March 2018 York County 4-H News

March 30th, 2018 1:10 PM

4-H Club News


Rabbit Clinic by D.O.G. 4-H Club at Tractor Supply in Scarborough on March 31st from 9:30 - 1:00 pm

The D.O.G. Club is having their rabbit clinic at Tractor Supply in Scarborough from 9:30 – 1 pm on March 31st.

 Lucky Charms

Lucky Charms 4-H Meeting

The Lucky Charms club has been busy! We’ve elected new officers, built bird houses and planned a spring fundraiser. We had two members participate in the public speaking contest and some of the February vacation workshops. Our next activity meeting will be messy, we’ll be making slime! Happy Spring!
Kidding Around

Kidding Around 4-H Meeting


Our February meeting was a fun one.  Sally came and did a power point presentation on vermicomposting (worm farming) and each member made their own worm composting bin.

At our March meeting, we learned how to make an inexpensive incubator and hatch and raise chicks.  There were lots of little chicks for the kids to play with and they helped Nate put bands on the chicks.

Kidding Around 4-H club will be hosting a Poultry Clinic on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 1 p.m. at 119 Shaws Ridge Road, Sanford, Maine. 

You will learn 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.  You can bring your birds if you want, but you do not have to.  The Judge from last year at Acton Fair  (Jonathan Myers) will be on hand to talk about getting your birds ready for show and showmanship

Please bring a lawn chair.

RSVP to Debbi Cole at or 207-469-8714.

Nature Kids

Nature Kids at their 4-H meeting.
Nature Kids kicked off 2018 with their cooking unit! They have learned
the importance of hand-washing and how to set the table. They were busy
in the kitchen making pancakes tortillas and chocolate chip cookies.
Many club members were able to participate in the county public speaking

York County Shepherds

York County Shepherds practicing felting at their workshop.

We had a demo done by Aidan about his lambing season. We discussed our one theme club project for the fairs. We picked a theme. We did a felted wool car diffuser as a craft.  Club members also attended the felting and painting workshops.

Pictures from Workshops were Offered Over February Vacation:


Robotics workshop



Felting workshop


Public Speaking



Painting workshop


Eat Well "Chopped Workshop"


York County Presentation Contest

York County 4-H Public Speaking Contest

A county presentation contest was held on  March 10th.  We had 10 participants.  We have six 4-H youth from York County who qualified to compete at the State 4-H Presentation Contest at Maine on April 7th.  great job kids and leaders in preparing for the competition.  We had great presentations from Cloverbuds who will get their chance at the state contest when they reach official 4-H age.

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.

March 31, 2018       D.O.G. Rabbit Clinic at Tractor Supply in Scarborough from 9:30 – 1:00 pm.

April 1, 2018             Eastern States Horse approval forms/lease forms due in county office.

April 1, 2018             Enrollments due for new 4-H members.

April 3, 2018             4-H Leader’s Meeting @ 7:00 pm in the county office.

April 7, 2018            State Wide Public Speaking Contest – Orono

April 8, 2018            Snow date for April 7th – Public Speaking Contest – Orono

April 7-12, 2018       National 4-H Conference trip to Washington, D.C.

May 1, 2018               “Intent to sell” Market Lamb forms due in county office.

May 1, 2018              Animal Approval/Lease forms due in county office for Dairy and Working Steer.

May 1, 2018              Go online to “Maine Association of Livestock Exhibitors” for livestock insurance to      show at the fairs or provide evidence of $1,000,000 homeowners insurance to show at the fairs.

May 12, 2018           Poultry Clinic 1 pm, hosted by Kidding Around  4-H Club, rsvp to: or call 207-469-8714.

