Mark Hutchinson, a University of Maine Cooperative Extension educator and professor, demonstrated how to build a home compost pile on the latest installment of the “Backyard Gardener” series on WVII (Channel 7). Hutchinson said composting can dramatically improve soil’s fertility, meaning better root systems and healthier plants for the next gardening season.
Maine Bound’s rock climbing gym at the University of Maine was mentioned in a Bangor Daily News article about an Orrington family who pursues the sport together. The family’s two children have been regulars at Maine Bound since before they could walk, their parents said. Andrew Krause, trip logistics manager at Maine Bound, said the majority of young rock climbers who start in the gym are around 8 or 9 years old. In order to climb without an adult, climbers must be at least 16 years old and pass a skills test, he said. “In the gym setting, there’s no danger at all. It’s more of a maturity thing,” he said. “Climbing requires a lot of mental focus and finding out what you’ll do on the wall, so there’s a lot of mental maturity that you need.”
The Penobscot Bay Pilot reported students from six coastal and island high schools gathered on Hurricane Island in Penobscot Bay for the second year of the Eastern Maine Skippers Program and its collaborative, yearlong project addressing the question, “How can the impact of the green crab population be controlled in a way that conserves the marine ecosystem and encourages new industry?” Before beginning fieldwork, students worked with researchers including Noah Oppenheim, a graduate student in the University of Maine’s School of Marine Sciences, according to the article. Oppenheim helped teach the students different sampling techniques that could be used in assessing green crab abundance in the intertidal zone, the article states.
Maine AgrAbility is sponsoring a demonstration of equine-assisted therapy for veterans 1–3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24 at Thistle Ridge Equestrian Centre, 1289 Village Road, Smithfield.
Charmaine Bouford, certified rehabilitation counselor for SpiritHorse Therapeutic Center (SHTC) and a registered therapeutic riding instructor, is the presenter. The demonstration, which is for veterans, service providers who work with veterans, people interested in learning more about equine therapy and the general public, is free for veterans. A $20 fee for nonveterans supports programs at SHTC.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension partners with the National AgrAbility Project to work with farmers, farm workers and farm family members with a chronic health condition or disability. For more information, or to request a disability accommodation, contact Lani Carlson, 207.944.1533, 800.287.1471 (in Maine).
The Eastern Maine Orchid Society (EMOS) will meet at the University of Maine’s Roger Clapp Greenhouses at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18. During their meeting, society member Janelle Delicata will demonstrate how to build an orchid terrarium. The completed terrarium will be auctioned with proceeds going to the EMOS scholarship that is awarded to a UMaine horticulture student. The meeting will also feature the society’s annual plant swap. The meeting and swap are free and open to the public. For more information, call Delicata at 944.8822.