Kent County 4-H Calendar and Club Info

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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.

May
11 – Eastern Shore Spring Show, QA Co. 4-H Park, Centreville
13 – Jr. Leadership Council (JLC), 7:00 pm, Ext. Office
Deadline: To Purchase MD Dairy Judging Team Pit Beef Lunch Tickets. See Dylan Hill or Kent Extension Office
14 – New Family 4-H Orientation, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, Ext. Office. Register by 4/10
15 – 4-H UME Volunteer Training F2F, 6:30 – 9:00 pm, Ext. Office. Register by 5/13.
16 – Ag Center Board of Directors Meeting, 7:00 pm, Ext. Office
18 – MD 4-H Dairy Judging Team Pit Beef Lunch, Pickup 11:30 – 1:30 pm, Hill Haven Farm, Kennedyville
19 – Kent Clover Kids Program, 1:00 – 3:00 pm, Ext. Office. Topic: “All About Small Pets”
MD State 4-H Council, 2:00 – 5:00 pm, MD 4-H Center, College Park
21 – UME 4-H Volunteer Online Training, 6:30-8:30 pm, Webinar. Must register in Kent Office.
23 – New! Hands-On 4-H Quality Assurance Workshop, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, Ext. Office
27 – Memorial Day Holiday ~ Extension Office Closed
28 – 4-H Leaders Council, 7:00 pm, Ext. Office

4-H Club Meeting Dates

4-H Nature After School Club 3rd – 5th Grade – Meets 1st& 3rd Mondays, 4:00-5:00pm, 3:40pm pick up Garnet walkers. Kent County Public Library Yellow Building. Jenny Lee, 302-753-8191. Extension staff, 410-778-1661
Bits and Bridles Horse Club – Educational Activity held 1st Wednesdays, Jan, March, May, July, Sept, Nov.
Business meeting held 1st Wednesdays, Feb, Apr, June, Aug, Oct, Dec. 7:00pm Running W. Farm, Worton. Jaime Orndorff, 302-531-8179, Mary Coates, 443-480-2722
Kent 4-H Triple Shots Shooting Sports 1. – Shotgun: 2nd Sunday, 12:00pm, Kent C., Gun Club, 4th Sunday, 12:00pm, Sudlersville Skeet Club. 2. Archery: 1st and 3rd Sundays, 2pm, Cypress Creek Archery, Millington. Summer: Kent Ag Center, 4pm. 3. Rifle: Kent Ag Center Rifle Range, Tolchester. Contact Leaders. Anna Armstrong,302-535-3640. Andy Simmons, 410-708-6073.
Junior Dairy Associates – Meets 3rd Friday monthly, 7:00pm. Kennedyville United Methodist Church. Leaders, Beth Hill, 410-778-1661, Kathy Myers, 410-708-8317
Kent Clover Calf – Meets 2nd Wednesday, 7:00pm, Kennedyville United Methodist Church, Leader, Jennifer Debnam, 410-708-4923
Kent Fuzzy Tails & Shiny Scales – Meets 4th Monday monthly, 6:30pm Greenscapes Land Care, Kennedyville, Leaders, Carrie and Jay Douthit, 410-480-6964
Kent Puppy Pals 4-H Dog Club – Practice 3rd and 4th Wednesdays, 6:30pm, Winter: Radcliffe Creek School, Summer: Running W Kennel. Monthly business meeting 2nd Tuesday, 6:30pm, Running W Kennel, Leaders, Bert & Jim Lindauer, 410-778-2887

4-H January 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.

