4-H Upcoming November Events

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Volunteers needed in 4-H: Looking for volunteers as Kent County Fair 4-H Division chairpersons, judges and much more! Call the Extension Office if interested, 410-778-1661. The University of Maryland, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources programs are open to all and will not discriminate against anyone because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry, or national origin, marital status, genetic information, or political affiliation, or gender identity and expression.

November 2016
1           State 4-H Volunteer Award Nominations Due – I would love help nominating!
5           4-H Final Adopt-a-highway Trash Pick-up, 9 am Urieville Lake Recreation Area
Shooting Sports Instructor Update, Patuxent 4-H Center, Upper Marlboro, PG Co.
6           State 4-H Dog Bowl, College Park; Ms. Beth will be attending as a Moderator
8           Extension Office Closed – National Election Day! Vote if you can
10         4-H and STEM, part of the MD STEM Festival, Kent Co. Library, 4-6:30 pm.
11          Veteran’s Day Holiday ~ Extension Office Closed
13          MD 4-H Horse Advisory Council Mtg., 1:00 pm, MD 4-H Center, College Park
15          Kent Ag Center Board of Director’s, 7:00 pm, Extension Office
16          Galena Elementary STEM Night: 4-H Animal Science Booth, 6:00 – 7:30 pm.
19          MD 4-H Volunteer Forums (Chesapeake College + 4 sites across state), 9:30 am – 3:30 pm.
20         Kent Clover Kids Program, 1-3 pm, Extension Office – Rockets and Flight
21          Senior 4-H Portfolio Workshop: Essays & Resumes, 7:00 – 8:00 pm, Extension Office.
22         4-H Mini-Record Book Workshop for 1st timers (final), 6:30 pm, Ext. Office
24-25   Thanksgiving Day Holiday ~ Extension Office Closed
26         4-H Toy Drive Booth, 9 am – 12 noon & 4-H Toy Drive Float in Chestertown Christmas Parade
28         UME 4-H Online Volunteer Training Webinar, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, must register through Kent 4-H Office one week prior
29         Annual Joint Meeting of Jr. Leadership Council (JLC) and 4-H Leaders Council, 6:30 pm, Extension Office

KENT COUNTY 4-H CLUB MEETING DATES

Bits and Bridles 4-H Horse Club –Meets 3rd Saturday, Running W Kennel, Worton, 1:00 pm, Leaders: Stephanie Turner, 410-708-0994
NEW: Kent 4-H Triple Shots Club (Formerly Clay Crushers 4-H Shotgun Club) – Meets 2nd & 4th Sunday noon weekly, alternating between Kent County Gun Club and Sudlersville Skeet Club, Leaders: Russ Parson, cell (443-480-0292) and Robert Baldwin (410-348-5727)
NEW: Kent 4-H Triple Shots Club (Formerly Shore Shots 4-H Archery Club) – Meets 1st Sunday and 3rd Sunday from 2:00pm. Cypress Creek Archery, Millington, Leaders: Teresa Quinn, (410-708-0217) email: taquinn65@gmail.com
NEW: Kent 4-H Triple Shots Club (formerly Junior Rifle Club) – Meets 2nd and 4th Sundays, 2:00 pm, Kent Ag Center Rifle Range, Leader: John Curlett (410-778-0924)
Junior Dairy Associates – Meets 3rd Friday monthly, 7:00 pm, Kennedyville United Methodist Church, Leaders: Beth Hill (410-778-1661) and Cheryl Plummer (410-648-6828)
Kent Clover Calf – Meets 2nd Wednesday monthly, 7:00 pm, Kennedyville United Methodist Church, Leaders: Jennifer Debnam (410-348-5905), Leader: Carrie Douthit (410-928-5860)
Kent Fuzzy Tails and Shiny Scales 4-H Club, Meets 4th Thursday monthly, 6:30 pm, Winter: Presbyterian
Church of Chestertown, Summer: Lovett Farms, Worton, Leader: Carrie & Jay Douthit, 410-928-5860, Jessica Matthews, 443-480-9308
Puppy Pals 4-H Dog Club – Meets 3rd and 4th Wed., 6:30pm. Summer: Running W Kennels, Worton, Winter: Radcliffe Creek School

Kent 4-H Begins New Clover Kids Program For Youth Ages 5-7!

