OLD TOWN — University of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteers will celebrate the growing season with a Field Day from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8 at the Rogers Farm Demonstration Garden, 914 Bennoch Road, Old Town.
Field Day participants will enjoy workshops, demonstrations, children’s activities and homemade food. Featured speaker, Matt Dunlap, plans to share cooking tips on using culinary herbs. Youth will enjoy botanical crafts and garden scavenger hunts. Ongoing demonstrations throughout the garden will allow visitors the opportunity to pick up tips from area experts on improving soil quality, protecting beneficial insect habitat, raising chickens and more.
“We’d like to extend a special invitation to all past and current master gardeners to join the fun this year,” says UMaine Extension horticulturist Kate Garland. “Countless gardeners have participated in the Master Gardener Program since Maine adopted the training in 1982. Our hope is to reconnect with past trainees to celebrate the tremendous impact these folks have had in their communities over the years.”
Last year, 1,030 UMaine Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) gave nearly 39,000 hours for educational and food security projects. MGVs supported 79 community gardens; 45 school gardens; 53 demonstration gardens; 34 programs involving 7,054 youth in horticulture activities; and MGVs distributed 213,770 pounds of food to 130 food distribution agencies and countless neighbors in need as part of the Maine Harvest for Hunger program.
As a trusted resource for over 100 years, University of Maine Cooperative Extension has supported UMaine’s land and sea grant public education role by conducting community-driven, research-based programs in every Maine county. UMaine Extension helps support, sustain and grow the food-based economy. It is the only entity in our state that touches every aspect of the Maine Food System, where policy, research, production, processing, commerce, nutrition, and food security and safety are integral and interrelated. UMaine Extension also conducts the most successful out-of-school youth educational program in Maine through 4-H.
About the University of Maine:
The University of Maine, founded in Orono in 1865, is the state’s land grant and sea grant university. As Maine’s flagship public university, UMaine has a statewide mission of teaching, research and economic development, and community service. UMaine is among the most comprehensive higher education institutions in the Northeast and attracts students from Maine and 49 other states, and 67 countries. It currently enrolls 11,240 total undergraduate and graduate students who can directly participate in groundbreaking research working with world-class scholars. The University of Maine offers 35 doctoral programs and master’s degrees in 85 fields; more than 90 undergraduate majors and academic programs; and one of the oldest and most prestigious honors programs in the U.S. The university promotes environmental stewardship, with substantial efforts campuswide aimed at conserving energy, recycling and adhering to green building standards in new construction. For more information about UMaine, visit umaine.edu.