this webinar, you’ll learn what to look for when purchasing compost and manure, what the benefits and considerations are for using these products, how to use different kinds of manure, no-till practices, and at what rates to use these products. You’ll also learn about some applications to avoid or use with caution, and techniques for getting the most out of your compost and manure throughout your home landscape.

ModeratorNate Bernitz, Home Horticulture Outreach Program Manager for UNH Extension

Instructor: Olivia Saunders is a Field Specialist in Fruit & Vegetable Production, in the UNH Cooperative Extension Food & Agriculture Program. Olivia is also the SARE Professional Development Program Coordinator at the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension. She has been with UNH Extension since 2013 and in her role as SARE coordinator since 2017.

        

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 extension.gardening@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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Spring Gardening Series: Irrigation for the Home Garden

Irrigation is essential for growing healthy annual vegetables, herbs, and flowers. In this webinar, we’ll learn about different ways to water your garden with a special focus on how to successfully install, maintain, and manage a drip irrigation system. Drip irrigation systems are a simple and effective way to help home gardeners better manage and conserve water. After viewing this webinar, you’ll have the information and resources you need to set up their own drip irrigation system at home.

Moderator: Marjorie Peronto, Extension Educator for UMaine Extension

Instructors: 

 

        

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 extension.gardening@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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Spring Gardening Series: Supporting Pollinators in Your Landscape

Pollinators are a critical part of the natural ecosystem yet many studies show their numbers are in decline. Fortunately there are ways to attract and support pollinators in the garden and landscape. Join us to learn about native pollinators and their habitat needs, as well as tips for selecting plants, designing gardens with pollinators in mind, and maintaining established pollinator gardens.

ModeratorLynne Holland, Community Education Assistant for UMaine 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 extension.gardening@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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STEM Parachute Challenge

STEM Parachute Challenge

Date: Wednesday, June 2nd

Time: 4:30 PM via ZOOM

 Use your creativity and engineering skills to design and build a Parachute! We will compare this to a hot air balloon and explore how they are similar, yet each unique, or even opposite.
This activity is designed for school-aged youth in grades K-3. Younger children may need help with cutting and tying. Register by May 31st.
You will need to gather these materials before the workshop:
Plastic shopping bag (a medium weight garbage bag would also work)
Lightweight string (several 4-10 inch pieces)
Tape (plastic, masking, painters, most any type will work)
Small toy figure or stuffed animal (2 or 3 inches, not too heavy)
Hole punch
Scissors
We hope you will make plans to join us!
Email rebecca.mosley@maine.edu with questions.
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.

Summer 2021 Field Days

Location: Cherryfield Foods land, “Bombing Range” field

Coordinates: 44°45’43.3″N 67°49’23.8″W
Worried you’ll get lost on the barrens? Meet us at 1:30 at the Sunrise Trail crossing on Tibbetstown Rd to follow us to the meeting.

Description: 1 PA Credit available

2:00-3:00 IPM Topics: Insects and Weeds

3:00-4:00 NRCS Topics: Irrigation, Mulch and Wind Breaks

If you are a person with a disability and need accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Mary Michaud at mary.j.michaud@maine.edu or 207.581.3175 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.

Summer 2021 Field Days – Organic Climate Resilience

Location: Crystal Spring Farm, Brunswick ME

Coordinates: 43°53’14.8″N 69°59’10.8″W
Drive through the gate on Pleasant Hill Rd marked with a UMaine Extension sign. Drive into a wooded road, keep driving out into the blueberry field.

Description: 1 PA Credit available

3:00-4:00 IPM Topics: Organic Wild Blueberry Pest and Crop Management

4:00-5:00 NRCS Topics: Irrigation, Mulch and Wind Breaks

If you are a person with a disability and need accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Mary Michaud at mary.j.michaud@maine.edu or 207.581.3175 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.

Summer 2021 Field Days-Blueberry Hill Farm Field Day

Location: Blueberry Hill Farm, Jonesboro

Coordinates: 44°38’40.1″N 67°38’44.0″W

Description: 3 PA Credits available

Date: Thursday, July 8 OR Friday, July 9, 2021

Time: 9 am – Noon

If you are a person with a disability and need accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Mary Michaud at mary.j.michaud@maine.edu or 207.581.3175 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.

Summer 2021 Field Days-Dual-Use Solar in Wild Blueberry

Location: 280 Rockland Street, Rockport

Coordinates: 44°10’12.5″N 69°07’31.1″W
Driveway is right across from C and R Merritt Transportation Inc. Drive all the way up new road/driveway to parking lot on left.

Description: Join Dr. Calderwood, grower Paul Sweetland, and BlueWave Solar for a tour and discussion.

Date: Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Time: 8:00-9:00 am

 

If you are a person with a disability and need accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Mary Michaud at mary.j.michaud@maine.edu or 207.581.3175 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.

Summer 2021 Field Days-Ellsworth

Location: Nicolin Rd to Jordan Way, Ellsworth

Coordinates: 44°37’55.7″N 68°29’42.4″W

Description: 1 PA Credit available

3:00-4:00 IPM Topics: Disease, Weeds, and Gall Midge

4:00-5:00 NRCS Topics: Irrigation and Mulch

If you are a person with a disability and need accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Mary Michaud at mary.j.michaud@maine.edu or 207.581.3175 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.

Summer 2021 Field Days-Organic Climate Resilience-Stockton Springs

Location: Staples Homestead, 302 Old County Rd, Stockton Springs

Coordinates: 44°31’11.9″N 68°53’05.1″W
Drive up the driveway past home on right, barn on left. Keep driving out farm road into hay field. Park at UMaine sign in hay field. Walk down hill to blueberry field.

Description: 1 PA Credit available

3:00-4:00 IPM Topics: Organic Wild Blueberry Pest and Crop Management

4:00-5:00 NRCS Topics: Irrigation and Mulch

If you are a person with a disability and need accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Mary Michaud at mary.j.michaud@maine.edu or 207.581.3175 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.


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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
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