Beginning beekeeping with UMaine Extension offered in Calais, Machias

December 13th, 2017 4:04 PM

Machias, Maine — University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering beginning beekeeping courses in Calais, beginning Jan. 23, and in Machias on Jan. 24. The Calais session will be held at Washington County Community College, 1 College Drive6:30-8:30 p.m., through Feb. 20. The Machias session will be held at University of Maine at Machias, ​9 O’Brien Avenue7-9 p.m., through Feb. 21.

Taught by Master Beekeeper Andrew Dewey, class topics include the honeybee colony, hive construction, seasonal management, pests and diseases, and honey production. Participants will visit a local hive for observation and hands-on experience in late spring. Class graduates will become members of the Washington County chapter of the Maine State Beekeepers Association.

The $60 per person fee, per couple if willing to share materials, includes ‘Bee-sentials: A Field Guide’ by Lawrence J. Connor with Robert G. Muir. Enrollment is limited to 25. Register online by Jan 19. (extension.umaine.edu/washington). For more information or to request a disability accommodation, call 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.

University of Maine Cooperative Extension Offers Master Gardener Volunteer Training

December 13th, 2017 9:23 AM

The Hancock County Office of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension is now taking applications for its 2018 Master Gardener Volunteer training.   The training will run on Friday mornings from January 19th – May 18th.   The purpose of the Master Gardener program is to prepare you to do gardening-related volunteer work in the local community.  After completing this 18-week intensive course in fruit, vegetable and ornamental gardening, you are expected to volunteer at least 40 hours within one year, on one of our already-established community project.  Most of the volunteer projects focus on growing food for hunger relief organizations, and teaching others how to grow their own food.

Any individual who enjoys gardening and volunteering is encouraged to apply.   Space is limited to 25. Course fee is $220, due upon acceptance into the program.  Some scholarship funds are available.

To APPLY ON-LINE  and for more information visit:   http://extension.umaine.edu/hancock/hancock-county-master-gardener-volunteers/

Or call the UMaine Cooperative Extension Office at 667-8212 or 1-800-287-1479 (Maine)

Application deadline is Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

 The University of Maine is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.

Learn to knit with UMaine Extension 4-H

December 8th, 2017 3:30 PM

Machias, Maine — University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H is offering a special interest (SPIN) club for youth, ages 10 and older, interested in learning to knit. The club meets
six Saturdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m., beginning Jan. 6, at Porter Memorial Library in Machias. Remaining dates are Jan. 13, Jan. 20, Feb. 27, Feb. 3 and Feb. 10.

Explore UMaine Extension’s 4-H program while learning how to knit. Participants will learn how to hold and use knitting needles, learn basic stitches, understand types of yarns and complete simple projects.

Participant fee is $5 and includes materials; enrollment is limited to ten youths. For more information, to request a disability accommodation or to register, contact Tara Wood,
207.255.3345tara.a.wood@maine.edu. More information about UMaine Extension programming is available online (extension.umaine.edu/washington).

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 News in Washington County- December 2017

December 1st, 2017 9:46 AM

Volume 12, Issue 12

Dates to Remember

December 2- Family Code Night- Princeton Library, 10-11 a.m.

December 5- Family Code Night- Washington Community College, 5-6 p.m.

December 6- Family Code Night- Porter Memorial Library, 3:30 p.m.
Family Code Night-Washington Academy, East Machias, 3-4 p.m.

December 7– National 4-H Volunteer e-Forum- Helping 4-Hers Grow in Life and Work, Machias Extension Office, 7-8:30 p.m.
Family Code Night- EdGE Cherryfield, 5:30-7 p.m.
Family Code Night- Peabody Library, Jonesport- 5-6 p.m.
Family Code Night- Edmunds Elementary, 6-7 p.m.

December 8- 4-H Teen Café-Firefighters go High Tech, Narraguagus High School, 2:40-4:30 p.m.

December 9– Family Code Night- Milbridge Library, 10-11 a.m.

