planting Wabanaki corn to connect with ancestors; impacts of browntail moths

Rural Living Night to present online, April 13

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The Waldo County Extension Association will offer two virtual presentations about rural living in Maine, Tuesday, April 13, from 3 – 6:30 p.m. The event is in lieu of the annual Rural Living Day canceled this year due to the pandemic. 

“Rural Living Night 2021” opens with “Grandmother’s Gift — Skomon (corn)” with Nibezun board member Shiwa Noh, who will speak about what it means to plant the original Wabanaki varieties of corn to connect to the ancestors, bring healing through the ceremonies, bring sovereignty and rediscover the ancestral way of preparing the corn.

Tom Schmeelk, a forest entomologist with the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, will discuss the impacts of the browntail moth in Maine, its history and biology, the current situation and management and mitigation strategies.  

The event is free; registration is required. Register on the event webpage. Event donations are welcome and will go to the WECA scholarship fund.

For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Viña Lindley, 207.342.5971;


University of Maine Cooperative Extension:

As a trusted resource for over 100 years, University of Maine Cooperative Extension has supported UMaine's land and sea grant public education role by conducting community-driven, research-based programs in every Maine county. UMaine Extension helps support, sustain and grow the food-based economy. It is the only entity in our state that touches every aspect of the Maine Food System, where policy, research, production, processing, commerce, nutrition, and food security and safety are integral and interrelated. UMaine Extension also conducts the most successful out-of-school youth educational program in Maine through 4-H.

About the University of Maine:

The University of Maine, founded in Orono in 1865, is the state's land grant, sea grant and space grant university. It is located on Marsh Island in the homeland of the Penobscot Nation. As Maine's flagship public university, UMaine has a statewide mission of teaching, research and economic development, and community service. UMaine is the state's only public research university and among the most comprehensive higher education institutions in the Northeast. It attracts students from all 50 states and more than 75 countries. UMaine currently enrolls 11,741 undergraduate and graduate students who have opportunities to participate in groundbreaking research with world-class scholars. UMaine offers more than 100 degree programs through which students can earn master's, doctoral or professional science master's degrees, as well as graduate certificates. The university promotes environmental stewardship, with substantial efforts campuswide to conserve energy, recycle and adhere to green building standards in new construction. For more information about UMaine, visit

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Tue, 04/13/2021 - 3:00pm to 6:30pm

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