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Parents of youth looking for an educational experience for children ages five to seven years of age, Kent County 4-H has developed a monthly program designed just for any child in this age group. Children will experience a variety of hands-on activities that will explore the world around them including agriculture, nature, rocketry, art, science and much more.This is not the traditional 4-H club program where youth sign up and do 4-H projects and go to club meetings with officers. The club program is designed for youth ages eight  to eighteen years of age.

Kent Clover Kids is a program, to explore and discover the world taught by University of Maryland staff and volunteers. Each session are no more than two hours and scheduled on Saturday mornings from 10 am – 12 noon, Saturday afternoons from 1 – 3 pm or Sunday afternoons from 1-3 pm to accommodate busy family schedules. The days and times of programs will change, so contact the Extension Office for exact schedules and locations.

The first session on Trees, being held Saturday October 8th from 1-3 pm at Turner’s Creek in Kennedyville, is an interactive day for youth to experience and explore nature through trees. Youth will make a leaf collection and do leaf rubbings, plant a tree, share tree stories, and taste foods that come from trees. University of Maryland Extension (UME) horticulture program coordinator, Sabine Harvey will be teaching along with UME 4-H educator Beth Hill.

Families are encouraged to participate in each session. All youth must be accompanied by a parent or guardian since many sessions will be held in outdoor locations.  Future sessions include Rockets and Flight in November and Holiday Crafts in December. Future Kent Clover Kids topics include insects, a dairy farm visit, gardening, recycling, animal science, agriculture and much more.

Families can attend one session or return and attend many sessions. To learn more or to register for a program, contact the University of Maryland Extension Office, 410-778-1661, or on the web at http://extension.umd.edu/kent-county. The University of Maryland is an equal opportunity employer and offers equal access programs. Clover Kids programs will be offered monthly throughout the school year and will conclude in June 2017. Programs will resume in the fall 2017.

October 4-H Coming Events

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Volunteers needed in 4-H: Looking for volunteers as Kent County Fair 4-H Division chairpersons, judges and much more! Call the Extension Office if interested, 410-778-1661. The University of Maryland, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources programs are open to all and will not discriminate against anyone because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry, or national origin, marital status, genetic information, or political affiliation, or gender identity and expression.

October 2016
2-8          NATIONAL 4-H WEEK! Promote 4-H All Week!
3              DEADLINE: 4-H Senior Portfolios due for chance to attend National Conference in April ’17, Washington DC. Contact the Extension Office for more information and what to do.
4              National 4-H Week Proclamation w/ County Commissioners, 6:00pm, 400 High Street
5              4-H Green and White Day – Wear your 4-H gear, t-shirts, ambassador ribbons, buttons, etc.
5              Walk MD Day – https://extension.umd.edu/walkmd
6              4-H Science Night “Drone Discovery,” 6:30-8:30pm, Extension Office. Must register by 10/3! Snacks provided.
8              Kent Clover Kids Program, Focus – Trees! Turners Creek. 1:00-3:00pm. Must register by 10/5.
8              MD State 4-H Archery Match, All Day, New Location – Carroll County Ag Center, Westminster.
9              4-H Insect Collecting Trip, Hill Farm, Kennedyville, 1:00-3:00pm, Temps must be over 60 degrees. Must register by Friday, October 7th at 12:00pm.
10            UME 4-H Volunteer Online Training Webinar, 6:30-8:30pm. Must register with Kent 4-H Office.
13            Workshop: Record Book Workshop for 1st timers, 7:00pm Extension Office.
15            4-H Adopt-a-Highway Trash Pickup, 9:00am, Urieville Lake.
17            Meeting: 4-H Annual Toy Drive 1st Planning Meeting, 7:00pm, Extension Office. Looking for new 4-H’ers to join!
20           Ag Center Board of Directors Meeting, 7:00pm, Extension Office.
22           State 4-H Shotgun Mach, Prince George’s Trap and Skeet Club.
28           4-H Visual Presentation Night (Demo’s & Illustrated Talks) 6:30pm, Extension Office. Must sign- up by 10/21!

