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UMaine Extension boosts programs focused on farmer wellness and resilience

Using federal funds aimed at helping farm owners and workers manage stress, University of Maine Cooperative Extension bolstered its efforts to improve mental health awareness and outcomes for agricultural producers, workers and their families. In 2021, the Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture began distributing $28 million in funding to expand and […]

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UMaine Extension series for parents, caregivers opens Oct. 4

University of Maine Cooperative Extension opens a free six-session online educational series for parents and caregivers Oct. 4 from 1–2:30 p.m. Additional sessions are scheduled Oct. 11, 18, 25 and Nov. 1.  “Back to Basics: Building Routines for Success” will focus on managing daily household tasks; meal planning and budgeting; learning to live with others; […]

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4-H News in Washington County- September 2022

Dates to Remember September 26: Project Records are Due in the Extension Office September 30: National Trips (Conference and Congress) Applications Due for Senior Members October 1: Reenrollment Begins October 2-8:  National 4-H Week October 5-16: Fall Paper Clover at Tractor Supply Company October 10:  Indigenous People’s Day – Extension Office Closed October 18: 4-H Volunteer […]

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UMaine Extension offers 4-H volunteer training starting Oct. 19

University of Maine Cooperative Extension will offer a two-part online training for adults interested in becoming 4-H volunteers from 6–7 p.m. Oct. 19 and Oct. 26. “Start Your 4-H Volunteer Journey” will explore the ways volunteers can become involved with UMaine Extension 4-H, what the 4-H youth development program is about and requirements for becoming […]

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Fall food safety training for volunteers cooking for crowds

University of Maine Cooperative Extension will offer several opportunities for volunteer cooks to receive important food safety training in September and October. “Cooking for Crowds” will be available through both in-person workshops in multiple locations and via Zoom.  This popular course offers up-to-date information on how to handle, transport, store and prepare foods safely for […]

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UMaine Extension program opens Maine farmer wellness fund applications

Applications for the Maine Farmer Wellness Fund are now available online and by phone for Maine farmers and farm workers through Sept. 30.  Made possible through the Maine Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network (FRSAN), individuals can apply for up to $500 to support their wellness needs. Farmer wellness is broadly defined and covers a […]

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UMaine Extension wild blueberry course registration closes Aug. 26

University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering a five-week online course about wild blueberry production for beginning and established farmers starting Aug. 30 from 5:30–7:30 p.m. The class meets every Tuesday and Thursday for 10 sessions through Sept. 29. Wild Blueberry Production: A Five-Week Course for Beginning Farmers is an introduction to growing wild blueberries […]

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UMaine Extension launches online Maine farmers market price report

Maine farmers can now access a new online tool to search for current market-specific price data to help refine their business plans, apply for financing or manage day-to-day operations.  The Maine Farmers Market Price Report provides updated price data by commodity, commercial or organic, and is searchable by region or statewide using an interactive map […]

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UMaine Extension hosts Rogers Farm lunch-and-learn event Aug. 17

University of Maine Cooperative Extension will hold a garden-to-table workshop 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Aug. 17 at the UMaine Extension Master Gardener Volunteers demonstration garden, University of Maine Rogers Farm, 914 Bennoch Road, Old Town. Registration closes Aug. 15.  This Garden-to-Table workshop will begin in the garden with demonstrations and growing tips for some late-season crops, […]

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4-H News in Washington County – August 2022

Dates to Remember August 11: Skowhegan Fair Working Steer Show August 19: Registration Deadline Washington County Fair August 27-28: Washington County Fair, Pembroke Fairgrounds September 1-5: Blue Hill Fair October 22 & November 11: 4-H Unconference for Volunteers (more information in the State News below)   Register Now for “Come Grow with 4-H” at the […]

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