Art in the garden celebration on tap at UMaine’s Rogers Farm

Posted Aug. 11, 2011, at 12:09 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 11, 2011, at 2:42 p.m.

STILLWATER, Maine – The University of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners Volunteers Demonstration Garden at Rogers Farm, 914 Bennoch Road, will hold “Art in the Garden Celebration” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16.

The event will feature poetry, dancers, a children’s story read-aloud, sculpture, pottery and hand-died fiber arts exhibits and food. Handcrafted items will be available for purchase. The proceeds will benefit the garden and a local food cupboard.

The garden is open every day from dawn until dusk.

For more information, contact UMaine Extension’s Penobscot County office at 942-7396 or 800-287-1485 or visit www.extension.umaine.edu.

UMaine aquaculture research institute to hold open house

The University of Maine’s Aquaculture Research Institute will hold an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, at Wells Conference Center and Aquaculture Research Center and Hitchner Aquaria.

The event will showcase research projects and facilities.

Shawn Robinson, a research scientist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, will give the keynote address at 10:30 a.m. Other topics include aquatic disease ecology, disease resistance in shellfish, lobster health research, and research into sea lice.

The institute was established in 2009 by the Maine Enterprise Investment Fund and UMaine as an inter- and multi-disciplinary research unit focused on research, graduate education and environmental outreach in the development of sustainable aquaculture in Maine and the U.S.

The institute includes UMaine-based Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research in Franklin, the shellfish hatchery at the Darling Marine Center in Walpole, and is affiliated with the School of Marine Sciences, the department of animal and veterinary sciences, the department of medical and biomedical sciences and UMaine Cooperative Extension.

To register, contact Anne Langston at 581-4397 or by email at anne.langston@umit.maine.edu.

UMaine extension to form group to fight world hunger

ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine Cooperative Extension will launch a Maine chapter of international Universities Fighting World Hunger this fall with a presentation by Douglas Casson Coutts of the United Nations’ World Food Program.

Coutts, a visiting professor at Auburn University in Auburn, Ala., will lecture about “Local and World Hunger: How They Are Linked and How the University of Maine Community Can Make a Difference” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, at Buchanan Alumni House.

Universities Fighting World Hunger, an academic partnership between Auburn University and the UN, is an international coalition of educational institutions devoted to addressing the growing concerns related to food insecurity and poverty.

Coutts, based at Auburn University for the past three years, has created a minor in hunger studies and has helped Auburn establish an extensive interdisciplinary and campuswide student organization committed to the mission of Universities Fighting World Hunger. His outreach efforts have inspired a nationwide coalition of campuses to establish Universities Fighting World Hunger chapters at more than 170 institutions, according to a UMaine press release.

A local chapter is expected to enable UMaine and local partners to become part of an international coalition trying to make a difference, encourage collaboration across disciplines and engage students in activism.

For information, contact Barb Murphy at 743-6329 or by email barbara.murphy@maine.edu.

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