Dollars & Sense: Real World Economics published, “Maine farmers and climate change: Reactive or proactive?” by three University of Maine professors. The article was written by Stephanie Welcomer, an associate professor of management and associate dean of the Maine Business School; Mark Haggerty, an associate professor of Honors and Rezendes Preceptorship of Civil Engagement; and John Jemison, a soil and water quality specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.
Gary Anderson, a University of Maine Cooperative Extension professor, was quoted in a Castine Patriot article about the latest legislative push to allow unlicensed raw milk sales in Maine. Two proposed bills would require milk and milk products to be labeled as unpasteurized, that farmers undergo a dairy sanitization course, and prohibit the advertising of products, according to the article. Anderson recently testified that while no illnesses related to drinking raw milk have been reported in Maine, 26 states reported 81 raw milk outbreaks from 2007 to 2012, causing 979 illnesses and 73 hospitalizations, the article states.
Maine School Garden Day will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 9 at Sanford Regional Technical Center (SRTC), 52 Sanford High School Blvd., Sanford.
The day is designed for Maine prekindergarten–12 educators and enthusiasts who want to start or continue a school garden. Topics include saving seeds, cooking with youth, managing a school orchard and garden management models. A panel discussion with school-based gardeners will be held, and participants may tour the SRTC garden that uses high-tunnel and aquaponics technology.
The $30 fee — $40 after April 29 — includes a lunch made with local food. Scholarships are available; participants will receive certificates for contact hours or CEUs. Registration is available online or by contacting email@example.com, 287.5522. To request a disability accommodation, call 207.342.5971, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering a six-class workshop on building, planting, maintaining and harvesting square-foot gardens in raised beds and containers.
Classes meet monthly from April through September at the UMaine Extension office, 7 County Drive, Skowhegan. The first class is 9–11 a.m. April 28; the final class is Sept. 15. Somerset County Cooperative Extension staff will teach the classes, and local Master Gardener Volunteers will work with participants in demonstration gardens throughout the growing season. Harvested produce will be shared with area schools as well as senior and food kitchen programs.
Course fee is $20 per person. To register, for more information, or to request a disability accommodation, contact Pete Bastien at 474.9622, 800.287.1495 (in Maine), or email@example.com.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension educator and professor Marjorie Peronto wrote an article for the Sun Journal titled “Pruning forsythias in Maine.” In addition to offering tips on how to prune the “hallmark of spring,” Peronto also wrote about general care and varieties of the plant.
A University of Maine Cooperative Extension publication was cited in the Bangor Daily News article, “Here are some delicious ways to eat flowers and weeds.” The article republished three recipes from “Facts on Edible Wild Greens in Maine” by Mahmoud El-Begearmi. The recipes were dandelion cheese squares; shrimp and fiddlehead medley; and warm lentil and lamb’s-quarters salad with feta cheese.
The St. John Valley Times reported the University of Maine Cooperative Extension has planned a volunteer training session in Fort Kent for its Eat Well Volunteer Program. After completing 30 hours of training, volunteers can conduct 30 hours of Eat Well lessons about nutrition, food preparation and food safety using fresh garden produce at local food pantries and community meal sites, according to the article. The course fee is $60, and scholarships are available.
Lois Berg Stack, an ornamental horticulture specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, wrote the article, “Gardening to conserve Maine’s native landscape: Plants to use and plants to avoid,” which was published by the Sun Journal. In the article, Stack cited the UMaine Extension publication, “Native Plants: A Maine Source List.”
Foster’s Daily Democrat reported the University of Maine Cooperative Extension will hold a workshop on caring for fruit trees in the home garden on April 25 in Wells. Workshop topics will include basic fruit-tree pruning techniques and tips on how to care for trees year-round for healthier fruit production, according to the article. The program is part of the Four Season Gardening series at Wells Reserve, sponsored by UMaine Extension’s Master Gardener Volunteer program in York County.
A compost sale will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 25, at Justalittle Farm, 58 Ridge Road, Lisbon Falls.
Compost is seasoned for three years and is suitable for use this growing season. Cost is $5 per cubic foot bag; truckloads are available for $35 per tractor scoop. Bags of compost also will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 25 at Tractor Supply Company, 1619 Lisbon St., Lewiston.
This is a project of area 4-Hers and is sponsored by and benefits the Androscoggin-Sagadahoc 4-H Leaders’ Association, including scholarships, camps and programs and national youth educational trips. For more information, contact KymNoelle Sposato at 353.5550 or firstname.lastname@example.org.