Master Gardener Class – April 25

April 28th, 2017 7:33 AM

Hi All,

This week’s class will be on Pest Management, both insects and diseases.

Homework: 

Review your Chapter on Pest Management: Note – you don’t have to read everything, just familiarize yourself with the resources here.

NOTE: This chapter of your manual is password protected. I can’t give you the password here in a public blog so it will be in the body of the email I send out with the links to this blog.

Quiz

Quiz 4 Pesticide Safety (word)

Quiz 4 Pesticide Safety (pdf)

Master Gardener Class – April 18

April 20th, 2017 3:02 PM

Great field trip the Foxes Ridge Farm this week. This coming week in class we are focusing on pesticide safety, and the YardScaping Program as a tool to educate homeowners on ways to eliminate or reduce use of pesticides and minimal use of fertilizers.

Homework:

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

Quiz

Quiz 3 – Tree Fruit (word)

Quiz 3 – Tree Fruit (pdf)

April 2017 York County 4-H News

April 19th, 2017 1:58 PM

Acton Homesteaders

At the April Meeting, Acton Homesteaders will be going over the parts of a chicken to help the kids with their poultry knowledge. They will also have a take home activity so they can be practicing what they have learned.

 Lucky Charms

Several members of the Lucky Charms dropped off donations and a check for $170 to the Center for Wildlife on Saturday April 8. The club raised this money by making and selling bird seed ornaments. Our next meeting will be a super exciting foal watch sleepover, we are hoping to see a foal be born that night!

Clucky Clovers

The Lebanon group had our first meeting in April! The kids began learning what 4H was, and started discussing what activities they would like to do this summer. They also came up with club names and voted on our name, “clucky clovers”. The kids also started learning the 4H pledge.

4 Leaf Clover

At a recent club meeting, club members learned about drones and created planes for the Drone Discovery Activity.
Wall-E

The Wall-E Club worked on a picture activity for STEM careers.  The Meccano Robots are almost complete.

Kidding Around

Kidding Around will have its April meeting on April 23.  Nathan will be showing us how to prepare our chickens for the show.  There are baby goats, baby bunnies and baby chickens at Grammy’s farm so there is lots to do and see.

Nature Kids

 Nature Kids did seed planting in March. We are hoping to grow some vegetables/herbs for 4-H cooking projects and to donate to the food pantry. We also talked about animal tracks and kids made animal tracking posters.

Upcoming dates:

April 23: 1:00 pm, Nate Cole Poultry Clinic.  Contact: debbi@kennebunklaw.com for more information

May 1: 7:00 pm, 4-H Volunteer Leaders Meeting at Extension Office

May 1Fryeburg Fair Market Lamb Intent Forms Due

May 13Sheep Clinic, 10:00 am, Rummler Run Farm in Buxton

June 23Oxford County 4-H June Jamboree: Swine, Sheep, Working Steer, and Horses.  More info. to follow

