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Gardening Series: Tips and Tipping for Long Lasting Holiday Decorations

Decorating with evergreen and natural materials during the winter season is very traditional. Our experts will show you how to harvest and handle evergreens and design both traditional and creative new options for making the most of the materials that may be right in your own back yard.

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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Gifts from the Kitchen Webinar, November 2021

November 9 – Gifts from the Kitchen

In this webinar, we will:

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.

Making Soups in an Electric Pressure Cooker

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 Sharon Paradis at 207.834.3905 or 800.287.1421 (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.

Money Can Grow on Trees! Workshop

Sunday, November 21, 2021
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Oxford County Extension Office
9 Olson Road, South Paris, ME 04281

Join Dave Fuller of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in making your own balsam fir and pine swag for the holidays. In this program you’ll learn about tree identification, how to sustainably harvest evergreen tips and a bit about the business of selling swags. This is a fun, hands-on program!

Please register no later than November 10th, so we can plan materials, space is limited.

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.

The University consistently seeks to take steps to minimize the risk of COVID-19 infections (or any other spread of disease) in accordance with applicable law, regulation, and guidance provided by health authorities. These efforts may include policies and safeguards implemented by the University such as symptom checks, social distancing, use of facial coverings, and isolating and quarantining when required. Despite these efforts, the University cannot categorically guarantee that any person entering University campuses or facilities will not contract COVID-19 or any other communicable disease and any such person must assess and accept the risks of illness or injury for themselves. 

Pesticide Applicator Training – Invasive Pests

UMaine Extension and the Maine Board of Pesticides Control are pleased to offer a free Invasive Pest (Categories 3A and 6B) webinar Tuesday, October 26th and Wednesday, October 27th.

Invasive species threaten our agriculture, landscapes, natural resources, and even our health. This webinar will cover the identification, life cycles, ecologies, and management of select invasive plants and insects.

Speakers:

Tuesday, October 26th, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Gary Fish, State Horticulturist, Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

Karla Boyd, Policy and Regulations Specialist, Maine Board of Pesticides Control

Wednesday, October 27th, 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Karen Coluzzi, Entomologist and State Survey Coordinator, Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

Angela Mech, Assistant Professor of Forest Entomology, University of Maine School of Biology and Ecology

This webinar is intended for commercial pesticide applicators certified in Category 3A: Outdoor Ornamentals and Category 6B: General Vegetation Management. However, all applicators in need of credit are encouraged to attend and registration is open to everyone.

Attending both two-hour sessions earns four recertification credits.

Preregistration is required. Participants will be sent a Zoom link and passcode after registering.

To earn recertification credit, attendees must pass a quiz after the webinar with an 80% or better.

For questions about credits or certification, contact the BPC at 207.287.2731 or pesticides@maine.gov

If you have a disability and need an accommodation to participate, contact Kerry Bernard at 207.581.3884, 800.287.0279 (in Maine), or kerry.bernard@maine.edu. 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. 

The University of Maine is an EEO/AA employer and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Director of Equal Opportunity, 101 North Stevens Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5754, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).

Pesticide Applicator Training – New Rules and Regulations

UMaine Extension is pleased to host the Maine Board of Pesticides Control’s rules and regulations update Tuesday, December 7th and Wednesday, December 8th.

Do you know what’s headed your way? A lot of pesticide legislation has come down from the State House lately—be prepared. Join the Maine Board of Pesticides Control for updates to plan for the coming year and stay in compliance.

December 7th, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm or

December 8th, 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Attending this webinar earns two recertification credits.

Preregistration is required. Participants will be sent a Zoom link and passcode after registering.

To earn recertification credit, attendees must pass a quiz after the webinar with an 80% or better.

For questions about credits or certification, contact the BPC at 207.287.2731 or pesticides@maine.gov

If you have a disability and need an accommodation to participate, contact Kerry Bernard at 207.581.3884, 800.287.0279 (in Maine), or kerry.bernard@maine.edu.

 

Pesticide Applicator Training – Ticks and Mosquitoes

UMaine Extension and the Maine Board of Pesticides Control are pleased to offer a free tick and mosquito (Category 7E) webinar Tuesday, November 9th, and Wednesday, November 10th.

Ticks and mosquitoes bother everyone, and applications against these pests are more popular than ever. Make sure you know your target pests and manage them responsibly. Topics covered will include identification, biology, management, new research, and relevant pesticide regulations.