January 2019

Mon. 1/7 – 4-H Nature Afterschool Club, 4-5 pm, Kent Co. Library.
Tues. 1/8 – Puppy Pals Club Mtg, 6:30 pm, Running W
Wed. 1/9 – Kent Clover Calf Mtg., 7:00 pm, Kennedyville United Methodist Church
Sat. 1/12 – 4-H Market Beef and Dairy Steer Weighing & Tagging, 10 am, Kent Ag Center. Please contact office with # and type of steer asap. Animal must be present. (Snow date 1/19)
Sun. 1/13 – Triple Shots Shotgun Practice, Kent Gun Club
Tues. 1/15 – Senior Portfolios for Out-of-State Trips due to MD State 4-H Office.
Wed. 1/16 – Toy Drive Wrap-up & Thank You Writing, 6-7 pm, Ext. Office
Wed. 1/16 – Jr. Leadership Council (JLC), 7 pm, Ext. Office
Thurs. 1/17 – Ag Center Board Mtg, 7 pm, Ext. Office
Thurs. 1/17 – UME 4-H Online Volunteer Training Webinar, 6:30 – 8:30 pm. For all new 4-H volunteers. Must register in Kent Office 3-5 days prior.
DEADLINE: Kent 4-H Gala Basket Items due by end of day. Please support our donation to help raise funds at the MD 4-H Gala. Items can be anything that fits our theme of “4-H Family Fun Night”
Sun. 1/20 – Triple Shots Archery Practice, Cypress Creek
Sun. 1/20 – MD 4-H Gala, 3-6 pm, Martin’s West, Baltimore. 7 4-H’ers will be recognized with awards or scholarships and Kent 4-H & Triple Shots will receive grants.
Mon. 1/21 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday – Ext. Office Closed
Tues. 1/22 – DEADLINE: All 4-H Record Books and Clover Memory Books are due by 4:30 pm or after hours from 5:15 – 6:00 pm in the Extension Office.
Tues. 1/22 – DEADLINE: 4-H Achievement Award Nominations due to Ext. Office or electronically.
Wed. 1/23 – 4H Online Re-enrollment Help Session, 6:30 – 7:30 pm, Ext. Office. Must register.
Fri. 1/25 – Record Book Judging Night (all volunteers welcome!!!), 6:00 pm Pizza and Judging training, 6:30 pm – Judging begins.
Sat. 1/26 – Record Book Judging, 10:00 am – until, Ext. Office.
Sat. 1/26 – 4H Online Re-enrollment Help Session, 11 am – 12 pm, Ext. Office. Must register.
Sun. 1/27 – Kent Clover Kids (Marshmallow Science & Fun!), 1-3 pm, Ext. Office
Mon. 1/28 – Fuzzy Tails club Mtg., 6:30 pm, Greenscapes
Tues. 1/29 – Leaders Council, 7:00 pm, Ext. Office – Award Voting!
Wed. 1/30 – DEADLINE: 4-H Club Charter Renewal Packets Due to Extension Office. Uploaded to State Office by 1/31.
Wed. 1/30 – Interview Skills for seniors, 7:00 pm, Ext. Office. Interview How to workshop but especially for seniors interviewing for out-of-state trips on 2/2.
Thurs. 1/31 – Code Your World 4-H Science Experiment, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Ext. Office.

KENT COUNTY 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 AssociatesMeets 3rd Friday monthly, 7pm, Kennedyville United Methodist Church

Kent Clover CalfMeets2nd 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 ClubPractice 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

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.

2nd Annual Mid-Shore STEM Festival

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The 2nd Annual Mid-Shore STEM Festival will be held on Saturday, November 10th 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 stations, tours, and demonstrations. Youth can learn about forensic science, recycling and environmental topics, entomology, wildlife ecology, art, electricity and circuits, insects, GIS/computer mapping, and much more. Also, there will be tours of Chesapeake College including an experience with some of the health care simulation technologies and equipment.This is a great event to make career connections and learn about the future of science and science related careers and opportunities.

New features for 2018 include STEM activities for younger audiences (pre-school and early elementary age) provided by the early childhood education department from 10-12 and demonstrations from the Mason Dixon Search Dogs, Inc. (time TBD).

Bring your kids to participate during the Maryland Science Festival here on the mid-shore on November 10th for a fun science-filled day! We will have lunch and refreshments for sale. Remember, the event is FREE and open to all!

For more information, please contact Navonne Owen, UME Caroline County 4-H, at nowen@umd.edu or (410) 479-4030. This is an equal opportunity and equal access program.

4-H Coming Events in October

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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 2018

17 – 4-H Toy Drive 1st Planning Mtg. 6:00 – 7:00 pm, Ext. Office
Jr. Leadership Council (JLC) Mtg., rescheduled from 9/10, 7:00 pm, Ext. Office. Immediately following Toy Drive
18 – Ag Center Board of Directors Meeting, 7:00 pm, Ext. Office
20 – Kent Clover Kids: Corn & Tortillas Program, 9 – 11 am, Kent Ext. Office. For youth ages 5-7 yrs. with an adult.
22-24 – 4-H Educator out of office for 4-H Professional Development, Howard County
27 – Kent 4-H Clover Kids Program, 9:00 – 11:00 am, Location TBD. Topic: Pumpkins, Gourds and Squashes!
State 4-H Shotgun Match, Prince George’s Trap & Skeet Club, All Day. Good Luck Kent 4-Hers!
28 – MD 4-H Dog Bowl Contest, College Park
30 – “Code Your World” National 4-H Science Experiment for youth ages 8-14 years, 6:30 pm, Extension Office.
Must register by Friday 10/26

KENT COUNTY 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

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.

Palmer Amaranth ID Field Walk Workshop Sept. 26

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The University of Maryland Kent County Extension Office will be hosting a workshop on Palmer Amaranth. The workshop will be on September 26, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m, at 709 Morgnec Road, Suite 202, Chestertown. All are welcome. We will meet at the Kent Extension office for coffee and doughnuts and then we’ll head down the road to a field where there has been a positive identification of Palmer Amaranth. We will discuss identification techniques and management of this herbicide resistant weed.

Hosts: Nate Richards, Jenny Rhodes, Jim Lewis and Matt Morris

RSVP preferred to Nate — nrichard@umd.edu or call 4107781661

The University of Maryland is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Offers Equal Access Programs.

