Archive for the ‘Cooperative Extension’ Category

BDN Interviews Cooperative Extension Staff About Bond Proposal for Pest Lab

Friday, September 19th, 2014

The Bangor Daily News spoke with several University of Maine Cooperative Extension staff members about Question 2 on the November ballot that will ask Maine voters to approve an $8 million bond for animal and plant diagnostic services. The bond would allow UMaine Extension to build a new facility on campus to house labs for the monitoring and testing of insects and pests that plague domestic and wild plants and animals in Maine, the article states. Anne Lichtenwalner, director of UMaine’s Animal Health Laboratory; John Rebar, executive director of UMaine Extension; and Jim Dill, a pest management specialist, spoke about the proposed lab’s benefits, such as early Lyme disease detection.

Learn How to Strengthen Facilitation Skills

Friday, September 19th, 2014

University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Sea Grant are offering a five-session fall workshop for people interested in improving their facilitation skills.

“Strengthening Your Facilitation Skills, Level 1,” will be held 4–8 p.m. Oct. 14, Oct. 28, Nov. 10, Nov. 25 and Dec. 9, at North Berwick Town Hall, 21 Main St., North Berwick.

The workshop features experiential learning, including a chance to practice facilitation skills and receive feedback in a safe environment. The $120 fee covers instruction, a resource notebook and light meals.

For 20 years, instructor Kristen Grant has created programs that build individual skills and group capacities. She has a background in providing interactive, educational programs and works extensively in team settings.

Enrollment is limited to the first 15 registrants. To register or to request a disability accommodation, contact UMaine Extension, 207.324.2814. For more information, call 207.646.1555, ext. 115, email kngrant@maine.edu or visit the website.

Moran Talks Apples on MPBN’s ‘Maine Calling’

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Renae Moran, a tree fruit specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, was a recent guest on the Maine Public Broadcasting Network’s “Maine Calling” radio show. The show, titled “Apples, apples and more apples,” included discussion about favorite apple types and recipes.

Bolton Gives Safe Canning Tips on WVII

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Jason Bolton, a food safety specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, spoke with WVII (Channel 7) about safe canning practices. Bolton said the best part of canning is that it gives your food shelf life. He stressed the importance of using accurate and reliable resources, such as UMaine Extension classes, that are tested and approved to make sure you hit the appropriate times and temperatures and are using the right equipment. Bolton said when instructions are followed and the basics are learned, canning is a fairly easy process.

UMaine Extension Bulletin Bolsters Cross-Cultural Communication

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

University of Maine Cooperative Extension has published a new bulletin about strengthening a community’s capacity for cross-cultural conversation.

Jane Haskell, UMaine Extension professor, and Ashley Storrow, assistant program manager with Language Partners and Refugee and Immigration Services of Catholic Charities Maine, co-authored Using Refugee Voices to Improve Cross Cultural Conversations: Research with New Mainers.

Researchers in 2013–2014 investigated communication methods to better understand newly arrived refugees’ perceptions and experiences. Agencies can implement the findings to help ensure new Mainers’ voices are heard and to build effective programs that meet communities’ needs. The four-page bulletin discusses immigration and resettlement, and includes an explanation of the scope of the research project, along with recommendations.

More information and free downloads are available online and by contacting 207.581.3792 or extension.orders@maine.edu.

AP Advances Climate Change Adaptation and Sustainability Conference

Monday, September 15th, 2014

The Associated Press previewed the Oct. 23 Climate Change Adaptation and Sustainability Conference that will be hosted by the University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute (CCI). The conference, which is aimed at preparing for extreme weather events, is for business people, farmers, community planners and other interested residents and will cover subjects such as the spread of ticks and rising sea levels, the AP reported. During the conference, Sean Birkel, a research assistant professor at CCI, will demonstrate online tools such as the Climate Reanalyzer, 10Green and CLAS Layers that he and other CCI researchers developed to assist community planners prepare for climate changes. The Portland Press Herald, WABI (Channel 5), SFGate and The Washington Times carried the AP report.

Registration Open for Master Gardener Volunteer Training Classes, Free Press Reports

Friday, September 12th, 2014

The Free Press reported registration is still open for University of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer training classes in Knox, Lincoln and Waldo counties. Classes will cover the relationship between healthy soil and food plants and sustainable methods to fend off pests and diseases, according to the article. Classes will be held at the Knox-Lincoln Extension office in Waldoboro, and some may be held at the Waldo Extension office in Waldo, the article states. Applications are due by Sept. 18, and classes begin Oct. 2.

UMaine Extension Whips Up Family Fun Cooking Class

Friday, September 12th, 2014

University of Maine Cooperative Extension and FoodCorps announce a free cooking class for families 5–6 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 2–30, at the UMaine Extension Somerset County office, 7 County Drive, Skowhegan.

The five-session class is designed for income-eligible families with children living at home. Parents will learn to prepare quick and easy main meals while youth make healthy snacks. For more information, including about eligibility, as well as to register or request disability accommodations, contact 207.474.9622 or gail.cardarelli@maine.edu.

UMaine Extension Updates Foliage Facts Bulletin

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

University of Maine Cooperative Extension has updated its classic publication explaining why leaves change color in autumn.

While some people believe frost causes the color explosion, some leaves begin to turn red, orange or yellow even before the first frost. In Bulletin 7078, Facts About Leaf Color in Maine, UMaine Extension Professor Kathryn Hopkins explains the science of fall foliage. The bulletin also includes leaf projects that can be done at home and in the classroom.

For more information, bulletin copies for 50 cents each and free downloads, visit the UMaine Extension online publications catalog, call 207.581.3792, or email extension.orders@maine.edu.

Moran Quoted in Press Herald Article on Maine Peaches

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Renae Moran, a tree fruit specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, was quoted in a the Portland Press Herald article, “Maine peaches may be tricky to grow, but they’re easy to eat.” Moran said Maine gardeners can have a peach tree in their backyard without using conventional farming practices, such as spraying pesticides or integrated pest management techniques, but added, it’s “nearly impossible to produce a commercial peach crop in Maine without them.”