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Welcome to Cooperative Extension in Washington County

Extension expert conducts research in blueberry fields; photo by Edwin Remsberg, USDA

University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Washington County gives local residents access to the resources and expertise of the University of Maine. Through educational programs, publications, and events, UMaine Extension delivers unbiased, research-based information to  Washington County citizens. We can answer your questions on a wide array of topics. To find out how we can help you, browse our site, or contact us.

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2016 Washington County Annual Report

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Norman W. Duzen Nomination Form

Norman W. Duzen had a special place in his heart for the people of Washington County and donated many hours of his time to make their lives better. The University of Maine Cooperative Extension Washington County staff and the WECA Executive Committee established the Norman W. Duzen Community Service Award in his honor.

 

Upcoming Programs:

Everyone talks about the importance of exercise! Come try a variety of activity from yoga to strength training. Participants will get a tour of the UMM weight room, plan their own health station activity and have fun as they get moving! Healthy snack and t-shirt included. Beginning March 15 and ending April 19 from 3 to 4 p.m., for ages 9 to 11, at the University of Maine at Machias Fitness Center

 

11th Annual 4-H Robotics Expo will take place on Saturday, March 25, 2017 for youth in grades 5-8 participating in a school or 4-H club-based robotics program!

 

4-H SPIN Club Basics

March 15, 22, 29 from 6:30-7:30pm via ZOOM video conferencing platform

Interested in being a 4-H volunteer, but not sure where to start? Learn more about starting a short-term 4-H SPIN club and explore how much fun working with young people can be! SPIN clubs are SPecial INterest clubs designed to offer a small group (4-8 youth) six sessions on one topic.  As the volunteer you get to choose the topic you are passionate about, the time and location.  Participate online from the comfort of your home in a three-week training series that will prepare you to start your very own group.  Participants will need a computer and webcam/microphone, access to the internet and enthusiasm to try something new.

Maximum of 10 participants,  to register, click on the following link:   https://goo.gl/forms/uDKMNZOSq83Cmbx63

Questions- contact Jen Lobley at jennifer.lobley@maine.edu or 1-800-287-1542

 

Intermediate Beekeeping Course

The six-week Intermediate Beekeeping course beginning on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 is intended for the beekeeper with at least a season or two of keeping bees. This course covers fewer topics more deeply than the Beginner’s class and concentrates on keeping bees successfully in this area.  There will be a private Facebook group for the class to expand on discussions started in class, and for the instructor to post additional articles and video links, etc.

 

Introduction to Beekeeping

The 2017 training will take place at the University of Maine at Machias on Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., February 16 thru March 23.  This 5-week beginner beekeeping course will introduce you to the honey bee colony, hive management and honey production, and is taught by a Master Beekeeper with experience teaching beginner and advanced courses in downeast Maine. Registration fee includes The Bee-Sentials Field Guide by Lawrence J. Conner with Robert Muir.

 

Dining with Diabetes Down East

A Program for People with Diabetes and Their Families

This free program complements medical care by teaching people with type 2 diabetes or prediabetes, and their family members and caregivers what they can do to help control blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol. UMaine Extension registered dietitian and nutritionist Alan Majka will provide presentations, lead discussions and demonstrate preparation of nutritious recipes that participants can sample. There will be an opportunity to taste a variety of main dishes, side dishes, and desserts.

Please click here to find out more information.

 

 


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