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March 2017
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2017 Signs of the Seasons Training, Holden

March 27 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Fields Pond Audubon Center, 216 Fields Pond Rd.
Holden, ME 04429 United States
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Using their backyards as laboratories, participants in the Signs of the Seasons program help scientists document the local effects of global climate change. Hundreds are trained to observe and record the phenology (seasonal changes) of common plants and animals living in their own communities — a citizen science project that fills a gap in regional climate research. Volunteers across Maine and now New Hampshire record the growth of milkweed, the nesting of robins and more. The goal is to build…

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$15

Cooking for Crowds: Volunteer Food Safety

March 28 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Regional Learning Center, 75 Clearwater Dr., Suite 104
Falmouth, ME 04105 United States
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Many organizations and community groups rely on volunteers for a variety of food events such as fundraising, fellowships, food pantries or other service to the community. But cooking for a crowd is tricky. How do you store all that food? When is the food completely cooked? How long can you leave food on the buffet table? Join UMaine Extension Associate Professor Kathy Savoie, MS, RD in this workshop on Safe Food Handling designed specifically for Volunteers. Participants receive Cooking for…

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Introduction to Farm Accounting with QuickBooks Pro™

March 28 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Regional Learning Center, 75 Clearwater Dr., Suite 104
Falmouth, ME 04105 United States
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This workshop is for Maine farmers who are first-time users or have less than a year's experience with QuickBooks. Presenters will demonstrate how to record farm business transactions, generate reports for measuring financial performance, and provide an example of how QuickBooks is used on a Maine vegetable farm. Registration for this event is now closed.

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$40

Beekeeping: Queens and Nucs, Falmouth

March 28 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Tuesday, repeating until April 4, 2017

Regional Learning Center, 75 Clearwater Dr., Suite 104
Falmouth, ME 04105 United States
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This class is intended to teach beekeepers to be more sustainable through the production and use of nucleus colonies and backyard queen production. Students will learn how to produce and manage nucs for increase and hedging against winter loss and how to rear queens from their own hives. Topics will include equipment, management, overwintering and more. This course is for five consecutive Tuesdays, starting March 21 and ending April 4, 2017.

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$10

Buying Local Meat

March 28 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Northern Penobscot Tech — Region III, 35 W. Broadway
Lincoln, ME 04457 United States
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Buying meat directly from local farmers is a way to support the local agriculture community, but it can be confusing, according to Donna Coffin, Extension Professor. At this program you will learn about the different words used to describe how animals are raised and how meat is sold from local farms — natural, grass-fed, organic, dry-aged, pasture raised, free range, humane and prime. Also, how much meat to expect when you buy a side or quarter, where you can purchase directly…

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$10

High Tunnel Workshop, Franklin, Somerset and Oxford Counties

March 29 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Franklin County, 138 Pleasant Street
Farmington, ME 04938 United States
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High tunnel management, pest management inside high tunnels, irrigation, and fertigation will be the focus of a University of Maine Cooperative Extension workshop. Class will be held simultaneously via web conferencing system at: UMaine Cooperative Extension offices in Oxford and Somerset counties. Visit extension.umaine.edu and click on "About Us" for county office locations.

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Free

4-H Fun with Fitness SPIN Club, Washington County

March 29 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 3:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until April 19, 2017

University of Maine at Machias Fitness Center, 116 O'Brien Avenue
Machias, ME 04654 United States
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Everyone talks about the importance of exercise. Come and try a variety of activity from yoga to strength training. Participants will get a tour of the UMM weight room, plan their own health station activity and have fun as they get moving. Healthy snack and t-shirt included. This event occurs on six consecutive Wednesdays, starting Wednesday, March 15 and ending Wednesday, April 19.

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$95

Intermediate Bee School, Springvale

March 29 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until March 29, 2017

Anderson Learning Center, 21 Bradeen Street
Springville, ME 04083 United States
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This 5-week intermediate beekeeping course will cover in depth advanced topics, including honey bee communication, foraging and botany, problems of the hive, mating and rearing queens, and hive manipulations. The course is taught by a Master Beekeeper with over nine years’ experience teaching beginner and advanced courses in southern Maine. This course is for five consecutive Wednesdays, starting March 1 and ending March 29, 2017.

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$50

Intermediate ​Beekeeping Course

March 29 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Wednesday, repeating until April 26, 2017

University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Washington County Office, 28 Center Street
Machias, ME 04654 United States
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This course, taught by Master Beekeeper Andrew Dewey, is intended for the beekeeper with at least a season or two of hands-on experience and concentrates on keeping bees successfully in the Washington County area. There will be a private Facebook group for the class to expand on class discussions, and for the instructor to post additional resources, including articles and video links. The course will be held over six consecutive Wednesdays, starting March 22 and ending on April 26, 2017.

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Free

4-H SPIN Club Basics

March 29 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Wednesday, repeating until March 29, 2017

Interested in being a 4-H volunteer, but not sure where to start? Learn more about starting a short-term 4-H SPIN club and explore how much fun working with young people can be. SPIN clubs are SPecial INterest clubs designed to offer a small group (4–8 youth) six sessions on one topic. As the volunteer you get to choose the topic you are passionate about, the time and location. Participate online from the comfort of your home in a three-week training…

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$50

So You Want to Farm in Maine?