December 29– 4-H Reenrollment Paperwork Final Deadline

 

Washington County 4-H Collects Donations for the Thanksgiving Holiday

Washington County 4-H, Lots of Tots Child Care in Princeton and Food and Medicine of Brewer partnered to provide families in need with a Thanksgiving Day meal through the Solidarity Harvest Meal Sponsorship Program.   Each area of Maine collected different items for a complete meal box. Items collected included turkeys, potatoes, stuffing, squash, turnips, beets, onions, garlic, carrots and apples. This area collected boxes of stuffing . Thank you to all who participated and made this giving project a success!

Ruth (top) and Zoey (bottom) worked on the Thanksgiving food drive through 4-H.

Ruth (left) and Zoey (right) worked on the Thanksgiving food drive through 4-H.

Ruth (top) and Zoey (bottom) worked on the Thanksgiving food drive through 4-H.

 

STEM Science SPIN Narraguagus Jr/Sr High School

Throughout November and December, 4-H STEM SPIN Club will be happening at Narraguagus Jr/Sr High School in Harrington. Thus far, twelve middle school students have taken on weekly 4-H STEM engineering challenges including:

  • Eco Bot construction challenge for oil spill clean up
  • Tower of Power – Design and build a super golf ball tower
  • Owl Pellet Dissection Lab- hands on discovery of what owls eat- bones, teeth, feathers, oh my!

A good time was had by all, while using the scientific process and working in collaborative groups.  Science is everywhere!

Owl pellet dissection…one participant found seven skulls in one pellet!

Owl pellet dissection…one participant found seven skulls in one pellet!

 

4-H Knitting SPIN Club starting in January

4-H volunteer Dawn Gooch will be teaching a 4-H SPIN Club on Saturday mornings from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Porter Memorial Library beginning in January for ages 10 and older. Please contact the office (255-3345) for more information and to register.

 

4-H Teen Science Café:  First Responder Series

What: First Responder Teen Science Cafes are a series of free, fun events where teens are invited to come and explore new ideas in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) outside of school hours in the company of other teens.  Each cafe is part of a year- long theme that focuses on the STEM- filled work of local emergency managers and First Responders.

Where: Narraguagus Jr/Sr High School

When: One Friday per month- afterschool- 2:40 – 4:30 p.m.

Who: Open to all ages 14 and up

December 8th- Teen Science Cafe- First Responder:  Firefighters Go High Tech-Can you SEE the heat?

FREE REFRESHMENTS and PIZZA!

Upcoming TSC Dates: January 12th, March 2nd, April 6th, May 11th and June 2nd- (Possible Snow Date)

Registration is required.

For more information, to register or to request a disability accommodation,

Contact 207.255.3345 or tara.a.wood@maine.edu.

Teen Science Cafe Logo

 

STEM Guides Downeast to Host “Family Code Night” Throughout Washington County

During the week of December 4th, the Downeast STEM Hub will be hosting Family Code Night at multiple locations across Washington County. Family Code Night is a free, fun family event at which children grades 4-8 and their parents do their first hour of coding, together. Featured on the White House website and the front page of the New York Times, this family-engaging evening event is being offered at schools, libraries and community buildings around the country, all in support of the national “Computer Science for All” movement. The event will feature an introduction to coding using Scratch and will introduce students and parents to the limitless possibilities and potential that comes with a career in the computer science field. These events are an hour to an hour and a half long and fully facilitated by the host at each location. To learn more about Family Code Night, visit www.familycodenight.org.

Participation is free but registration is required. To register or for more information, please contact Tara Wood at 207-255-3345 or email at tara.a.wood@maine.edu. Events for family code night are as follows.

  • Washington County Community College – December 5th, 5 pm – 6 pm (Calais)
  • EdGE- December 7th, 5:30 pm – 7 pm (EdGE building in Cherryfield)
  • Porter Memorial Library – December 6th, 3:30-4:30pm (Machias)
  • Princeton Library – December 2nd, 10 am – 11 am
  • Washington Academy – December 6th, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm (East Machias)
  • Milbridge Public Library – December 9th, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Peabody Memorial Library – December 7th, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm (Jonesport)
  • Edmunds Elementary School – December 7th, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

STEM Guides Downeast connects STEM resources and activities to youth age 10-18 and their families in Washington County. STEM Guides Downeast partners include: Axiom Education & Training Center, University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H, and Maine Math & Science Alliance and is funded by the National Science Foundation.

