Farming for a Living Downeast

September 5th, 2018 2:29 PM

So, You Want to Farm in Maine

A short course for individuals who want a profitable Farm operation.

farmer standing in a field holding a crate of freshly picked lettuceThis multi-session course is designed for any farmer or beginning farmer who wants to start a profitable land-based business or expand a farm hobby into a profitable business. Participants will learn how to make your own enterprise budgets, improve your record keeping, hear from local agencies that have programs specific to farms, and more.

Objectives:

  • ­Participants will feel comfortable starting a land-based business.
  • ­Participants will understand the need for and have a framework for a business plan.
  • ­Participants will select and use a record keeping system.
  • ­Participants will understand how to use Cooperative Extension and other agencies as a resource for their land-based business.
  • ­Participants will understand the importance of and basics of marketing their products, including customer surveys.

Organized by Lily Calderwood, UMaine Wild Blueberry Specialist and Assistant Professor of Horticulture, and Marjorie Peronto, Extension Educator, UMaine Extension, with 12 guest speakers.

This course is approved for Farm Service Agency (FSA) Borrower Training.

Dates: 4 afternoons, November 5, 8, 13, and 15, 2018.
Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: UMaine Extension Washington County, 28 Center St., Machias, ME
Cost: $50 per person (includes 4 afternoon classes and textbook Starting Your Own Farm Business by Sarah Beth Aubrey)

Register Online

For more information, call 207.781.6099 or email marjorie.peronto@maine.edu.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in these programs, please call Lynne Hazelton at 207.781-6099 or 1.800.287.1471 (in Maine) to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 10 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however all requests will be considered.

Volunteers to be honored by Washington County Extension Association

August 16th, 2018 11:24 AM
Calais, Maine – The Washington County Extension Association will hold its annual meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 18, beginning at 5 p.m. with a potluck supper at Washington County Community College, 1 College Drive, Calais. The program and awards ceremony begin at 6 p.m. 

Dana
 Hatton of Charlotte will receive the Norman W. Duzen Community Service Award for his volunteer efforts as fire chief, director of emergency services and officer in charge of the emergency medical technicians and first responders team. The University of Maine Pen Awards will be presented to Sandra Smith of Princeton for support of UMaine Extension 4-H program, Ed Farrell of Eastport who assists with the UMaine Center on Aging Senior Companion Program and Joan Miller of Marshfield who is a part of the Senior Companion Advisory Board and the Master Gardener Volunteers program.

The program features a presentation on UMaine Extension’s Dining with Diabetes Down East.

The meeting is open to the public. Attendees are asked to consider bringing a dish to share. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact the Extension office, 207.255.3345 or 800.287.1542 (toll-free in Maine).

 

 About University of Maine Cooperative Extension:
As a trusted resource for over 100 years, University of Maine Cooperative Extension has supported UMaine’s land and sea grant public education role by conducting community-driven, research-based programs in every Maine county. UMaine Extension helps support, sustain and grow the food-based economy. It is the only entity in our state that touches every aspect of the Maine Food System, where policy, research, production, processing, commerce, nutrition, and food security and safety are integral and interrelated. UMaine Extension also conducts the most successful out-of-school youth educational program in Maine through 4-H.

4-H in Washington County – August 2018

August 7th, 2018 9:11 AM

Print version (4-H Newsletter-Washington August 2018)

 

Volume 13, Issue 8

 

Dates to Remember

August 30 – September 3– Blue Hill Fair

September 1– Maine 4-H Foundation Photo Contest Deadline

September 14– Washington County 4-H Photo Contest Deadline

September 15– Eastern States Bus Trip

October 6– Perry Harvest Fair

 

Perry Harvest Fair

Perry, Maine, Community Building, Route 1
October 6, 2018   9am to 3pm

4-H Exhibit Information

Exhibit Rules:

  1. Individual Exhibit entries are open to all enrolled 4-H members ages 5 to 19. 4-H members ages 5 to 8 are considered Cloverbuds. 4-H Cloverbuds may submit entries for non-competitive display to the exhibition hall. 4-H members ages 9 to 19 may submit entries for Danish system judging.
  1. Each Washington County 4-H Club and School is encouraged to have a Group Exhibit at the fair. This display, which should fit on a 4’ x 4’ table space, can feature projects from the 2017-2018 program year, or can be a general display about your group. All aspects of your group display should be new from this current 4-H year (October 2017 to September 2018). The theme this year will be “4-H: GEARED for Greatness!”. Please read and review the Point System for judging the group displays (page 2). Points have been lost on wonderful displays in the past because details were missed. First place will receive $15.  All other clubs will receive $10.  Only one exhibit per group is allowed.
  1. Individual 4-H’ers may exhibit items produced and/or prepared by him/her during the current 4-H year. No kits will be accepted, except in the mechanical sciences/robotics category for projects involving models.
  1. Members may enter two individual exhibits. The two exhibits may be in two different project areas, or in any one project area as long as the exhibits are in different media or forms (examples: vegetable garden –- enter two types of vegetables; sewing –- one apron and one pillow; art – one watercolor and one drawing, but not two watercolors). Please keep in mind that quality is being judged, not quantity.  A maximum of two individual exhibits per 4-H member will be accepted.
  1. Please call in your entries to the office by Friday, September 21, 2018 so that we can prepare sufficient space at the fair. Call the Washington County Extension office at 1-800-287-1542 or 1-207-255-3345 or email Tara at tara.a.wood@maine.edu.
  1. Each entry must have a completed 4-H Exhibit/Judging Card and Life Skills Cardsecurely attached to it. Cards should be obtained from the Extension office before the fair. We are happy to send them out to you when you call or email us and let us know how many you need. Attach the card with string or paperclip only (no tape please as judges need to write on the cards and removal of the tape may ruin the exhibit). The cards must be filled out neatly by the 4-H member before entering the item for competition.
    Notice to Leader or Parent: Any special circumstances should be noted with a sticky note explanation attached to the Exhibit Card.
  1. The fair will afford the best protection possible for project exhibits. However, the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Perry Harvest Fair distinctly disclaim any liability for loss or damage to exhibits. There are no security services available it the exhibit building.
  1. Exhibits will be accepted on Friday, October 5th,  between 3:30 and 5:00 p.m. ONLY. Entries will not be accepted for judging at any other time on October 5th or 6th. Items not submitted during this time period will not be considered for premiums or Cloverbud honorariums. If you are unable to deliver the exhibits at this time, but would like to bring them to the Extension office prior to October 5th, all efforts will be made to get them to the fair for judging. This will be based on a first-come, first-served basis, so please contact the office ahead of time if you choose this option.
  1. Judging will be based on the “modified Danish system.” (See below for more information.) Each worthy exhibit will be awarded a ribbon and premium based on how well it displays the appropriate skills for a member’s age and skill level, with the exception of Cloverbuds. Cloverbuds will receive a participation ribbon for every item they exhibit in the Exhibition Hall, and one honorarium for their overall participation (thus, if a Cloverbud enters 2 exhibits, he/she will receive 2 ribbons and one honorarium). Cloverbuds will not be included in the judging process, but will receive positive comments on their exhibit cards.
  1. Exhibits must be taken from the 4-H Hall between 3 and 4 p.m.on Saturday, October 6th. If you would like a 4-H staff person to bring your exhibit(s) back to the Extension office in Machias, please let us know beforehand.

 

DON’T FORGET TO CALL THE EXTENSION OFFICE TO ORDER EXHIBIT/JUDGING AND LIFE SKILLS CARDS FOR YOUR HALL ENTRIES.

THANKS!

*****

Point System for Judging Club Displays:

Club displays will be judged on the following qualities:

*Exhibit Theme

Does exhibit express ONE idea and carry it out?   20 pts.

*Exhibit Title

A good catchy title helps. It should be prominently placed with the
largest lettering of the entire exhibit.   15 pts.

*Lettering

Quality and size of all lettering.   15 pts.

*Originality

Was imagination used?  Appropriate color &/or motion used?

Was it interactive, informative, and/or novel?   25 pts.

*Size of Articles on Display

Can objects be recognized at a distance of 6 feet?   15 pts.

*4-H Exhibit & Judging card & Life Skills Wheel

Were the official cards attached and filled out?   10 pts.

Tie breaker:

*4-H Experience    10 pts.

Displays will also be judged on how well they exemplify the 4-H Experience (activities, actions and principles of the Life Skills Model such as: nurturing relationships, communication, keeping records, community service, problem solving, healthy lifestyle choices, self-responsibility, marketable skills, community service, etc.).  The points earned from this category will only be used in the case of a tie.

 

Guidelines Upon Which Individual Exhibits Will Be Judged:

Judging is done on what we call the “modified Danish system,” which means we may award a blue ribbon, or red or white, to as many exhibits as judged worthy, based on the judges’ understanding of what may be expected from a member of a particular age and years of experience in the project, and on how well the exhibit follows the fair rules. The 4-H members are not competing against one another, but rather are judged on how well they achieve their potential for their age and experience, and on how well they follow the 4-H rules.

The judges’ goal is to be as positive, affirming and constructive as possible while holding exhibitors to the fair rules and the tradition of 4-H to “make the best better.”  We make the best better by encouragement — by complimenting aspects of the exhibit that are well done and constructively suggesting ways it might be improved.

Judges’ comments will be written on the exhibit card.  A blue ribbon deserves at least one specific, positive comment. A red ribbon deserves one constructive suggestion as well as at least one positive comment. A white ribbon deserves two constructive suggestions as well as one positive comment. We encourage judges to be specific: “Your stitching is very even,” “Your design is very creative,” and “Your printing is legible and clear” are more helpful than a simple “well done.” Judges must find something to comment positively on before writing suggestions such as, “This could be improved by tightening the stitches/wiping off the excess glue” or whatever it would need to receive a blue ribbon.

The judges may mark the award down one ribbon if the exhibit card is not complete. This action will be explained in a comment.

Recognition For Cloverbuds: There will be only specific, positive comments on their exhibit cards.  At this young age, we want youth to receive positive feedback to encourage future participation and build self-esteem.  Each Cloverbud will receive a dollar coin honorarium for their participation and a green ribbon for each entry.

Recognition For 9- to 19-year-old 4-H members: Ribbons and premiums will be as follows:

Blue Ribbon/First Place — $5

Red Ribbon/Second Place — $3

White Ribbon/Third Place — $1

Project Areas/Categories for Individual Exhibits:  

Animal Care: Any item made about an animal (ex: photo, story); any item made for an animal (ex: tack box); or any animal product (ex: 6 clean eggs, a sheepskin vest).

Art: Any original drawing or painting, suitable for hanging. Any medium or mixed media may be used. Should be framed, matted, or mounted on posterboard/cardstock. May be fitted with hangers or be able to be displayed on a stand supplied by the exhibitor.

Citizenship and Community Service: Display or 14 x 22 inch poster illustrating a member’s community service project; or the importance of voting (for example); or a collection of historic or related items; or four photos that tell a story, with individual labels.

Conservation and Natural Resources: Mounted drawings or photos that tell a story illustrating conservation issues; recycling – a labeled display or model illustrating the concept; item made from something found in nature (ex: log made into birdhouse or bench).

