The University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Waldo County Extension Association will offer a full day of workshops for gardeners and homeowners throughout the region for Rural Living Day April 10 at Unity College. This is the 17th year they have held this event as a fundraiser to provide a scholarship to a Waldo County student pursuing higher education. Last year’s recipient was Kayla Smith of Winterport, who is a freshman at the University of Maine, Farmington.

This year will include 15 topics, such as intensive raised bed gardening, seed-saving and wind power alternatives for the home.

Registration for the program is required. The program fee is $20 and includes a buffet brunch provided by the Unity College dining staff. Registration begins at 8 a.m. in the activities building adjacent to the Unity College library.

Other topics this year include food preservation and storage, integrated pest management, “low tunnels” for home gardeners, beekeeping with the Top Bar System, small woodlot management, sheep and goats for the homestead and no-till vegetable gardening. In addition, Dave Potter from Unity College will host a session on common owls in Western Waldo County and Jim Dill from the University of Maine will lead a session on “life in the garden after late blight.”

For more information, registration and brochure, visit umaine.edu/waldo under “Rural Living Day” or call 800-287-1426. For more information about the scholarship, visit umaine.edu/waldo and click on “Waldo County Extension Association Scholarship.”