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May 2022

Canning and Preserving Rhubarb

May 10 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Rhubarb is one of the first edible signs of spring in Maine, and its versatility is underappreciated. Come learn the many ways to preserve chutney with University of Maine Cooperative Extension staff and Master Food Preserver volunteers. We will learn how to safely preserve rhubarb using the boiling water bath and freezing methods. Register here. 

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Virtual Lunch and Learn — Rockweed Phenology Research Webinar: Signs of the Seasons

May 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Online ME United States

Maine Sea Grant and UMaine Cooperative Extension invite you to see how the Sign of the Seasons data is transformed into usable information by researchers and beyond. Co-hosted with our partner scientists: Jessica Muhlin, Professor of Marine Biology, Maine Maritime Academy Hannah Webber, Marine Ecology Program Director, Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park This webinar will be an opportunity to learn about the function and importance of rockweed (Ascophyllum nodosum, a common species of intertidal seaweed) in North Atlantic coastal…

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Preserving the Harvest: Jams and Jellies

May 16 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Messalonskee High School Rm 125, 131 Messalonskee High Drive
Oakland, ME 04963 United States

Due to COVID regulations we are unsure if all classes will run. Put your name on the class wait list. Once we know we are able to run the class we will contact you to register. Masks are required for in-person classes in all RSU18 buildings. Ever wonder how to make and preserve your own jams and jellies? This hands-on food preservation workshop will teach you the basics steps for both canning and freezing. Participants will receive a “Preserving the…

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Boots-2-Bushels: Boot Camp for Market Gardeners and Farmers

May 17

Learn how to go from seed to salary with this course for all beginning farmers of all abilities interested in growing and selling their own farm produce. Using the “5 F’s” of farming risk (Farming, Family, Finances, Fitness, Future) as a guide, participants will acquire the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully grow to produce for small-scale private or commercial fruit and vegetable production. All participants will receive classes and training on soil health, crop planning, fruit and vegetable…

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Farm Visit: Learn Harvest and Storage Techniques at King Hill Farm in Penobscot

May 17 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
King Hill Farm, 29 Faerie Kingdom Rd.
Penobscot, ME 04476 United States

Join UMaine Extension’s Boots To Bushels farm training program on May 17 from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. at King Hill Farm in Penobscot, Maine for a farm visit about Harvest and Storage Techniques with King Hill Farm’s Paul Schultz. Paul is co-owner and co-operator of King Hill Farm, an organic, diversified, family farm. This is a good chance for new farmers to learn about harvest and storage techniques and to network with other new farmers and service providers. Boots-2-Bushels (B2B) is…

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Organic Blueberry Field Meeting

May 20 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Blue Hill Berry Co., 365 Rt 172
Surry, ME 04684 United States

Organic management of spring pests will be discussed at one of Blue Hill Berry Co’s fields in Surry with Drs. Phil Fanning, Seanna Annis, and Lily Calderwood. Calderwood will also discuss new thoughts and research results on crop management practices. 1 Pesticide Credit Register here: https://extension.umaine.edu/register/product/organic-field-meeting/

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Master Gardener Plant Sale (Ellsworth)

May 21 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am
University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Hancock County Office, 63 Boggy Brook Rd.
Ellsworth, ME 04605 United States
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The Hancock County Master Gardener Volunteers Spring Plant Sale will be held on Saturday, May 21, 8:30–11:30 a.m. at the  UMaine Cooperative Extension Hancock County office. Proceeds to support the Master Gardener Volunteers Program A list of the plant Inventory is available here. Check back regularly for an updated list. The event will feature: Hundreds of your favorite perennials, including Maine natives Fun children’s activities “Ask a Master Gardener” info table Raffle to win 1 yard of organic compost Seafood…

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Master Gardener Plant Sale (Springvale)

May 21 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
University of Maine Cooperative Extension York County Office, 15 Oak Street
Springvale, ME 04083 United States
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Come support the York County Master Gardener Volunteer Program at the plant sale. Natives, perennials, annuals, veggies and more will be available. Sponsored by University of Maine Cooperative Extension.

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Tractor Safety Workshop on Mt. Desert

May 25 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Beech Hill Farm at the College of the Atlantic, 171 Beech Hill Road
Mt. Desert, ME 04660 United States

Participants will learn how to identify common farm and tractor hazards, and how to minimize the chances of accidents. We will discuss tractor parts to better understand the equipment and safe operation of that equipment, as well as best practices for hooking up to and using attachments. The course is open to all adults and youth interested. Limited to 16 Registrants Register Online: https://extension.umaine.edu/agriculture/2022-tractor-safety-workshop-mt-desert-maine/ Questions or to request a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, contact: extension.tractorsafety@maine.edu or by phone:…

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Preserving the Harvest: Jam and Jelly Basics Food Preservation Workshop in Falmouth

May 25 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
UMaine Regional Learning Center, 75 Clearwater Drive, Suite 104
Falmouth, ME 04105 United States

Ever wonder how to make your own homemade jams and jellies? University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s hands-on food preservation workshop will teach you the basics of making local fruit jam and jelly, including how to use a boiling water bath canner to preserve jam. Learn from the experts. We will provide fresh produce and canning jars. Please bring a pot holder to the workshop. Register here: https://extension.umaine.edu/register/product/preserving-the-harvest-jam-and-jelly-basics-falmouth-may-25-2022/  

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