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UMaine Extension Offering 4th Annual Backyard Locavore Day
UMaine Extension Offering 4th Annual Backyard Locavore Day

University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Cumberland County is announcing that the 4th Annual Backyard Locavore Day will be held on Saturday, Aug. 11 in various communities within Cumberland County.

Events in Brunswick, Cape Elizabeth, Falmouth, North Yarmouth, Portland, South Portland, Windham and Yarmouth begin at 10 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. Registration is $10 for adults and children under 12 are free. Registrants will receive a booklet describing each site and a map showing specific locations.

Locavore Day is designed to educate members of the public about learn do-it-yourself strategies for becoming a locavore, who is someone who eats food grown or produced locally. Every year more and more people grow, raise, harvest and preserve foods in a sustainable way to meet individual food needs.

Demonstrations and talks on gardening methods, including vegetable and square-foot gardening, backyard composting, root cellars, greenhouses, beekeeping, backyard poultry are some of the topics to be explained. Each garden session also will feature specific food-preservation methods such as drying, hot water bath canning, making herbal vinegars and jam making, with complementary food samples.

The events raise funds to build the University of Maine Cooperative Extension's Cumberland County Demonstration Garden at the UMaine Regional Learning Center at Tidewater Farm in Falmouth.

The rain date will be Aug. 12.

Tickets can be ordered online or by contacting Lois Elwell at (207) 781-6099 or (800) 287-1471.

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