Ana Bonstedt (contributed photo)
DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — The University of Maine Cooperative Extension welcomes Ana Bonstedt as the new Home Horticultural Coordinator for Piscataquis County.
She will coordinate the Master Gardener Program in Piscataquis County working under Donna Coffin Extension Educator in Piscataquis County. In addition to putting together proactive programs for home gardeners, Ana will be available to answer gardening questions and provide help solving gardening problems.
As Home Horticultural Coordinator for the Piscataquis University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Bonstedt will put her education and experience to good use by working with trained Master Gardener volunteers to develop and manage their projects throughout the year including expanding the use of raised bed gardens and working with the county and towns on community landscaping efforts.
She will present gardening classes on starting seeds, vegetable and flower gardening techniques, staffing Extension garden displays at county events and answering individuals gardening questions by phone, email or in person at the Extension Office. Gardeners can bring samples of their garden pests (insects, disease or weeds) to be identified and learn what can be done to manage these pests in vegetable gardens and the home landscape.
The Piscataquis County Extension office is open 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, at the County Courthouse Complex in Dover Foxcroft.