Crafts: Basketry; candle/soap making; ceramics and pottery; decorative/tole painting; fabric painting; felt crafts; glass etching; holiday crafts; jewelry; macramé; paper mache; any other craft approved by your leader or mentor.

Fiber Arts: Crocheted item; felted item; knitted item; rug; spinning; weaving.

Food and Nutrition: Specific food item – any nonperishable food item such as bread, bars, brownies or cookies made entirely from scratch by the 4-H member.

Food Preservation: Canned – Beginner: 1 jar of either vegetable, fruit, jam, jelly, pickles, or conserves. Intermediate: 3 jars, each different produce. Advanced: 5 jars, each different produce. Note: Low acid foods must be pressure-canned. Dried – Beginner: 1 sample of dried fruit, vegetable, or meat (can be smoked). Intermediate: 3 samples of dried food. Advanced: 5 samples of dried food.

Forestry and Forest Conservation: Six mounted photographs of forestry practices; or a collection related to forestry or forest conservation (beginner: collection of leaves, needles, or twigs of at least 10 different species labeled with common names; intermediate: collection of 10 seeds of different species labeled with common names; advanced: collection of 4 disease-, insect-, or animal-damaged specimens); or display of some phase of industrial forestry.

Knitting: Beginner: an article made using one or two different stitches. Intermediate: an article made using two or more different stitches. Senior: An article using three or more different stitches.

Mechanical Sciences/Robotics: Rocketry, space, or airplane models made by the 4-H member; or an electrical project, such lamp-making or wiring; or a welding project; or a robotics project.

Photography: A) Single photo, black and white or color, of high quality, illustrating techniques of photography (good lighting, “rule of thirds,” composition, contrast, special effects), enlarged to a 5×7 or 8×10-inch print. Panoramas are also acceptable. B) Photo story using 3 to 6 photos (at least 3×5-inch) showing a “how-to” sequence or “before and after” scenes. All photo exhibits should be mounted on mat or poster board to complement the photo and be ready for hanging. This work should be completed by the 4-H member.

Plant Science and Crops: Displays of specific vegetables, crops, or fruits – berries or grains, 1 pint; small vine crops such as peas or beans, 10 specimens; large vine crops such as cucumbers, pumpkins, or squash, 1 specimen; root crops such as potatoes or carrots, 3 specimens; vegetables grown in heads such as cabbage and broccoli, 1 specimen; other vegetables such as corn, tomatoes, or peppers, 3 specimens; forage crops. Flower gardening and house plants – garden flowers; potted houseplants; or potted herbs. Note: Please write the variety on the display card.

Sewing and Needlecrafts: Any item of clothing or household item sewn completely by the 4-H member; any other item sewn by the member; any embroidered item made by the 4-H member; any quilted item made by the 4-H member.

Veterinary Science: A poster displaying the parts of an animal, normal vital signs, diseases, plants that are poisonous to the animal, genetics, and/or nutrition for the animal.

Wildlife: A display of labeled sketches or photos of wildlife that the 4-H member studied; or casts of animal tracks that the member made; or items the member made for wildlife use (birdhouses, feeding stations, etc.); or a labeled display of collected items.

Woodworking: A project built from wood (suggestions: beginner – bookends or rack, napkin-, key-, letter-, bag-, or broom-holder, birdhouse, cutting board, picture frame, bootjack, or stilts; intermediate – toolbox, footstool, bench, candleholder, game, spice rack, tie rack, or telephone shelf; advanced – gun rack, toys, garage creeper, shoeshine kit, knife rack, or equivalent); or a woodcarving project; or a detailed woodworking plan.

Writing: A collection of poems; or a short story; or a journal; or an illustrated story. Entries should be neatly presented, and if not typed, should be printed legibly.

* Creativity Unlimited *: Any exhibit made entirely by the 4-H’er during the current 4-H year that is not covered under another project category in these rules. The exhibit project must have the approval of the 4-H’er’s leader or project mentor.

 

4-H Summer of Science 2018

Will it Work?

The 4-H Summer of Science was a huge success!

Over 300 Washington County youth from Calais, Cherryfield, Jonesport, Lubec, Machias, and Princeton participated in six, one hour, once a week activities solving real life challenges using the Engineer Design Process.   The hands on engineering challenges focused around building a virtual structure on a fictitious Maine island.  Each week a different engineering challenge was introduced:  Aerospace, Marine, Mechanical, Civil and Electrical Engineering were all explored.  After making a prediction, youth working alone or in teams were able to test their solutions.  Thank you to all the 4-H Summer of Science host sites for your support keeping STEM learning alive in the summer!

Participant of 4-H Summer of Science, Will it Light? activity. Participant of 4-H Summer of Science, Will it Light? activity.

 

4-H Tech Changemakers in Washington D.C.

Paige, Inez and Forrest had a great experience attending Citizenship Washington Focus! Along with all the site seeing opportunities that included tours of the monuments, Arlington National Cemetery, the National Cathedral and Mount Vernon, they also worked hard. This team met with Senator Collins, Congresswoman Pingree and Congressman Poliquin to talk about their food insecurity project. In addition they gave presentations to members of the Department of Education and Microsoft during their week in D.C. Forrest described the week as “life changing!”

The team is excited to return to Maine and get started with Year 2 of their Tech Changemaker project. Check out the web site they have designed at www.commumityfeast.org to learn more about the project and contact the office if you are interested in getting involved! This fall we will offer a gardening/food systems 4-H club at Washington Academy and be looking for teens to help with various aspects of the project, some of which will include use of technology!

Capitol Hill Day started with a meeting with Senator Collins followed by a tour of the Capitol Building.

Capitol Hill Day started with a meeting with Senator Collins followed by a tour of the Capitol Building.

Congress Poliquin met with the youth between votes and invited them into the gallery to watch the Senate in action.

Congress Poliquin met with the youth between votes and invited them into the gallery to watch the Senate in action.

Congresswoman Pingree stepped out of a hearing to meet with the team for a few minutes and hear about their project.

Congresswoman Pingree stepped out of a hearing to meet with the team for a few minutes and hear about their project.

Paige, Forrest and Inez ready to present at the Department of Education.

Paige, Forrest and Inez ready to present at the Department of Education.

A quick visit to the National Museum of American History- of course they found something related to their project!

A quick visit to the National Museum of American History- of course they found something related to their project!

 

Calling All 4-H Artists

4-H’ers: Submit your artwork to be featured in the 2019 4-H youth art calendar.

Are you or your 4‑H’er creative or artistic? Upload a photo of your masterpiece for the chance to be selected for 2019 4‑H Youth Artwork calendar and other 4‑H promotional items. All forms of media are accepted – photography, painting, drawings, sculpture – just upload an image of the work of art below. All entrants must be 18 or under and an active 4‑H’er, so don’t forget to ask your parent’s permission!

Visit this link to upload submissions.

The deadline for submission is August 10, 2018.

 

2018 4-H Photo Contest: You should have received an email about the 2018 4-H Photo Contest in Washington County! Deadline to submit photos to the Extension Office is Friday, September 14, 2018. There are five photo categories – you may enter one photo in each category. Full details can be found on our website at or call the office if you have any questions.

Maine 4-H Foundation is also offering a photo contest with prizes (see page 6)!

Get out there and start snapping photos!

 

Maine Association of Livestock Exhibitors Application – Don’t forget, now is the time to get your application in to the Maine Association of Livestock Exhibitors.

Membership in this organization covers families with liability insurance. This insurance is a requirement at all fairs in the state of Maine. You can now renew or join online.

Doing it online means getting your membership cards quicker, but don’t delay. You must show proof of this membership before you will be able to show.

 

Showmanship Tips! – Good showmanship improves the look of your animal while letting you exhibit your skills in front of a crowd. Many things can make you stand out in a showmanship class. Whether you are showing beef, sheep, Alpacas, or other livestock, here are some good tips:

  • Wear a nice button down shirt with khaki pants in a show ring (unless otherwise instructed).
  • Upon entering the ring, walk forward in a clockwise direction on the left side of the animal
  • When turning your animal, always try to turn to your right (into the animal). If you go left, your animal might step on you.
  • Keep adequate space (3-4 feet) between your animal and others.
  • Always keep your eye on the judge. You don’t want to miss his or her instructions.
  • Once you are stopped and have the halter or lead in the correct hand, you need to make sure the animal is set up properly to show the animal’s best qualities. The legs need to be square under the animal’s body, and the back line is straight. Train your animal to stand still like this for at least five minutes at a time.
  • When an animal is set, you can both relax a bit. A slow pace is desired to keep the animal calm.
  • Always be courteous to others in the show ring. Never block other exhibitors from the judge’s view.
  • When a problem arises in the ring, calmly wait for a ring helper.

Some Things You Can Do To Prepare For A Showmanship Class!

  • Attend a local or major livestock show and observe the showmanship skills of exhibitors.
  • Demonstrate proper livestock showman- ship techniques for a 4-H group or other group.
  • Conduct showmanship contests and have them video taped. Critique how club members did after viewing the tape.

 

Follow a Researcher

What do green crabs, ducks, and parasites have in common? How do scientists make sure the data they collect is accurate? What is an invasive species, and how can they be identified? Maine 4-H invites youth to explore the science of tracking invasive species with its Follow a Researcher® program. Follow UMaine graduate student Tyler Van Kirk and his research on green crabs, an invasive species found along the coast of Maine. Students and educators can follow his data collection trips in real-time with an online map and try an experiential learning activity that shows why data collection methods matter. Live updates will happen weekly via Twitter. You can follow along and sign up for updates/announcements.

 

Blue Hill Fair –  Reminder that the Blue Hill Fair is from August 30th – September 3rd this year! Did you know that ALL 4-H’ers are encouraged to exhibit their projects in the 4-H Exhibit Hall? If you are a 4-H Club member, you can encourage your club to start planning for your Club Exhibit.  We also encourage all 4-H’ers (Independents, Club, Groups) to participate in the 4-H Cake Contest! This is a great opportunity to help promote 4-H in Maine. The 4-H theme for the Fair this year is   “4-H: GEARED for Greatness!” – how can your club exhibit or cake match the theme? Be creative!
Exhibit cards are available in the Extension Office. Read the Exhibitor’s Handbook for complete details.

 

Perry Harvest Fair

The Perry Harvest Fair is generally held the first Saturday in October. This is a great time to be thinking ahead about the types of projects you would like to enter this year!

 

Cooking with the Kids

Oatmeal, Strawberry, Banana Smoothie

Ingredients:

1 frozen banana
¼ cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1 container (6-ounce) nonfat vanilla yogurt
1 cup skim milk
½ tsp. cinnamon
½ cup frozen strawberries

Directions:

To freeze banana: peel banana cut into chunks and freeze overnight or at least four to five hours. Blend old-fashioned rolled oats in in a dry blender until it becomes a powder. Add yogurt, milk, and cinnamon to the oatmeal powder and blend together. Add frozen strawberries and the frozen banana to the blender.

Blend until smooth and enjoy!

University of Maine Cooperative Extension Eat Well

 

 4-H News from the State

Eastern States Bus Trip, Saturday, September 15, 2018
It’s time to reserve seats for the buses traveling to Eastern States Exposition (ESE or also called the “Big E”) in West Springfield, Massachusetts for Maine Day on Saturday, September 15, 2018.

