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4-H Legos Club

Calling all builders! Come join us for a virtual lego club. Each week you will be challenged to create a build based on a theme. We will share our creations, provide feedback, and connect with other kids across the state.

If you are a person with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Melissa Freeman, at melissa.freeman@maine.edu or 207.353.5550 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.

Backyard Sugaring: Maple Syrup 101 Webinar

Join experienced maple sugarmakers for demonstrations and discussion on all aspects of making maple syrup – the sweetest gift of nature – in your own back yard!

Join Frank Ferrucci from Maple Moon Farm, Rich Morrill from Nash Valley Farm and UMaine Extension Sustainable Agriculture Professional Jason Lilley for this webinar to learn everything you need to know about making your own maple syrup, including identifying and tapping trees, collecting and boiling sap, as well as filtering, grading, and canning syrup.

Instructors: Frank Ferrucci, Rich Morrill, and Jason Lilley.

Sponsor: Southern Maine Maple Sugarmakers Association

If you are a person with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, 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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Beginner Beekeeping Webinar Series-2021 – Online

This is a great opportunity for new beekeepers, prior to their first year of bees, to learn the basics of honey bee biology and beekeeping. It can also serve as a refresher course for beekeepers just now going into their first winter, and even those with a couple of years of experience who want to enhance their skills and knowledge. The Beginner Beekeeping course consists of 5 sessions and will be taught by Eastern Apiculture Society (EAS) Certified Master Beekeeper, Erin MacGregor-Forbes. The $ 100 fee for the course includes the cost of the textbook.

Instructor: Erin MacGregor-Forbes, EAS Certified Master Beekeeper

Textbook (required): “The Beekeeper’s Handbook”, 4th Edition, by Diana Sammataro (Author), Alphonse Avitabile (Author), Dewey M. Caron (Foreword) ISBN: 978-0801476945

The course fee is $100. You may receive the textbook from us via scheduled pickup at our office in Falmouth at no additional cost, or choose delivery by mail from us for an additional $15 shipping fee.  Order directly from the publisher ( The Beekeeper’s Handbook (Wicwas Press) or from our publications department, or from the seller of your choice and receive a $30 discount on the price of the course- pay just $70.

Participants will receive the Zoom information after registering for this event. 

If you need assistance with registration or with Zoom, please contact Michele Lodgek at michele.lodgek@maine.edu or 207.949-4057.

To request a reasonable accommodation, 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.

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.

Decorating with Maine Evergreens

Decorating with Maine Evergreens

Join us by Zoom on December 2nd at 4:00 PM for tips on using evergreens for winter decorating. Alyssa Andrews, Natural Resource Steward with Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust, will be sharing some tricks for identifying evergreens in the Maine woods, which species work well, and how to harvest with minimal damage to the forest.
This fun workshop is designed for youth of all ages and will demonstrate very basic skills needed to assemble a swag. Younger youth will need an adult helper. 

What You’ll Need (please have on hand for the workshop):

– Gather a small amount of fir, pine boughs, and pinecones.
– Scissors or snipping boughs.
– Medium weight twine, craft wire, or pipe cleaners.
– Optional: ribbon for bow making and other small decorative items.
Pre-register no later than November 25th. Participation is open to all youth, you do not need to be enrolled in 4-H. You will be emailed a Zoom link after registration has closed along with more information about gathering your supplies. 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.

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Fall Gardening Series: Planning Your Vegetable Garden – Selecting the Right Seeds

Selecting the right seeds is crucial to starting your garden off on the right foot.

Join MOFGA’s Crops and Conservation Specialist Caleb Goossen for this webinar to learn about everything you need to know before you order seeds for next year’s garden including variety selection, disease-resistant, how much to order, and more!

Instructor: Caleb Goossen, MOFGA’s Organic Crop and Conservation Specialist

Co-sponsor: The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA, www.mofga.org), formed in 1971, is the oldest and largest state organic organization in the country. The organization aims to educate about and advocate for organic agriculture, illuminating its interdependence with a healthy environment, local food production, and thriving communities.

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 pamela.hargest@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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Fall Gardening Series: Reflections on the Season – Growing Fruit Trees in Maine

Whether you are a hobby orchardist, commercial grower, or interested in starting your own orchard, we want to hear from you!

Join us for this special panel discussion with Fruit Tree experts from across the state to reflect on this past growing season, share lessons and challenges from different parts of the state, and discuss plans for next year’s growing season. This webinar will be primarily discussion-based with plenty of time to ask questions!

Participants are encouraged to submit questions and topics they’d like the panel to discuss in advance on the registration page.

Moderator: Laura Sieger, MOFGA’s Orchard Coordinator

Panel:

Renae Moran, UMaine Extension Tree Fruits Specialist

Scott Miller, Orchardist

Richard Hodges, ReTreeUS Program Manager

Molly DellaRoman and Tim Skillin, Five Star Orchard Owners

Co-sponsor: The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA, www.mofga.org), formed in 1971, is the oldest and largest state organic organization in the country. The organization aims to educate about and advocate for organic agriculture, illuminating its interdependence with a healthy environment, local food production, and thriving communities.

