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2022 UMaine Extension Annual Summer Field Day


This field day is part of a tri-state effort with partnering universities: the University of New Hampshire Extension and the University of Vermont

Schedule:
10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Walking tour of the farm with Dr. Pete Erickson
12 p.m.- Boxed lunch and tradeshow

If you are a person with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact either Melissa Libby Babcock, at melissa.libby1@maine.edu, or phone: 207.581.2788 or Glenda Pereira, at glenda.pereira@maine.edu, phone: 207.581.3240 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.

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 20 – August 17, 9:00- 11:00AM, for five weeks at the UMaine Extension Office and UMaine Garden at Tidewater Farm in Falmouth. Registration ends July 15th 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 Eavan Sibole 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.

Asynchronous Introductory Online Food Processing Sanitation

Topics covered include Introduction to Food Safety, Basic Microbiology, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (SSOPs), choosing the correct Cleaners and Sanitizers, and Pest Management. This class has self-paced lectures, and knowledge assessments, and is a prerequisite for the in-person training. Students who complete the course with at least an 80% grade on the knowledge assessments receive the level one UMaine Food Processing Sanitation micro-credential badge.

Instructors:

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 or email theresa.tilton@maine.edu 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.

Blueberry Hill Farm Field Day

9:00-12:00 Pest and Crop Management (2 pesticide credits)
Starts in Lower Field

9:00-10:00: Weed Management (Lily Calderwood and Josh Stubbs)

10:00-10:30 Pest and Pollinator Insects (Phil Fanning)
10:30-11:00 Disease Management (Seanna Annis)
11:00-11:30 Crop Management (Lily Calderwood and John Zhang)

11:30-1:00 Lunch (Beef and Veggie Burgers + Ice Cream!)
Three Bay Barn

11:30-12:15 Tony Shurman, Wyman’s of Maine President & CEO
12:15-12:30 Wild Blueberry Heritage Museum Awards
12:30-12:45 Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine Awards

1:00-2:30 Choose Your Own Adventure (three open stations)

A.     Fresh Pack Technology
Three Bay Barn

B.      Drought Management
Upper Field

C.      Harvester Demos
Upper Field

2:30-3:30 Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine with Refreshments
Three Bay Barn

If you are a person with a disability and need accommodation to participate in this program, please call Mary Michaud at 207.581.3175 or 800.287.1421 (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.

Farm to Table Camp at Rogers Farm

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Kate Garland at katherine.garland@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.

Farm Visit: Raising Poultry

Who Should Attend? New farmers based in Maine who have fewer than 10 years of experience in farming with a desire to learn more about raising poultry on a small, diversified, organic livestock farm.

For more information or to request an accommodation, contact


If you are a person with a disability and need accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Chris Howard at christina.howard@maine.edu to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least seven days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however, all requests will be considered.

Farm Visit: Small Tools for Small-Scale Farming

Who Should Attend? New farmers based in Maine who have fewer than 10 years of experience in farming with a desire to learn more about small tools for small-scale farming on a mixed vegetable farm.

For more information or to request an accommodation, contact


If you are a person with a disability and need accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Chris Howard at christina.howard@maine.edu to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least seven days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however, all requests will be considered.

Fresh Pack Line Meeting

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call Mary Michaud at 207.581.3175 or 800.287.1421 (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.

Highmoor Farm Summer Tour – July 27, 2022

Directions to Highmoor Farm:

From the South: I95 Exit 186, travel north on Route 9, turn right onto Route 126, turn left onto Route 132, turn left onto Leeds Junction Road, and turn right onto Route 202.

From the North: Take I95 exit 109b, and travel west on Route 202.

Our physical address is: 52 US Route 202, Monmouth, ME 04259.

If you need a reasonable accommodation, please contact Christina Howard at 207.933.2100 by July 15, 2022. If requests are received after this date, we may not have sufficient time to make necessary arrangements; however, all requests will be considered.

The University of Maine is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Director of Equal Opportunity, 101 North Stevens Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5754, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).

Jumpstart to Farm Food Safety Project for Maine Residents

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call Robson Machado at 207.581.3144 (in Maine) or Mary Choate at 603.787.6944 (in New Hampshire) 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.

If you have any questions, please contact Robson Machado or Mary Choate. Acceptance into the program will be communicated by a personal email from Robson Machado or Mary Choate.

robson.machado@maine.edu 207-581-3144

mary.choate@unh.edu 603-787-6944

 

Jumpstart to Farm Food Safety Project for New Hampshire Residents

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call Robson Machado at 207.581.3144 (in Maine) or Mary Choate at 603.787.6944 (in New Hampshire) 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.

If you have any questions, please contact Robson Machado or Mary Choate. Acceptance into the program will be communicated by a personal email from Extension Educator Robson or Mary.

robson.machado@maine.edu 207-581-3144

mary.choate@unh.edu 603-787-6944

 

Maine Wildlife Park 2022

Saturday July 16th, 2022
9:30 AM – 1:30 AM
Maine Wildlife Park
56 Game Farm Road
Gray, ME

Oxford County Volunteers, 4-Hers and families, join 4-H staff for an outing at Maine Wildlife Park! This is a time for us all to get together, enjoy the summer and each other’s company, and get the chance to see and learn about some of Maine’s most fascinating creatures. Bring a bagged lunch and meet us there!

