Sarah Redmond, a marine extension agent for Maine Sea Grant at the University of Maine’s Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research, was featured in an MSNBC Originals video about beer made with seaweed at the Marshall Wharf Brewing Co. in Belfast, Maine. When Marshall Wharf first considered brewing a beer with seaweed, Redmond provided the company with a report that outlined what is in kelp and what components will come out when it’s boiled. Redmond calls sugar kelp, which is now used in the company’s beer, the “super food from the sea” because it is a great source of iodine and calcium.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension Homemakers’ Council in Waldo County is sponsoring Fall Handcrafters’ Day from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at Waldo Community Building, Route 131, Waldo.
Volunteers will offer six daylong workshops, including quilt making, painting on glass jars, embroidering greeting cards and making pillowcases to donate to charity. Some workshops have a minimal fee for materials. All proceeds go to the Homemakers’ Council Scholarship Fund.
Registration by Oct. 8 is required. For a brochure and registration materials, contact 800.287.1426 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information or to request a disability accommodation, call Rick Kersbergen, 207.342.5971.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension announces two beginner beekeeping schools and one intermediate beekeeping school at the UMaine Extension Cumberland County office, 75 Clearwater Drive, Falmouth.
Master Beekeepers Jack Hildreth, Peter Richardson and Chris Rogers will be instructors for both beginner schools. One will be held 6:30–8:30 p.m. on five consecutive Thursdays from Oct. 16 through Nov. 13. The second will be held at the same time on five consecutive Thursdays from Feb. 5 through March 5. The $100 fee for each beginner school includes a textbook and reference notebook. The beginner school is suitable for beekeepers with one to two years of experience.
Hildreth and Richardson will be instructors for the intermediate beekeeping school, offered 6:30–8:30 p.m. on six consecutive Tuesdays, from Jan. 6 to Feb. 10. The $140 fee includes a textbook and reference notebook. The intermediate school is designed for beekeepers with two or more years of experience. Topics include how to keep bee colonies healthy and thriving in Maine, as well as swarm prevention, honey production and colony maximization.
For more information or to request disability accommodations, call 207.781.6099 or 800.287.1471 (in Maine). To register, visit the Cooperative Extension in Cumberland County’s website.
John Rebar, executive director of the University of Maine’s Cooperative Extension, spoke with the Portland Press Herald for a report marking the program’s 100th anniversary. At a time when more than 50 percent of Americans lived in the countryside, and 30 percent of the workforce was engaged in farming, the program’s earliest focus was on agricultural education, according to the article. Today, Maine has 16 county offices, and staff and volunteers across the state. Rebar said Extension educators specialize in topics such as the maple syrup industry, aquaculture, goats and small poultry flock management, and the program still focuses on nutrition, childhood obesity prevention and food safety. He said today’s farmers are “eager to learn the latest information on how to produce, store, package and market their harvest,” and they are avid consumers of UMaine Extension’s online resources.
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.
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 email@example.com or visit the website.
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.
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.
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.
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.