Master Gardener Class – May 16

May 20th, 2017 8:02 PM

Sorry for the late blog post but I totally forgot until I was reminded by everyone at the plant sale :) Thank you all for an amazing plant sale! It was great to work together with so many of you.


Review these weed related web pages:

Weed Ecology and Management

New Jersey Weed Gallery

UMass Weed Herbarium 

Garden Weeds: MOFGA Fact Sheet

Go Botany – Plant ID

Review these Raised Bed Gardening Resources

:Rain Harvesting (PDF)

No Quiz this Week!

Master Gardeners offer Drip Irrigation and Hydroponic Gardening Workshops

May 12th, 2017 2:26 PM

Wells, Maine — University of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteers will offer a workshop on Drip Irrigation, 6 – 7:30 pm Wednesday, May 31, at Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm, 342 Laudholm Farm Road, Wells.

UMaine Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Allan Amioka will lead the program, explaining how drip irrigation saves valuable time and water resources and why plants respond favorably. Participants will learn how to install a simple drip irrigation system in the home garden. Meet at the All Seasons Garden behind the Mather Auditorium building. For more information and directions to Wells Reserve at Laudholm, see

A second workshop on Hydroponic Gardening will be offered at the same location, 4 – 6 pm, Thursday, June 8. Master Gardener Volunteers Jolene Staruch and Allan Amioka will walk you through the basics of growing lettuce, herbs and more, indoors – hydroponically! For more information, see

A $5 donation is requested at each event to help support the programs. To pre-register for either workshop, call UMaine Extension in York County at 207.324.2814 or email

To request a disability accommodation, call Frank Wertheim at 207.324.2814 or 800.287.1535 (in state). Both workshops are part of the All Seasons Garden series brought to the Wells Reserve at Laudholm by UMaine Extension’s York County Master Gardener Volunteers.

Master Gardener Class – May 9

May 12th, 2017 2:09 PM

Hi All,

This week’s class will be on Vegetable Gardening in Maine with Mark Hutton, UMaine Extension Vegetable Specialist.

Sue wanted me to let the new class know that volunteering with Partners for a Hunger Free York County, while a worthy endeavor, does not count as MG hours, unless they are working with us on an approved MG project.


Please review the vegetable chapter of your online manual

No Quiz this week – your take home review is due on Tuesday

Master Gardener Class – May 2

May 4th, 2017 12:36 PM

Wow! Time is rolling along… hard to believe we are in the final stretch of our MG classes. This coming week we will be focusing on food insecurity in Maine and York County and what and how MGs have been involved in helping to address it. Our guest speaker will be Tessa Mazza of Partners for a Hunger Free York County.


Hunger in Maine Good Shepherd Food Bank

The American Food Disparity: The Story of America’s 49 Million Food Insecure

Roger Thurow: First 1000 Days – NOTE: Scroll ahead to the 7 minute mark to get to the part that Roger reviews the importance of the first 1000 Days in a from utero until a child turns 2 years old.

Maine Hunger Dialogue Video 2015

Maine Hunger Dialogue Video 2016

Maine Hunger Dialogue Web Page

Maine Hunger Dialogue Facebook Page

Universities Fighting World Hunger

Maine Harvest for Hunger

Partners for a Hunger Free York County

Partners for a Hunger Free York County FaceBook Page

Open Book Review # 2 – Due in Class on May 16

Openbook Review # 2 (word)

Openbook Review # 2 (pdf)

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.


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 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.


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


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.

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: 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 or 207.949.3878. Register online – 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 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, or call 207.581.3877.
  4. 2017 4-H Dog Camp in Orono
    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 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
  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:
  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 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 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:  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:

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:

  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, or Meccasue Simmons at 301-300- 6871 or
  3. April 4-H Fix
    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 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


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


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