Family Night of Code logo

 

National 4-H Volunteer e-Forum – We are excited to have Maine participate in the first National 4-H Volunteer e-Forum this fall.

This session will be taking place on the following date:

  • Thursday, December 7– Helping 4-Her’s Grow in Life and Work

Counties will be host sites for volunteers and teens to gather, there will be an online component with presenters (via Tandberg) and hands-on activities in-person. Sessions will take place from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Extension office in Machias. Please call 255-3345 to register.

 

Re-enrollment 2017 – Another 4-H year will begin soon! Reenrollment packets have been mailed. Please let the office know if you did not receive one. Please be sure to follow the instructions. Reminder: There will be a $1 Accident Insurance Fee per member and leader, $2 for horse members and leaders. Clubs may vote to use money from their treasury or to individually contribute the fees. This applies to new and returning members and leaders. Note- members pay the fee only once regardless of how many clubs they are in. Please submit fees with your enrollment forms. The cost of receiving the newsletter by mail is $8. The absolute deadline is Friday, December 29th. No exceptions will be allowed after that date.

 

Cooking with the Kids

 Reindeer Faces

This healthy holiday sandwich is a low-sugar treat that is as much fun to make as it is to eat!

Ingredients:

1 can water-packed albacore tuna, drained

1 Tbsp reduced fat mayonnaise

3 slices whole wheat bread

6 pretzel twists

Green olives and grape tomatoes for garnish

Directions:  Combine tuna and mayonnaise in a small bowl.  Stir until smooth.  Place bread slices on a cutting board and cut each into triangles using a serrated knife or bread knife.  Spread triangle with tuna salad.  Create a reindeer by decorating each triangle with two olives for eyes, a grape tomato for the nose, and two pretzel twists for the antlers.      Nutrition for Kids

 

4-H News from the State

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.  Web links are available here.

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 353-5550 or kymnoelle.hopson@maine.edu.
  • 1/23/18 from 6:00pm-8:00pm
  • 3/24/18 from 6:00pm-8:00pm
  • 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.

 

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 jessica.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 jessica.brainerd@maine.edu, or call 207.581.3877.
Market Steers for Fryeburg
4-Hers raising a steer for the 2018 market steer show at Fryeburg Fair need to send in an Intent to Participate Form available online by January 2, 2018. We appreciate you completing your paperwork early. Please enroll or re-enroll as a 4-H member early, and send your Intent to Participate form to your county office. The earlier we receive your paperwork, the earlier we can begin tagging animals, and avoiding tagging during the winter months.
Visit the 4-H Fix today and glory in the achievement!
We’ve been singing the praises for the 4-H Fix! Now it’s time for the 4-H Fix to return the favor! The 4-H Fix will be singing and cheering for 4-H on December 15th. Why not come and join in the chorus! Fa la la la la la la la la!
2018 Intent to tryout for Eastern States Horse available NOW!
For all youth who are planning to try out for a slot on the Maine 4-H Horse team as a rider/driver/teen leader the intent to tryout is available here.

These must be postmarked by 2/1/18. If you have any questions please do not hestitate to contact, Kristy L Ouellette, kristy.ouellette@maine.edu.

 

New For 2018 – Regarding Eastern States Intent to Participate Forms
Due date for all 2018 Eastern States Beef Intent to Participate Forms will be January 2nd. Intent forms for all other animal commodities- dairy, dog, goat, horse, and sheep will be due on February 1st. This decision was made at the Spring Animal Science Committee meeting to help eliminate confusion by making all due dates a little more consistent. Updated Intent to Participate Forms are now available online.