This one-day trip is sponsored by the Maine Trustees of the Eastern States Exposition to encourage
Maine 4-Hers who don’t presently participate in events at ESE to see the activities that go on for 4-H youth in hopes to bolster their enthusiasm to participate in the future.  Two buses are reserved for us and the northernmost bus will originate in Bangor and they will both stop at several points on I-95.  Seats fill up quickly, and we will begin taking registrations immediately.

All youth must go with a chaperone, but because this event is primarily for youth; seats are limited to no more than two adults per child – chaperones must be the parent or legal guardian of the 4-H member, or an enrolled VOLT trained volunteer.  The bus ride and admission to the “Big E” are free, but all individuals on this trip are expected to march in the parade at 5 pm.  It works well if you wear a 4-H t-shirt if you have one, and for clubs to bring their club banner to display during the parade.

Items you might want to bring along with you are: light snacks, water, a good book, Rated G movies (there is a DVD player on the bus), a pillow, and a blanket.  There will be a rest stop along the way.  Other items to consider bringing: clothing to identify your club, a comfortable pair of walking shoes, a hat with a visor, sun glasses, sun screen, a back pack, personal spending money, a camera, and a watch.  If you have a cell phone, it will be helpful for logistics.  Please include your cell phone number when you register.

Please leave valuable items at home.  We are not responsible for lost or stolen items.  Bus stops will be determined based on location of riders.  Reservations must be made in writing or by e-mail to:
Jessy Brainerd
103B Libby Hall
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469-5741
jessica.brainerd@maine.edu

When you register, please give the name, age (for adults, just state “adult”), address, home phone, and cell phone number of each person in your group.  Reservations are due by Friday, September 1st (call after this date to check on seat availability).  A confirmation email will be sent to you a week before the trip giving you your time and pick up location.  Pick up will be bright and early in the morning, and both buses will be leaving The Big E at 7:00 pm.

Volunteers are needed to serve as Bus Monitors.  Bus Monitors will serve as the contact person for other passengers on their bus, and will make sure everyone gets back on the bus at the rest stop.  If you’d be willing to serve in this capacity, please let us know when you sign up.

If you have questions, please contact Jessy Brainerd at 800-287-0274 or 581-3877.

 

Photo Contest! From Susan Jennings, Maine 4-H Foundation
We know we make a huge difference in the lives of Maine youth through 4-H. I appreciate all of the hard work and dedication our 4-H staff make across Maine. The Maine 4-H Foundation had a great year in 2017 raising over $748,000 in donations and investment income! A great deal of this funding was restricted to your programs! Good job! Our goal for 2018 is to continue to increase our support to 4-H programs across Maine. To make this happen the Maine 4-H Foundation needs to hear about your great programs and see youth in action! Becky Mosley suggested a statewide photo contest and the Foundation Board agreed! Photos make all of the difference! The Maine 4-H Foundation is pleased to announce a new youth, volunteer and staff photo contest. To win, submit as many photos (with photo releases) as you like to Susan Jennings by September 1, 2018. Photos need to be originals, have a photo release (for people in the photo) and include the copyright release from the photographer. They need to be digitally submitted to jennings@maine.edu. Please add your name, email contact, age and photo release information.

Youth and volunteer Prize(s):

  • Grand prize for the best overall photo: Something 4-H Awesome!
  • Prizes given in all divisions (Youth age up to 8, 9-12, 13 and up, volunteers)
    • 1st Prize $100 gift card
    • 2nd Prize $75 gift card
    • 3rd Prize $50 gift card
  • Staff Prize: $500 on account at the Maine 4-H Foundation that you can use for a special 4-H program, event, workshop, conference or donor challenge.

Questions?? Call Susan Jennings at 207-615-7300
Maine 4-H Project Records, Reflection Tools and Digital Badges!
Maine 4-H is excited to roll out new 4-H project records, reflection tools and opportunities for digital badges.

A team has been working to design the new records aligned with research and connections to Maine’s commitment to proficiency based education in mind. We know that these won’t be perfect and are anxious to have YOU help us try them out and be part of the process. The new records are now posted online and can be found on the state 4-H website.

We are also planning a few ways for you to be part of the team to ask questions and give feedback.

  • Join our Google classroom community. This will be a place where volunteers and youth members are able to share real time feedback about these tools.  To join:
  • Sign in to Classroom at classroom.google.com.
  • On the homepage, click Add   Join class.
  • Enter the code  d9jmty and click Join.
  • Participate in our live feedback sessions.  Please save the date for feedback sessions.  These will be conducted using Zoom.  Register for these sessions with KymNoelle Hopson at 207.353.5550 or kymnoelle.hopson@maine.edu.
  • 9/11/18 from 6:0pm-8:00 pm

We are looking forward to having YOU as part of our team. If you have any questions please contact Kristy

Ouellette, kristy.ouellette@maine.edu or 207.353.5550, extension 12.

4-H News in Washington County – July 2018

July 20th, 2018 11:37 AM

PDF Print Version- 4-H Newsletter-Washington July 2018

Volume 13, Issue 7

Dates to Remember

July 20-22– Maine 4-H Days at the Windsor Fair

August 30 – September 3– Blue Hill Fair

September 1– Maine 4-H Foundation Photo Contest Deadline

September 14– Washington County 4-H Photo Contest Deadline

October 6– Perry Harvest Fair

 

4-H Dog Show in Princeton

Thank you to Northwoods 4-H Club for hosting the Washington County 4-H Dog Show held in Princeton, June 22nd and 23rd! The two-day event began with many members of the club and volunteers setting up the giant show tent.  Latter members participated with a poster, record book, picture quiz activity and a yummy pizza dinner.  Saturday featured a showmanship and obedience competition for Cloverbuds, and Junior and Senior divisions.  A Candy Land agility run and costume contest ended the event.  Thank you to the many volunteers who put their hearts into making this event a success.   A great time was had by all for both humans and dogs!

4-H Dog Show in Princeton 4-H Dog Show in Princeton 4-H Dog Show in Princeton 4-H Dog Show in Princeton

 

The DownEast First Responder Teen Science Cafe series comes to a close

The Teen Science Cafe hosted their 5th and final program of the year on June 1st. Three special guests from Pleasant River Ambulance Service presented on the topic of “First Responders-First on the Scene, Saving Lives, Using 21st Century Technology”.  Cafe participants problem solved emergencies from the back of the emergency response vehicle. Pathways were discussed comparing upcoming careers in emergency medicine.

As always, cafe participants enjoyed free pizza, refreshments, snacks, and prizes!!  Thank you to the Youth Leadership Team from Narraguagus High School for your time and creativity planning these cafes over the last year.  A special thank you to all the volunteers who helped make the First Responder Teen Science Cafe series a success!

Armando, a member of the Youth Leadership Team, helped plan and organize the event.

Armando, a member of the Youth Leadership Team, helped plan and organize the event.

 

4-H June Jamboree

This year’s June Jamboree, the annual event held at the Blue Hill Fairgrounds in Hancock County featuring hands-on workshops, livestock clinics, and overnight camping, was a GREAT success! There were approximately 75 participants and over 15 adult volunteers. Youth participated in a range of hands-on workshops spanning topics in science, art, animal husbandry, horseback riding, and so much more.  We were fortunate to welcome workshop presenters from Maine CDC, Explore Outdoors! Program, Maine Ham Radio Society, and Maine EPSCoR/SEANET who connected Hancock County youth to their exciting programs. Participants reported learning new things, meeting new people, and a strong sense of belonging to the Hancock County 4-H community. We can’t wait to see you there next year!

June Jamboree in Hancock County

June Jamboree in Hancock County

 

Greenland Point– Incredible news! Another 4-H Camp and Learning Center is about to join our awesome Family of 4-H camps!!  And you can help make this happen! The Maine 4-H Foundation has been working hard to acquire funds to purchase the Greenland Point Center in Princeton  (Washington County). The goal is to create a new, fourth 4-H Camp and Learning Center, and eventually create a conservation easement to protect the property.  To date, $319,000 has been secured of the $350,000 needed to purchase the property. Can you help us raise the $31,000 we need your help to reach our goal to support local youth? We are due to close on August 31, 2018 so time is critical. Click here to donate  and don’t forget to mention GREENLAND.

Greenland Point

Greenland Point

 

4-H Summer of Science is in full swing

4-H Summer of Science is happening in Calais, Jonesport, Lubec, Machias and Princeton! Leaders Sandy Copel-Parsons and Taylor Roos are having a wonderful time helping the youth conduct the experiments!

Will it Float? Activity

Will it Float? Activity

Will it Lift? Activity

Will it Lift? Activity

 

2018 4-H Photo Contest: You should have received an email about the 2018 4-H Photo Contest in Washington County! Deadline to submit photos to the Extension Office is Friday, September 14, 2018. There are five photo categories – you may enter one photo in each category. Full details can be found on our website at or call the office if you have any questions.

Maine 4-H Foundation is also offering a photo contest with prizes (see page 6)!

Get out there and start snapping photos!

Photos from 2017

4-H Photo Contest 2017 Submission 4-H Photo Contest 2017 Submission

 

Going to Summer Camp? – Scholarships Available 

With the help of scholarships, summer camp can become a reality for our youth. Be sure to check out all the great opportunities available to our 4-H youth at our UMaine 4-H Camp & Learning Center at Tanglewood & Blueberry Cove as well as our Bryant Pond 4-H Camp by visiting- https://extension.umaine.edu/4h/youth/camps/.

Youth have the opportunity to receive multiple scholarships. The Maine 4-H Foundation offers scholarships, as do the camps themselves. There are also active duty military-family scholarships, camp financial-need based scholarships. We are also offering five $200 scholarships to Washington County youth thanks to the generosity of the Harmon Foundation. These will be given on a first come, first served basis. Please visit our website for the application. Don’t wait until its too late…apply today!

For more information about the summer camps, check out these videos: https://youtu.be/31F09R8bLw4 and https://youtu.be/xqYdRsGvwLU.

 

Follow a Researcher

What do green crabs, ducks, and parasites have in common? How do scientists make sure the data they collect is accurate? What is an invasive species, and how can they be identified? Maine 4-H invites youth to explore the science of tracking invasive species with its Follow a Researcher® program. Follow UMaine graduate student Tyler Van Kirk and his research on green crabs, an invasive species found along the coast of Maine. Students and educators can follow his data collection trips in real-time with an online map and try an experiential learning activity that shows why data collection methods matter. Live updates will happen weekly via Twitter. You can follow along and sign up for updates/announcements by clicking this link.

 

Blue Hill Fair –  Reminder that the Blue Hill Fair is from August 30th – September 3rd this year! Did you know that ALL 4-H’ers are encouraged to exhibit their projects in the 4-H Exhibit Hall? If you are a 4-H Club member, you can encourage your club to start planning for your Club Exhibit.  We also encourage all 4-H’ers (Independents, Club, Groups) to participate in the 4-H Cake Contest! This is a great opportunity to help promote 4-H in Maine. The 4-H theme for the Fair this year is   “4-H: GEARED for Greatness!” – how can your club exhibit or cake match the theme? Be creative!
Exhibit cards are available in the Extension Office. Read the Exhibitor’s Handbook for complete details.