June 30Animal Approval Forms and Lease Forms Due in County Office

July 6 – 9: Ossipee Valley Fair

July 14 – 17: Southern Maine 4-H Horse Camp at Fryeburg Fair

August 24 – 27: Acton Fair

2017 4-H State News Calendar

  1. Register now for 2017 4-H@UMaine May 19 – 20!
    Have you ever wondered what it would be like to eat a bug? Or to invent an iPhone app? 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 19-20! For more information about 4-H@UMaine, contact Greg Kranich at kranich@maine.edu or 207.949.3878. Register online http://umaine.edu/4h/youth/4-h-events/4humaine/ – it’s open until April 17th, and space is limited.
  2. Save the Date for 2017 Maine 4-H Days
    Maine 4-H Days will take place July 21 – 23 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.
  3. 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. This year we are trying to recruit some teens to join in planning. 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.
  4. 2017 4-H Dog Camp in Orono
    Who:
    Every 4-H’er enrolled or interested in a 4-H dog project
    What:Learn about obedience, showmanship, agility, vet meds, & sled dogs
    Where: Whitter Farm, University of Maine in Orono, ME
    When: Saturday, April 22, 2017
    Why: To improve 4-H’ers knowledge and skills in working with dogs. This is a required session for youth trying out for ESE Regional 4-H Dog program.
    How: Call Wendy at 942-7306 or robertson@maine.edu to register. Also complete a Vaccination Form and bring or send it in ahead of time.
    Schedule: Arrive and walk dogs by 8:45 am; ends with Popsicle treats and certificates at 1:45 pm.
    What to Bring to Dog Camp: there is a complete list on the Dog Camp page.
  5. April Vacation Camp at Tanglewood 4-H Camp and Learning Center
    April Vacation Camp will be held from Tuesday April 18- Friday April 21st at Tanglewood in Lincolnville. Explore the Tanglewood forest, garden, and play cooperative games at this science-based camp.  Ages 4-12 welcome. For more information, please call Patti at 207-789-5868. To register online, go to https://extension.umaine.edu/tanglewood/registration/.
  6. Eastern States Sheep Team
    If you are interested in being a member of the Eastern States team then the intent form must be signed by one of your county extension staff.  The form must be postmarked by May 1st and sent to Judy Smith in the Franklin County office.  You must be at least 12 years old by January 1st of this year.  You must be enrolled in at least your second year in the sheep project.The intent form indicates your intent to participate in the 2017 Eastern States 4‑H Sheep show as a representative of Maine.  Any Maine 4-H member who is considering team membership in 2017 should fill it out.  This form must be completed and returned by the deadline to be eligible for the 2017 Maine 4‑H ESE Sheep Team.  However, this form alone does not enroll the member on the Maine 4‑H ESE Sheep Team. A schedule of mandatory meetings and further information will be mailed to you once we receive this form. The form can be found on the Maine 4-H Sheep page at: https://extension.umaine.edu/4h/youth/4-h-projects/animal-science-resources/sheep/
  7. Are YOU a 4-H Alum? If so, you will want to read THIS!
    4-H alums from across the nation are being asked to raise their hands to support the next generation of true leaders. Every alum’s raised hand is a vote towards a $20,000 award for the 4-H state with the most alum hands raised. So if Maine gets enough hands raised, Maine 4-H will get the 20 grand!Want to “Raise Your Hand” for Maine? Here is what to do:
    Raise Your Hand – Go to4-H.org/RaiseYourHand to show your pride as a 4-H alum and vote for MAINE!
    2. It’s all about MAINE – Raising your hand is a vote towards a $20,000 award for the state with the most alums’ hands raised, which, in this case, will be MAINE! Second place gets $10,000 and third place gets $5,000.
    3. Pay it Forward – Tweet, post and share your #4HGrown experience or support and tag fellow alums asking them to raise their hands for MAINE (or, in a show of good sportsmanship, for their state if not MAINE J) at 4-H.org/RaiseYourHand.The contest runs from March 1 through June 30 but don’t wait THAT long to RAISE YOUR HAND for Maine 4‑H!!
  8. Train the Trainer Sessions on the Topic of Mosquito and Tick Borne Diseases
    Train the Trainer sessions on the topic of Mosquito and Tick Borne Diseases that will cover both awareness and prevention. It is being done by the DHH with a grad student from the University of Maine named Hannah Rhul. The program is for people who will be working with people outside.  It is a good fit for MGVs who work with community gardens, school gardens, etc.; 4-H Club Leaders, Camp personnel, Garden and Ag professionals.  There is no cost but there is a requirement to sign up in advance since we only have so much space and we want to make sure we have enough handouts for all.Here is a link with details on location and sign up:  http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectious-disease/epi/vector-borne/train-trainer/index.shtml.  Feel free to share it with anyone you feel might benefit from one of these sessions.
  9. 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Training Weekend Workshops (Level 1)
    Participation in the 4-H Shooting Sports has steadily grown in recent years and with this growth comes a greater demand for volunteer instructors. The 4-H model is a comprehensive youth development program that utilizes shooting sports as a way of connecting with young people teaching life skills such as teamwork, respect, and discipline as well as safety and enjoyment. Currently there are certified 4-H Shooting Sports Instructors in every county in the state and that list is growing.There will be two trainings – one April 22 – 23, 2017 in Augusta at the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine Headquarters, and a second July 16 – 18, 2017 at the University of Maine 4-H Camp and Learning Center at Bryant Pond. Details about each training, topics covered, and registration links can be found at: https://extension.umaine.edu/bryantpond/4-h-shooting-sports/instructor-training