STEM Guides Downeast to Host “Family Code Night” Throughout Washington County

November 22nd, 2017 2:19 PM

During the week of December 4th, the Downeast STEM Hub will be hosting Family Code Night at multiple locations across Washington County. Family Code Night is a free, fun family event at which children grades 4-8 and their parents do their first hour of coding, together. Featured on the White House website and the front page of the New York Times, this family-engaging evening event is being offered at schools, libraries and community buildings around the country, all in support of the national “Computer Science for All” movement. The event will feature an introduction to coding using Scratch and will introduce students and parents to the limitless possibilities and potential that comes with a career in the computer science field. These events are an hour to an hour and a half long and fully facilitated by the host at each location. To learn more about Family Code Night, visit www.familycodenight.org

Participation is free but registration is required. To register or for more information, please contact Tara Wood at 207-255-3345 or email at tara.a.wood@maine.edu. Events for family code night are as follows.

  • Washington County Community College – December 5th, 5 pm – 6 pm (Calais)
  • EdGE- December 7th, 5:30 pm – 7 pm (EdGE building in Cherryfield)
  • Porter Memorial Library – December 6th, 3:30-4:30pm (Machias)
  • Princeton Library – December 2nd, 10 am – 11 am
  • Washington Academy – December 6th, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm (East Machias)
  • Milbridge Public Library – December 9th, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Peabody Memorial Library – December 7th, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm (Jonesport)
  • Edmunds Elementary School – December 7th, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

STEM Guides Downeast connects STEM resources and activities to youth age 10-18 and their families in Washington County. STEM Guides Downeast partners include: Axiom Education & Training Center, University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H, and Maine Math & Science Alliance and is funded by the National Science Foundation.

Change of Date for Staying Safe: Protecting Your Small Business from Cyber Threats

November 3rd, 2017 2:13 PM

The Staying Safe: Protecting Your Small Business from Cyber Threats workshops scheduled for Tuesday, November 7th has been postponed due to low registration numbers.  We will now offer the workshop on Wednesday, November 29 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension office located at 28 Center Street in Machias.  We will videoconference the presentation in from our Hancock County office. To register, please visit the website.

4-H in Washington County – November 2017

November 3rd, 2017 10:37 AM

Volume 12, Issue 11

 

Dates to Remember

November 18- 4-H Dog SPIN Club Kick Off Event, Machias Extension Office, 10 a.m. to Noon

November 22 – December 27– 4-H SCRATCH SPIN Club, Porter Memorial Library, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

November 27– 4-H Reenrollment Paperwork Due Date

December 6- Family Code Event, Porter Memorial Library, 3:30 p.m.

December 7– National 4-H Volunteer e-Forum- Helping 4-Hers Grow in Life and Work, Machias Extension Office, 7-8:30 p.m.

December 9– Family Code Event, Milbridge Library, 10:00 a.m.

December 29– 4-H Reenrollment Paperwork Final Deadline

 

36th Annual Perry Harvest Fair

The 2017 Perry Harvest Festival was held on Saturday, October 7th. The weather was perfect; blue skies, sunny and seasonably warm. The 4-H display area increased in size thanks to our club members coming out to support the event. 4-H members participated in a poultry and rabbit demo show outside under the tent.  Even though use of the Internet was challenging, 4-H STEM science was represented at our booth introducing SCRATCH coding computer programing.
The Perry Recreational Committee has sponsored the festival for over 35 years. The annual event is a community fair featuring arts/crafts vendors, farmers’ market, entertainment, antler display, scarecrow building activity, food vendors, 4-H displays and children’s activities.

4-H projects on display at the Perry Harvest Fair.

4-H members show chicken during demonstration.

 

From Washington County to Washington State!

In October, Paige B. and Inez F. traveled to Redmond, WA with Extension Educator Jen Lobley to participate in a three-day orientation for an exciting new project. National 4-H and Microsoft are partnering to offer 4-H teens an opportunity to work as community youth leaders to address a local need with a focus on digital literacy. Paige and Inez hope to develop a project that addresses an aspect of food insecurity in the greater Machias area. During the trip the girls went to the Microsoft Headquarters and worked with youth and adults from five other states to learn about community needs assessment and actions planning. They visited the Microsoft Museum (with lots of interactive technology stations!) and had the chance to meet with Mary Snapp, Corporate Vice President at Microsoft Philanthropies!  A short site-seeing tour took them into Seattle to visit the Space Needle, the Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum and the Public Market. Can’t wait to see what these girls accomplish in the upcoming year!

