The University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering a five-week online course in Wild Blueberry Production for beginning and established farmers beginning Tuesday, August 30, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The class meets every Tuesday and Thursday for 10 sessions through September. 29.
Wild Blueberry Production: A Five-Week Course for Beginning Farmers is an introduction to growing wild blueberries in Maine. It covers field selection, agronomy, integrated pest management, pollinators, climate change challenges, economics and an introduction to how the industry works. A field trip during school hours is scheduled to observe an established blueberry field.
Sliding scale fees are $50 to $150; registration is required by August 26. Register on the course webpage. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Mary Michaud, 207.581.3175 or 800.287.1421 (in Maine); [email protected] More information about Maine Wild Blueberries is available on the Wild Blueberry Extension website.
About the University of Maine Cooperative Extension: As a trusted resource for more than 100 years, the University of Maine Cooperative Extension has supported the public education role of UMaine’s Land and Sea Grants by conducting research-based community programs in every Maine county. UMaine Extension helps nurture, support and grow the food economy. It is the only entity in our state that touches all aspects of Maine’s food system, where policy, research, production, processing, trade, nutrition, and food safety and security are integral and interdependent. UMaine Extension also runs Maine’s most successful out-of-school youth educational program through 4-H.
About the University of Maine: The University of Maine, founded in Orono in 1865, is the state’s land, maritime, and space grant university, with a regional campus at the University of Maine at Machias. UMaine is located on Marsh Island in the homeland of the Penobscot Nation. UMaine Machias is located in the homeland of the Passamaquoddy Nation. As Maine’s flagship public university, UMaine has a statewide mission of education, research and economic development, and community service. UMaine is the state’s public research university and a leading Carnegie R1 research institution. It attracts students from all 50 states and 81 countries. UMaine currently enrolls 11,989 undergraduate and graduate students, and UMaine Machias enrolls 747 undergraduate students. Our students have the opportunity to engage in groundbreaking research with world-class scholars. UMaine offers more than 100 degree programs through which students can earn a master’s, doctoral, or master of professional science, as well as graduate certificates. UMaine Machias offers 18 degree programs. The university promotes environmental stewardship, with substantial campus-wide efforts to save energy, recycle, and meet green building standards in new construction. For more information about UMaine and UMaine Machias, visit umaine.edu and machias.edu.