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Master Gardener Class – June 5

Hi All,

This week will be short topics day covering Raised Beds and Season Extension, Weed Management and Identification, Conserving Water with Rain Barrels and Drip Irrigation


Review these weed related web pages:

Managing the Weed Seedbank 

New Jersey Weed Gallery

UMass Weed Herbarium 

Garden Weeds: MOFGA Fact Sheet

Go Botany – Plant ID

Review these Raised Bed Gardening Resources

Raised Bed Plans (word)

Raised Bed Plans (pdf)

Square Foot Garden Plans (word)

Square Foot Garden Plans (pdf)

Video: Extending the Gardening Season with Raised Beds – you may recognize this guy

Review Drip Irrigation and Rain Barrels Resources

Why Consider Drip Irrigation (Word)

Why Consider Drip Irrigation (PDF)

Rain Harvesting (Word)

Rain Harvesting (PDF)

Take Home Review # 3 – Due in Class on June 19!

Take Home Review # 3 (word)

Take Home Review # 3 (pdf)

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Master Gardener Class – May 22

This coming week we will focus on Sustainable Landscape Design and Growing Herbs in Maine. There will be several handouts for you in class. The only homework I have for you is to review Designing Your Landscape for Maine


May 2018 York County 4-H News

4-H Club News


Our club ran a rabbit and cavy education day at tractor supply the day before Easter and was busy with non stop visitors and questions. They did a great job with their posters and presentations! Several of our club members also attended an ARBA show. Abby went for her first time and won Reserve in show with her Himalayan rabbit and Maya won Best in Show with one of her Britannia Petite rabbits.
We are planning another educational presentation for End of June.

 Lucky Charms

This month the lucky charms 4H group had a great time together at the North Berwick Community Center. We made bird seed ornaments, slime and we turned animal feed bags into reusable shopping bags. We also did a fun experiment with milk, dye and dish soap. Finally, we gathered at the Tractor Supply Co. for the spring fundraiser. We sold bird houses, bird seed ornaments, slime, and the shopping bags.

Kidding Around

At our April meeting, Nate talked to us about planting and all our members went home with small gardens containing seedlings they chose.  It was a great day to be outside.

The club also  hosted a Poultry Clinic on Saturday, May 12, 2018.  Topics covered were everything you need to know to show a chicken or duck at Acton Fair from filling out your forms to showing your bird in the ring.  The Judge from last year at Acton Fair  (Jonathan Myers) was on hand to talk about getting your birds ready for show and showmanship

Nature Kids

Spring brings sawdust for Nature Kids! We have started our woodworking unit by making candy dispensers using wood, hammers, nails, sandpaper and most importantly… TEAMWORK.

York County Shepherds

Last meeting was in April and we talked about the one theme exhibits for the fairs. We worked on sheep knowledge in small groups and discussed up coming events. June Jamboree is June 9th- 10th. We had a couple of kids do the WHEP camp and loved it!

Dairy Goat Clinic, Sunday May 20th @ 1:30 pm

Reegan and Cole Hussey, independent 4-Hers, are planning a dairy goat clinic at their farm on Sunday, May 20th at 1:30 pm.  They will focus on showing the goats.  The address is:
119 River Road, Biddeford, Maine.
Please contact Sally at 324-2814 or email: so we can let the Hussey’s know how many kids are attending.
4-Hers don’t have to bring their goats to attend, the Hussey’s have some that the kids can work with.

4-H Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Camp

York County 4-Hers from 2 different clubs attended the camp at Bryant Pond 4-H Center during spring break.  Levi Flint and Chloe Lamontagne attended from York County Shepherds 4-H Club.  Trista Hebert, Ellie Judice, and Maya Judice attended from D.O.G. 4-H Club.  There is a state contest being held on May 12th in Gray to determine 4-H members selected to represent Maine at the National WHEP Contest in July.

Exhibit Hall at Ossipee Valley Fair

Ossippee Valley Fair July 10-15,2018
Please join us at Ossippee Valley Fair in the Exhibit Hall this year!  There are One Theme Exhibits, and individual exhibits.  Exhibit information is on the Website Exhibit Setup is Tuesday July 10, 2018 6:00-8:00P.M. or Wednesday July 11, 2018, 9:00-12:00, A.M. Contact Ann Boucher at 207-793-2373 with questions and for exhibit cards.

State 4-H  Presentation Contest

Aurora Azara, Sean Azara, Cadence Echols, and Ella Morris competed in the State 4-H Public Speaking Contest on April 7th at the University of Maine in Orono.  All four won blue ribbons.  Great job kids!

Year 2017 – 2018 

York County 4-H Program “Dates and Facts to Remember” 

4-H is age 5-18. 4-H Age is determined by December 31st. On December 31st your age is what you will be in the new year. In most cases you must be 9 years old to show a large animal project. For 4-H trips you must be 4-H age of 14. Cloverbuds are aged 5-8/Junior members are age 9-11/Intermediate members are age 12-14/Senior members are age 15-18.

The 4-H program year is October 1 to September 30. This was traditionally set up years ago to follow the agricultural fair schedule. Our two County Fairs are: Ossipee Valley Fair in July and the Acton Fair in August.


May 18 – 19, 2018     4-H at UMaine program for 4-H members ages 12 – 17.

