The Washington County office of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension will move to its new home at the University of Maine at Machias later this month. The new location in the heart of campus will facilitate collaborations and connections that will strengthen UMaine Extension’s 4-H, nutrition, and gardening programs, and provide county residents with additional avenues to engage with the university.

“We are excited to move our employees and programs to the heart of the UMaine Machias campus,” says Hannah Carter, vice president for online and continuing education and dean of Cooperative Extension. “We look forward to building on the great partnerships and collaborations that already exist and to finding new ways to meet the needs of the people of Washington County.”

The new location at UMaine Machias will give Extension access to more diverse spaces to host 4-H youth development programs and will also provide volunteer opportunities for university students enrolled in outdoor recreation and leadership. Adults and youth involved in Extension’s many in-person programs will benefit from new exposure to the Machias campus, learning first-hand about continuing education courses, degree programs, and research projects.

Community members can always visit the extension office for resource information, such as a helpful tick fact sheet, or to register for youth programs, pick up a kit soil samples, reserve a 4-H STEM tool kit, get help identifying plants and pests, learn about volunteer opportunities, or test pressure cooker gauges. Extension office staff can provide on-site support and also access a statewide network of experts on topics such as nutrition for children and young families, home gardening, commercial agriculture, volunteering, food security, small business development and adaptation to climate change. Extension specialists also conduct research on many Maine agricultural crops, including native wild blueberries, and work directly with growers to share up-to-date information and best practices.

“We are thrilled to welcome the UMaine County Extension Office to campus. This is a wonderful opportunity to involve more university students in the community through volunteering and internships. This move will strengthen the mutual relationship between UMaine Machias and UMaine Extension so that we can better serve communities here in Washington County and beyond. says Daniel Qualls, Campus Manager at UMaine Machias.

Extension will be hosting an open house event in conjunction with UMaine Machias later this fall with more details to come in August. For more information, contact Extension Program Administrator Lisa Phelps, 207.356.3851, [email protected]; or UMaine Machias assistant director of marketing and communications Jackie Leonard, 207.255.1327, [email protected]

Contact: Lisa Phelps, 207.356.3851; [email protected]