 

Perry Harvest Fair

The Perry Harvest Fair is generally held the first Saturday in October. This is a great time to be thinking ahead about the types of projects you would like to enter this year!

 

Cooking with the Kids

 Homemade Marshmallows

Ingredients:
2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
1¼ cup water, divided
2 cups white sugar

Instructions:  In small bowl, stir together gelatin and ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons water. Set aside to soften. Combine remaining 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons of water and sugar in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally to dissolve the sugar. Do not stir once the sugar syrup begins to boil. Heat to 270º  F (130º C). With an electric mixer running on low speed, carefully pour hot sugar syrup into gelatin mixture. Beat on high speed until mixture is light and fluffy and mixture is no longer warm to the touch, 10 to 15 minutes. Pour into a lightly greased 9×13 inch baking dish and let set 8 hours or overnight. Cut into squares and serve.
Fun to roast over a campfire!                       Dessert.allrecipes.com

 

4-H News from the State

  1. Register Now for Maine 4-H Days!
    Maine 4-H Days will take place July 20 – 22, 2018 at the Windsor Fairgrounds. If you do not have online access, please contact your local county office for paper copies of the forms. Find information and registration materials online.
    For more information or with any questions, please contact Jessy Brainerd at 207.581.3877 or jessica.brainerd@maine.edu.
  2. Photo Contest! From Susan Jennings, Maine 4-H Foundation
    We know we make a huge difference in the lives of Maine youth through 4-H. I appreciate all of the hard work and dedication our 4-H staff make across Maine. The Maine 4-H Foundation had a great year in 2017 raising over $748,000 in donations and investment income! A great deal of this funding was restricted to your programs! Good job! Our goal for 2018 is to continue to increase our support to 4-H programs across Maine.  To make this happen the Maine 4-H Foundation needs to hear about your great programs and see youth in action! Becky Mosley suggested a statewide photo contest and the Foundation Board agreed!  Photos make all of the difference!  The Maine 4-H Foundation is pleased to announce a new youth, volunteer and staff photo contest. To win, submit as many photos (with photo releases) as you like to Susan Jennings by September 1, 2018. Photos need to be originals, have a photo release (for people in the photo) and include the copyright release from the photographer. They need to be digitally submitted to susan.jennings@maine.edu. Please add your name, email contact, age and photo release information.Youth and volunteer Prize(s):
    Grand prize for the best overall photo: Something 4-H Awesome!
    Prizes given in all divisions (Youth age up to 8, 9-12, 13 and up, volunteers)
    1st Prize $100 gift card
    2nd Prize $75 gift card
    3rd Prize $50 gift card
    Staff Prize: $500 on account at the Maine 4-H Foundation that you can use for a special 4-H program, event, workshop, conference or donor challenge.
    Questions?? Call Susan Jennings at 207-615-7300.
  3. Congratulations and best wishes to John Rebar, Executive Director of Extension, on his upcoming retirement.  Thank you for all your support throughout the years.  Let your dreams take flight!
    John Rebar
  1. The Big E New England Center Demonstration Team
    Maine 4-H is going to The Big E! Sign up now to join the New England Center Demonstration Team. Travel dates are September 22nd, 23rd and 24th. A $25.00 registration fee includes travel by coach bus to and from The Big E, meals and two nights lodging in the Moses Dormitory on the fairgrounds. There are a limited number of scholarships available.
    Youth will work in teams demonstrating STEM activities and 4-H projects. Join our group now and help show fair goers what Maine 4-H is all about!
    Top finishers in the Maine 4-H Public Speaking Tournament who earned a spot on the Maine 4-H Communications Team will be traveling with us and presenting from the New England Center Stage. Participants will need money to purchase meals on the bus ride down and back along with any spending money you wish to bring for your stay at the fair. There is a lot to do and see at The Big E Fair thebige.com/that is free of cost!
    Open to youth ages twelve and older. Register and pay online before August 1st.
    Contact Becky at rebecca.mosley@maine.edu or 207-743-6329 for more information. For questions pertaining to the Maine Communication Team please contact sheila.norman@maine.edu.Volt trained and enrolled volunteers who are interested in chaperoning should contact Becky Mosley.
  2. 2018 American Goat Federation Youth Scholarship Program
    To encourage education and development of youth involved in the goat industry, AGF will accept scholarship applications from qualifying youth who enter and complete all requirements of the program. Projects must be received at the AGF office by August 20, 2018 and the Scholarship Application accompanied by a short biography must be received at the office No Later than 30 days prior to August 20, 2018.    Entries will be judged by an independent panel and winners will be announced September, 2018.
    Applicants must be between the ages of 12 and 20, and under the age of 21 as of September 30, 2017.  Applicants must be a member of the American Goat Federation, the child, grandchild, great grandchild or step child, step grandchild or step great grandchild of a member of the American Goat Federation, or of any of the following member organizations of the American Goat Federation.
  • The American Boer Goat Association (including Jr Association)
  • The American Dairy Goat Association
  • Alabama Meat Goat and Sheep Producers Association
  • Cashmere Goat Association
  • Texas Sheep and Goat Breeders Association

For more information visit the website.

4-H News in Washington County – June 2018

June 14th, 2018 2:32 PM

Dates to Remember

June 22- 23– 4-H DownEast Dog Show, Princeton

June 30– Animal Approval Forms Due

June 30- July 7– CWF

July 4– Office Closed due to Independence Day Holiday

July 20-22– Maine 4-H Days at the Windsor Fair

September 1– Maine 4-H Foundation Photo Contest Deadline

September 14– Washington County 4-H Photo Contest Deadline

 

4-H Summer of Science

Will it Work?

A summer of solving Maine challenges using Engineer Design Process.

In five Washington County communities-

Calais, Jonesport, Lubec, Machias, Princeton

What is 4-H Summer of Science? It is a series of weekly STEM activities for kids in grades 3-7. In the 2018 activities, kids will be tasked with building a virtual structure on a Maine island. The kids will have to use the Engineer Design Process to confront real world challenges for residents on an island.

Lessons are delivered once a week, for six weeks. 4-H staff or volunteers conduct the activity with groups of 5-10 kids. Supplies and instructors are provided by UMaine 4-H.

What are the 4-H Summer of Science activities for 2018?

WEEK 1          Will it Fly?     Aerospace engineering

WEEK 2          Will it Float? Marine engineering

WEEK 3          Will it Lift?    Mechanical Engineering

WEEK 4          Will it Stand?   Civil Engineering

WEEK 5          Will it Light? Electrical engineering

WEEK 6          Will it Flow?  Environmental engineering

For more information or to enroll in a session for 4-H Summer of Science, contact Tara Wood: tara.a.wood@maine.edu or call 255.3345.

 

2018 4-H Photo Contest: You should have received an email about the 2018 4-H Photo Contest in Washington County! Deadline to submit photos to the Extension Office is Friday, September 14, 2018. There are five photo categories – you may enter one photo in each category. Full details can be found on our website at or call the office if you have any questions.

Maine 4-H Foundation is also offering a photo contest with prizes (see state news on page 7)!

Get out there and start snapping photos!

2017 Photo Submission JuneN1

 

Going to Summer Camp? – Scholarships Available 

With the help of scholarships, summer camp can become a reality for our youth. Be sure to check out all the great opportunities available to our 4-H youth at our UMaine 4-H Camp & Learning Center at Tanglewood & Blueberry Cove as well as our Bryant Pond 4-H Camp by visiting the website.

Youth have the opportunity to receive multiple scholarships. The Maine 4-H Foundation offers scholarships, as do the camps themselves. There are also active duty military-family scholarships, camp financial-need based scholarships. We are also offering five $200 scholarships to Washington County youth thanks to the generosity of the Harmon Foundation. These will be given on a first come, first served basis. Please visit the website for the application. Don’t wait until its too late…apply today!

For more information about the summer camps, check out these videos: https://youtu.be/31F09R8bLw4 and https://youtu.be/xqYdRsGvwLU.

 

Follow a Researcher

What do green crabs, ducks, and parasites have in common? How do scientists make sure the data they collect is accurate? What is an invasive species, and how can they be identified? Maine 4-H invites youth to explore the science of tracking invasive species with its Follow a Researcher® program. Follow UMaine graduate student Tyler Van Kirk and his research on green crabs, an invasive species found along the coast of Maine. Students and educators can follow his data collection trips in real-time with an online map and try an experiential learning activity that shows why data collection methods matter. Live updates will happen weekly via Twitter. You can follow along and sign up for updates/announcements online.

 

Animal Approval Forms

If you plan to show an animal in any 4-H classes this year, including at the Blue Hill Fair, you must submit an animal approval form by June 30, 2018. Small pets and Poultry are the only exception; all other animals (Horse, Beef, Sheep, Goat, Swine, etc) are required to have an animal approval form.

 

Perry Harvest Fair

The Perry Harvest Fair is generally held the first Saturday in October. This is a great time to be thinking ahead about the types of projects you would like to enter this year!

 

Jonesboro Elementary STEM SPIN Club

Sending out a big thank you to the Jonesboro Elementary School for inviting STEM Guides, Kyle Winslow and Sandy Copel-Parsons from 4-H to lead STEM after school activities with the students.  Constructing a worm habitat while learning about Vermiculture, exploring owl pellets, studying rocks and minerals were some of the topics explored.  STEM 4-H Spin Clubs rock!

Participant at Jonesboro STEM SPIN Club explores an owl pellet.

 

Washington County Program Honored in National Showcase about Science Education

High school and elementary students as well as afterschool educators from Harrington to Machiasport are all featured in a Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance’s [MMSA] video recognized as a “Facilitator’s Choice” winner in the national “STEM for All Video Showcase”.

Now in its fourth year, this annual online video showcase features over 200 innovative projects aimed at improving STEM learning and teaching. Well-known researchers, policy-makers and practitioners in education recognize a handful of these videos with the “Facilitator’s Choice” honor.

MMSA’s 2018 entry, entitled “STEM Guides: Connecting Rural Youth to Informal STEM,” describes efforts downeast to better connect middle and high school youth to fun and engaging out-of-school experiences in science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics.  Funded by the National Science Foundation, this Washington County video can be viewed online.

“Over five Maine regions in five years, we’ve learned a lot about connecting kids to really fun and interesting programs that engage them in science, tech, engineering and math” says Jan Mokros, Senior Research Scientist at MMSA and a co-principal investigator on this project. “Sharing it all with our downeast partners on this national stage really is a wonderful way to give others a taste of what we all are doing and learning every day.”

Students participate in the science education.

 

Cooking with the Kids

 Easy Rhubarb Pineapple Jam

Ingredients:

5 cups chopped fresh rhubarb
2 1/2 cups sugar
8 oz crushed pineapple – drained
1 (3oz) pkg strawberry flavor gelatin

In Dutch oven or large saucepan, combine rhubarb, sugar, pineapple; mix well. Bring to a boil and boil 10 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Add package of gelatin and mix well.