May 20, 2018            Dairy goat clinic, 1:30 pm, @ 119 River Road, Biddeford, Maine.

June 2018                 Animal Approval forms need to be filled out and signed; Due June 30th. Entries are due to Ossipee Valley Fair. Be sure to get a camping spot if needed/ Check fair website for specific dates. Bring certified embossed approval forms with you if showing animals.

June 30, 2018           Animal Approval/Lease forms are due in Extension office for Dog, Goat, and Sheep.

July 16-20, 2018      Southern Maine 4-H Horse Camp.

June 30-July 7, 2018     Citizenship Washington Focus trip.

July 12 -15, 2018      Ossipee Valley Fair in South Hiram.

July 19-22, 2018       Maine 4-H Days at Windsor Fairgrounds.

July 23-25, 2018      National 4-H WHEP (Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Program) Contest at Schoodic Institute, Winter Harbor, Maine.

August 1st, 2018        Acton Fair entries are due in county office.

August 23-26, 2018 Acton Fair.

September 2018       Eastern States “The Big E” Fair.

September 30- October 7, 2018     Fryeburg Fair.

  • Always bring York County 4-H embossed copies of your approval forms with you to the fair if you are showing animals.
  • Approval forms not needed for rabbits or chickens.

State 4-H News

  1. 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 at:

Registration opens on June 1st. If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity, please contact Sarah Sparks at or 207.353.5550.

  • Oxford County 4-H June Jamboree
    Oxford County 4-H JuneJamboree 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 or 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 24and 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: or contact your local office.
  • 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:


  1. 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.  Direct links are available here.

  • Project Record – Advanced (Word| PDF)
  • Project Record – Beginner (Word| PDF)
  • Project Record – Cloverbud (Word| PDF)
  • Project Record – Intermediate (Word| PDF)
  • Portfolio (Word | PDF)

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
  • 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
  • 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, or 207.353.5550, extension 12.

Image Description: D.O.G. 4-H Club rabbit clinic

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Image Description: Kidding Around 4-H Club meeting

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Image Description: York County Shepherds practicing felting at their workshop.

Master Gardener Class – May 15

This week we will cover Botany Part II and Risk Management in the MG program.

Review the Botany Primer Pages 42-56 on Flowers and Inflorescences and Reproduction and Fruits.

Volunteerism – Review this section of your Volunteerism Chapter:


May 8 – Master Gardener Class

This week’s class will be on insects in the home garden – friends and foes… with UMaine Extension Entomologist, Clay Kirby

Here are two resources from this week’s class on Preserving the Harvest: Master Food Preserver Program and Food Preservation Hands On Workshops

Resources to Review for this Week’s Class on Home Garden Entomology (Bugs!)

Entomology (password protected chapter) see your email for password

Submitting an Insect Specimen

Insect Pest Fact Sheets

Home Garden Insect Photo Library


Master Gardener Class – May 1

This week’s class will be on Home Garden Food Preservation and Food Insecurity in Maine.


Food Preservation fact sheets and resources: 

Let’s Preserve: Food Canning Basics

Steps to Success in Home Canning

Links to Let’s Preserve Series as a Reference

Hunger and Food Insecurity Information: 

Hunger in Maine Good Shepherd Food Bank

Hunger Pains: Wide Spread Food Insecurity Threatens Maine’s Future

Overcoming the Silence of Generational Poverty


2017 Maine Hunger Dialogue 

 The American Food Disparity: The Story of America’s 49 Million Food Insecure   –  This video is 41 minutes long, but tells an excellent story of how our food policy has been shaped from the days of the Great Depression to Today

Reminder: Take Home Review # 2 due in class on May 8th. 

Master Gardener Class – April 24

Next week our class will focus on Plant Disease Management in the Home Garden with Alicyn Smart.


Review the Disease Cycles and Plant Pathology sections of your Pest Management chapter. Note: Both of these sections of your chapter are password protected. You have been given the password in the email with the link to this blog.

Take Home Review #2 is due in class on May 8th

Take Home Review # 2 (word)

Take Home Review # 2 (pdf)

Master Gardener Class – April 17

Hi All,

I have decided to give you one more week before your next take home review so we can even out the material covered a little better. I will give you the take home next week and include this coming week’s class on Pesticide Safety.


Please review the Pesticide Safety chapter of your manual including the YardScaping section


Master Gardener Class – April 10

This coming week our class will be on Growing Vegetables in Maine part II.


Please review the vegetable chapter of your online manual. Familiarize yourself with the resources here. You do not have to read every fact sheet in detail.

Your next take home review will come next week

Master Gardener Class – April 3

Great pruning field trip at Berry Best Farm yesterday and our hosts were so wonderful I look forward to seeing most of you on Saturday at the MG Annual Meeting. We have a great agenda planned and we will introduce you to many other active Master Gardener Volunteers in York County and launch our program planning.

This coming week our class will be on Growing Vegetables in Maine part I.

Please Review this fact sheet on Pruning Woody Landscape Plants and how to do a 1-2-3 Cut


Please review the vegetable chapter of your online manual. Familiarize yourself with the resources here. You do not have to read every fact sheet in detail



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Contact Information

Cooperative Extension in York County
15 Oak Street, Suite 302
Springvale, Maine 04083
Phone: 207.324.2814 or 1.800.287.1535 (in Maine)E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
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