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2019 Ag Leadership Kick Off

Please join the conversation! How do producers and service providers meet the needs in Maine for building and developing Agriculture Leadership capacity? This half-day session will begin building a plan for developing the capacity of producers and service providers to advocate for the needs of the Maine agricultural industry.

 

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 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.

34th Annual Maine Potato Conference and Trade Show

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

For more information and tentative 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.

Atlantic and Gulf Coast Seafood Technology Conference (AGSTC) Annual Meeting – March 16, Boston

Join us for the annual meeting focusing on seafood industry and key issues prior to the Seafood Expo North America in Boston, MA.

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.

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. The Beginner Bee course consists of 5 sessions and will be taught by two Master Beekeepers. The fee covers the cost of the textbook and the beekeeper’s reference notebook.

Beekeeping Courses

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. The Beginner Bee course consists of 5 sessions and will be taught by two Master Beekeepers. The fee covers the cost of the textbook and the beekeeper’s reference notebook.

Beekeeping Courses

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 – Falmouth – Jan 9, 2019

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Snow Date: Thursday January 10, 2019

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 Food Safety Educator Kathy Savoie, 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.

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 Marvin Tala 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.

Dairy Forage Conference

Growing Corn Silage in a Changing Climate

December 18, 2018 from 9:30am to 3:00pm at Governor’s Restaurant in Waterville, Maine. 

More details at https://extension.umaine.edu/waldo/event/dairy-forage-conference-growing-corn-silage-in-a-changing-climate/

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call 207.342.5971 or 800.287.1426 (in Maine) or email sonia.antunes@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.

Flowering in the North Conference

Flowering in the North will take place January 28, 29 & 30, 2019 at the Abromson Center of the University of Southern Maine in Portland, Maine. This winter meeting is all about sharing knowledge about Zone 5 growing, wholesaling, retailing, and designing with farm fresh flowers.

Pre-Conference:

Date: January 28, 2019
Location: Abromson Center of the University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME
Cost: $400 per person (includes light breakfast and lunch) 

Looking to grow your wedding and event design game? Come join us for a hands-on day-long workshop with a talented team of expert designers. We will cover all aspects of running a design business starting with marketing your work and the initial conversation with a client, to landing the job, pricing your work and getting the contract signed. We’ll discuss the work schedule leading up to the wedding, selecting and sourcing local blooms, and how floral design fits into a farm operation. You’ll get to dive in with a hands-on design session to create gorgeous design work that you’ll be excited to share with your future customers. Let us help you take your floral design business to the next level. Stacy Brenner from Broadturn Farm, Carolyn Snell of Carolyn Snell Designs, Anna Jane Kocon of Little State Flower Farm and author and designer Jill Rizzo of Studio Choo East will team up to teach for the day.

Main Conference:

Dates: January 29 & 30, 2019
Location: Abromson Center of the University of Southern Maine, Portland, Maine
Cost: $150 per person (includes light breakfast and lunch on both days) 

Topics Include: 

Accommodations: A block of rooms is reserved at the Portland Holiday Inn by the Bay for January 28 & 29, 2019.

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.

Honey Bee Pests & Diseases-Falmouth (Intermediate Level)

This two session 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.

Beekeeping Courses

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.

Improving Communication

Effective communication is essential and cost effective or your farm operation. In this 3-hour interactive workshop, Improving Communication, participants will address real farm situations to learn about communication styles, ways to have better conversations, and have a chance to practice new skills. Each participant will identify unique needs and create a plan to address them.

For complete details about this program, visit Improving Communication.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call Angela at 207.581.3739, 1.800.287.0274 (in Maine) or email angela.martin@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.

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.

 

Maine Meat Cutting School 2019 Charleston, Maine

For more information and agenda, visit the Food and Health website.

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 800.287.0274 (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.

Pricing your Products and Services- Machias

Pricing Your Products and Services

Thursday, December 6, 2018
9:00 a.m. – Noon
28 Center Street, Machias
Presenters: Jim McConnon, Louis V. Bassano, University of Maine Cooperative Extension
Pricing is the systematic determination of the “right” price for a product or service.  Setting any price is easy, but determining the price at which you can remain competitive and still make a profit is considerably more difficult.  Participants will learn about the kind of information needed to make good pricing decisions and how to apply pricing principles to their own circumstances.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program,
please call Wendy Robertson at 207.942.7396 or 800.287.1485 (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 – Bangor: January 8, 2019 (Snow date Jan 11)

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.

Queens and Nucs – Falmouth (Intermediate Level)

This two session 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 Courses

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.

Recipe to Market (One Day Intensive) – Falmouth

(Snow Date: Wednesday, December 19th, 2018, 9am-3:30pm)

Do your friends and family rave about your homemade chowder, blueberry jam, ice cream, fudge or other special food product? They say you should sell it and make a fortune. You wonder if they’re right, and if you have the drive and personality to run a business.

Participants of the Recipe to Market workshop will learn about licensing, how to prepare and package their food product safely, to access potential profits, and discover some of the resources available to support them in business development.

This program is for individuals currently operating a value-added business or those seriously considering one. Participants must have a specific food product or recipe in mind.

Instructors: 

Register by December 13th to reserve a spot.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Kathy Savoie at 207.781.6099 to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 14 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however all requests will be considered.

Recipe to Market 6-Part Workshop

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Strengthening Your Facilitation Skills – Level 2, Jan 29 – April 23, 2019 Bangor

Strengthening Your Facilitation Skills, Level 2, is a seven-part workshop series designed to teach citizens to effectively lead community groups by deepening their understanding of:

For more information visit the Strengthening Your Facilitation Skills website.

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 800.287.0274 (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
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