Speakers:

Tuesday, November 9th, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Griffin Dill, Integrated Pest Management Professional, University of Maine Cooperative Extension

Hillary Peterson, Integrated Pest Management Entomologist, Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

Wednesday, November 10th, 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Chuck Lubelczyk, Vector Ecologist, Maine Medical Center Research Institute

Allison Gardner, Assistant Professor of Arthropod Vector Biology, University of Maine School of Biology and Ecology

This webinar is intended for commercial pesticide applicators certified in Category 7E. However, all applicators in need of credits are encouraged to attend and registration is open to everyone.

Attending both two-hour sessions earns four recertification credits.

Preregistration is required. Participants will be sent a Zoom link and passcode after registering.

To earn recertification credit, attendees must pass a quiz after the webinar with an 80% or better.

For questions about credits or certification, contact the BPC at 207.287.2731 or pesticides@maine.gov

If you have a disability and need an accommodation to participate, contact Kerry Bernard at 207.581.3884, 800.287.0279 (in Maine), or kerry.bernard@maine.edu. 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. 

The University of Maine is an EEO/AA employer and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Director of Equal Opportunity, 101 North Stevens Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5754, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training – Online/Virtual, December 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 or need a translator 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.

 

Recipe to Market: Is It For ME?

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension will be offering its popular half-day workshop, Recipe to Market, which is a multi-disciplinary workshop that covers the business and food aspects of starting a food business in Maine.  This workshop is intended for entrepreneurs and/or farmers interested in starting a home-based, specialty food business.  This program does not cover herbal supplements or commercial processing (including beverage or juice manufacturing).  Products that will be discussed, include but are not limited to, canned shelf stable products (jams/jellies/preserves, baked goods, condiments, salsas, sauces, dessert sauces), dry mixes, and candies/confections.  Topics include the business basics, an overview of the product development process, licensing/regulations, and food safety.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call 207.942.7396  or email theresa.tilton@maine.edu 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.

Stargazing with 4-H!

Friday, November 12, 2021
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Twitchell Observatory Field
64 Roberts Road, South Paris, ME 04281

The volunteers who support events at the observatory will set up telescopes in the field near the observatory to view the wonders of the heavens on November 12th, with a cloud date of the 13th. These telescopes will provide views of the moon, planets and stars as good as the scope in the observatory. This event is open to youth of all ages!

Beginning at 5:30 PM, the scopes will be aimed at the moon to see its craters, mountains and “seas.” Next will be Jupiter with its four bright moons and Saturn featuring the lovely rings. Then we will view Neptune, now the most distant planet since Pluto was downgraded to a dwarf planet. (I know you are probably not happy about that, but at the event, our experts can tell you why it has to be.)  Because Neptune is three times farther away than Saturn, it will be tiny in the eyepieces, but we will be able to tell it is a planet and not a star.

With the moon in the sky, we will be able to look at only a few of the things that are beyond our solar system.  Double stars are one of those things. They will be represented by two of the prettiest contrasting-colored stars (stars appear different colors due to temperature). Many stars that appear to be one are actually two and can be seen in a telescope. One of the stars is Albireo which is located at the bottom of the Northern Cross in the constellation Cygnus the Swan and it takes 430 years for the light from Albireo to reach us, compared to 1.3 hours from Saturn!  The other double star is Almach in the constellation Andromeda, which is about the same distance as Albireo. We won’t tell you the colors of the stars so that you can decide for yourself.

Beyond the double stars, there are star clusters, gaseous nebulae in the Milky Way, our galaxy, and then galaxies beyond the Milky Way, all known as deep sky objects. One object that will be partially visible through the moon’s light is the Andromeda Galaxy, the nearest large galaxy to the Milky Way. Like our Milky Way, it is made up of hundreds of billions of stars, but at a distance of 2.5 million light years (how long it takes the light to reach us!), individual stars cannot be seen and their light is blended into a glowing cloud.

We plan to have one of these observing events every season, this being a fall one.  If it is cloudy both nights, we will have to wait until winter for hopefully the next one.  In the future, when COVID is no longer a threat, if it is cloudy on the second night, we will have a PowerPoint presentation covering what we could have seen and astronomy in general. Even better, we will be able to open the observatory.

Please register no later than November 5th, so we can plan materials, space is limited.

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.

The University consistently seeks to take steps to minimize the risk of COVID-19 infections (or any other spread of disease) in accordance with applicable law, regulation, and guidance provided by health authorities. These efforts may include policies and safeguards implemented by the University such as symptom checks, social distancing, use of facial coverings, and isolating and quarantining when required. Despite these efforts, the University cannot categorically guarantee that any person entering University campuses or facilities will not contract COVID-19 or any other communicable disease and any such person must assess and accept the risks of illness or injury for themselves. 

UMaine Wild Blueberry Conference – Brewer, March 5, 2022

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.


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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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