PORTLAND – In response to requests for home gardening, agriculture and wildlife classes for the public, the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Cumberland County has announced “Hort Shorts and More,” a series of courses for spring/summer.

Sessions will begin on Saturday, March 17, and will include the following courses: “The Art of Pressed Flowers,” “Create Your Own Cutting Garden,” “Home Garden Season Extension,” “Backyard Production of Poultry for Meat or Eggs,” “Creating a Wildlife Habitat” and “Square Foot Gardening.”

Participants will gain skills and knowledge to make them more confident and successful gardeners and stewards; work with knowledgeable instructors; meet others with similar interests; have a hands-on experience; and receive a reference notebook. Class size is limited for each course.

“Hort Shorts and More” instructors will include Extension specialists and educators, master gardeners and horticulture experts.

For more than 80 years, the University of Maine Cooperative Extension has been helping people in Maine gain skills and knowledge to enrich their lives and their families, to support their livelihoods and to attend to community needs through practical instruction and program offerings.

For more information about all the class offerings, see the “2007 Maine Gardening Series: Hort Shorts and More” link on University of Maine Cooperative Extension homepage at www.umext.maine.edu or call 1-800-287-1471 for a brochure.

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