Pour into clean, hot sterilized 1/2 pint jars and add lids and covers leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Can be frozen, stored in refrigerator for 1 month, or processed in hot water bath for 10 minutes and kept for several months in a dark, cool place.

Taken from Somerset County Cooperative Extension 4-H Footnotes

 

PRE-FAIR NEWS

By Christy Fitzpatrick, Former Aroostook County Extension Educator

Fair time will be here before we know it. It’s time to start getting ourselves and our animals ready to go!

Am I ready for Fair?

Have I thought about how I will use my Fair experience in the future? Am I responsible, respectful, trustworthy, fair, caring, and a good citizen?

  • How will I make sure that my animals are well taken care of during fair?
  • How will I support other 4-H members?
  • How can I show respect to 4-H volunteers, judges, fair staff and the public?
  • What can I do to make the fair the best experience possible for everyone attending?

Are my Exhibits ready for Fair?

  • Is my project going to represent my best effort and my ongoing project work?
  • Have I read the requirements for the exhibit carefully?
  • Have I prepared a life skills wheel and an Exhibit Judging card ready for each exhibit?
  • How is my project record for my exhibits coming along?

Are my animals ready for Fair?

  • Am I doing everything necessary to make sure my animals will have a safe and stress free fair?
  • Have all my animals that need an approved rabies vaccine, received it?
  • Have I checked with my vet to see what other vaccinations my animals might need?
  • Am I working with my animal EVERY day to make sure it is ready to be shown?
  • Are my forms all collected in a notebook including my animal approval and lease forms, vaccination and other immunization forms and registration papers?

Here are some more tips to help get your animals ready for fair….

  • Start preparing animals 30-60 days before fair. Get them used to as many fair conditions as possible including noise, being tied or confined, being with other animals, being around strangers. Start them on the same feeding schedule they will be on at the fair.
  • To make sure animals drink enough during fair, add a little molasses or a few drops of lemon juice to their drinking water to cover up the taste about 2 weeks before fair. Then add it to the water at the fair.
  • If hooves need to be trimmed, do this 2-3 weeks before fair so they will have time to toughen.
  • If you are raising a market animal, make sure that you are aware of withdrawal times for anything you put into or on your animal. Make sure you have accurate records. Remember that your animal will be processed either during or after fair and that you are responsible for insuring that your buyer has a safe product!
  • Make sure the trailer you are using is clean and disinfected.

 

4-H News from the State

  1. Maine 4-H Days – Maine 4-H Days will take place July 20 – 22, 2018 at the Windsor Fairgrounds. If you do not have online access, please contact your local county office for paper copies of the forms. Find information and registration materials online. Registration opens on June 1st. For more information or with any questions, please contact Sarah Sparks at sarah.sparks@maine.edu or 207.353.5550.

 

  1. 4-H Summer Camp Programs – Register Now! – Registration is open for summer programs at the UMaine 4-H Centers at Blueberry Cove, Bryant Pond, and Tanglewood for youth ages 8-17. Camps start up June 24 and run through August 18 with week-long, two-week, and mini-camp sessions to fit your needs. Campers shape their experience through activity choice (STEM, swimming, archery, gardening, watershed and marine ecology, creative arts, boating, drama, group challenge and primitive skills), on adventures and trips, eating delicious home-cooked meals, and in wicked evening programs. Teen Leadership Programs build conscious young adults, through teamwork and community stewardship, and teach canoeing/backpacking skills while exploring Maine’s beautiful woods and waterways. Special scholarships for 4-H youth from the Maine 4-H Foundation and some scholarships for Conservation Education camps through Inland Fisheries and Wildlife at Tanglewood and Bryant Pond. To learn more visit the website or contact your local office. WASHINGTON COUNTY SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE

 

  1. 2018 American Goat Federation Youth Scholarship Program – To encourage education and development of youth involved in the goat industry, AGF will accept scholarship applications from qualifying youth who enter and complete all requirements of the program. Projects must be received at the AGF office by August 20, 2018 and the Scholarship Application accompanied by a short biography must be received at the office No Later than 30 days prior to August 20, 2018. Entries will be judged by an independent panel and winners will be announced September, 2018.

Applicants must be between the ages of 12 and 20, and under the age of 21 as of September 30, 2017. Applicants must be a member of the American Goat Federation, the child, grandchild, great grandchild or step child, step grandchild or step great grandchild of a member of the American Goat Federation, or of any of the following member organizations of the American Goat Federation:

  • The American Boer Goat Association (including Jr Association)
  • The American Dairy Goat Association
  • Alabama Meat Goat and Sheep Producers Association
  • Cashmere Goat Association
  • Texas Sheep and Goat Breeders Association

For more information visit the internet.

 

  1.  Oxford County 4-H June Jamboree Livestock Clinic, Working Steer and Horse Clinic – Oxford County 4-H June Jamboree Livestock Clinic, Working Steer and Horse Clinic is being held June 8th through June 10th at the Fryeburg Fair Grounds, 1154 Main Street, Fryeburg Maine. Workshops are designed for youth completing project work in the areas of sheep, swine, working steer and horse. Horseless riders are also welcome. Rabies vaccines will be available. A Big E Try Out for Working Steer is being held Sunday Morning.

Workshops will include washing, clipping, showmanship, animal handling and learning activities around zoonotic diseases. There is a $20.00 registration fee for everyone attending. Camper space is available and meals will be provided starting with breakfast Saturday morning through lunch on Sunday. Check in begins Friday evening after 5:00 P.M.

For more information about Oxford County June Jamboree please email maisy.cyr@maine.edu or rebecca.mosley@maine.edu. This event is open to 4-H Families from all counties. Adults and youth must pre-register online due to insurance regulations and to help with meal and activity planning.

Register online.  Registration deadline is May 25th.

  1. Photo Contest! From Susan Jennings, Maine 4-H Foundation: – We know we make a huge difference in the lives of Maine youth through 4-H. I appreciate all of the hard work and dedication our 4-H staff make across Maine. The Maine 4-H Foundation had a great year in 2017 raising over $748,000 in donations and investment income! A great deal of this funding was restricted to your programs! Good job! Our goal for 2018 is to continue to increase our support to 4-H programs across Maine. To make this happen the Maine 4-H Foundation needs to hear about your great programs and see youth in action! Becky Mosley suggested a statewide photo contest and the Foundation Board agreed! Photos make all of the difference! The Maine 4-H Foundation is pleased to announce a new youth, volunteer and staff photo contest. To win, submit as many photos (with photo releases) as you like to Susan Jennings by September 1, 2018. Photos need to be originals, have a photo release (for people in the photo) and include the copyright release from the photographer. They need to be digitally submitted to susan.jennings@maine.edu. Please add your name, email contact, age and photo release information.

Youth and volunteer Prize(s):

  • Grand prize for the best overall photo: Something 4-H Awesome!
  • Prizes given in all divisions (Youth age up to 8, 9-12, 13 and up, volunteers)
  • 1st Prize $100 gift card
  • 2nd Prize $75 gift card
  • 3rd Prize $50 gift card
  • Staff Prize: $500 on account at the Maine 4-H Foundation that you can use for a special

4-H program, event, workshop, conference or donor challenge.

Questions?? Call Susan Jennings at 207-615-7300

Maine 4-Hers team up with Microsoft to create ‘Tech Changemakers’

May 15th, 2018 10:17 AM
Machias, Maine —Five teen leaders from University of Maine Cooperative Extension Washington County 4-H are gearing up to have a big impact in the greater Machias area.

With support from the National 4-H Council and Microsoft Philanthropies, 4-H Tech Changemakers are committed to bringing about positive change in their local communities by leveraging the power of technology to tackle the issue of food insecurity.

The team members are interviewing Washington County community organizations and surveying individuals to learn about efforts to address food insecurity in the region. They are building a website where community members can learn more about local farms and food pantries, as well as countywide efforts addressing issues related to food insecurity.

​”Young people have incredible creativity, energy and passion when it comes to improving the communities they love,” said Jennifer Sirangelo, president and CEO of National 4-H Council. “What makes this new program unique is that 4-H and Microsoft are teaming up to give young people in Washington County the training, resources and support they need to make real and lasting positive community change.”

The project is part of a new national partnership that equips young people with the digital skills and resources they need to make a positive impact in their communities. 4-H Tech Changemakers places young people at the center of community improvement.

Microsoft’s TechSpark program, launched in 2017 and focused on accelerating economic growth through regional internet connectivity, digital and career skills development, nonprofit support, and digital business transformation.

“We want community members to better understand their local food system, and learn about ways they can help address the issue of food insecurity,” said 4-H Tech Changemakers teen leader Paige. “We hope to use technology to help tell the story of how farmers, local organizations and community members are working to help solve this problem and get even more people involved.”

The 4-H team is now recruiting peers and volunteers to participate in the project. In coming months, the teen leaders will work with local organizations, community members and elected officials in their commitment to making a lasting positive impact.

Machias area residents interested in getting involved or learning more are encouraged to contact the UMaine Extension office in Machias, 207.255.3345, or email Jen Lobley, jennifer.lobley@maine.edu.

About University of Maine Cooperative Extension: As a trusted resource for over 100 years, University of Maine Cooperative Extension has supported UMaine’s land and sea grant public education role by conducting community-driven, research-based programs in every Maine county. UMaineExtension helps support, sustain and grow the food-based economy. It is the only entity in our state that touches every aspect of the Maine Food System, where policy, research, production, processing, commerce, nutrition, and food security and safety are integral and interrelated.  UMaine Extension also conducts the most successful out-of-school youth educational program in Maine through 4-H.

 The 4-H Tech Changemakers, left to right, Inez, Mikaila, Paige, Sam and Forrest show off the Surface Pros donated by Microsoft to assist them with their local project focused on addressing food insecurity.

Share Tastes of Summer wit​h Maine Harvest for Hunger

May 11th, 2018 9:48 AM

Share the taste of sweet corn, crisp green beans and ​squash by participating in the Maine Harvest for Hunger Program, sponsored by University of Maine Cooperative Extension.Participants receive free seeds to plant and, when the fruits and vegetables ripen, the produce is donated to local food pantries and neighbors in need. More information, including how to volunteer, is online umaine.edu/harvest-for-hunger, or available by stopping by the Washington County Cooperative Extension office, 28 Center St., Machias, 207.255.3345tara.a.wood@maine.edu.

About University of Maine Cooperative Extension:  As a trusted resource for over 100 years, University of Maine Cooperative Extension has supported UMaine’s land and sea grant public education role by conducting community-driven, research-based programs in every Maine county. UMaine Extension helps support, sustain and grow the food-based economy. It is the only entity in our state that touches every aspect of the Maine Food System, where policy, research, production, processing, commerce, nutrition, and food security and safety are integral and interrelated. UMaine Extension also conducts the most successful out-of-school youth educational program in Maine through 4-H.