10.  Maine 4-H Educator Kristy Ouellette, Androscoggin & Sagadahoc Counties, our next Teacher in Space  Well, perhaps not but she did recently contribute to an exciting new national 4-H Curriculum, written in collaboration with NASA, called Expeditionary Skills for Life! It was released recently in conjunction with International Space Station (ISS) Expedition 50 which is commanded by former 4-H Member Peggy Whitson. To hear Commander Whitson answer questions from members of the Hartsfield Elementary School 4-H Club of Texas check out this recording: you-tube

11.  Free Online Course for Youth: Excellence in Exhibition: Preventing Disease in Animals and People
Raising and showing livestock help youth develop responsibility, learn good sportsmanship, and gain confidence. While raising and showing animals have an overall positive impact on youth and the community, there are many animal diseases that can be spread between people and animals, especially when people have close contact with animals. Several animal related disease outbreaks, such as variant influenza A virus of swine (H3N2v) and enteric disease outbreaks caused by pathogens such as coli, have been associated with fairs in recent years. In many instances, these events resulted in severe illness in youth. Youth livestock projects can also present disease transmission risks to animals due to the comingling of various animals and animal species from different locations.Understanding disease risks and preventive measures is critical to reduce the occurrence of zoonotic diseases among youth associated with animal agriculture. Awareness of these risks can help youth to understand the importance of disease prevention for themselves, their animals, and the public.This online course was created by Iowa State University to teach youth about zoonotic diseases. This web-based course includes, lessons, case studies, and supplemental materials – it is self-paced and accessible online at any time, which means that you can participate in the class when it works with your schedule. Learn more and sign up online at: http://www.cfsph.iastate.edu/YouthInAg/.

  1. Maine 4-H Community Service in 2016
    “I pledge…my Hands to larger service…” One aspect of every member’s 4-H participation involves “giving back” by providing a service of some kind to their community.In 2016, a community service project survey was conducted to learn about the projects that were implemented. Projects reported via this survey included improving fairgrounds, providing assistance to local shelters, improving community nutrition through community gardens, planting flowers at the rec. center, clothing donations to needy families, children and teen mentoring, donations of blankets to Veterans homes, food to food banks, increasing civic pride through community parade participation, literacy campaigns, and dressing up cemeteries by cleaning and placing US Flags on graves before Memorial and Veterans Days.Clubs reporting service projects in 2016 indicated that although a few took as long as 300 or more hours to complete, half of all the projects reported took less than ten hours to complete, some as short as only one hour! Thirty-three percent of the projects spent $50 or less to complete, some nothing at all, yet 100’s of people were reported as being helped in some manner. In addition to the communities and individual lives being improved, the 4-H’ers, themselves, found benefit in doing this work. Growth experienced by the 4-H’ers that was reported included: organizational skills, leadership helping younger children with service tasks, time management, critical thinking skills, learning to be responsible, willingness to help others with nothing expected in return, planning skills, decision making skills, empathy, and a sense of pride. Comments received included:

    • “They continually want to help others.”
    • “Because of the work with cemeteries they are now very interested in their ancestors.”
    • “I think that we all had a lot of fun and enjoyed helping make the fairgrounds look better. With every project we do we learn more about why community service is important.”
    • “The youth had a great time sharing what 4-H is to them.”
  2. Youth Educational Poultry Basket Show
    Where: Poultry Barn at the Windsor Fairgrounds, Windsor, ME
    When: Sunday, May 7th – Registration at 10:00 am, show at 11:00 am
    Who: Anyone 18 years old or younger can enter! Anyone of any age can come, observe, and learn.
    What: Purebred poultry – Large Fowl, Bantams, Waterfowl, and Pigeons, LIMIT: 5 BIRDS PER EXHIBITORHave you maybe been interested in showing your poultry at the state fairs or club shows, but weren’t sure what you needed to do and know? Well, here’s the chance to learn and become involved! It’s fun, and you can win prizes and even money. Central Maine Bird Fanciers is a club that not only sponsors shows, but provides poultry educational opportunities for everyone. We’d like to see more young people become involved in successful poultry raising and exhibiting. This basket show will give everyone a chance to have some fun competition AND learn at the same time. Prizes will be given.If you have any questions, please contact Linda Blackman at 207-542- 4323 or lindablackman@roadrunner.com, or Meccasue Simmons at 301-300- 6871 or meccasue82@yahoo.com.
  3. April 4-H Fix
    APRIL
    is here and we all know that April Showers bring…4-H Alums!!!?? Well it does if we’re talking about the 4-H Fix!This spring is ALL about our 4-H ALUMS!! On April 7 the 4-H Fix will investigate the meaning of being a Maine 4-H alum in a post entitled “Standing on the shoulders of giants!”Our March 4-H Fix was an introduction to one Maine 4-H alum, Brownie Schrumpf. Now in APRIL we get to meet another! On April 21 visit the 4-H Fix to meet Maine 4-H alum Katherine Watier Ong in the first of our new series, “Where are they now?”.Don’t forget! If you haven’t done so already, go to 4-H.org/RaiseYourHand to show your pride as a 4-H alum and vote for MAINE!

Master Gardener Class – April 11

April 12th, 2017 8:12 PM

Field Trip to Foxes Ridge Farm in Acton.

We will convene at 9:00 AM at 776 Foxes Ridge Rd., Acton, ME 04001 

We will be viewing the orchard’s small fruit and tree fruits, discussing orchard development and pruning. We plan to have a pruning demo and then follow that up with with some “hands on” experience.

Please bring if you have:

  • hand pruners
  • loppers

Please wear appropriate footwear for walking on through the orchard. There shouldn’t be any snow left but it could be wet in spots.  Ann Stevens has already prepared a nice home made snack for us. You will truly enjoy and learn from this great orchard and the knowledgeable couple Ann and Howard Stevens who have been orchardists for many years.

Homework: Re-review your assignments from the last weeks on Small Fruits and Tree Fruits.

No Quiz this week :) 

Master Gardener Class – April 4

April 6th, 2017 1:46 PM

Next week’s class will be on Growing Fruit Trees in Southern Maine

Homework

Please review the Tree Fruit chapter of your online manual, including videos and publications

Quiz

Quiz 2 – Small Fruits and Food Safety in the Garden (word)

Quiz 2 – Small Fruits and Food Safety in the Garden (pdf)

Master Gardener Class – March 28

March 29th, 2017 3:40 PM

Hi All,

This coming week will be Small Fruits Part II focusing on minor (for Maine) small fruit crops such as grapes, hardy kiwi, elderberries and chokeberries.  Please bring your PowerPoint handout from this week as it has the remaining slides we will be covering on it.

No Quiz this Week – as your take home review # 1 is due in class on April 4.

Reading Homework:

Please Review these Three Videos related to growing grapes in Maine:

And this one related to Food Safety in the Home Garden

Review these fact sheets:

Growing Grapes in Wisconsin

Growing Aronia in Iowa

Growing Elderberries – Penn State Bulletin 

March 2017 York County 4-H News

March 27th, 2017 1:22 PM

Acton Homesteaders

Acton Homesteaders worked together with Aubuchon Hardware in Springvale to host a chicken day and Bake Sale. Pictured is Adia Herman with some of our chickens and displays we set up through out the day. We had a great time and look forward to doing full demonstrations next year.

 Lucky Charms

On April 2nd, the club will be at the 4th Annual Pet Expo at the North Berwick Elementary School.  The Pet Expo is fundraiser for the club and Another Chance Animal Rescue.
Alexa is making our 4-H Card for The Center for Wildlife.   The club raised $170.00 from our fundraising event selling birdseed ornaments at Tractor Supply!

Boots and Buckles

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We made homemade horse & dog treats. We are planning on doing a community service day at the animal refuge league in the next few weeks, plus many spring clinics

4 Leaf Clover

Club members attended the Engineering Expo at the University of Southern Maine in Gorham.  The club also went snow tubing!
Wall-E

The Wall-E Club is continuing to work on robotics.  They have almost completed the assembly on the Meccano robots and also working on programming for the Lego EV3 robots.