March 30 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Thursday, repeating until March 30, 2017

Farm Service Agency (FSA), 306 U.S. Route 1
Scarborough, ME 04074 United States
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Participants will gain the knowledge and skills to start, adapt and maintain a profitable land-based business. Topics include evaluating farm enterprises, developing a business plan, assessing soil and other resources, record keeping and market research. This course is approved for FSA Borrower Training — educational training in financial and farm management concepts associated with commercial farming — and is required as a condition of eligibility for new loans for all FSA borrowers of both direct and guaranteed loans.

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$20

Food Preservation Hands-On Workshop, Wells

March 30 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wells High School, 200 Sanford Road
Wells, ME 04090 United States
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Fermenting Kombucha and Kefir Get acquainted with the wonderful world of these tangy, fermented beverages. UMaine Extension staff and Master Food Preserver volunteers will discuss and demonstrate the fermentation process, equipment and safety issues. They will also provide samples of a variety of fermented products. Everyone will leave knowing how to ferment confidently and with a kombucha “scoby” and kefir grains to finish at home. Cost includes $20 for materials.

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$100

5-Week Beginner Beekeeping Class, Falmouth

March 30 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Thursday, repeating until March 30, 2017

Regional Learning Center, 75 Clearwater Dr., Suite 104
Falmouth, ME 04105 United States
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This is a great opportunity for new beekeepers, prior to their first year of bees, or it can be a great refresher course for beekeepers just now going into their first winter, and even those with a couple of years of experience who want to refresh their skills and knowledge. This Beginner Bee course consists of 5 sessions and will be taught by two Master Beekeepers, Peter Richardson and Jack Hildreth. This course is for five consecutive Thursdays, starting Thursday,…

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$95

6-Week Intermediate Beekeeping Course, Ellsworth

March 30 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Thursday, repeating until May 4, 2017

University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Hancock County Office, 63 Boggy Brook Rd.
Ellsworth, ME 04605 United States
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The six week Intermediate Beekeeping course is intended for the beekeeper with at least a season or two of keeping bees. This course covers fewer topics more deeply than the Beginner’s class and concentrates on keeping bees successfully in this area. There will be a private Facebook group for the class to expand on discussions started in class, and for the instructor to post additional articles, video links, etc. This course is for six consecutive Thursdays, starting March 30 and ending May…

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$45

Maine Vegetable and Fruit School

March 31 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Bangor Motor Inn Conference Center, 701 Hogan Road
Bangor, ME 04401 United States
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This day-long school is offered for Maine farmers on two dates at two locations: March 27 in Portland or March 31 in Bangor. The agenda and registration form are posted on the Highmoor Farm website.

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April 2017
$55

Pruning Woody Landscape Plants, Ellsworth

April 1 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:30am on Saturday, repeating until April 8, 2017

University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Hancock County Office, 63 Boggy Brook Rd.
Ellsworth, ME 04605 United States
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Participants will learn the essentials of pruning, formative and restorative pruning of landscape trees, pruning of fruit trees, young and old, and pruning small fruits (e.g., high bush blueberries, grapes, brambles). This event occurs on four consecutive Saturdays, starting Saturday, March 18, and ending Saturday, April 8.

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Free

2017 Signs of the Seasons Training, Portsmouth, New Hampshire

April 3 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Gundalow, 60 Marcy Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801 United States
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Coastal Trainings for Rockweed (Ascophyllum nodosum) monitoring. Using their backyards as laboratories, participants in the Signs of the Seasons program help scientists document the local effects of global climate change. Hundreds are trained to observe and record the phenology (seasonal changes) of common plants and animals living in their own communities — a citizen science project that fills a gap in regional climate research. Volunteers across Maine and now New Hampshire record the growth of milkweed, the nesting of robins…

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Free

2017 Signs of the Seasons Training, Belfast

April 3 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Hutchinson Center, 63 Boggy Brook Rd.
Ellsworth, 04605 United States
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Using their backyards as laboratories, participants in the Signs of the Seasons program help scientists document the local effects of global climate change. Hundreds are trained to observe and record the phenology (seasonal changes) of common plants and animals living in their own communities — a citizen science project that fills a gap in regional climate research. Volunteers across Maine and now New Hampshire record the growth of milkweed, the nesting of robins and more. The goal is to build…

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$50

So You Want to Farm in Maine? Training in Central Maine

April 3 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Monday, repeating until April 24, 2017

University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Penobscot County, 307 Maine Avenue
Bangor, ME 04401 United States
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A short course for individuals who want a profitable farm operation. This course is designed for current farmers and those who are aspiring to have a farm. The purpose of the course is to equip participants with knowledge and skills to start, adapt and maintain a profitable land-based business. This course is for four consecutive Mondays, starting April 3 and ending April 24.

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$40

Beekeeping: Queens and Nucs, Falmouth

April 4 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Tuesday, repeating until April 4, 2017

Regional Learning Center, 75 Clearwater Dr., Suite 104
Falmouth, ME 04105 United States
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This class is intended to teach beekeepers to be more sustainable through the production and use of nucleus colonies and backyard queen production. Students will learn how to produce and manage nucs for increase and hedging against winter loss and how to rear queens from their own hives. Topics will include equipment, management, overwintering and more. This course is for five consecutive Tuesdays, starting March 21 and ending April 4, 2017.

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