Kent County 4-H Calendar for May

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May 2018

8 – Livestock Weighing & Tagging, 5:30 – 7:00pm Kent Ag Center. All Market, feeder steers and commercial livestock must be tagged! More info will be sent directly to family. Register # of animal with 4-H office by 5/1!
10 – Basic Job Prep Skills 101 for 4-H Youth, 6:30 – 8:30pm, Washington College Career Center. Register by 5/8/18
12 – Eastern Shore Spring Show, QA County 4-H Park, Centreville
14 – Jr. Leadership Council (JLC) 7:00pm, Extension Office
17 – Ag Center Board of Directors Meeting, 7:00pm KUMC (Back to 3rd Thursdays monthly)
19 – Kent Clover Kids, 9 – 11am
20 – MD State Council, 2 – 5pm, MD 4-H Center, College Park
21 – New 4-H Nature Afterschool Club, 4 – 5pm, Kent County Library (Yellow Building)
22 – 4-H Leaders Council, 7:00pm, Extension Office
23 – 4-H Animal Science Workshop, Series # 1: Youth learning through AS projects, 7 – 8:30pm Ext. Office
28 – Extension Office Closed – Memorial Day Holiday
29 or 6/11 – MANDATORY Biosecurity and Quality Assurance Workshop for all Kent 4-H Animal Exhibitors, 7:00 – 8:30pm, Extension Office

4-H CLUB MEETING DATES

Bits and Bridles Horse Club – Meets 1st Monday business meeting: Feb., Apr., June, Aug., Oct., Dec. Activity on all other months 6:00pm, Kennedyville United Methodist Church.

Kent 4-H Triple Shots Shooting Sports – Shotgun – Meets 2nd Sunday, Noon, Kent County Gun Club, 4th Sunday, Noon, Sudlersville Skeet Club, Archery, 1st and 3rd Sundays, 2pm, Cypress Creek Archery, Millington, Summer: Kent Ag Center, Rifle, 2nd and 4th Sundays, 2-4pm, Kent Ag Center Rifle Range, Tolchester. Business meeting held the 1st Wednesday of every month, 6:30pm, Kent Co. Public Works Complex

Junior Dairy Associates – Meets 3rd Friday monthly, 7pm, Kennedyville United Methodist Church

Kent Clover Calf – Meets 2nd Wednesday, 7pm, Kennedyville United Methodist Church

Kent Fuzzy Tails & Shiny Scales – 4th Monday monthly, 6:30pm, Greenscapes Land Care, Kennedyville

Kent Puppy Pals 4-H Dog Club – Practice 3rd and 4th Wednesdays, 6:30pm, winter: Radcliffe Creek School, summer: Running W Kennels, Worton. Monthly business meeting, 2nd Tuesday, Running W Kennels, 6:30pm

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.

Kent County Health Needs Study

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The University of Maryland Extension is conducting a research study using focus group discussions to better understand the health needs of people living in Kent County. Topics to be discussed include family and community health, healthy and safe home environments and community health education programs.

Group discussions will take approximately 2 hours and a light meal will be served. NOTE: Participants will be compensated $30 at the conclusion of the focus group.

To participate in this research study you must be 18 years of age and live in Kent County. The first 10 people who respond and meet the age and county residence requirement will be invited to participate in the focus group.

DATE: Monday, April 16, 2018

TIME: 6:00-8:00 PM

PLACE: Kent County Library, the Yellow Building, 207 Calvert St, Chestertown, MD

Discussions will be led by:
Beverly Jackey MS, RDN, Family and Consumer Science Educator
University of Maryland Extension, Cecil, Kent and Queen Anne’s Counties

For more information or to sign up, call 410-996-8133 or email at: bjackey@umd.edu

If you need special assistance to participate in this program, please inform the University of Maryland Extension when signing up.

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.

“Designing Habitats for Pollinators” Talk on March 16

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On Friday, March 16, Kerry Wixted will give a talk about “Destination Pollination: Designing Habitats for Pollinators”.

Pollinators around the world and in Maryland are on the decline. Not only does that pose a threat to the survival of certain insect species, but it would affect our food supply as well. A large number of plants depend on pollination to produce fruits. Without pollination we would not have apples, pears, peaches, plums, almonds, cherries, blueberries, strawberries, grapes, water melon, squash, zucchini, just to name a few.

When we think of pollination, we usually think about honey bees. However, native bees and other pollinators play a large role as well. There are more than 4000 native bee species in the USA. Maryland is home to more than 400 bee species and there are over 200 different species on the Eastern Shore alone. Bees are not the only pollinators around; beetles, wasps, butterflies, moths, flies and even hummingbirds and bats are pollinators as well. This Friday, learn how to create pollinator-friendly habitats in almost any backyard. This talk will focus on plants and habitat practices that help attract pollinators.

Kerry Wixted is an education and outreach specialist for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife and Heritage Service. Kerry runs several state-wide programs such as Project WILD for educators and Wild Acres for backyard wildlife habitat enthusiasts. Kerry holds a B.S. degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Management from Frostburg State University, and a M.S. degree in Biology from West Virginia University. 