Kidding Around

At our February Meeting it was all about bunnies.  Anna Kezar and Daniel Kezar showed us how to give a bunny a health check and talked about showing.  They did a fantastic job and we all learned a lot.  We had quite a few bunnies in attendance.  After the meeting the kids played with the animals and had a snowball fight.

 

At our March meeting, Nicholas Thompson, shared his metalsmithing skills with us.  He has his own forge and we visited that and he showed us how he makes a knife from a piece of metal.  He made each 4-H member a hook to take home with them.  It was a beautiful day to be outside and the kids played with Nate’s two baby bunnies.

Nature Kids

In March, Nature Kids planted vegetable and herb seeds, learned about animal tracking, and had a whole meeting that was all about drawing!

York County Shepherds

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York County Shepherds met for our March meeting at Amelia Duca’s home.

We discussed making cat beds from wool and donating them to a local animal shelter. We went over some lambing supplies and scrapie tags. We had a practice demo from Kat. She practiced giving Kentucky, the Mandarin orange, a shot. She will be in great shape for the real demo. We had a barn tour of Amelia’s farm. She is ready for the lambing season begin!

Enrollment information:

4-H reenrollments for 2016-17 were due in the office on December 31st.  Members needed to be reenrolled by that date to participate in 4-H Shows at the county fairs.  New members have until April 1st to get their enrollments into the office.  If you have any questions please call Sally at the office: 207-324-2814.

Upcoming dates:

April 4th at 7:00 pm York County 4-H Volunteer Leaders Meeting

May 13th Sheep Clinic 10:00 am Rummler Run Farm in Buxton

July 6 – 9 Ossipee Valley Fair

July 14 – 17 Southern Maine 4-H Horse Camp at Fryeburg Fair

August 24 – 27 Acton Fair

 

2017 4-H Calendar

Come to Orono for the 2017 4H@UMaine May 19 – 20!
Planning has started and the wheels are in motion thanks to the efforts of a tremendous team! We are looking forward to another great event this year, and there are some exciting changes in the works! Stay tuned for details. For more information about 4-H@UMaine, contact Greg Kranich atkranich@maine.edu or 207.949.3878.

 

Save the Date for 2017 Maine 4-H Days
Maine 4-H Days will take place July 21 – 23 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. This year we are trying to recruit some teens to join in planning. 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.

 

2017 is MARCHing right along! It is time to get a4-H Fix!
March is Women’s History Month!

An article submitted to the National 4-H History Preservation Newsletter about the Maine 4-H Fix blog, was included in the January/February edition! Not only that, but 4-H National Headquarters, NIFA, USDA brought it to the country’s attention! Here is an excerpt from the USDA announcement.

News from NIFA 4-H HQ. Enjoy the January/February issue of the 4-H History Preservation newsletter. In this issue: Maine Offers “The 4-H Fix.” Incorporating 4-H History into state programs presents a creative opportunity. Maine 4-H offers regular written updates to local and county volunteers and staff to keep history front and center in programs.

 

4-H Statewide Public Speaking Tournament
The 4-H Statewide Public Speaking Tournamentwill be held Saturday, April 8, 2017 (snow date April 9) at Neville Hall, University of Maine Orono Campus. 4-H Youth ages 9 to 18 who have participated in their county 4-H public speaking tournament and received the required score are invited to participate. For youth in counties which do not hold public speaking tournaments, arrangements may be made through their county’s Extension office to present their presentation to their county’s 4-H staff in order to be eligible.

For more information on the 4-H Statewide Public Speaking Tournament please go to the website: https://extension.umaine.edu/4h/youth/public-speaking/tournament/  or contact Barbara Baker at baker@maine.edu or 207.942.7396.

 

Eastern States Sheep Team
If you are interested in being a member of the Eastern States team then the intent form must be signed by one of your county extension staff.  The form must be postmarked byMay 1st and sent to Judy Smith in the Franklin County office.  You must be at least 12 years old by January 1st of this year.  You must be enrolled in at least your second year in the sheep project.