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

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. 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 or 207.581.3877.
  2. 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, or call 207.581.3877.
  3. Come to Orono for the 2018 4H@UMaine May 18-19!
    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 or 207.581.3292.
  4. Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF)
    Start making plans now to visit our Nation’s Capital during the week of June 30 to July 7, 2018. CWF is a leadership program conducted by the National 4-H Council for high school youth ages 14 to 18. Delegations of 4-Hers from across the country spend six days touring the city and attending leadership skill-building workshops. This summer, the Maine delegation will travel down on June 30 and travel home July 7, 2018. You will stay at the National 4-H Conference Center just outside Washington, DC. Visiting the most popular sites in Washington, DC will be a part of the trip, including spending the 4th of July in our nation’s capital. There is a mandatory orientation for Maine delegates on April 28th, 2018.  For more information visit Contact your county 4-H office for details about how to be a part of this experience if you don’t hear from them very shortly. All county offices have different criteria/dates to apply, so please contact them ASAP.
  5. 4-H Healthy Relationships Teen Council Meeting March 19th
    In February, Maine 4-H sent 7 teens to the Healthy Living Summit in Washington D.C. As part of the trip the group created an action plan to bring back to Maine to implement. They chose to focus on helping other youth establish healthy relationships in all aspects of their lives including families, significant others, and friends, in part by helping them to understand their own self-worth. Their goal is to empower kids to connect and create an environment full of healthy relationships. The team will be meeting virtually via Zoom on Monday March 19th 5:00 – 6:30PMand welcome any other youth ages 14-18 who would like to participate in this action plan. For more information about the action plan you can visit our live video at If you are interested in participating please email Sara Conant, or call the Cumberland County Extension office at 207.781.6099.
  1. 2018 American Goat Federation Youth Scholarship Program
    To encourage education and development of youth involved in the goat industry, AGF will accept scholarship applications from qualifying youth who enter and complete all requirements of the program. Projects must be received at the AGF office by August 20, 2018 and the Scholarship Application accompanied by a short biography must be received at the office No Later Than 30 days prior to August 20, 2018.   Entries will be judged by an independent panel and winners will be announced September, 2018.Applicants must be between the ages of 12 and 20, and under the age of 21 as of September 30, 2017. Applicants must be a member of the American Goat Federation, the child, grandchild, great grandchild or step child, step grandchild or step great grandchild of a member of the American Goat Federation, or of any of the following member organizations of the American Goat Federation.
  • The American Boer Goat Association (including Jr Association)
  • The American Dairy Goat Association
  • Alabama Meat Goat and Sheep Producers Association
  • Cashmere Goat Association
  • Texas Sheep and Goat Breeders Association

For more information visit:
7.  4-H Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP) Wildlife Education Training Event April 19-20th Please hold the date!
Maine will host the National Wildlife Habitat Education Program this July at the Schoodic Institute at Acadia. In preparation, Maine 4-H will have a training event to prepare and select a team to compete in the national event. On April 19th and 20th the Maine 4-H program will host an overnight educational training program and team selection. Plans include an ongoing WHEP event and participation in the national program each year. More information will follow. Cost will be $25 per member all meals and materials included. The training will be held at the University of Maine 4-H Camp and Learning Center at Bryant Pond. Training is open to all youth ages 8-19. Studying a science-based manual, participants:

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

To learn more, go to: or or contact Sally Farrell, or 207.324.2814.
8.  Registration Now Open for 2018 Kleinschmidt Windstorm Challenge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, contact Marcy Smith at


9.   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.

Master Gardener Class – March 27

March 30th, 2018 7:38 AM

This week will be a “hands on” pruning workshop at Berry Best Farm at 33 Colburn Way, Lebanon. We will meet at the farm at 10:00 AM and be there until noon. Please dress for the outdoors and wear appropriate shoes for wet areas though the snowpack should be almost gone by then. If you have hand pruners and loppers please bring them along.

Please review your Pruning Tree Fruit chapter and the pruning section of the Growing Highbush Blueberries and the associated Pruning Video

Master Gardener Class – March 20

March 21st, 2018 3:29 PM

This coming week’s class will focus on Growing Tree Fruits in Maine with Renae Moran, Extension Pomology Specialist.


Please review the Tree Fruit chapter of your online manual, including videos and publications.  Also review Growing Tree Fruit in Maine which is password protected. I will give you the password in a separate email as this blog is available to the public.


Master Gardener Class – March 13 – Postponed

March 13th, 2018 11:58 AM

NOTE: Our regular classroom upstairs will not be available for us on Tuesday, therefore please look for class on the floor below in the Sanford Adult Education Office. We will have signs posted.

Hi All,

I am typing in the comfort of my basement office as the snow drives down hard and you are hopefully all safe at home. In my haste to cancel today’s class I erroneously reported that next week’s class will be on Tree Fruit. Not True – Next week’s class will be on volunteering in the Master Gardener program and Sue and I will cover all of our major volunteer programs.

With your take home review due March 20 I will go light on your homework this week.


Volunteerism – Review this section of your Volunteerism Chapter:


and don’t forget…….

Open Book Review 1 – Due in Class on March 20. Note: You may work together in study groups on the review if you like and use all of your MG resources.

