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2019 IMSI Maple Syrup Grading School, Duluth, Minnesota

IMSI Maple Syrup Grading School
October 24-25, 2019

The Inn on Lake Superior
350 Canal Park Drive
Duluth, Minnesota 55802
Phone: 218.726.1111 or 888.668.4352
Visit The Inn on Lake Superior website for more information.

Maximum: 25 Participants

Cost: $140/person
Registration Deadline is October 10, 2019

The International Maple Syrup Institute Maple Syrup Grading School is for maple producers, bulk syrup buyers, state inspectors, and others needing to accurately grade maple syrup or judge maple product entries at fairs and contests. Quality control issues are also addressed. This school provides a strong scientific base combined with intensive hands-on exercises. This approach enables participants to learn how to grade or judge maple products with confidence.

2019 Agenda (Tentative)

First Day, October 24

9:00-9:30 a.m.: Refreshments

9:30-10:30 a.m.: Introductions and Review Agenda

10:30-11:15 a.m.: Hands-on Grading Exercise (five stations)

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: State and Federal Regulations, IMSI uniform grade standards, FSMA, Lead Proposition 65, Terroir

12:15-1:00 p.m.: Lunch (provided)

1:00-1:30 p.m.: Viscosity: Lecture and Exercise

1:30-2:30 p.m.: Density: Lecture and Exercise

2:30-3:30 p.m.: Color: Lecture and Exercise

3:30-4:00 p.m.: Clarity, Chemical Safety, Filtering

4:00-5:00 p.m.: Map of Maple, Flavor profiles, Standard Flavors

5:00-5:30 p.m.: Review, Questions, Preview Tomorrow Dinner on your own

Second Day, October 25

8:00-8:30 a.m.: Refreshments

8:30-9:00 a.m.: Off Flavors lecture

9:00-10:00 a.m.: Flavor Exercise – All

10:00-10:15 a.m.: Break

10:15-10:45 a.m.: Judging Maple Products lecture

10:45-11:45 a.m.: Judging Exercise, participants break into groups and judge their syrup and discuss – All

11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Lunch (provided)

12:30-2:30 p.m.: Final grading exercise, discussion, and evaluation – All

For more information visit the Maple Syrup Grading School website.


If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call  Kathy Hopkins at 207.474.9622 or 800.287.1495 (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.

2019 Maine Compost School

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.

4-H Summer Fondant & Flowers Cake Decorating Program, Falmouth

Starting in July Cumberland County 4-H Community Education Assistant, Sara Conant, will be conducting new short-term 4-H programs for any interested youth. Current 4-H enrollment is not necessary for participation. The Fondant and Flowers program will meet once a week on Wednesdays, July, 10 – 31, 2:00 – 3:30PM, at the UMaine Extension Regional Learning Center in Falmouth. Registration ends June 17th or when the course is full.

In this program participants will learn how to create their own fondant, how to cover a small cake with fondant, create fondant shapes, make their own gum paste, create gum paste flowers, and royal icing flowers. The program will end with making their own decorated mini-cake.
Please bring an apron and containers to take any creations home.  This program is open to youth ages 9–18 or those in 4th–12th grades.

For more information about all of our Summer 4-H offerings, please visit the Cumberland County 4-H Summer SPIN Programs website.

For more information about our general 4-H program please visit the Cumberland County 4-H Program website.

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

4-H Summer Kids Can Can Program, Falmouth

Starting in July Cumberland County Extension will be conducting new short-term 4-H programs for any interested youth. Current 4-H enrollment is not necessary for participation. The Kids Can Can program will meet once a week on Wednesdays, July 10 – August 07, 9:00- 11:00AM, for five weeks at the e UMaine Extension Office and UMaine Garden at Tidewater Farm in Falmouth. Registration ends June 17th or when the course is full.

Strawberry jam, pickles, and salsa—all of these foods can be made from scratch with fruits and vegetables grown in your own garden. Join UMaine Extension staff and volunteers in this hands-on, interactive program that will teach participants how to grow and preserve the garden’s harvest. Each session will begin in the Tidewater Gardens as we harvest the fruits and vegetables needed to make jam, pickles, salsa, and more. Then we’ll move to the kitchen and prepare a batch of delicious preserved foods. Each participant will take home a jar of what we make.

For more information about all of our Summer 4-H offerings, please visit the Cumberland County 4-H Summer SPIN Programs website.

For more information about our general 4-H program please visit the Cumberland County 4-H Program website.

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

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Dining with Diabetes Down East Ellsworth

A Program for People with Diabetes and Their Families

This free program complements medical care by teaching people with type 2 diabetes or prediabetes, and their family members and caregivers what they can do to help control blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol. UMaine Extension registered dietitian and nutritionist Alan Majka will provide presentations, lead discussions and demonstrate preparation of nutritious recipes that participants can sample.

Dining with Diabetes Down East makes diabetes meal planning easy by using the plate method. For more information on the plate method please visit:  https://extension.umaine.edu/food-health/dining-with-diabetes/

If you are interested in participating in this program, please call 667-8212 (toll free in Maine: 1.800.287.1479) so we may offer it in a way that best fits your needs.

Partial funding and support for this initiative has been provided by Hannaford Grocery Stores.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call Sue Baez at 207.667.8212 or 800.287.1479 (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.

 

 

Educate-2-Cultivate (E2C): Business Development and Assistive Technology Symposium for Military Veterans in Agriculture

Many veterans struggle with PTSD, depression or traumatic brain injury. The E2C symposium is designed to partner veterans with business mentors from the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) and the Small Business Development Center to address some of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully manage farms as sustainable businesses. Additionally, the afternoon will consist of sessions to introduce and receive training on various assistive technologies that can address memory, physical, and organizational limitations.

For more information or to request an accommodation, contact Anne Devin at 207.991.2651 or anne.devin@maine.edu.

Hosted by University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Maine AgrAbility program and the United Farmer Veterans of Maine.

FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food Training

FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food Training 

The course covers:

For more information visit the Cooperative Extension food safety website.

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.

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Growing Fruit Trees in Maine – SOLD OUT

Learn how to grow thriving fruit trees in Maine from Renae Moran, UMaine Extension Tree Fruit Specialist. Topics will include selecting varieties, propagation, cross-pollination, disease, and pruning. Financial assistance is available.

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.

Introduction and Practical Applications Of Unmanned Aerial Systems For Maine’s Ornamental Horticulture Industry

In light of increased workloads and labor shortages, green industry businesses are actively pursuing new tools for monitoring inventory and plant health. Unmanned aerial systems, or drones, are an emerging technology for high-resolution aerial mapping and provide a powerful new tool for monitoring growing operations throughout the year.

This workshop is hosted by Ornamental Horticulturalist, Matt Wallhead (PhD) from Cooperative Extension at the University of Maine. The three-hour workshop includes a presentation and hands-on training for mapping with UAVs, sensors, and software. The target audience is members of Maine’s green industry seeking to learn to use drone technology.

Topics covered will include:

No drone experience required prior to the workshop.

For more information about the training, contact Matt Wallhead at matthew.wallhead@maine.edu  207.581.2949

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call  Melissa Babcock at 207.581.2788 or 1.800.287.7170 (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.

Large Animal Carcass Management Training June 4-6, 2019 – Highmoor Farm

The Maine Compost Team is offering a large 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.

 

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Seafood HACCP Alliance Segment II – April 26, 2019 Bangor

Friday, April 26, 2019

1-Day Seafood HACCP Alliance Segment II

For more information visit the Cooperative Extension food safety website. 

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.


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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
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