The program will be held at 10:00am at the Kent County Public Library, 408 High Street, Chestertown, MD 21620. This event is free of charge. For more information, please contact Sabine Harvey, 410-778-1661 or sharvey1@umd.edu

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.

Dr. Mike Raupp to Speak at Horticulture Lecture March 9

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On Friday, March 9, Dr. Mike Raupp will give a talk about “The influence of Native and Exotic Plants on Insect Communities.” Dr. Raupp will focus on how we can create sustainable managed environments. In addition to talking about the influence of native and non-native plants on insect communities, Dr. Raupp will talk about invasive species such as emerald ash borer and the latest threat, the spotted lantern fly. Spotted Lantern Fly is a pretty, but very destructive insect which has become rampant in Southern Pennsylvania. Experts fear it will invade Maryland during the upcoming growing season

Mike Raupp is a professor of Entomology and an Extension Specialist. He has earned the nickname “The Bug Guy” from students and fans of his blog, BugoftheWeek.com, where he reports on all things bug and insect related. He frequently appears as an expert on Good Morning America, NPR and other news outlets. He has also appeared on BBC, CNN, National Geographic’s Explorer, The Dr. Oz Show, Tyra Banks and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Dr. Raupp is an expert in Integrated Pest Management (IPM). IPM focuses on an environmentally sensitive approach to prevent insect pests and plant diseases. IPM programs try to manage pest damage with the least possible hazard to people, property and the environment. Therefore, IPM is a great practice for the home gardener. The idea is to monitor the landscape for any potential pests and determine when these pest may start to create a problem, i.e. a few stinkbugs won’t do a lot of damage, a few hundred will. The first course of action is to try to prevent the establishment of the pest by altering their habitat or disturbing their life cycle. The use of chemical is seen as a very last resort. And even then, IPM programs recommend using the least toxic chemicals.

The program will be held at 10:00am at the Kent County Public Library, 408 High Street, Chestertown, MD 21620. This event is free of charge. For more information, please contact Sabine Harvey, 410-778-1661 or sharvey1@umd.edu

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.

Beekeeping 101 Classes Set

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Starting in January 2018, Michael Embrey will be offering beginning beekeeping classes in both Chestertown and Easton. Beekeeping 101 consists of a total of 7 classes. The first five classes will be held every other week until the end of April. The last two classes, focusing on winterizing your hives and keeping your bees healthy, will take place in September. Attendants will learn about the lives of bees, how to take care of hives, pest and diseases, swarm management, honey extraction and much more. Mr. Embrey is a retired apiculturalist with the University of Maryland Extension and has been teaching beekeeping classes for decades.The recommended textbook Is, “The Beekeeper’s Handbook, Fourth Edition” by Diana Sammataro. Registration fee for the entire series is $125.

Classes in Chestertown will start on Thursday, January 25, 2018 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m in the Sophie Kerr Room, Miller Library at Washington College. To register for this class, please contact Mike Wham, .MLWham@gmail.com or 302-354-3150.

Classes in Easton will start on Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 9 a.m. until noon at the Talbot County Extension Office, Marvel Court (off of Glebe Road). To register for this class, please contact Mike Embrey, mecharjew@yahoo.com410-924-0028.

In addition to the classes, anyone interested in bees or beekeeping is invited to attend the monthly lectures and meetings of the following Beekeepers Associations:

  • Upper Eastern Shore Beekeepers Association, 2nd Wednesday of the month in the yellow building at the Kent County Public Library in Chestertown.
  • Lower Eastern Shore Beekeepers Association, 2nd Wednesday of the month at the Wicomico Extension Office on Nanticoke Road in Salisbury.
  • Wye River Beekeepers Association, 3rd Wednesday of the month at the Adult Education Center at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills.

More information is available online or on Facebook Upper Eastern Shore Beekeeping Association

Mid-Shore STEM Festival

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The inaugural Mid-Shore STEM Festival will be held on Saturday, November 4th at the Eastern Shore Higher Education Center, on the Chesapeake College campus in Wye Mills. The event will be held rain or shine from 10 am – 2 pm and is free and open to the public.

The Mid-Shore STEM Festival is being hosted by the University of Maryland Extension 4-H Program and is focused on providing hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math learning for youth of all ages and their families. Activities will include: interactive displays and activities, tours, and demonstrations. Youth can learn about DNA, soil, plants, agriculture, food science, environmental science, robotics, insects, and much more. Also, there will be tours of Chesapeake College and a special K-9 demonstration from 12:30-1:00 that you do not want to miss! And, lunch and refreshments will be available for purchase.

Bring your kids to participate during the Maryland Science Festival here on the mid-shore on November 4th for a fun science-filled day! For more information, please contact Navonne Owen, Dorchester County 4-H, at nowen@umd.edu or (410) 228-8800. This is an equal opportunity and equal access program.