KENT COUNTY 4-H CLUB MEETING DATES

Bits and Bridles 4-H Horse Club – Meets 3rd Saturday, Running W Kennel, Worton, 1:00 pm, Leaders: Stephanie Turner, 410-708-0994
NEW: Kent 4-H Triple Shots Club (Formerly Clay Crushers 4-H Shotgun Club) – Meets 2nd & 4th Sunday noon weekly, alternating between Kent County Gun Club and Sudlersville Skeet Club, Leaders: Russ Parson, cell (443-480-0292) and Robert Baldwin (410-348-5727)
NEW: Kent 4-H Triple Shots Club (Formerly Shore Shots 4-H Archery Club) – Meets 1st Sunday and 3rd Sunday from 2:00pm. Cypress Creek Archery, Millington, Leaders: Teresa Quinn, (410-708-0217) email: taquinn65@gmail.com
NEW: Kent 4-H Triple Shots Club (formerly Junior Rifle Club) – Meets 2nd and 4th Sundays, 2:00 pm, Kent Ag Center Rifle Range, Leader: John Curlett (410-778-0924)
Junior Dairy Associates – Meets 3rd Friday monthly, 7:00 pm, Kennedyville United Methodist Church, Leaders: Beth Hill (410-778-1661) and Cheryl Plummer (410-648-6828)
Kent Clover Calf – Meets 2nd Wednesday monthly, 7:00 pm, Kennedyville United Methodist Church, Leaders: Jennifer Debnam (410-348-5905), Leader: Carrie Douthit (410-928-5860)
Kent Fuzzy Tails and Shiny Scales 4-H Club, Meets 4th Thursday monthly, 6:30 pm, Winter: Presbyterian
Church of Chestertown, Summer: Lovett Farms, Worton, Leader: Carrie & Jay Douthit, 410-928-5860, Jessica Matthews, 443-480-9308
Puppy Pals 4-H Dog Club – Meets 3rd and 4th Wed., 6:30pm. Summer: Running W Kennels, Worton, Winter: Radcliffe Creek School

4-H Coming Events

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Volunteers needed in 4-H: Looking for volunteers as Kent County Fair 4-H Division chairpersons, judges and much more! Call the Extension Office if interested, 410-778-1661. The University of Maryland, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources programs are open to all and will not discriminate against anyone because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry, or national origin, marital status, genetic information, or political affiliation, or gender identity and expression.

September 2016
1        DEADLINE: 4-H Level 6 Diamond Clover Applications due to Kent 4-H Office.
3        4-H Dairy Judging Contest at MD State Fair, 8:30am, Cow Palace.
4-5    4-H Dairy Show, MD State Fair, Cow Palace.
6        MD State Fair – Beth will pick-up indoor division entries, MD State Fair, Timonium. Youth can
pick up projects in afternoon (call 1st to make sure I am back) and any time after.
10      4-H Clover Kids Program begins! 10:00am – 12 Noon, Extension Office. Focus – AG
State 4-H Rifle Match, Associated Gun Clubs of Baltimore, Co.
11       Triple Shots Shooting Sports – hosting a shotgun safety training for new members 8 years and
older, 10am, Kent County Gun Club. Contact Russ Parson, 443-480-0292, if you are interested. All youth
must attend a safety class to begin shooting in any 4-H discipline (archery, rifle, and shotgun). Training is
several hours.
13       Jr. Leadership Council, 7:00pm, Extension Office.
15       DEADLINE: Completed Level 6 Diamond Clover Applications due to MD State 4-H Office
Ag Center Board of Director’s Meeting, 7:00pm, Extension Office – FAIR WRAP-UP!!! All
welcome!
17       Kent Ag Center Fall Clean-up, 9am, Kent Ag Center. All 4-H Families encouraged to attend.
4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Training, Thendara 4-H Center – update for certified SS
instructors.
17-22  All American Dairy Show, Harrisburg, PA, (Many Kent 4-H’ers participating).
19       UME 4-H Volunteer Training, 6:30 – 8:30pm, Extension Office.
26-27 Outdoor Education for all 4th graders, Eastern Neck Island National Wildlife Refuge (R.D. 9/28).
27       4-H Leaders Council, 7:00pm, Extension Office.
29       UME 4-H Online Volunteer Training Webinar, 6:30pm – 8:30 pm. Must register through Kent
4-H Office.

