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February 2021

Wild Blueberry Conference Series: Next Steps in Building a Wild Blue Wine Industry

February 26 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

February 26, 2021, Noon - 2:00 p.m. via ZOOM Next Steps in Building a Wild Blue Wine Industry; Speakers: Bluet founders, Eric Martin and Michael Terrien In this session, Bluet founders Eric Martin and Michael Terrien will lead the group through defining potential, mapping the ecosystem, and announcing a new working/trade group to bridge the gap between vision and reality for wild blueberry wine production in Maine. For more information about the series, visit the Wild Blueberry Conference Series website.…

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March 2021

Maine 4-H Virtual Teen Science Café- Wind Energy R&D; From New Zealand to UMaine

March 2 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H is offering “virtual” science cafés! Come hang out for a bit, chat with a UMaine scientist, and learn about their work. It’s free!  Join us each Tuesday where you will meet scientists, learn about how they ended up at UMaine and how they became involved in their work/research, and participate in informal discussions. So, sign up and learn some cool science! If you need a reasonable accommodation, please contact Jessy Brainerd, Administrative Specialist, University of…

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Wild Blueberry Conference Series: Fresh Pack Line Improvements

March 3 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

March 3, 2021, 4:00-6:00 p.m. via ZOOM Fresh Pack Line Improvements; Speaker: John Belding (University of Maine) John Belding is the Director of the University of Maine Advanced Manufacturing Center that works with Maine businesses to improve equipment and processes. John visited a few wild blueberry fresh pack lines this summer. He will share his observations and some solutions to common problems. For more information about the series, visit the Wild Blueberry Conference Series website. REGISTER HERE!

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Create Family Meals Series: Create Breakfasts for Families | Recipe: Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packets

March 4 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Make a family-friendly recipe while learning tips and tricks for making healthy choices. FREE Online on Zoom! Thursdays, Feb. 11 – Apr. 1; 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Schedule March 4: Create Breakfasts for Families | Recipe: Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packets March 11: MyPlate & Food Safety | Recipe: Creamy Blueberry Shakes March 18: The Nutrition Facts Label & A Well-Stocked Pantry | Recipe: Banana Swirl Dessert March 25: Mealtime Planning & Shopping Tricks | Recipe: Kale Chips April 1: Create Breakfasts for Families | Recipe:…

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Wild Blueberry Conference Series: Wild Blueberry Pollination

March 5 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

March 5, 2021, Noon - 2:00 p.m. via ZOOM Wild Blueberry Pollination; Speaker: Dr. Phil Fanning (University of Maine) (1 PA Credit) This talk will give an update on how to assess and conserve pollinators in the wild blueberry system. For more information about the series, visit the Wild Blueberry Conference Series website. REGISTER HERE!

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Food Preservation and Nutrition Webinar Series: Using Frozen Fruit in Baking and Preserving

March 9 @ 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm

"Cooking With the Maine Harvest" March Webinars UMaine Extension Food & Nutrition staff are offering two webinars in March to help you prepare for the upcoming food preservation season. We are halfway through winter, so it’s time to begin using up your precious cache of frozen berries or canned vegetables. On March 9, we’ll share tips for using your home frozen fruit in cooking and baking. On March 23, discover creative uses for home canned goods in your cooking. March…

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Maine 4-H Virtual Teen Science Café- Wildlife with Tom Rounsville, Molecular Diagnostic Professional

March 9 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H is offering “virtual” science cafés! Come hang out for a bit, chat with a UMaine scientist, and learn about their work. It’s free!  Join us each Tuesday where you will meet scientists, learn about how they ended up at UMaine and how they became involved in their work/research, and participate in informal discussions. So, sign up and learn some cool science! If you need a reasonable accommodation, please contact Jessy Brainerd, Administrative Specialist, University of…

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Wild Blueberry Conference Series: Plant Stress and Climate Change

March 10 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

March 10, 2021, 4:00-6:00 p.m. via ZOOM Plant Stress and Climate Change; Speaker: Yonjiang Zhang (University of Maine) In this session we will hear a research update on the impact of increased temperature on wild blueberry in the field and the ability of drones to predict plant stress. The positive and negative effects of warming, and potential mitigation techniques will be discussed. For more information about the series, visit the Wild Blueberry Conference Series website. REGISTER HERE!

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Gardening Webinar Series: Ornamental Garden Design

March 10 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Webinar Wednesday, March 10, 2021 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM Register here!  | Registration deadline: 4 PM on March 10, 2021 Join us for a presentation on how you can take a sustainable approach to ornamental garden design with ideas and tips for siting an ornamental garden, plant selection, plant arrangement and sourcing materials! $5 suggested donation for this webinar Registration is required – Participants will receive the Zoom information after registering for this event.

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Compost Webinar Series- Organic Certification Process for Compost Usage

March 11 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Maine Compost Team are hosting a series of compost seminars in March 2021. The hour-long seminars will begin at 12:00 noon (EST).  Each seminar will address a current issue in agriculture or waste management. Register Online Registration is required. Participants will receive the Zoom information after registering for this event. If you need technical assistance while registering, please contact Michele Lodgek at michele.lodgek@maine.edu or 207.949.4057. Seminar Details Thursday, March 11: Organic Certification Process for Compost Usage —…

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