4-H in Washington County – May 2018

May 10th, 2018 1:25 PM

Dates to Remember

May 18-19– 4-H@UMaine

June 1– Teen Science Café – Pleasant River Ambulance

June 8-10– June Jamboree at the Blue Hill Fairgrounds

June 10– Dog Fun Day, Princeton

June 22- 23– 4-H DownEast Dog Show, Princeton

June 30– Animal Approval Forms Due

June 30- July 7– CWF

July 20-22– Maine 4-H Days at the Windsor Fair

 

State 4-H Public Speaking Tournament

The 4-H State Public Speaking Tournament was held on April 7th at the University of Maine Orono. This years event was highly attended with more participating youth then ever before! Youth who qualified at the county level were invited to compete at the state level.

Presentations took place simultaneously in four different rooms, followed by social time, while attendees awaited the completion of judging. We closed the afternoon with an awards ceremony to recognize our talented presenters, dedicated leaders, parents and volunteers.

Of the 55 youth presenting from around the state one was from Washington County. Congratulations to Mikailia L. for her participation in this event and representing Washington County and receiving a blue ribbon!

Mikaila L. (second from left) is seen with Hancock County 4-H Public Speaking Tournament participants.

Mikaila L. (second from left) is seen with Hancock County 4-H Public Speaking Tournament participants.

 

Search and Rescue Dogs Go High-Tech in DownEast Maine

Alexandria Brasili

On April 6, 2018 students at Narraguagus Jr./Sr. High School in Harrington, Maine got to experience a Teen Science Café with local celebrity, Alan Curtis, of the popular TV show “North Woods Law.” This Café was organized by students in the Youth Leadership Team, and 4-H Community Education Assistant, Sandy Copel-Parsons. It’s part of a series of Cafes, supported by the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance and funded by the National Science Foundation, which focus on the STEM in First Response and Emergency Management.

Alan is a Maine Game Warden who works with his black lab, Sig, to monitor and protect Maine’s natural resources by enforcing inland fisheries and wildlife laws, investigating poaching and other crimes, and conducting search and rescue operations for people lost in the woods. While Alan is a dynamic personality himself, this TSC was focused on his canine partner, Sig, who uses a combination of natural talent and technology to locate everything from people to shotgun shells.

Alan has an intimate connection to the DownEast Maine area, being born and raised in Machias. Students hung onto his every word as he described the trajectory he took to become a Game Warden, first volunteering with the fire department while he was in high school, then fighting big forest fires out west after he graduated, before applying to be a Game Warden.

Alan described his job as having a lot of technology that improves his ability to do his job, but also noting that he has to rely on it failing. A Game Warden always needs to be prepared when entering the woods and tried-and-true methods like using a map and compass are important to know. However, Alan also uses GPS technology and mapping equipment in search and rescue operations to grid out and mark areas that have already been searched to pinpoint where someone might be located. Alan’s dog, Sig, also has a collar with a GPS tracker on it that relays the data to mapping software. Alan’s GPS tracks and Sig’s GPS tracks can be overlaid on each other to plot out which areas haven’t yet been covered.

Because Sig is constantly riding along with Alan on patrols, Alan has a high-tech truck to ensure Sig’s comfort from the heat of summer to the cold of winter. By using an app on his phone, Alan can tell what temperature the truck is, the battery capacity, and whether it is running or not. The truck also has canine heat alarm sensors that will alert Alan by text if the temperature starts to become too hot. If the temperature continues to rise, the truck will turn itself on, turn on the AC, roll down the windows, and the siren and lights will come on.

The students got to experience just how Sig works with a demonstration in the school field. Alan took a used shotgun shell and threw it out into the middle of the field. While waiting for the scent to wear off it, Alan showed the students his truck (complete with a dead deer in the back) and turned the siren and lights on to get Sig excited to “go to work.” Alan let Sig out of the truck, and after enthusiastically greeting all the students, he went to work finding the shotgun shell. Nose to the ground and zigzagging across the field, Sig eventually homed in on the shotgun shell, laid down next to it, and barked to indicate to Alan that he had found it. His reward for a job well done was playing fetch and running around with the teens.

The final in the First Responder: Teen Science Cafe series will be held June 1st at Narraguagus Jr from 2:40-4:30 pm. Pleasant River Ambulance will be presenting:  High Tech Responders- Save Lives. FREE Pizza and Refreshments will be served!

Alan Curtis presents at Teen Science Cafe. Alan Curtis presents at Teen Science Cafe.

 

Paper Clover Campaign – Tractor Supply Co. and 4-H just completed another successful spring Paper Clover Campaign! There was just under $1 million raised nationwide, and just over $7 thousand raised in Maine.

Thank you to members from Northwoods 4-H Club who came out to support Tractor Supply Paper Clover Days in Calais. A big thank you goes out to TSC manager Steve for his continued support of Washington County 4-H Clubs! Great job everyone!

North Wood 4-H Club participates in the Paper Clover Campaign at Tractor Supply Company.

 

Library Spin Club- Gardening Fun

The Porter Memorial Library Vacation 4-H SPIN Club was a huge success with many old and new friends present. The club featured the following programs:

  • SEEDs, SEEDs ,SEEDs,
  • re-purposed Coffee Carafe Moss Terrariums (A huge thank you to Bags of Rags for the carafe donations.)
  • Indoor Red Wriggler Worm Habitats were welcome spring school vacation activities.

Thank you to The Porter Memorial Library for welcoming the youth and making room for the activities!

Coffee Carafe Moss Terrariums

 

STEM Activity at Milbridge Days

4-H member Armando demonstrates a STEM activity using Google VR Glasses with youth at the Milbridge Kids Day event April 14th at the Milbridge Public Library.

Armando demonstrates a STEM activity using Google VR Glasses

 

4-H Tech Changemakers Happenings

The 4-H Tech Changemakers want to address the issue of food insecurity. This week they surveyed parents from the Fort O’Brien School to learn about their attitudes toward volunteering and the issue of food insecurity. The are also getting ready to launch their web page that will feature stories about local community efforts that are happening to address the issue and will share ideas for more people to get involved!

4-H Tech Changemakers

Inez, a 4-H Tech Changemaker team member took some time out from collecting survey data at the Fort O’Brien School Family STEM Night to check out the “Google Goggles”.

Inez, a 4-H Tech Changemaker team member took some time out from collecting survey data at the Fort O'Brien School Family STEM Night to check out the "Google Goggles".

 

Going to Summer Camp? – Scholarships Available 

With the help of scholarships, summer camp can become a reality for our youth. Be sure to check out all the great opportunities available to our 4-H youth at our UMaine 4-H Camp & Learning Center at Tanglewood & Blueberry Cove as well as our Bryant Pond 4-H Camp by visiting the website.

Youth have the opportunity to receive multiple scholarships. The Maine 4-H Foundation offers scholarships, as do the camps themselves. There are also active duty military-family scholarships, camp financial-need based scholarships. We are also offering five $200 scholarships to Washington County youth thanks to the generosity of the Harmon Foundation. These will be given on a first come, first served basis. Please visit the website for the application. Don’t wait until its too late…apply today!

For more information about the summer camps, check out these videos: https://youtu.be/31F09R8bLw4 and https://youtu.be/xqYdRsGvwLU.

 

Follow a Researcher

What do green crabs, ducks, and parasites have in common? How do scientists make sure the data they collect is accurate? What is an invasive species, and how can they be identified? Maine 4-H invites youth to explore the science of tracking invasive species with its Follow a Researcher® program. Follow UMaine graduate student Tyler Van Kirk and his research on green crabs, an invasive species found along the coast of Maine. Students and educators can follow his data collection trips in real-time with an online map and try an experiential learning activity that shows why data collection methods matter. Live updates will happen weekly via Twitter. You can follow along and sign up for updates/announcements on the website.

 

Animal Approval Forms

If you plan to show an animal in any 4-H classes this year, including at the Blue Hill Fair, you must submit an animal approval form by June 30, 2018. Small pets and Poultry are the only exception; all other animals (Horse, Beef, Sheep, Goat, Swine, etc) are required to have an animal approval form.

  

Perry Harvest Fair

The Perry Harvest Fair is generally held the first Saturday in October. This is a great time to be thinking ahead about the types of projects you would like to enter this year!

 

4-H Photo Contest

Washington County 4-H Program will offer a photo contest again this year! Those thinking of entering should be out taking photos now and throughout the spring and summer. Participants may enter in five photo categories: (You may enter one photo in each category and/or only one storyboard. Possible total of six entries per person).

*Nature/Landscape
*People
*Animals
*4-H Activity
* Architecture

Be creative and get snapping those photos!

 

Registration for 2018 JUNE JAMBOREE is now open! – 2018 June Jamboree will be held on June 8, 9, and 10 at the Blue Hill Fairgrounds!

Start planning for a fun filled weekend full of exciting workshops and livestock activities. We have something for everyone! Some of the new and exciting workshops this year include Aquaculture: Farming Fish, Felted Animal Toys, Knots for Land and Sea, Pebble Art, Printmaking Fun, String Art, Summer Olympics, VermiCondos and more!

For a complete list of workshops visit the website. Throughout the weekend animal project clinics include 4-H Beef, Dog, Goat, Horse and Sheep! Be sure to drop by this “Anytime Science” or “Anytime Craft” table at any point throughout the day, between workshops or during your downtime. You can explore the science behind animal germs with staff from Maine CDC, check out seaweed samples collected from Penobscot Bay. Come and explore your creative side and make origami, decoupage bottles, painted oven mitts and more!

 You must Resister by May 16th!

 

 

Dog Fun Day in Princeton, Maine – June 10th

It will be a fabulous event! A day of fun and learning for all youth and leaders interested in a dog project will be held on June 10th in the Princeton area. Attendees will learn about showmanship, obedience, and agility, as well as activities related to our focus dog group, herding dogs. If you know you are planning to attend, please contact Tara Wood for more specific details at tara.a.wood@maine.edu or 207-255-3345 to RSVP – proof of vaccinations are required.

 4-H Dog

DownEast Dog Show in Princeton, Maine – June 22 and 23rd

Attend both days at the Old School Restaurant in Princeton (or Saturday). Friday, June 22nd at 5:00 pm: Agility, Knowledge Test, Quiz Bowl, Medical Kit, Pizza and Cookies at the Old School for contests and family.

 Saturday, June 23rd at 9:00 am: Registration. Event held next to Old School Restaurant in Princeton: Record books, Posters and Photos will be due at this time.10:00 a.m. SHARP-Show starts: Showmanship followed by Obedience; Posters, record books and pictures will be judged throughout the day. Cloverbuds, Junior, and Senior classes. Awards and dismissal.

If you know you are planning to attend, please contact Tara Wood at tara.a.wood@maine.edu or 207-255-3345 to RSVP Entry forms with proof of vaccinations are required. Please check your email for more information and registration forms.

 

Online Project Records

4-H Community Education Assistant, Sandy Copel-Parsons is available to discuss the new online project records and give instructions on how to use them. Please contact the office at 255-3345 to set up a time to meet with her.

4-H Project Record

 

Cooking with the Kids

 Yogurt Ice Pops

Ingredients:

16 ounces of non or low fat yogurt – 2 cups

16-ounce package of frozen fruit – flavor of your choice

1 tablespoon of unflavored gelatin

Sticks or plastic silverware

Directions: Drain liquid from defrosted frozen fruit. Put the fruit in a saucepan. Add gelatin. Heat slowly, stirring until the gelatin dissolves. Place this in a blender with the yogurt. Blend together.

