UMaine Extension offers Master Gardener Volunteer training, plus two new programs 

University of Maine Cooperative Extension is accepting applications for its Master Gardener Volunteers training program that begins Oct. 24 The 2022 Master Gardener Volunteer training includes self-paced online learning modules along with live virtual sessions with horticultural experts from across the state. Designed to train volunteers for horticulture and food system-related community service projects, topics […]

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UMaine Extension 4-H dog clinic in Old Town Aug. 13

University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H will offer a dog training clinic 8 a.m.–noon Saturday, Aug. 13 at the University of Maine J. Franklin Witter Teaching & Research Center, 160 University Farm Road, Old Town. The Maine 4-H Dog Clinic is open to all youth ages 9–18; owning a dog is not required. Participants will […]

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4-H News in Washington County-July 2022

Dates to Remember  July 5-August 5: 4-H Summer Learning Series July 22-24: Maine 4-H State Dairy Show, Windsor Fairgrounds July 23: Windsor Fair 4-H Working Steer Show July 26- August 30: 4-H Nature in Focus SPIN Club July 27-31: Union Fair  August 11: Skowhegan Fair Working Steer Show August 27-28: Washington County Fair, Pembroke Fairgrounds […]

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Come grow with 4-H at the Washington County Fair

University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H invites all Washington County youth ages 5–18 to contribute what their favorite garden grows to the 4-H exhibit at the Washington County Fair Aug. 27–28 at the Pembroke Fairgrounds, 222 Old County Road, Pembroke.  “Come Grow with 4-H” garden exhibit categories include vegetables, flowers, herbs and indoor gardening. Entries […]

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UMaine Extension Washington County office has a new home on Machias campus

University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Washington County Office will move to its new home at the University of Maine at Machias later this month. The new location in the heart of campus will facilitate collaborations and connections that will strengthen UMaine Extension’s 4-H, nutrition and gardening programs, and provide additional pathways for county residents to […]

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UMaine Extension 4-H club on nature, photography starts July 26

University of Maine Cooperative Extension will offer a six-session 4-H Nature in Focus SPIN Club for Washington County youth ages 9 –18 beginning July 26 from 4–5:30 p.m. at Downeast Coastal Conservancy’s Middle River Park, Machias.  Remaining dates are Aug. 2, 9, 16, 25, and 30.   Participants will explore the outdoors through photography, environmental education, outdoor recreation, and creative expression. Each session will begin with a photography lesson followed by a hike with a chance to practice new […]

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UMaine Extension holds Blueberry Hill Farm field day July 14

University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s annual wild blueberry field day is scheduled for 9 a.m.–3 p.m. July 14 at UMaine’s Blueberry Hill Farm, 1643 U.S. Route 1, Jonesboro. Blueberry Hill Farm Field Day will feature information sessions on pest and crop management, drought management, fresh pack technology and harvester demonstrations. UMaine Extension educators and UMaine […]

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Sustainable fishing, solar energy topics of new 4-H STEM toolkits

University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H has two new STEM toolkits available for use by formal and informal educators in hands-on science-based activities with youth.  The Sky’s the Limit is designed to increase awareness and understanding of solar energy through basic circuitry; energy collection and transfer; engineering design principles; and building design challenges. Suitable for […]

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UMaine Extension wild blueberry field day at Welch Farm July 7 

University of Maine Cooperative Extension wild blueberry field days continue with a focus on fresh pack line improvements 10 a.m.–noon July 7 at Welch Farm, 186 Roque Bluffs Road, Roque Bluffs. This fresh pack line meeting includes a cold storage demonstration and discussion of berry quality related to new equipment installed in 2021 by Welch […]

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UMaine Extension celebrates garden-to-table at Rogers Farm June 27

University of Maine Cooperative Extension will hold a hands-on workshop featuring gardening and culinary skills June 27, 5–7 p.m., at the UMaine Extension Master Gardener Volunteers demonstration garden, University of Maine Rogers Farm, 914 Bennoch Road, Old Town. This Garden-to-Table workshop begins at Rogers Farm with discussion and demonstrations of planting timelines, spacing, pest management […]

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