 

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 pamela.hargest@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 – December 8, 2020

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.

Got Livestock, Need Hay?

For more information visit the UMaine Extention Livestock website.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call Donna Coffin at 207.262.7726 or donna.coffin@maine.edu to discuss your needs. Receiving requests from accommodations at least 10 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however all requests will be considered.

 

In-Service Training (CCA) January 27 – 28, 2021 Webinar

This 2-day in-service training for agriculture service providers will focus on crop and forage production, soil quality, precision agriculture, pest management, and more (see the agenda below for details). CEUs and Pesticide Applicator Recertification Credits requested.

Lunch & Learn Series
Thursdays, 12:00 – 1:00 PM

February 4, 2021 –  Nutrient Management
February 11, 2021 –  Soil and Water
February 18, 2021 –  Soil management / Crop management
February 25, 2021 –  Crop Management and Soil Fertility
March 4, 2021 –  Soil and Water
March 11, 2021 –  Crop Management
March 18, 2021 –  UMCE Organizational Meeting – no program
March 25, 2021 –  Integrated Pest Management

For more information please visit, http://umaine.edu/agriculture/in-service-training-cca/.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call John Jemison at 207.581.3241 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.

Intermediate Beekeeping: Apiary Management Webinar Series 2021 – Online

Apiary Management is geared towards beekeepers with a minimum of two years of experience.

The focus of this class is on how to effectively manage a sideline/hobby apiary under Maine conditions. It will include how to keep your colonies healthy and thriving, and how to meet the goals you have with your bees such as swarm prevention, honey production, colony health maximization. This intermediate-level class is focused on IPM strategies for keeping healthy colonies utilizing the honey bees’ own natural cycles as a guide. The Apiary Management course consists of 4 sessions and will be taught by Eastern Apiculture Society (EAS) Certified Master Beekeeper, Erin MacGregor-Forbes. The fee covers the cost of the textbook and the beekeeper’s reference notebook.

Instructor: Erin MacGregor-Forbes, EAS Certified Master Beekeeper

Textbooks (required):

“Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping”, by Dewey M. Caron (Author) and Lawrence John  Connor (Author) ISBN: 9781878075291

“Honey Bee Diseases & Pests”, Third Edition, Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists (CAPA) ISBN 9780969333616

The course fee is $150. You may receive the textbook from us via scheduled pickup at our office in Falmouth at no additional cost, or choose delivery by mail from us for an additional $15 shipping fee.  If you prefer, order directly from the publishers ( Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping, Wicwas Press, Honey Bee Diseases and Pests, CAPA) or from the seller of your choice and receive a $70 discount on the price of the course-pay just $80 for the course.

Participants will receive the Zoom information after registering for this event.

If you need assistance with registration or with Zoom, please contact Michele Lodgek at michele.lodgek@maine.edu or 207.949-4057.

To request a reasonable accommodation, 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.

Livestock Nutrition Webinar Series 2021

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Windham Butcher Shop are pleased to announce a series of livestock nutrition talks that cover basic nutrition and feeding needs of Small Ruminants, Beef Cattle, Pigs, and Poultry. Join Dr. Colt W. Knight as he discusses the nutritional demands for livestock, differences among feeds, and why a properly balanced ration is crucial to profitability, reproduction, and animal health. The final lecture in this series will discuss what you should expect from processors and what processors expect from you.

January 13th  Noon-1:30 PM – Beef Cattle

January 20th  Noon-1:30 PM – Small Ruminants (Sheep and Goats)

January 27th  Noon-1:30 PM – Swine

February 3rd  Noon-1:30 PM – Poultry

February 10th  Noon-1:30 PM – Processing Expectations

For more information about our agriculture program, please visit our agriculture website.

For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, please contact Rebecca Gray at rebecca.gray@maine.edu or 207.781.6099 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.

Oxford County Extension Association Annual Meeting

The Oxford County Extension Association will hold its annual meeting virtually, December 1, 4:30 p.m.–  5:30 p.m. The meeting is free and open to the public. In partnership with Extension staff, the executive committee of each County Extension Association provides input on local educational programming needs, helps hire staff, and oversees the county budget appropriations that support educational Extension programs for residents. The association is always looking for volunteers to lend their time and expertise.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Tayla Mann at tayla.mann@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.

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training – Online/Virtual, December 11 & 18, 2020 (Two separate mornings on separate Fridays)

For more information visit the Food Safety Training website.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation 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.

Seafood HACCP Alliance Segment II – January 15, 2021 – Virtual

Friday, January 15, 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.

Selling Meat in Maine

Agenda

Marketing Red Meat in Maine, January 20, 2021

Marketing Poultry in Maine, January 21, 2021

Co-sponsored by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry.

For more information visit the Cooperative Extension Livestock website.

For more information or a reasonable accommodation, please contact Donna Coffin at 207.543.3301 or donna.coffin@maine.edu.


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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