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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.


NEW- 2017 Washington County Annual Report



Upcoming Programs:


Staying Safe: Protecting Your Small Business from Cyber Threats – Machias (click here)

This free workshop will present participants with an overview of the types of real-life risks and emerging threats small businesses owners face every day.  The workshop will focus on how business owners can protect their business and its customers with easy-to-implement security recommendations.   Registration is required and the course is free.


2018 Washington/Hancock County Master Gardener Training (Ellsworth)

January 26 – May 25, 2018
Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to Noon
Hancock County Extension Office, Ellsworth

The purpose of the Master Gardener program is to provide training to prepare you to do gardening-related volunteer work in the local community.


Intermediate Beekeeping Class

March 7 – April 11, 2018
Wednesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Washington County Extension Office, Machias

The six week Intermediate Beekeeping course 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.


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.

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