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2018 Gardening Short Course

For more information and workshop descriptions visit the Penobscot County Cooperative Extension  website.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Theresa Tilton at 207.942.7396 or 1.800.287.1485 (in Maine) or theresa.tilton@maine.edu 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.

2018 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.

33rd Annual Maine Potato Conference and Trade Show

Thirty-third Annual Maine Potato Conference and Trade Show to be held at Caribou Inn and Convention Center in Caribou, ME

For more information and tenative agenda, please visit Aroostook County Conferences webpage

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call Pam Hickey at 207.764.3361 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 Reflection Tool Listening and Feedback Sessions for Volunteers

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call Jessy Brainerd at 207.581.3877 or 1.800.287.8957 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.

 

5-Week Beginner Bee School, 2018, Calais

Tuesdays, January 23, 30, February 6, 13 and 20 (snow date of February 27)
Washington County Community College, 1 College Drive, Calais
Participants in this 5-week introductory beekeeping course will learn about the:

Beginner Bee School instructor is Andrew Dewy,Washington County Beekeepers Association.

For more information, visit the Calais UMaine Extension Washington County Beekeeping School Classes Website.

For scholarship information and availability, contact Tara Wood at 207.255.3345.

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.

5-Week Beginner Bee School, 2018, Machias

Wednesdays, January 24, 31, February 7, 14 and 21 (snow date of February 28)
University of Maine at Machias, Science Building, Room 102
Participants in this 5-week introductory beekeeping course will learn about the:

Beginner Bee School instructor is Andrew Dewy,Washington County Beekeepers Association.

For more information, visit the UMaine Extension Washington County Beekeeping School Classes Website.

For scholarship information and availability, contact Tara Wood at 207.255.3345.

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.

5-Week Beginner Bee School, Thursdays, February 22 – March 22, 2018, 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 2 texts, handouts, and a one-year membership in the York County Beekeepers Association.

Please pre-register by February 16, 2018.

For more information, visit the UMaine Extension York County Beekeeping Classes Website.

Limited financial assistance is available.  Please contact Becky Gowdy 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 Becky Gowdy 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.

6-Week Intermediate Beekeeping Course, March-April 2018, Machias

The six week Intermediate Beekeeping course is intended for the beekeeper with at least a season or two of keeping bees. Register early, class is limited to 10 participants.

For more information and course schedule visit the website.

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 1.800.287.1542 (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.

An Introduction to Growing Grapes in Maine 2018 – Augusta

Agenda and presenters are posted on the Highmoor Farm website.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call Pam St.Peter at 207.933.2100 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

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 call Lynne Hazelton 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.

Beekeeping: Queens & Nucs (Intermediate Level) – 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

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

Beekeeping: Swarm Management (Intermediate Level) – Falmouth

This five hour class will cover swarming in-depth. We will cover swarm biology and behavior, how to prevent and manage swarming in your colonies, how to useSwarm Traps and swarm lures, and swarm retrieval.

Beekeeping Schools

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call Lynne Hazelton 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) – 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. This Beginner Bee course consists of 5 sessions and will be taught by two Master Beekeepers, Peter Richardson and Jack Hildreth. The fee covers the cost of the textbook (The Beekeeper’s Handbook, third edition) and the beekeeper’s reference notebook.

Beekeeping Schools

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call Lynne Hazelton 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 (January) – 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. This Beginner Bee course consists of 5 sessions and will be taught by two Master Beekeepers, Peter Richardson and Jack Hildreth. The fee covers the cost of the textbook (The Beekeeper’s Handbook, third edition) and the beekeeper’s reference notebook.

Beekeeping Schools

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call Lynne Hazelton 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 for Crowds, January 23, 2018 – Augusta

Many organizations and community groups rely on volunteers for a variety of food events such as fundraising, fellowships, food pantries or other service to the community. But cooking for a crowd is tricky! How do you store all that food? When is the food completely cooked? How long can you leave food on the buffet table? Join UMaine Extension Community Education Associate Debbie Barnett in this workshop on Safe Food Handling designed specifically for Volunteers. Participants receive Cooking for Crowds, a manual specifically designed for volunteer cooks, a certificate of attendance, posters, and an Instant Read Thermometer.

This class meets the Good Shepherd Food Bank food safety training requirements.

For more information, visit Cooking for Crowds 2018 Workshops.

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 minus a $5 service fee. Course and material fees will be refunded in full if a class is canceled.

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

Flowering in the North Conference- Portland, ME

Flowering in the North will take place January 22nd & 23rd, 2018 in the East Bayside Neighborhood of Portland, ME. This winter meeting is all about sharing knowledge about Zone 5 growing, wholesaling, retailing, and designing with farm fresh flowers.

Monday Topics

Tuesday Topics

*Light morning snacks, beverages, and lunch are included on both days.

Accommodations: A block of rooms is reserved at the Portland Holiday Inn by the Bay under “Flower Growers’ Conference.”

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

In-Service Training (CCA) January 24-25, 2018

Annual two-day in-service training for agricultural providers. This year the program is focusing on vegetables & forages, soil quality, and cover crops.

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.

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University of Maine Cooperative 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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