Inez, Jen and Paige outside Microsoft headquarters.

Inez and Paige with Microsoft badges.

 

4-H SCRATCH SPIN Club

Youth participating in 4-H SCRATCH SPIN Club.

Youth participating in 4-H SCRATCH SPIN Club.

Participants of the 4-H SCRATCH SPIN Club have been meeting on Wednesdays at the Porter Memorial Library. 4-H volunteer Steve Copel-Parsons has been teaching MIT’s SCRATCH programming.

A new 4-H SCRATCH club will be starting up on November 22. Please contact the office at 255.3345 for more information.

 

National 4-H Volunteer e-Forum – We are excited to have Maine participate in the first National 4-H Volunteer e-Forum this fall.

This session will be taking place on the following date:

  • Thursday, December 7– Helping 4-Her’s Grow in Life and Work

Counties will be host sites for volunteers and teens to gather, there will be an online component with presenters (via Tandberg) and hands-on activities in-person. Sessions will take place from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Extension office in Machias. Please call 255-3345 to register.

 

Re-enrollment 2017 – Another 4-H year will begin soon! Reenrollment packets have been mailed. Please let the office know if you did not receive one. Please be sure to follow the instructions. Reminder: There will be a $1 Accident Insurance Fee per member and leader, $2 for horse members and leaders. Clubs may vote to use money from their treasury or to individually contribute the fees. This applies to new and returning members and leaders. Note- members pay the fee only once regardless of how many clubs they are in. Please submit fees with your enrollment forms. The cost of receiving the newsletter by mail is $8. We would like to have your re-enrollment paperwork returned by Monday, November 27th. The absolute deadline is Friday, December 29th. No exceptions will be allowed after that date.

 

A 4-H Dog SPIN Club kick off will take place on Saturday, November 18 from 10:00 a.m. to Noon at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension office located at 28 Center Street in Machias. 4-Hers are encouraged to bring their dogs in costume! For more information or to register, please call the office at 255-3345.

dogs

 

Family Code Event with the Hour of Code

Family Code Night is a whole-family event at which kids grades K-5 and their parents do their first hour of computer programming – together! At this special evening of learning and fun, you’ll play in parent-child teams to complete fun Code.org puzzles and challenges at your own pace, and learn core concepts in coding in this very first hour. Afterwards, you’ll go home with a special “Code On at Home” guide to continue coding puzzles, learning and fun at home. No coding experience needed, laptops available if needed (bring one device for each two attendees if you can). This is a great experience to share with your kids!

Currently, we have events scheduled at

Porter Memorial Library- December 6th, 3:30pm

Milbridge Library- December 9th, 10am

Please call the office to register for the events above by calling 255.3345 or by email tara.a.wood@maine.edu.

We are hoping to organize more events. Please let me know if your school or organization would like to participate by calling Sandy at 255.3345 or by email at sandra.copelparsons@maine.edu.

Family Night of Code logo

 

Cooking with the Kids

 Salmon Sweet Potato Cakes

Ingredients:

1 (15 oz.) can salmon, drained and bones removed
1/2 cup cooked, mashed sweet potato
1/3 cup flour
1/2 cup finely chopped vegetables: celery, bell peppers, or green onions
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano (optional)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Directions:  In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well.  Place mixture in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.  Preheat oven to 425°F.  Drop 1/3 of mixture onto baking sheet, forming 6 medium-sized cakes. Lightly press in the center to flatten.  Bake for 20 minutes.  Flip each cake, bake for another 10 minutes. Makes 6 servings.

Cooperative Extension Eat Well

 

4-H News from the State

4-H Egg Business Project
Interested in earning money and having happy hens as co-workers?
The 4-H Egg Business Project helps participating youth and their families learn about entrepreneurship, food safety, and animal husbandry.   To learn more go to the website or contact Debra Kantor, debra.kantor@maine.edu, or 207.474.9622.
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 353-5550 or kymnoelle.hopson@maine.edu.
  • 11/8/17 from 6:00pm-8:00pm
  • 1/23/18 from 6:00pm-8:00pm
  • 3/24/18 from 6:00pm-8:00pm
  • 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.