KENT COUNTY 4-H CLUB MEETING DATES

Bits and Bridles 4-H Horse Club –Meets 3rd Saturday, Running W Kennel, Worton, 1:00 pm, Leaders: Stephanie Turner,
410-708-0994
NEW: Kent 4-H Triple Shots Club (Formerly Clay Crushers 4-H Shotgun Club) – Meets 2nd & 4th Sunday noon weekly, alternating between Kent County Gun Club and Sudlersville Skeet Club, Leaders: Russ Parson, cell (443-480-0292) and Robert Baldwin (410-348-5727)
NEW: Kent 4-H Triple Shots Club (Formerly Shore Shots 4-H Archery Club) – Meets 1st Sunday and 3rd Sunday from 2:00pm. Cypress Creek Archery, Millington, Leaders: Teresa Quinn, (410-708-0217) email: taquinn65@gmail.com
NEW: Kent 4-H Triple Shots Club (formerly Junior Rifle Club) – Meets 2nd and 4th Sundays, 2:00 pm, Kent Ag Center Rifle Range, Leader: John Curlett (410-778-0924)
Junior Dairy Associates – Meets 3rd Friday monthly, 7:00 pm, Kennedyville United Methodist Church, Leaders: Beth Hill (410-778-1661) and Cheryl Plummer (410-648-6828)
Kent Clover Calf – Meets 2nd Wednesday monthly, 7:00 pm, Kennedyville United Methodist Church, Leaders: Jennifer Debnam (410-348-5905), Leader: Carrie Douthit (410-928-5860)
Kent Fuzzy Tails and Shiny Scales 4-H Club – Meets 4th Thursday monthly, 6:30 pm, Winter: Presbyterian
Church of Chestertown, Summer: Lovett Farms, Worton, Leader: Carrie & Jay Douthit, 410-928-5860, Jessica Matthews, 443-480-9308
Puppy Pals 4-H Dog Club – Meets 3rd and 4th Wed., 6:30pm. Summer: Running W Kennels, Worton, Winter: Radcliffe Creek School

Time for Tomatoes: 2nd Annual Tasting Event is August 13

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At long last, fresh tomatoes are in abundance again. To celebrate the fantastic flavors of vine-ripened, local tomatoes, Lockbriar Farms is hosting the 2nd Annual Tomato Tasting Event. More than 20 varieties of heirloom tomatoes will be available for sampling.

2015-08-15-tomato-tasting-01The tomatoes will range in color from almost white to deep purple and they will vary in size from little cherry tomatoes to gigantic beefsteak tomatoes.

Not only can attendees sample as many tomatoes as they would like, they may also vote for the one they think tastes the best. If a home gardener is growing a tomato that they would like to share, they are encouraged to bring some to the event.

“Last year’s array of tomatoes was just overwhelming”, according to Sabine Harvey, Horticulture Program Assistant at the University of Maryland Extension. “I tasted so many fabulous tomatoes. As I result I am growing some of them myself this year.”

Some of Harvey’s favorites were Persimmon, an orange tomato that does indeed have a persimmon flavor and Joe Thieneman’s Australian Heart, a beautiful red tomato. However, none beat Harvey’s all-time favorite, an heirloom paste tomato called Gilbertie.

In addition to sampling tomatoes, attendees can also sample some dishes featuring tomatoes. Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions about growing and preserving tomatoes. Best of all, the heirloom tomatoes will be on sale for $2.99 a pound.

The event takes place on Saturday, August 13th from 11am until 1pm at Lockbriar Farms, located at 10051 Worton Road, Worton. The event is co-sponsored by the University of Maryland Extension Master Gardeners Program.