Pour into paper cups. Insert plastic spoons as handles. Cover with foil to keep handles in place. Freeze – Enjoy

University of Maine Cooperative Extension Eat Well Program

 

4-H News from the State

Register Starting June 1st for 2018 Maine 4-H Days – Maine 4-H Days will take place July 20 – 22, 2018 at the Windsor Fairgrounds. If you do not have online access, please contact your local county office for paper copies of the forms. Find information and registration materials online.

Registration opens on June 1st. If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity, please contact

Sarah Sparks at sarah.sparks@maine.edu or 207.353.5550.

 

Oxford County 4-H June Jamboree – Oxford County 4-H June Jamboree Livestock Clinic, Working Steer and Horse Clinic is being held June 8th through June 10th at the Fryeburg Fair Grounds, 1154 Main Street, Fryeburg Maine. Workshops are designed for youth completing project work in the areas of sheep, swine, working steer and horse. Horseless riders are also welcome. Rabies vaccines will be available. A Big E Try Out for Working Steer is being held Sunday Morning.

Workshops will include washing, clipping, showmanship, animal handling and learning activities around zoonotic disease.

There is a $20.00 registration fee for everyone attending. Camper space is available and meals will be provided starting with breakfast Saturday morning through lunch on Sunday. Check in begins Friday evening after 5:00P.M. For more information about Oxford County June Jamboree please email maisy.cyr@maine.edu or rebecca.mosley@maine.edu. This event is open to 4-H Families from all counties. Adults and youth must preregister online due to insurance regulations and to help with meal and activity planning.

Check with your county office for the online registration link which will be available soon. Registration deadline is May 25th.

 

4-H Summer Camp Programs – Register Now! – Registration is open for summer programs at the UMaine 4-H Centers at Blueberry Cove, Bryant Pond, and Tanglewood for youth ages 8-17. Camps start up June 24 and run through August 18 with week-long, two-week, and mini-camp sessions to fit your needs. Campers shape their experience through activity choice (STEM, swimming, archery, gardening, watershed and marine ecology, creative arts, boating, drama, group challenge and primitive skills), on adventures and trips, eating delicious home-cooked meals, and in wicked evening programs. Teen Leadership Programs build conscious young adults, through teamwork and ommunity stewardship, and teach canoeing/backpacking skills while exploring Maine’s beautiful woods and waterways. Special scholarships for 4-H youth from the Maine 4-H Foundation and some scholarships for Conservation Education camps through Inland Fisheries and Wildlife at Tanglewood and Bryant Pond. To learn more visit the website or contact your local office.

 

Agricultural Labor Field Day – In collaboration, the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, in collaboration with the Maine Department of Labor (DOL) and Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC) invites you to participate in the Agricultural Labor Field Day, Thursday, May 3rd, 2018, from 9:30 AM until 12:30 PM at KVCC’s Alfond Recreational Center located on KVCC’s Hinckley Campus in Hinckley, Maine.

The Agricultural Labor Field Day aims to connect young adults interested in professional and academic agricultural careers with local jobs in a variety of agriculture fields and/or undergraduate programming in Sustainable Agriculture, Culinary Arts, and Business Administration at KVCC.

Agricultural Labor Field Day Continued- This is also an opportunity to meet with workforce training and professional development staff from KVCC and DOL to review your resumes and get job search advice. In addition, KVCC will also provide tours of their farm during the event.

Schedule of events:

9:30 AM – 12:30 PM – Doors open to the public. Open fair format for participants to visit exhibits and for exhibitors to host interviews

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM – First KVCC Farm Tour leaving the Alfond Rec Center

12:00 PM – 12:30 PM – Last KVCC Farm Tour leaving the Alfond Rec Center

The event is free and open to the public. For more information about this event and other agricultural opportunities please visit the Farm Labor Link Network page. We look forward to seeing you at our Agricultural Labor Field Day 2018. If you have any questions, please contact Yvette Meunier at 207.592.0640 or yvette.meunier@maine.gov.

 

2018 American Goat Federation Youth Scholarship Program – To encourage education and development of youth involved in the goat industry, AGF will accept scholarship applications from qualifying youth who enter and complete all requirements of the program. Projects must be received at the AGF office by August 20, 2018 and the Scholarship Application accompanied by a short biography must be received at the office No Later than 30 days prior to August 20, 2018. Entries will be judged by an independent panel and winners will be announced September, 2018.

Applicants must be between the ages of 12 and 20, and under the age of 21 as of September 30, 2017. Applicants must be a member of the American Goat Federation, the child, grandchild, great grandchild or step child, step grandchild or step great grandchild of a member of the American Goat Federation, or of any of the following member organizations of the American Goat Federation.

The American Boer Goat Association (including Jr Association)

The American Dairy Goat Association

Alabama Meat Goat and Sheep Producers Association

Cashmere Goat Association

Texas Sheep and Goat Breeders Association

For more information visit the website.

 

Maine 4-H Project Records, Reflection Tools and Digital Badges!

Maine 4-H is excited to roll out new 4-H project records, reflection tools and opportunities for digital badges. A team has been working to design the new records aligned with research and connections to Maine’s commitment to proficiency based education in mind. We know that these won’t be perfect and are anxious to have YOU help us try them out and be part of the process. The new records are now posted online and can be found on the state 4-H website. We are also planning a few ways for you to be part of the team to ask questions and give feedback.

Join our Google classroom community. This will be a place where volunteers and youth members are able to share real time feedback about these tools. To join: Sign in at Classroom classroom.google.com. On the homepage, click Add – Join class. Enter the code d9jmty and click Join. Participate in our live feedback sessions. Please save the date for feedback sessions. These will be conducted using Zoom. Register for these sessions with KymNoelle Hopson at 207.353.5550 or kymnoelle.hopson@maine.edu. 9/11/18 from 6:0pm-8:00pm We are looking forward to having YOU as part of our team. If you have any questions please contact Kristy Ouellette, kristy.ouellette@maine.edu or 207.353.5550, extension 12.

4-H in Washington County – April 2018

April 11th, 2018 10:21 AM

Dates to Remember

April 11-22- Paper Clover Campaign at Tractor Supply Company in Calais

Week of April 16– Vacation Week SPIN Club at Porter Memorial Library-Gardening Focus

April 28– National 4-H Day of Service

May 18-19– 4-H@UMaine

June 8-10– June Jamboree at the Blue Hill Fairgrounds- Save the Date

June 30- July 7– CWF

July 20-22– Maine 4-H Days at the Windsor Fair

 

2018 4-H Public Speaking Tournament

The annual Washington County 4-H Public Speaking Tournament took place on Saturday, March 17 in Machias. All 4-Hers participating did a wonderful job. Mikaila from Horse Power will participate in the state 4-H Public Speaking Tournament on Saturday, April 7 in Orono.

Hope from North Woods 4-H had these words to say about her experience, “ Today was a bitter sweet day. I gave my farewell speech at my local county public speaking competition which was filled with a whole lot of tears from myself and my fellow 4-h leaders and parents. I was handed the torch and was able to judge some amazing speakers as well today. 4-H made my best life even better.”

4-H Public Speaking Participants 2018

 

Scholarships Available to Attend 4-H@UMaine

Are you in middle or high school?  Do you ever wonder what it’s like to spend a weekend on a college campus? On May 18-19, come check out what the University of Maine has to offer! By participating, you will:

  • spend the night in a college dorm room,
  • interact with UMaine students, staff, and faculty in cool workshops,
  • eat at the student dining hall, and
  • get active at the New Balance Student Recreation Center.

The Washington County office is offering 10 scholarships for youth to attend 4-H@UMaine free of cost. Recipients must be enrolled Washington County 4-H members to receive a scholarship. Please call the office at 255-3345 for more information and to get your coupon code to attend free. The registration deadline is April 16, 2018. Please visit the website for more information and online registration for 4-H@UMaine.

 

Going to Summer Camp? – Scholarships Available 

With the help of scholarships, summer camp can become a reality for our youth. Be sure to check out all the great opportunities available to our 4-H youth at our UMaine 4-H Camp & Learning Center at Tanglewood & Blueberry Cove as well as our Bryant Pond 4-H Camp by visiting the website.

Youth have the opportunity to receive multiple scholarships. The Maine 4-H Foundation offers scholarships, as do the camps themselves. There are also active duty military-family scholarships, camp financial-need based scholarships. We are also offering five $200 scholarships to Washington County youth thanks to the generosity of the Harmon Foundation. These will be given on a first come, first served basis. Please visit this website for the application.  Don’t wait until its too late…apply today!

For more information about the summer camps, check out these videos: https://youtu.be/31F09R8bLw4 and https://youtu.be/xqYdRsGvwLU.

 

High School Solar Car Sprint Challenge

The first high school solar car challenge will be happening this spring in Washington County on May 19, location to be announced.

This groundbreaking Competition is sponsored by STEM Guides Downeast Maine.  High school students will create a small solar-powered vehicle.  The goal is to create the fastest, most interesting, or best crafted vehicle.

Entries will be judged on: speed, technical merit, innovation in design, craftsmanship and best use of recycled materials.

Please contact Tara Wood at 207-255-3345 or tara.a.wood@maine.edu if you would like more information about the event.

 

Vacation Week Gardening SPIN Club

There will be a gardening themed SPIN Club the week of April vacation at the Porter Memorial Library in Machias. Sessions include terrariums, worms, and a mystery gardening session. Dates will be Tuesday, April 17, Thursday, April 19 and Friday, April 20 from 11:00 a.m. to Noon. Please call the office at 255-3345 for questions or to register.

 

True Leaders in Service

4-H’ers are passionate about service. Research shows that youth who participate in 4-H programs are significantly more likely to make a positive contribution to their communities. In April, 4-H’ers across the nation will participate as True Leaders in Service in multiple community service projects, culminating in a National 4-H Day of Service on Saturday, April 28, 2018. We encourage you to plan your own community service project and register online:

4-h.org/get-involved/true-leaders-in-service/#!event-registration.

 

Tractor Supply Paper Clover Days April 11- 22nd!

Seeking 4-H members to volunteer a few hours during a weekend to spend a few hours at the store in Calais during the Paper Clover campaign. Members act as store greeters and be visible in the store. Members learn customer service skills while having fun!

Each Spring and Fall, Tractor Supply helps raise money for 4-H programs.  90% of funds raised from the program go back to the state 4-H programs to be used on scholarships for camps and leadership events.

Any club that participates in-store during the fundraiser is eligible to enter a sweepstakes to win a $100 TSC gift card for club projects! The club leader must be the one that enters. Club leaders are eligible to enter( www.tractorsupply.com ) as many times as they participate in-store.

Sandy will be setting up the display so just let Tara know at 207-255-3345 when you would like to be at the store so we can arrange with the Steve the TSC store manager.