The intent form indicates your intent to participate in the 2017 Eastern States 4‑H Sheep show as a representative of Maine.  Any Maine 4-H member who is considering team membership in 2017 should fill it out.  This form must be completed and returned by the deadline to be eligible for the 2017 Maine 4‑H ESE Sheep Team.  However, this form alone does not enroll the member on the Maine 4‑H ESE Sheep Team. A schedule of mandatory meetings and further information will be mailed to you once we receive this form. The form can be found on the Maine 4-H Sheep page at: https://extension.umaine.edu/4h/youth/4-h-projects/animal-science-resources/sheep/ 

 

Are YOU a 4-H Alum? If so, you will want to read THIS!
4-H alums from across the nation are being asked to raise their hands to support the next generation of true leaders. Every alum’s raised hand is a vote towards a $20,000 award for the 4-H state with the most alum hands raised. So if Maine gets enough hands raised, Maine 4-H will get the 20 grand!

Want to “Raise Your Hand” for Maine? Here is what to do:

Raise Your Hand – Go to4-H.org/RaiseYourHand to show your pride as a 4-H alum and vote for MAINE!
2. It’s all about MAINE – Raising your hand is a vote towards a $20,000 award for the state with the most alums’ hands raised, which, in this case, will be MAINE! Second place gets $10,000 and third place gets $5,000.
3. Pay it Forward – Tweet, post and share your #4HGrown experience or support and tag fellow alums asking them to raise their hands for MAINE (or, in a show of good sportsmanship, for their state if not MAINE J) at 4-H.org/RaiseYourHand.

The contest runs from March 1 through June 30 but don’t wait THAT long to RAISE YOUR HAND for Maine 4‑H!!

 

FilmFest 4-H
Teens interested in the world of cinematography/videography will want to know about the 6th Annual FilmFest 4-H
FilmFest 4-H,
hosted by Missouri 4-H, is a national 4-H film festival for teens that brings young people together to learn from film industry professionals and each other. Whether your interest is in cinematography or acting, costumes or stagecraft, or more, this is the event for you! The film industry professionals come from a wide range of roles: producers, actors, directors, sound technicians, voice actors, scriptwriters, miniatures experts, special effects technicians, makeup artists, casting directors, and many more!  They are the kind of people who are truly interested in the youth, the type that stick around after their presentation to sign autographs, take photos, and answer any extra questions that came to mind.  Young filmmakers whose work addresses an important social, economic, or environmental need are also eligible to apply for the annual National Leadership Awardfor Youth-Produced Media.  Last year’s attendees came from Missouri, Ohio, Delaware, Illinois, Utah, Iowa, South Carolina, West Virginia, Delaware, North Dakota, Texas, and the Virgin Islands! …who might YOU meet at FilmFest 4-H.

For more information, visit http://filmfest4h.org or find @FilmFest4H on your favorite social media site.

Master Gardener Class – March 21

March 22nd, 2017 5:59 PM

Hello All,

Next week’s class will focus on the Small Fruits: Strawberries, Highbush Blueberries and Brambles.

Homework:

David Handley will be with us to teach Small Fruits including Strawberries, Blueberries and Raspberries. In a later class we will cover grapes and minor small fruit crops.

From Your Small Fruit Chapter:

Please Review these Fact Sheets:

Growing Highbush Blueberries

Growing Raspberries and Blackberries

Growing Strawberries

Raspberry and Blackberry Varieties for Maine

Strawberry Varieties for Maine

Please Review these Videos:

How to Grow Strawberries: Planting a Strawberry Bed

How to Grow Strawberries: Renovating an Old Strawberry Bed

Getting Strawberries Ready for Winter

How to Grow Raspberries

How do I prune Raspberries?

Site Selection: How to Grow Blueberries

How to Prune a Blueberry Bush

Review #1

Your first open book take home quiz is attached. This one is due to turn in in two weeks in class on Tuesday, April 4. If you don’t make class that date please be sure and get it to me ahead of time by emailing or sending it in with a friend.

Take Home Review # 1 (word)

Take Home Review # 1 (pdf)

Good luck, have fun, and most importantly – learn from doing it.

Master Gardener Class – March 7

March 8th, 2017 9:10 AM

Hi All,

Sorry I forgot to ask you yesterday how you did with your web soil survey. I did see that several of you had printed and brought reports. I hope that was helpful for you. If anyone had trouble and needs some help just ask Sue or me. It is optional and not a required assignment.