Open Book Review 1 (word)

Open Book Review 2 (pdf)

Master Gardener Class – March 6

March 7th, 2018 2:04 PM

Hello All,

Great class and discussion with David Handley yesterday. I was very impressed with the interest and enthusiasm of the class, especially considering he had finished 20 minutes early and everyone stayed to keep asking questions and contributing to the discussions.

David Handley’s Food Safety Powerpoint

David Handley’s Five Steps for Food Safe Fruits and Vegetables for the Home Gardener

David Handley’s Food Storage Info Sheet

Homework: Next week we will focus on Risk Management for Master Gardener Volunteers with Sally Farrell, York County 4-H Professional and Botany for Gardeners Part II with Frank.

Review the Botany Primer Pages 42-53 (Flowers and Inflorescences – Reproduction and Fruits).

Volunteerism – Review this section of your Volunteerism Chapter:


Open Book Review 1 – Due in Class on March 20. Note: You may work together in study groups on the review if you like and use all of your MG resources.

Open Book Review 1 (word)

Open Book Review 2 (pdf)

Master Gardener Class – February 27

February 28th, 2018 1:55 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 

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 

Master Gardener Class February 20

February 21st, 2018 9:59 PM

Hello All,

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


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

Master Gardener Class – February 13

February 14th, 2018 4:28 PM

Hi All,

A bit of follow up from yesterday’s class on Soils Part II. Here is a link to the Soil Fertilizer Calculations you worked on in class yesterday

This coming week we will cover Botany Part I


Review the Botany Primer Pages 1-40 (Introduction, Stems and Buds, Root and Leaves). We will cover the rest of the Primer during Botany Part II later on.

Web Soil Survey: 

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.

York County Soil Types –  use this web page for more detailed information on the soil types found from your Web Soil Survey.

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 2

Quiz 2 – Soils Part II and Worm Composting (word)

Quiz 2 – Soils Part II and Worm Composting (pdf)

Master Gardener Class – February 6

February 7th, 2018 4:56 PM

Hi All,

Great job hanging in there through our first class on Soils and Home Composting.

If you have time (Optional) Enjoy listening to this amazing podcast: From Tree to Shining Tree

This coming week our class will focus on Soils Part II and Vermicomposting (worm composting).


Review Soils readings from last week

Familiarize yourself with the Soils Chapter of your Online Manual and in particular review:

Soil and Plant Nutrition a Gardeners Perspective

Soil Organic Matter

Using Green Manures – MOFGA Fact Sheet

Natural Sources of Plant Nutrients

Optional Reading for a Deeper Understanding of Soil Organic Matter read chapters 1-2 of: Building Soils for Better Crops

Vermicompost Readings:

Composting with Redworms

Worm Composting Fact Sheet (PDF)

Worm Composting Video


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 – (word)

Quiz 1 – (pdf)

That’s all for now, see you Tuesday in class,


Master Gardener Class – January 30, 2018

January 30th, 2018 2:30 PM

Hi All,

This is my first blog post for this year’s class with many more to come. Our class next Tuesday morning at 8:30 will be on Soils Part I and Home Composting.

This is the page to please BOOKMARK for one stop shopping for all your York County Master Gardener Forms and Information including links to the training manual, reporting form and much more.

Here is the link to your Master Gardener Online Manual – Bookmark This Site: One of the Pest Management Chapters is password protected. We will email you the password when we get to that point in the training.

Here is the link to the Class Core Competencies you will be achieving in this class:

Core Competencies (word)

Core Competencies (pdf)

Reading – Soils Homework:

Familiarize yourself with the Soils Chapter of your Online Manual and in particular review:

Soil and Plant Nutrition a Gardeners Perspective

Soil Organic Matter

Using Green Manures – MOFGA Fact Sheet

Natural Sources of Plant Nutrients

Reading – Home Composting Homework

How Compost Happens 

Home Composting 

Review Links for Seed Starting Information:

Making Newspaper Pots

Seed Starting at Home

Making a Seed Starting Stand Video

PVC Seed Starting Stand Plans (word) – By the way, I forgot to mention all you need to cut the PVC is a hacksaw. It is very easy to cut.

PVC Seed Starting Plans (pdf)

Wood Seed Starting Plans (word)

Wood Seed Starting Plans (pdf)

I think this is enough for your first week of homework :) Please have your soils and compost reading done and be ready to roll on Tuesday!