Please register no later than July 6th.

We hope you will make plans to join us!

Email sara.king@maine.edu with questions.
Covid Protocol Reminders
If you are not feeling well OR if you answer yes to any of the questions below you should not attend.
❏ Do you have a cough or a sore throat?
❏ Do you have a fever or do you feel feverish?
❏ Do you have shortness of breath?
❏ Do you have a loss of taste or smell?
❏ Have you been around anyone exhibiting these symptoms within the past 14 days?
❏ Are you living with anyone who is sick or quarantined?

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.

The University consistently seeks to take steps to minimize the risk of COVID-19 infections (or any other spread of disease) in accordance with applicable law, regulation, and guidance provided by health authorities. These efforts may include policies and safeguards implemented by the University such as symptom checks, social distancing, use of facial coverings, and isolating and quarantining when required. Despite these efforts, the University cannot categorically guarantee that any person entering University campuses or facilities will not contract COVID-19 or any other communicable disease and any such person must assess and accept the risks of illness or injury for themselves. 

On Demand Gardening Webinars: Composting and Soil Health Bundle

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension presents On Demand Gardening Webinars, which come in bundles of 3 to 4 pre-recorded webinars (60 to 75 minutes each) on a gardening-related topic as well as a list of resources. In our composting and soil health bundle, you’ll learn about the basic principles of composting, the benefits and uses for cover crops in the home garden, when and how to apply manure, and best practices for optimizing soil health.

Program Fee: Offered on a sliding Scale – $0, $15, $30

The following webinars are included in this bundle:

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 extension.gardening@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.

On Demand Gardening Webinars: Gardening with Natives Bundle

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension presents On Demand Gardening Webinars, which come in bundles of 3 to 4 pre-recorded webinars (60 to 75 minutes each) on a gardening-related topic as well as a list of resources. In our gardening with natives bundle, you’ll learn about the important role of native plants in our ecosystems, how to start and care for seed-grown native plants, landscape design and maintenance practices that support pollinators, and edible native plants found in the wild and your own backyard.

Program Fee: Offered on a sliding Scale – $0, $15, $30

The following webinars are included in this bundle:

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 extension.gardening@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.

On Demand Gardening Webinars: Home Orchard Bundle

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension presents On Demand Gardening Webinars, which come in bundles of 3 to 4 pre-recorded webinars (60 to 75 minutes each) on a gardening related topic as well as a list of resources. In our home orchard bundle, you’ll learn how to start your very own backyard orchard, including site and variety selection, pest and disease management, pruning techniques, and more!

Program Fee: Offered on a sliding Scale – $0, $15, $30

The following webinars are included in this bundle:

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 extension.gardening@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.

On Demand Gardening Webinars: Seed Selection and Starting Bundle

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension presents On Demand Gardening Webinars, which come in bundles of 3 to 4 pre-recorded webinars (60 to 75 minutes each) on a gardening related topic as well as a list of resources.

In our seed selection and starting bundle, you’ll learn how to select seeds for the home garden, exciting new vegetable varieties and their unique characteristics, how to select lights for indoor seed starting, and how to manage your indoor lighting to enhance plant growth.

Program Fee: Offered on a sliding Scale – $0, $15, $30

The following webinars are included in this bundle:

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 extension.gardening@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.

Potato Virus Y Field Day – recognizing it in the field


If you are a person with a disability and need accommodation to participate in this program, please call Terri Eldridge at 207.581.3878 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.

Preserving the Harvest: Jam and Jelly Basics, Falmouth, June 29, 2022

Looking to make your own homemade jams and jellies? University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s hands-on food preservation workshop will teach you the basics of making local fruit jam and jelly, including how to use a boiling water bath canner to preserve jam. Learn from the experts. We will provide fresh produce and canning jars. Please bring a pot holder to the workshop.

For more information about hands-on food preservation workshops, visit the UMaine Extension Food & Health website.

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 cancelled.

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

Preserving the Harvest: Pickling Basics, July 19, 2022

Ever wonder how to preserve all those great garden vegetables? This hands-on food preservation workshop will teach you the basic steps for pickling, canning, and freezing. Participants will receive a “Preserving the Harvest” food preservation packet, and will learn recommended methods for preserving foods, the latest and safest recipes, about equipment to insure safety and how to check for properly sealed jars. Participants may bring their own pressure canner dial gauge to class for a free accuracy test! Please bring a potholder with you to the workshop.

For more information about hands-on food preservation workshops, visit the UMaine Extension Food & Health website.

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 cancelled.

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

Preserving the Harvest: Pickling Basics, July 26, 2022

Ever wonder how to preserve all those great garden vegetables? This hands-on food preservation workshop will teach you the basic steps for pickling, canning, and freezing. Participants will receive a “Preserving the Harvest” food preservation packet, and will learn recommended methods for preserving foods, the latest and safest recipes, about equipment to insure safety and how to check for properly sealed jars. Participants may bring their own pressure canner dial gauge to class for a free accuracy test! Please bring a potholder with you to the workshop.

For more information about hands-on food preservation workshops, visit the UMaine Extension Food & Health website.

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 cancelled.

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


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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