Tractor Supply 4-H Display

 

4-H Robotics Expo in its 12th Year

The 12th Annual 4-H Robotics Expo welcomed 63 youth in grades 4-8 from seven area schools and Ellsworth area 4-H club. Youth demonstrated their knowledge of robotics programming as well as their public speaking skills for community judges and their peers. Having youth provide feedback to their peers helps them to see projects through the lens of a judge and can help them gain insight they can use to improve their own presentations,” explained Jen Lobley, UMaine Extension Professor who has organized the event for the past 12 years. “Our judging component has evolved over the years. In addition to peer judges, we also invite teens who participated in the event when they were younger, to join adult judges from the community.” The University of Maine Black Bear Robotics Team provided interactive demonstrations and discussions and STEM-related workshops were offered by University of Maine at Machias faculty, a teacher from Washington Academy and 4-H staff and volunteers.

4-H has expanded its reach beyond the traditional club model that focus on agriculture by offering over 100 topic areas to meet the needs and interests of today’s youth.  Partnerships with local school and afterschool programs staff as well as University departments and community volunteers is critical to the success of the program. If you are interested in learning more about the 4-H program and how to be a volunteer, contact the Washington County UMaine Cooperative Extension office at 255-3345 or 1-800-287-1542 or visit us on-line at http://umaine.edu/4h/.

The Kings of Nothing Team, members Izzy, Rowen and Alex, won first place in two categories- best robot design and best overall presentation and public speaking!

The Kings of Nothing Team, members Izzy, Rowen and Alex, won first place in two categories- best robot design and best overall presentation and public speaking!

Team Green shows judge Steven Roy their robotic project.

Team Green shows judge Steven Roy their robotic project.

 

 

4-H Tech Changemakers

Last fall, National 4-H Council and Microsoft launched 4-H Tech Changemakers, a project to help equip young people with the digital skills and resources they need to make a positive impact in their communities. 4-H teens will serve as leaders in their own communities, helping the community see what’s possible when you learn to create with, not just consume, technology.
Youth from the greater Machias area in Washington County are exploring the idea of developing mapping tools to help reduce food insecurity by connecting people with local farms, gardens and food banks. They not only want to provide a digital picture of the food insecurity issue in their community, but find ways to engage more community members as volunteers.

4-H Tech Changemakers 4-H Tech Changemakers

 

Teen Science Café Leadership Team

Teen Science Cafe Leadership Team

The Teen Science Cafe Youth Leadership Team, models their new Teen Science Cafe t-shirts, in preparation of the Teen Science Cafes being held at Narraguagus Jr./Sr. High School.

 

Save the date!

The Hancock County 4-H June Jamboree will be held at the Blue Hill Fairgrounds, June 8th through June 10th. This is a great event for an overnight, weekend or day-long trip for all our 4-H’ers.

4-H’ers, Guests and families from Hancock, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Waldo & Washington counties are welcome to participate. Participants are welcome to begin arriving Friday afternoon, June 8th at 3 pm.

Friday evening will consist of games, social time around the campfire and s’mores. Participants are also welcome to arrive Saturday, June 9th to participate in livestock and enrichment activities, beginning at 8:30 am and coming to an end around 4:30 pm.

Some of the enrichment programs being offered include: Amateur Radio, Knots for Land and Sea, Printmaking, String Art, Crafting with Nature, Kids in the Kitchen and more along with the “Anytime Craft and Science” tables.

Stay tuned and be sure to check your e-mail for more information. Full schedules, more information and registration can be found online, starting April 25th. “Contact us if you are interested in volunteering to lead a workshop or staff the “Anytime Craft & Science” tables.

4-H June Jamboree

 

 

Cooking with the Kids

Garlic White Bean Dip

Ingredients:

1 (15 ounce) can of drained and rinsed cannellini beans

2 cloves garlic, minced (2-3 tsp bottled minced garlic)

2 tbsp bottled lemon juice

1 tbsp olive oil

Salt & Pepper to taste

Directions: Place beans, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil in a blender.

Blend 1 to 1 ó minutes until the mixture is smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with pita or tortilla chips.

Dip may be stored in the refrigerator for 3 – 4 days

University of Maine Cooperative Extension Eat Well Program

 

4-H News from the State

Register now for 2018 4-H@UMaine May 18 – 19!
Have you ever wondered what it takes to be a nurse? Or to Mod your Minecraft? Or to learn a hip-hop dance with the UMaine Dance Team? For answers to these questions and more, 4-H@UMaine invites you (6th-10th graders) to participate in our fun interactive overnight on UMaine campus with career role models and kids from across the state onMay 18-19! For more information about 4-H@UMaine, contact Greg Kranich at kranich@maine.edu or 207.949.3878. Register online  – it’s open until April 16th, and space is limited.

Save the Date for 2018 Maine 4-H Days
Maine 4-H Days will take place July 20 – 22 at the Windsor Fairgrounds. If you are interested in helping to plan next year’s event, please contact Jessy Brainerd at brainerd@maine.edu or 207.581.3877.

Maine 4-H Days Planning Committee
July will be here before you know it, and we are looking for a few good volunteers to join the fantastic current Maine 4-H Days Planning Committee. Joining this committee gives you the chance to help come up with ideas and plans for one of our biggest statewide events! If you are interested in joining the Maine 4-H Days Planning Committee, or have general questions/comments/recommendations about the event, please email brainerd@maine.edu, or call 207.581.3877.

2018 American Goat Federation Youth Scholarship Program
To encourage education and development of youth involved in the goat industry, AGF will accept scholarship applications from qualifying youth who enter and complete all requirements of the program. Projects must be received at the AGF office by August 20, 2018 and the Scholarship Application accompanied by a short biography must be received at the office No Later than 30 days prior to August 20, 2018.   Entries will be judged by an independent panel and winners will be announced September, 2018.

Applicants must be between the ages of 12 and 20, and under the age of 21 as of September 30, 2017. Applicants must be a member of the American Goat Federation, the child, grandchild, great grandchild or step child, step grandchild or step great grandchild of a member of the American Goat Federation, or of any of the following member organizations of the American Goat Federation.

The American Boer Goat Association (including Jr Association)

The American Dairy Goat Association

Alabama Meat Goat and Sheep Producers Association

Cashmere Goat Association

Texas Sheep and Goat Breeders Association

For more information visit visit the website. 

4-H Market Lamb Intent for Fryeburg Fair
Please submit your Intent to Participate Forms for the 4-H Market Lamb classes at Fryeburg Fair by May 2. You can find the form on the 4-H Sheep Project web page.

4-H Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP) Wildlife Education Training Event April 19-20th Please hold the date!
Maine will host the National Wildlife Habitat Education Program this July at the Schoodic Institute at Acadia. In preparation, Maine 4-H will have a training event to prepare and select a team to compete in the national event. On April 19th and 20th the Maine 4-H program will host an overnight educational training program and team selection. Plans include an ongoing WHEP event and participation in the national program each year. More information will follow. Cost will be $25 per member all meals and materials included. The training will be held at the University of Maine 4-H Camp and Learning Center at Bryant Pond. Training is open to all youth ages 8-19. Studying a science-based manual, participants:

  • Learn wildlife terms and concepts
  • Learn about wildlife habitat
  • Learn how to judge the quality of wildlife habitat
  • Learn about wildlife habitat management practices
  • Learn about wildlife damage management

To learn more, go to the website or www.facebook.com/mainewhep or contact Sally Farrell, sarah.s.farrell@maine.edu or 207.324.2814.

Registration Now Open for 2018 Kleinschmidt Windstorm Challenge
UMaine-led STEM Competition for Maine Middle School and High School Youth Focused on Renewable Energy, Innovation, and Economic Development Slated for May 18, 2018.

The Kleinschmidt Windstorm Challenge, hosted by the University of Maine, asks teams of students to design and construct a floating platform for a scale model wind turbine, and then delivers a presentation to a panel of expert judges. The event is designed for student teams with a diverse range of experience. We encourage all middle and high school students to participate.

UMaine staff work with teachers or advisors throughout the design and build process. Teams are presented with a guidebook and a simulated test turbine to test their platform prior to competition day.

Participation is free, and a limited number of travel stipends are available to schools with demonstrated need.

We recently published this ~2 minute video highlighting the design, build, and test process with youth from King Middle School in Portland.

High School Teams are teams of 4 or less high school students. Members of the top qualifying team will be offered an internship at the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center, contingent upon their enrollment at UMaine, valued more than $20,000.

Middle School Teams are teams of up to 10 middle school students. These groups will test their platform and provide a presentation, just like high school teams, but they will not be considered for the internship award. An alternative award will be granted to the members of a winning middle school team.

For more information, contact Marcy Smith at marcys@maine.edu, or 207.581.2125.

Agricultural Labor Field Day
In collaboration, the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, in collaboration with the Maine Department of Labor (DOL) and Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC) invites you to participate in the Agricultural Labor Field Day, Thursday, May 3rd, 2018, from 9:30 AM until 12:30 PMat KVCC’s Alfond Recreational Center located on KVCC’s Hinckley Campus in Hinckley, Maine.

The Agricultural Labor Field Day aims to connect young adults interested in professional and academic agricultural careers with local jobs in a variety of agriculture fields and/or undergraduate programming in Sustainable Agriculture, Culinary Arts, and Business Administration at KVCC.  This is also an opportunity to meet with workforce training and professional development staff from KVCC and DOL to review your resumes and get job search advice.  In addition, KVCC will also provide tours of their farm during the event.
Schedule of events:

  • 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM– Doors open to the public. Open fair format for participants to visit exhibits and for exhibitors to host interviews
  • 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM– First KVCC Farm Tour leaving the Alfond Rec Center
  • 12:00 PM –  12:30 PM– Last KVCC Farm Tour leaving the Alfond Rec Center

The event is free and open to the public. For more information about this event and other agricultural opportunities please visit the Farm Labor Link Network page. We look forward to seeing you at our Agricultural Labor Field Day 2018. If you have any questions, please contact Yvette Meunier at 207.592.0640 or yvette.meunier@maine.gov.

Business planning workshop series starts May 1

March 30th, 2018 3:06 PM
Machias, Maine — University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering a free 4-session business planning workshop with an optional consultation session starting May 1 from 9 a.m.-12 noon at UMaine Extension, 28 Center Street, Machias.  The remaining dates are May 25, 31, and June 1. Consultations will be scheduled June 27.
 
‘Starting your business: Planning for success’ begins the series with participants reviewing key questions to consider in business planning. Additional workshop topics are cybersecurity, pricing goods and services, and descision-making with market research. Scheduled presenters are Extension business and economics    specialist and UMaine economics professor Jim McConnon, Extension Professor Louis Bassano, UMaine business reference librarian Grace Yan Liu, and Bangor Savings Bank chief information security officer Russell Patton.
 
The series is free; registration is requested. Register at https://extension.umaine.edu/register/product/business-workshops-machias/.  For more information or to request a disability accommodation, contact 800.287.1542 (in Maine), 207.255.3345, or email tara.a.wood@maine.edu
 
About University of Maine Cooperative Extension: As a trusted resource for over 100 years, University of Maine Cooperative Extension has supported UMaine’s land and sea grant public education role by conducting community-driven, research-based programs in every Maine county. UMaineExtension helps support, sustain and grow the food-based economy. It is the only entity in our state that touches every aspect of the Maine Food System, where policy, research, production, processing, commerce, nutrition, and food security and safety are integral and interrelated.  UMaine Extension also conducts the most successful out-of-school youth educational program in Maine through 4-H.