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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.

Animal Carcass Management Training June 2-4, 2020 – Highmoor Farm

The Maine Compost Team is offering an animal carcass management training. The training will prepare participants for deployment in the event of a foreign animal disease (FAD) outbreak or natural disaster to assist with the disposal of carcasses utilizing the composting process.

This is an experiential based program utilizing hands-on activities, problem solving scenarios and demonstrations that will prepare participants for actual field situations.

Training Goals:

For more information about the training, contact Mark Hutchinson at mhutch@maine.edu 207.832.0343.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call  Pamela Doherty at 207.832.0343  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.

 

Beekeeping: Honey Bee Diseases (Intermediate Level) – Falmouth Feb 5&12, 2020

This five-hour class will cover the major pest and disease threats to honey bee colonies and their management.  Focusing on non-chemical and IPM strategies, students will learn the best management practices for all of the major threats to colony health in Maine. 

The fee covers the cost of the textbook, Honeybee Diseases & Pests, Third Edition. 

Beekeeping Schools

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Becky Gray by email or call our office 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.

Requests for refunds must be received 7 days prior to the start of class.

Beekeeping: Queens & Nucs (Intermediate Level) – March 4&11, 2020 Falmouth

This five-hour class will cover the basics of starting your own sustainable apiary program through queen rearing and nucleus colony management. Designed for the small scale “back yard” beekeeper, students will learn how to raise and handle queens and how to move from queen rearing into nucleus colony creation and management.

Beekeeping Schools

Requests for refunds must be received 7 days prior to the start of class.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Becky Gray, UMaine Extension staff by email or call our office 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.

Beginner Beekeeping – February 18-Mar 17, 2020, Falmouth

This is a great opportunity for new beekeepers, prior to their first year of bees, or it can be a great refresher course for beekeepers just now going into their first winter, and even those with a couple of years of experience who want to refresh their skills and knowledge. The Beginner Bee course consists of 5 sessions and will be taught by two Master Beekeepers. The fee covers the cost of the textbook and the beekeeper’s reference notebook.

Instructors: Jacky Hildreth and Peggy McLaughlin

Beekeeping Courses

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Becky Gray, UMaine Extension staff, by email or call our office 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.

Financial Assistance is available.

Requests for refunds must be received 7 days prior to the start of class.

Beginner Beekeeping – January 7- February 4, 2020, Falmouth

This is a great opportunity for new beekeepers, prior to their first year of bees, or it can be a great refresher course for beekeepers just now going into their first winter, and even those with a couple of years of experience who want to refresh their skills and knowledge. The Beginner Bee course consists of 5 sessions and will be taught by two Master Beekeepers. The fee covers the cost of the textbook and the beekeeper’s reference notebook.

Instructors: Jacky Hildreth and Peggy McLaughlin

Beekeeping Courses

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Becky Gray, UMaine Extension staff, by email or call our office 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.

Conference Proceedings: 2017 Dickeya and Pectobacterium Summit

Cooking Matters for Parents, Washington County – January 2020

Cooking Matters offers hands-on lessons covering meal preparation, grocery shopping, food budgeting, and nutrition. Participants practice basic food skills, such as reading ingredient labels and making a healthy meal on a budget.

In Cooking Matters for Parents you will learn to:

Participants will receive a cookbook upon completion of the course.

This program is a collaboration between the Washington County CAN Prevention Council and DownEast Recovery and Support Center.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call Tara Wood at 207.255.3345 or 800.287.1542 (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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Gardening Forever: Adaptive Strategies, Feb 11-2020, Falmouth

 

I’m getting older and I still want to garden!

Gardening is great exercise, but the physical demands of gardening get harder on the body as time goes by. You can reduce the potential of joint, muscle, or back injuries by making small changes in your gardening routines. In this presentation, Master Gardener Ellen Gibson will introduce ergonomic tools and techniques to keep your flowers blooming and your vegetables ripening while keeping aches and pains at bay. 

What is Maine AgrAbility?

This workshop is offered by Maine AgrAbility. We serve farmers and gardeners with health conditions such as pain, injury, or chronic illness. Our gardening presentations are part of our educational outreach to provide information on the nature of repetitive injuries and how to remain active throughout the aging process.