The coming two weeks we will focus on Botany for Gardeners. Like soils the material is a little dense with details so we will break the class into two parts and this coming week we will also view the movie “Botany of Desire”, which I think you will really enjoy. It is based on a book by that title by Michael Pollan.

Homework:

From your Botany Chapter please review the Botany Primer to page 53. It is a little long and complex. Review as much as is practical for you and you can return to it as an excellent resource anytime you like.

In lieu of a quiz this week I will give you your first take home open book review next week. You will have two weeks to complete it.

Master Gardener Class – February 28

March 1st, 2017 2:37 PM

Hi All,

Class is rolling along – great group!!!

Here is a link to the Book  The Hidden Life of Trees which I mentioned in class yesterday for those who may be interested.

Digging Deeper RSVP – In class yesterday a card was handed out with the March 18th Digging Deeper advanced training for York County MGs only. It will be held in the Little Theatre in Springvale in the Nasson Community Center across the parking lot from our office. To attend, you must RSVP to Elizabeth Desimone at edesimone@goosefareantiques.com by Friday, March 10. Sue will be emailing the class again with the details. Don’t miss this great educational opportunity!

Digging Deeper Schedule:

8:30-9:00            Coffee and baked goods.
9:00-9:05            Welcome
9:05-10:30          Kerry Ann Mendez, The Right-Size Flower Garden:  exceptional plants and design solutions for time-pressed and maturing gardeners
10:30-10:45        Break
10:45-11:45        Josh Fecteau, Tasting the Wild: an introduction to foraging wild plants
11:45-12:00        Elizabeth Spahr, yoga stretch
12:00-1:00          Lunch
1:00-2:00            Judith Sumner, Exploring Victory Gardens: how a nation of vegetable growers helped to win WWII
2:00-2:15            Break
2:15-3:15            Debbie Mercier, Herbs and Herbal Medicine: how herbs and weeds can be used to treat common ailments
3:15-3:30            Closing

Web Soil Survey – Homework

 

  • Use this website: Web Soil Survey

    This is a bit of a challenge task, please have fun with it and do the best you can!

    Choose any area you wish to learn about – your home and garden, a nearby farm or any other land.

    • Initiate the survey by going to the address line and type in the address of your farm or a farm you would like to know more about (P.O. Boxes will not work). Hint: If the town is a subset of another town like Lyman is of Alfred, you may have to type in Alfred to get the farm located.
    • Click “View” after you type in the address and that will take you to a big map.
    • Use the 5-sided tool called AOI (area of interest) at the top of the web page. Click carefully, one click at a time to outline the field(s) you wish to know more about. If you make a mistake, which is easy to do, use the arrow key to go back – it takes a few seconds. Once you have an area outlined double click your cursor.
    • Now you should get a map with an area of blue lines drawn around the field(s) you highlighted.
    • To see which soil types with hotlinks to more information on each type now go to the tab at the top that says “Soil Map”. That will show you the soil types in a map on the right. On the left you will see acreage, and soil types. The soil types will have hotlinks to detailed information about each soil.

    To save your soil report and create a pdf so you can share it:

    • Click on the tab (above right) called Soil Data Explorer. You will get a map with codes for the soil type(s) on the map.
    • Now click on the tab called “Shopping Cart Free”. Then hit Check Out and choose “Get Now”. This will generate a multiple page document.

    Once you generate a report for the area you are researching you may wish to save this as a PDF file. Then you could save it to your computer and share the report via e-mail or any way you choose.

You may wish to save this as a PDF file. Then you could save it to your computer and share the report via e-mail or any way you choose.

Have fun with it, and if you get stuck, feel free to give me or Sue a call and we can work on it with you.

Quiz

Here is your first class quiz. We will go over this in class on Tuesday. They are for your benefit to make sure you are understanding the main concepts we are teaching in class. They will not be collected. The first take home review that will be collected will come soon.

Quiz 1 – MG Orientation/Seed Starting/Soils/Home Compost/Vermicompost (word)

Quiz 1 – MG Orientation/Seed Starting/Soils/Home Compost/Vermicompost (pdf)