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2021 In-Service Training for Agricultural Service Providers — CCA

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 11, 2021 –  Crop Management
March 18, 2021 –  UMaine Extension Organizational Meeting – no program
March 25, 2021 –  Integrated Pest Management
April 1, 2021–  Soil and Water

For more information please visit the 2021 In-Service Training for Agricultural Service Providers — CCA website.

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.

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.

Compost Webinar Series: Noontime Seminars, March 2021

Thursday, March 11: Organic Certification Process for Compost Usage — Dr. Caleb Goossen, MOFGA. Dr. Goossen will address issues concerning compost certification for use in Organically Certified production systems.

Tuesday, March 23: Is carcass composting the right decision? — Dr. Krishona Martinson, Equine Extension Specialist, University of Minnesota. Dr. Martinson’s team conducted a national survey of equine owners and veterinarians about equine carcass composting.  The results are eye-opening.

Tuesday, March 30: Composting Hemp Residual — Mark King, Environmental Specialist Maine Department of Environmental Protection and Maine Compost Team. Mr. King will discuss observations from a recent pilot compost project and regulations for compost operations.

If you are a person with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Pamela Doherty at 207.832.0343, or pamela.doherty@maine.edu to discuss your needs.

Cooking with the Maine Harvest: March 2021

March 9 – Preparing for Food Preservation Season: Using Frozen Fruit in Baking and Preserving

March 23 – Preparing for Food Preservation Season: Using Home Canned Foods in Cooking

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.

Flying Peeps Virtual Workshop

Flying Peeps Virtual Workshop!

Have you ever wanted to watch a fluffy marshmallow critter go flying through the air? Well now is your chance. Grades K-5 are welcome to join Oxford County 4-H for a Virtual Peep Launching Party. We will be building popsicle stick catapults and sending Peeps for a ride.
Wednesday, March 31st at 4:30 pm via Zoom
Materials will be mailed to you. Please register by March 19th. 

Harrison Library will be joining us to share a story following the activity.

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 an 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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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 (Shipping not available outside the United States).  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.

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training – Online/Virtual, April 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 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.

UMaine Wild Blueberry Conference Series

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.

Virtual Acadia National Park Tour

Tour Maine’s Beautiful Acadia National Park – Virtually!

Thursday, April 8th

4:00 PM – 4:45 PM via ZOOM

An Acadia National Park Ranger will provide an overview of the park, teach us about the natural resources and habitats preserved there, and answer our questions about this stunning national treasure. From its rocky shore to the highest mountains along the Atlantic sea, this is a must-see presentation about a unique and well-loved piece of our Maine coast!

Please register no later than April 2nd.
A zoom link will be emailed to you once registration has closed.

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.

Virtual Native Seed Planting Workshop

Virtual Native Seed Planting Workshop

Tuesday, April 13th

4:30 PM via ZOOM

Join 4-H for a Virtual Native Seed Planting Workshop on April 13th at 4:30 pm. One of UMaine Extension’s Master Gardener Volunteers will be teaching youth about the importance of flowers native to Maine and their relationship with our pollinators. Youth will then be guided through the process of planting their own native seeds*. This program is open to youth ages 10-18. A zoom link will be provided upon registration.

*Please note, by registering for this event youth are expected to participate in the workshop, plant the native seeds we provide and help our state increase its native plant population. These seeds require specific preparation upon planting in order to germinate.
We will provide 2 types of native seeds, New England Asters and Black-eyed Coneflower, 2 pots, builders sand, and soil for planting. Due to the weight of the soil and the bulk of the pots, we encourage supplies to be picked up at the Oxford County Extension Office.
Please register no later than April 2nd.
A zoom link will be emailed to you once registration has closed.

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.

Winter Gardening Series: Nibbling on Natives in Your Backyard and Beyond

There’s an increasing interest among homeowners to utilize more native species in their landscaping for attracting and sustaining beneficial insects.  Many of our native species are edible by people too, providing an additional incentive to add them to yards and landscapes.  Join Russ Cohen, expert forager and author of Wild Plants I Have Known…and Eaten, as he features over two dozen species of native edible wild plants suitable for adding to your own landscape, or nibbling on as you encounter them in other locales.

Moderator: Kate Garland, Horticulture Professional for UMaine Extension

Instructor: Until his retirement in June of 2015, Russ Cohen’s “day job” was serving as the Rivers Advocate for the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game’s Division of Ecological Restoration, where one of his areas of expertise was in riparian vegetation. Now Russ has more time to pursue his passionate avocation, which is connecting to nature via his taste buds, and assisting others in doing the same. In addition to leading foraging walks and talks each year at a wide variety of venues throughout the Northeast, Russ has now taken on a role as a “Johnny Appleseed” for edible native species.  He has set up a small nursery outside of Boston, where he grows/keeps over 1,000 plants that he has propagated from seed.  He partners with land trusts, cities and towns, schools and colleges, tribal groups, state and federal agencies, and others to plant plants from his nursery in appropriate places on their properties.  Russ has initiated over two dozen such projects in the past five years.

        

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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Winter Gardening Series: Ornamental Garden Design

There are many considerations for designing and planning your own ornamental garden. In this presentation, you’ll learn how you can take a sustainable approach to garden design with ideas and tips for siting an ornamental garden, plant selection, plant arrangement and sourcing materials. After this webinar, you’ll have the tools and resources you need to get started on your own garden project.

Instructor: Charlene Spindler Gray holds a master’s degree in Landscape Design from Columbia University. After working and designing in the New York and Maine landscape industries for 10+ years, Charlene now enjoys teaching undergraduate students to design artful and ecological landscapes in the Environmental Horticulture BS degree program at UMaine.

        

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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Winter Gardening Series: Protecting Fruit Trees from Insects and Diseases

Worms on the inside, holes and ooze on the outside, leaves curling, spotted and falling off – these are just some of the telltale signs that insects and diseases are harming your fruit trees. Spoiled fruit and reduced yields are likely, and your tree’s health could be in jeopardy too. Unfortunately, there isn’t one practice or one spray that can protect your trees, but few have more experience and expertise in thwarting pests than UNH Extension’s George Hamilton and UMaine Extension’s Glen Koehler. Hamilton, a fruit & vegetable production field specialist, and Koehler, associate scientist of integrated pest management, will share proven tips and solutions for low input approaches to protecting your fruit trees from pests, and will answer your questions and prevention and management in the home orchard.

Moderator: Nate Bernitz, Infoline Program Coordinator for UNH Extension

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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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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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Orono, Maine 04469
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