Presenter Bio: 

Ellen Gibson has been on the Maine AgrAbility staff since 2010. She is a writer and educator with a MA in Social Sciences from Humboldt State University in Arcata, California. Her emphasis was rural community planning. She is trained in Holistic Management practices, used on farms to improve soil health, economic viability, and quality of life. She farms in West Paris where she raises Nubian goats for milk and meat. 

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in these programs, please contact Becky Gray at rebecca.gray@maine.edu 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.

 

Growing Hemp in Maine

For more information and a tentative agenda visit the Growing Hemp website.

Contact Information

University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Diagnostic and Research Lab, Pest Management Unit, 17 Godfrey Dr., Orono, ME 04473-1295
Phone: 207.581.3878 or 1.800.287.0279 (in Maine)
Email: theresa.eldridge@maine.edu

If you need a reasonable accommodation:

Please contact Terri Eldridge at 207.581.3878 or 1.800.287.0279 (in Maine) by February 21, 2020. If requests are received after this date, we may not have sufficient time to make the necessary arrangements.

Homemade Popovers 4-H Workshop – FULL

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call Sara King at 207.743.6329 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.

 

Maine Compost School – June, 2020

Maine Compost School is the longest running Compost School in the United States.

The Maine Compost School offers both classroom and laboratory hands-on activities. For people interested and/or involved with medium and large-scale composting operations. This course is a certificate program and trains personnel to be qualified compost site operators.

For more information visit the website.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call  Mark A. King at 207.592.0455 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.

Maine Compost School – October, 2020

Maine Compost School is the longest running Compost School in the United States.

The Maine Compost School offers both classroom and laboratory hands-on activities. For people interested and/or involved with medium and large-scale composting operations. This course is a certificate program and trains personnel to be qualified compost site operators.

For more information visit the website.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call  Mark A. King at 207.592.0455 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.

Maine Garden Day Saturday, March 14, 2020

For a complete agenda and workshop descriptions, visit the Maine Garden Day website.

For more information or to request an accommodation, please contact Pamela Hargest at pamela.hargest@maine.edu or 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.

 

Maine Vegetable & Fruit School 2020 in Portland April 8 and Bangor April 9

Topics and presenters are posted on the Highmoor Farm website.

WITHDRAWALS:  No refunds or credits of any payment will be made for notification of withdrawal within 5 days of the start of the school. Prior to that time, we will refund your registration fee minus a $10 service fee. Course and material fees will be refunded in full if a class is cancelled.

If you need a reasonable accommodation, please contact Mark Hutchinson at 1.800.244.2104 by March 25, 2020. If requests are received after this date, we may not have sufficient time to make necessary arrangements; however, all requests will be considered.

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Pork 101 – South Paris

Join Dr. Colt Knight for a primer on the basics of raising swine including breed selection, nutrition, housing, health care, and more. BBQ rib lunch will be provided.

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. 

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

Programs for Maine Food Businesses – March 2020

Sanitation 1-Day Course, March 18, 2020, Cost $100 in-state, $150 out-of-state (Includes notebook and lunch) 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The Sanitation course is a prerequisite to the HACCP course. Information covered in the sanitation course will be used and referenced in the HACCP course.
In this 1-day course you will learn the essentials of food processing sanitation. Topics covered include Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures, choosing the correct Sanitizers and Cleaners, Pest Management Programs, Record Keeping and Implementing SSOPs in your facility/Kitchen.  Who should attend:  QC, QC directions, kitchen managers/operators, plant managers, line workers.

Meat and Poultry 2-Day Course, March 19-20, 2020, Cost $250 in-state, $300 out-of-state (Includes notebook, Sanitation course and lunch)
(Participating in the Sanitation course is strongly recommended as a preresquite to the HACCP) 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
In this 2-day course you will learn the fundamentals of Meat and Poultry HACCP. The course provides participants with hand-on experience in developing a HACCP Plan. We welcome not only Meat and Poultry processors but also any other food processors seeking HACCP certification and knowledge. *This course is a International HACCP Alliance Accredited course.

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 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.


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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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