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UMaine Cooperative Extension experts available on fiddleheads, early gardening

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ORONO - University of Maine Cooperative Extension experts throughout the state are available to speak about the harvesting, cleaning, cooking and preserving of fiddleheads, as well as discuss early season gardening.

Agricultural and non-timber forest products professional David Fuller, in the Franklin County UMaine Extension office in Farmington - (207) 778-4650 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it - is the author of an informational page about ostrich fern fiddleheads, which discusses how to identify, harvest and handle the plants.

Statewide food safety specialist Jason Bolton, based on the Orono campus - (207) 581-1366 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  - and at the Penobscot County office in Bangor - (207) 942-7537 - is available to discuss safe preparation techniques to avoid food-borne illnesses from fiddleheads. An online fact sheet offers recipes and advice for cooking and canning fiddleheads.

Bolton and Beth Calder, a UMaine Extension food science specialist and associate professor of food science -  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or (207) 581-2791 - are advising graduate student Felicia Dumont, who will be performing her master's thesis on 'The Effects of Cook Method and Time on the Safety and Quality of Maine Fiddleheads.' Dumont is starting her research in about a month.

In Falmouth, Cumberland County-based UMaine Extension educator and food preservation expert Kathy Savoie (207) 781-6099 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  - can discuss ways to preserve the vegetables.

Experts are also available to talk about April and early May gardening. Rick Kersbergen, a sustainable dairy and forage systems educator who is based at the Waldo County office in Waldo - (207) 342-5971 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  - recently wrote the article 'April is the Month to ' for the April 2014 edition of Maine Home Garden News. The post discusses topics such as starting seeds, pruning and soil tests. Educator Barbara Murphy, who is based in UMaine Extension's Oxford County office in South Paris - (207) 743-6329 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  - also can give advice on early planting or starting seedlings.

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