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Bonnett, Rebecca; Camire, Mary Ellen; Therrien, Mona; Yerxa, Kathryn – Journal of Extension, 2019
Limited data exist on the self-reported retention of core educational concepts by Maine Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) participants. We assessed the effectiveness of the program by comparing participants' responses on an EFNEP checklist completed before starting the program, immediately after the program, and 6 months after…
Descriptors: Nutrition Instruction, Program Effectiveness, Food, Eating Habits
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Rublee, Marissa; Yerxa, Kathryn; White, Adrienne; Bolton, Jason; Savoie, Kathy – Journal of Extension, 2019
We investigated effects of nutrition education provided to food pantry clients by trained volunteers. Specifically, we assessed effects on food security, nutrition practices, and food safety by examining the food pantry clients' intent to use beneficial kitchen practices and self-reported behavior following the education. Participants who engaged…
Descriptors: Nutrition Instruction, Hunger, Food, Safety
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Jemison, John M., Jr.; Welcomer, Stephanie; Kersbergen, Richard; Majewski, Carl – Journal of Extension, 2018
We interviewed early adopter no-till farmers in the New England region to assess why they changed tillage practices and what the perceived advantages and disadvantages of doing so were. We then generated word clouds from answers to key interview questions to convey the farmers' experiences. Most of these innovators were influenced to convert to…
Descriptors: Interviews, Agricultural Occupations, Learning Experience, Agricultural Production
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Wilson, Laura; Lobley, Jennifer; Kranich, Gregory – Journal of Extension, 2018
Today's technology connects audiences to research-based knowledge and experts anywhere and at any time. Using social media allows Extension professionals to provide on-demand, asynchronous access to information. Synchronous, or real-time, interaction affords a more active and personal experience. The University of Maine has developed a program…
Descriptors: Extension Education, Synchronous Communication, College School Cooperation, Scientific Research
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Lobley, Jennifer; Ouellette, Kristy L. – Journal of Extension, 2017
Face-to-face training for Extension volunteers is no longer the only viable delivery mode. In times of rapid technological advances, we are faced with a plethora of options for offering volunteers the training and support they need. Zoom, an online videoconferencing platform, can easily be used to engage volunteers in professional development.…
Descriptors: Videoconferencing, Volunteers, Online Courses, Extension Education
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Mason, Mitchell D.; Ouellette, Kristy L. – Journal of Extension, 2016
Focus group interviews were held with adult Somali immigrants to assess their likelihood of volunteering for 4-H in Maine. This qualitative study was undertaken to identify best practices for engaging the growing Somali-Mainer population as a volunteer base. Results of the study demonstrate that Somali immigrant adults are willing to volunteer for…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Adults, Refugees, Volunteers
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Forstadt, Leslie; Fortune, Aileen – Journal of Extension, 2016
Extension staff are increasingly challenged to do excellent work and balance their lives. University of Maine Cooperative Extension committed to a 2-year participatory action research project to support staff and to an organizational climate that encourages personal sustainability. With tools from ethnography and appreciative inquiry, staff…
Descriptors: Sustainability, Organizational Culture, Extension Education, Extension Agents
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Bennett, Blake; Hurley, Janet; Merchant, Mike – Journal of Extension, 2016
Having the ability to assess pest problems in schools is essential for a successful integrated pest management (IPM) program. However, such expertise can be costly and is not available to all school districts across the United States. The web-based IPM Calculator was developed to address this problem. By answering questions about the condition of…
Descriptors: Calculators, Computation, School Buildings, Risk Management
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Haskell, Jane E.; Morse, George W. – Journal of Extension, 2015
Public libraries are seeing flat or reduced funding even as demands for new services are increasing. Facing an identical problem, Extension developed a program to identify the indirect benefits to non-participants of Extension programs in order to encourage their public funding support. This educational approach was customized to public libraries…
Descriptors: Public Libraries, Financial Support, Extension Education, Program Evaluation
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Johnson, Steven B. – Journal of Extension, 2015
UMaine Cooperative Extension is the primary educational delivery organization for pesticide recertification credits in Maine. Shrinking budgets and staff numbers are making traditional face-to-face delivery increasingly difficult to maintain. To address this issue, on-line pesticide applicator recertification training credits were developed. The…
Descriptors: Extension Education, Computer Software, Educational Technology, Online Courses
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Ouellette, Kristy L.; Lesmeister, Marilyn K.; Lobley, Jennifer; Gross, Kerry M. – Journal of Extension, 2014
Orienting and training 4-H volunteers are critical to individuals and the organization. The two-part study reported here re-establishes the profile of the 4-H volunteer and evaluates both the format and content of e-Learning for 4-H Volunteers modules launched in 2006. Volunteers from seven states perceived that online modules made learning more…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Volunteer Training, Learning Modules, Online Courses
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Posthumus, Erin E.; Barnett, LoriAnne; Crimmins, Theresa M.; Kish, George R.; Sheftall, Will; Stancioff, Esperanza; Warren, Peter – Journal of Extension, 2013
Extension, with its access to long-term volunteers, has the unique ability to teach citizen scientists about the connection between climate variability and the resulting effects on plants, animals, and thus, humans. The USA National Phenology Network's Nature's Notebook on-line program provides a science learning tool for Extension's Master…
Descriptors: Extension Education, Volunteers, Scientists, Youth Programs
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Lobley, Jennifer; Ouellette, Kristy L. – Journal of Extension, 2013
The Maine 4-H Afterschool Academy trained 369 after-school and out of school time providers in 2011. This easy-to-adapt professional development opportunity used blended learning, a combination of in-person and Web-based opportunities. Providers successfully learned concepts and practical knowledge regarding 4-H, specifically 4-H Science. In…
Descriptors: After School Programs, After School Education, State Programs, Professional Development
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Fuller, David; Johnson, Steven B. – Journal of Extension, 2013
Participatory research is a useful technique for collecting basic data over a large geographic area. Garlic production was chosen as a participatory research study focus in Maine. Project participants (285) received bulbs to plant, monitored their crop, and reported data online. Participants received a monthly educational newsletter to improve…
Descriptors: Participatory Research, Data Collection, Agriculture, Gardening
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Murphy, Barbara – Journal of Extension, 2013
Maine Harvest for Hunger (MHH) involves Master Gardeners in food security through participation in gleaning and gardening projects that benefit food pantries. A statewide survey (Murphy, 2011a) indicates many food pantries face increased demand but are unable to distribute all of the donated produce. The MHH program in Oxford County is designed to…
Descriptors: Nutrition Instruction, Gardening, Teaching Methods, Food
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