 

Market Steers for Fryeburg
4-Hers raising a steer for the 2018 market steer show at Fryeburg Fair need to send in an Intent to Participate Form available online by January 2, 2018. We appreciate you completing your paperwork early. Please enroll or re-enroll as a 4-H member early, and send your Intent to Participate form to your county office. The earlier we receive your paperwork, the earlier we can begin tagging animals, and avoiding tagging during the winter months.
Don’t Miss the November 4-H Fix
Ok, so the 4-H Fix hasn’t won any awards yet, but after November 17th lots of folks will say it is championship reading! That’s when the 4-H Fix will be telling the stories of Maine’s 4-H Champions! Visit the 4-H Fix today and glory in the achievement! 

 

Risk Perception on the Family Farm
Debra Kantor and Leslie Forstadt are trying to identify farm families to interview for a research project to learn about the safety concerns of beginning farmers (less than 10 years) with children (under the age of 18).  The farmers will be given $75 to compensate for their time.  If you have a family that might be interested or would like additional information contact Debra by email at debra.kantor@maine.edu or call 207.474.9622.

 

You’re invited to the 2017 National 4-H Volunteer e-Forum
The National e-Forum for 4-H Volunteers is in full swing! Last month, we had 114 sites from around the country participate in an evening of learning, sharing and hands-on activities.

The next session STEMming in Animal Science- Growing True Leaders is coming up Thursday, November 2 at 7:00pm.
Session Descriptor: Build on the roots of 4-H as we STEM our way into agriculture and animal science for experienced and new 4-H’ers. Gain resources to incorporate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) leaders through traditional animal sciences project areas in communities. Volunteers will gain ideas for planning and organizing fun, educational sessions for youth.

To see which counties are hosting the session in November, go to website. Please register by contacting the county office where you wish to attend. Plan to bring a co-leader or bring teens from your 4-H group!

 

New For 2018 – Regarding Eastern States Intent to Participate Forms
Due date for all 2018 Eastern States Beef Intent to Participate Forms will be January 2nd. Intent forms for all other animal commodities- dairy, dog, goat, horse, and sheep will be due on February 1st. This decision was made at the Spring Animal Science Committee meeting to help eliminate confusion by making all due dates a little more consistent. Updated Intent to Participate Forms are now available online.

 

Emergency Preparedness Publications

November 1st, 2017 3:08 PM

For the next storm and power outage…emergency preparedness publications.

Beginning food business workshop Nov. 9 in Machias​

October 17th, 2017 3:08 PM

Machias, Maine – University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering a free workshop Nov. 9 designed for people considering a small-scale food business. Recipe to Market: Is It for Me? will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, at the UMaine Extension office, 28 Center St., Machias.

The workshop will introduce participants to topics including opportunities and challenges of being a food entrepreneur, the specialty food industry, business basics, an overview of the product development process, licensing and regulations, and food safety.

Registration is required for this free workshop; class size is limited to 20. Register online (extension.umaine.edu/register/product/recipe-to-market-is-it-for-me-machias). For more information or to request a disability accommodation, contact Tara Wood, tara.a.wood@maine.edu207.255.3345800.287.1542 (Maine only).

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 education program in Maine through 4-H.

UMaine Extension offers cybersecurity workshop

October 17th, 2017 3:07 PM
Machias, Maine — University of Maine Cooperative Extension will offer a cybersecurity workshop Nov. 7 from 9–11 a.m., at the Washington County office, 28 Center Street, Machias.

The free public workshop will provide participants an overview of the types of real-life risks and emerging threats small businesses and nonprofits face daily. Led by Bangor Savings Bank chief information security officer Russell Patton, the workshop will focus on how business owners and nonprofit managers can protect their data and their clients with easy-to-implement security recommendations.

Register online (extension.umaine.edu/register/product/stayingsafemachias). For more information or to request a disability accommodation, contact Tara Wood, 207.255.3345tara.a.wood@maine.edu. Enrollment is limited to 20 participants.

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.