Kent County 4-H Calendar

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4-H Needs You:  Kent County 4-H is 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 2017 4-H Calendar

Oct, 15 DEADLINE: National 4-H Conference Senior Portfolios due to Maryland State 4-H Office

Oct. 16: 18th Annual 4-H Toy Drive, 1st Planning meeting, 7 – 8 p.m., Extension  Office, 709 Morgnec Rd., Chestertown

Oct. 17: Extension office 4-H Online Volunteer Training Webinar, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., must register at least 1 week prior.

Oct. 18: Ag Center Board Meeting, 7 p.m., Extension Office

Oct. 19: UME 4-H F2F Volunteer Training, 6:30 p.m., Extension Office

Oct. 25: Record Book Wksp. for Juniors & Intermediates, 7:00 pm, Extension Office (will feature new forms!) Register by 10/24.

Oct. 28: State 4-H Shotgun Match, Prince Georges Trap and Skeet Center; Kent 4-H Clover Kids Program, 1:00 – 3:00 pm, Extension Office “Pumpkins!”

Oct. 29: Maryland State 4-H Dog Bowl, University of Maryland Plant Science Bldg, College Park

KENT COUNTY 4-H CLUB MEETING DATES

Scheduled Club Meetings (Subject to Change!)

Bits & Bridle Horse Club – 3rd Saturday, 1:00, Running W Kennels

Kent 4-H Triple Shots Shooting Sports Shotgun – 2nd Sunday, Noon, Kent Gun Club, 4th Sunday, Noon, Sudlersville Skeet Club, Archery, 1st and 3rd Sundays, 2 p.m., Cypress Creek Archery, Millington, Rifle, 2nd and 4th Sundays, 2-4 p.m., Kent Ag Center Rifle Range, Tolchester

Queen Anne’s County Master Gardeners Announce Bay-Wise Landscape Consultations

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Homes on the Eastern Shore are within a half mile of a stream or other waterway flowing into the Chesapeake Bay. Creating an attractive yard is important to all of us, but how we do it can make a huge difference in property value and environmental impact. We all contribute–knowingly or unknowingly—to run-off, seepage, and airborne pollutants that affect the health of the Bay. Critical awareness of the environmental effect of our landscape choices and practices underlies the University of Maryland Extension Bay-Wise Master Gardener program.

pictured L-R: Master Gardener Jane Smith, Master Gardener Cindy Riegel, homeowner Laura Rocco, Master Gardener Betty McAtee, and Master Gardener Joyce Anderson.

The Queen Anne’s County Master Gardeners’ Bay-Wise program kicks off the 2017 season of Bay-Wise landscape consultations. Master Gardeners, are volunteers who are trained by the University of Maryland Extension, will come to your home or business to evaluate your property. They can answer landscape and gardening questions and offer advice on sound environmental practices. This is a free service sponsored through the University of Maryland’s Extension office. Home owners and businesses are encouraged to schedule a consultation.

Call or email the University of Maryland Extension Queen Anne’s County Master Gardener Coordinator, Rachel Rhodes, at 410-758-0166 or rjrhodes@umd.edu to initiate a consultation on your property. A Bay-Wise trained Master Gardener will then contact you to arrange a convenient date and time to meet with you at your property. A consultation usually takes about one to two hours, depending on the size and complexity of your yard. Consultations focus on practices of healthy lawn maintenance, storm water management, insect and disease control, composting waste, and selecting native plants and trees that enhance your property with minimum upkeep.  You are welcome to request advice about flower, fruit, and vegetable beds that beautify your yard and provide friendly habitat for wildlife like songbirds, butterflies, bees, and humming birds.

Complimentary Bay-Wise signs are given homeowners and businesses that demonstrate sound Bay-Wise practices. The University of Maryland Extension Master Gardeners hope to reach even more homeowners this season. Advice on improving your landscape, while helping the environment and saving time and money, is only a phone call away.  For further information on the Bay-Wise Program and other environmentally sound practices, please visit www.extension.umd.edu/baywise or see us on Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/QueenAnnesCountyMasterGardeners

University of Maryland Extension programs are open to all people 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.

Horticulture Lecture Series

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Hort Series 2017 flyerThe Kent County Extension Office and the Kent County Public Library are pleased to announce the start of the 18th annual Horticulture Lecture Series. The series is meant for anyone who like to garden, both amateurs and professionals alike. The talks will focus on a wide array of gardening related topics. The purpose of the talks is to show the audience how to create beauty in your landscape while keeping the health of the environment and the Chesapeake Bay in mind. The programs will be held at the Kent County Public Library, 408 High Street, Chestertown, MD 21620.  All sessions run from 10 a.m. to about 11:30 a.m. This event is free of charge. For more information, please contact Sabine Harvey, 410-778-1661 or sharvey1@umd.edu

The schedule is as follows:

March 10: Plant Propagation: How to Multiply your Favorite Plants, Vic Priapi, Owner of Priapi Gardens

March 17: Beautify your Landscape and your Food with Aronia (Purple Chokeberry), Roy Mears, Owner of Chester River Aronia

March 24: Lawn Alternatives, Wanda MacLachlan, UMD Extension, Bay-Wise and Master Naturalist Coordinator

March 31: Caterpillars in the Landscape, Elizabeth Hill, UMD Extension, Entomologist

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.