Inspiration from the Prairies

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Janet Draper, Horticulturist as the Mary Livingston Ripley Garden (part of the Smithsonian Gardens), is coming to Chestertown. Ms. Draper was awarded a travel grant to go out to the Midwest to explore some of the region’s ‘Prairie Inspired’ gardens; the latest trend in landscape design.

Rather than trying to control nature, the 21st century garden is designed to work with nature and promote biodiversity. Janet Draper will share what she learned at the Lurie Garden in Chicago and the Olbrich Botanical Garden in Madison, WI.

The Lurie Garden was designed by Piet Oudolf, the famous garden designer, who also designed the plantings for the High Line in New York City. These two public gardens have moved away from a formal planting design to gardens that are more ecologically balanced and support a wide array of insects and wildlife.

The talk will be held at the Chestertown Town Hall, 2nd floor conference room, on Saturday, April 16 at 2pm. The event is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Sabine Harvey, sharvey1@umd.edu

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Second Annual Seed Swap to be Held at KCPL, March 19

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Enthusiastic gardeners just do not seem to be able to help themselves: they typically end up with an abundance of seeds. People will buy seeds packets that contain 50 – 500 seeds whereas they rarely need more than a few plants to satisfy their needs. Since seeds stay viable only a few years at best, what is a gardener to do? What about those people who do indeed just want to try a few seeds of a particular vegetable or flower? Or what about those people who would love to garden but do not have the money to purchase seeds?

This why the Kent County Public Library and the Master Gardeners of the University of Maryland Extension are organizing the 2st Annual Seed Swap. The Master Gardeners have received generous donations of seeds from Kingstown Farm, Home and Garden as well as Walmart. There will be more than enough seeds to share! In other words, you do NOT need to donate seeds in order to receive seeds. However, if you do have surplus seeds, you are encouraged to bring them! Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions about seed starting as well as gardening in general. Children’s activities are provided as well.

The event will take place on the library in Chestertown, on Saturday March 19 from 11am until 1pm. The event is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Sabine Harvey, sharvey1@umd.edu

Kent Extension Announces 18th Annual Horticulture Lecture Series

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The Kent County Extension Office will begin its eighteenth annual Horticulture Lecture Series for gardeners and professionals on Friday, February 26, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. The programs will be held at the Kent County Public Library, 408 High Street, Chestertown, MD 21620.

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Call 410-778-1661.

This event is free of charge.

All sessions run from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The schedule is as follows:

Feb. 26: Painting a Planted Canvas for All Seasons (Container Gardening), Molly Garrett, QA County Master Gardener Coordinator, Container Garden Designer and Owner at Field + Canvas Co.

March 4: The Right Tree in the Right Place, Jonathan Cowherd, Certified Arborist, Barlett Tree Experts

March 11: Invasive Species and some Native Alternatives, Eric Buehl, Regional Watershed Restoration Specialist, UMD Sea Grant Extension Program

March 18: Garden CSI: What is hiding in your plants? Mikaela Boley, Talbot County Master Gardener Coordinator

Special Event: Saturday, March 19, 2016, “2nd Annual Seed Swap” at the Kent County Public Library, 408 High St., Chestertown, MD, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Do not need to register. Open to all. Free.

Planning Underway for Kent County Beekeeping Association

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Calling all current and future beekeepers of Kent, Queen Anne’s and Cecil County! Mike Embrey, University of Maryland Extension Apiculturist (Ret.), will be leading a discussion about how to start a Beekeepers Association for the above mentioned counties.

Mr. Embrey has taught beekeeping at the UME Wye Research and Education Center for many years. According to Mr. Embrey apart from sharing knowledge and providing a network of resources, other benefits of a beekeepers association include: sharing equipment including honey extracting gear, wax melters, etc.; bulk purchasing; offering free lectures on beekeeping and related topics; educating the public on the importance of honey bees to our existence; and increasing the representation of Eastern Shore Beekeepers with the State beekeepers association (MSBA).

The meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, September 9th, 6:30pm at the Kent County Public Library in Chestertown. The meeting is free and open to the public. If you have any questions or plan to attend please contact Dick Crane at 410-778-8183 (home) or 410-507-9539 (cell), email: rcranesr@gmail.com