4-H Coming Events for October

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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 2018
3-14         Tractor Supply (TSC) 4-H Clover Campaign
5               DEADLINE: Senior Portfolios Due to Kent 4-H Office for youth interested in National 4-H
Conference Trip
6               Kent 4-H Clover Kids Program, 1:00 – 3:00 pm. Topic: Corn including making Tortillas!
AGNR Open House, Central MD Research & Education Center (CMREC)
7 – 13       National 4-H Week!
8              Columbus Day Holiday ~ Extension Office Closed
15            DEADLINE: National 4-H Conference Portfolios due to MD State 4-H Office
UME 4-H Online Volunteer Training Webinar, 6:30 – 8:30 pm. must register in Kent Office one week prior.
17            4-H Toy Drive 1st Planning Mtg. 6:00 – 7:00 pm, Ext. Office
Jr. Leadership Council (JLC) Mtg., rescheduled from 9/10, 7:00 pm, Ext. Office immediately
following Toy Drive
18            Ag Center Board of Directors Meeting, 7:00 pm, Ext. Office
21            4-H Horseman’s Party
27           Kent 4-H Clover Kids Program, 9:00 – 11:00 am, Location TBD. Topic: Pumpkins, Gourds and Squashes!
State 4-H Shotgun Match, Prince George’s Trap & Skeet Club, All Day. Good Luck Kent 4-Hers!
28          MD 4-H Dog Bowl Contest, College Park

KENT COUNTY 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 – Meets3rd 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

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.

4-H Coming Events for September

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4-H COMING EVENTS

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 2018

16-17          MD Dairy Judging Team to All American Dairy Show, Harrisburg PA. Good Luck Dylan!
20               Ag Center Board of Director’s Meeting, 7:00 pm, Extension Office
UME Online 4-H Volunteer Training Webinar, 6:30-8:30 pm, must register in Kent Office one week prior
23               National 4-H Congress Orientation for MD Delegation, 2-4 pm, MD 4-H Center, College Park
25               4-H Leaders Council, 7:00 pm, Extension Office
27               UME 4-H Volunteer Training, 6:30 pm, Extension Office. Registration deadline 9/26
28-Oct 2   MD 4-H Dairy Judging Team to World Dairy Expo, Madison Wisconsin. Good Luck Dylan!
29              State 4-H Archery Match, Carroll County Ag Center – Good Luck Aubrey, Danielle, Derrick, Quinn
30              DEADLINE: Completed Level 6 Diamond Clover Applications Due to MD State 4-H Office

KENT COUNTY 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 AssociatesMeets 3rd Friday monthly, 7pm, Kennedyville United Methodist Church

Kent Clover CalfMeets 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 ClubPractice 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

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.

Queen Anne’s County Bay-Wise Master Gardeners Offer Summer Tips

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Summer’s here and mid-shore gardeners are bracing for plenty of dry hot days that can stress gardens and landscaping—and gardeners as well. The Queen Anne’s County Master Gardeners’ Bay-Wise committee, which regularly consults with homeowners about their gardening practices, has come up with 10 guidelines to help gardeners keep plants and lawns healthy, and protect often substantial investments of time, effort, and money.

Yet the ultimate reason for the Bay-Wise guidelines is protecting the Bay from further pollution. According to the University of Maryland Extension, which trains and sponsors Master Gardeners, most homes in Queen Anne’s and Kent Counties are within a half-mile of a stream or other waterway flowing into the Chesapeake Bay. What we do in our yards rapidly impacts, drains, or runs into the Bay waters. It’s important we all get it right and not rely insecticides, weed killers, and fertilizers to get us through summer.

Bee on Eastern Purple Coneflower (Photo Taken by Rachel Rhodes)

1. Water generously in the morning. Make sure you’re aiming for the roots and not the foliage. It’s tempting to give drooping foliage a shower on extremely hot days but such showers encourage leaf mildew. Pots should be watered until it drains out the bottom. Some people prefer using a watering can over using a hose.

2. Mulch. Mulch and mulch if you haven’t already, but no more than 2 to 3 inches. This protects the roots and helps the soil to retain moisture. Plus it cuts down on weeds that steal moisture from your plants. Use whatever works for you. There are a variety of options available.

3. Move anything that’s in the wrong place. If something seems to be suffering from too much sun or too much shade, a cloudy day is a good time to rescue those tender plants and move them to where they will prosper.

4. Mow smart. Set your mower at 3 1/2 to 4 inches. Slightly longer grass blades shade the roots, conserve moisture and discourage weed growth. Remove no more than 1/3 of the grass height each time you mow. Make sure that your lawnmower blades are sharp.

5. Encourage pollinators by using native plants. They’re genetically equipped to survive the vagaries of weather and provide habitat for hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies. To prompt re-blooming, remove spent blooms on flowering bushes and plants.

6. Watch for invasive insects and disease. They’re destructive. Keep up your vigilance and remove or treat them. Japanese Beetles, for example are looking for lunch anywhere they can get it. Unfortunately, rose bushes seem to be their favorites. Hand removal works; then drown them in a jar of soapy water.

7. Trim off suckers and tie up your tomato plants before they get heavy and droop. This will ensure a good summer long harvest. Check the beans, squash, peppers, peas, and whatever else you have planted for problems or invaders. Daily vigilance is key.

8. Compost your plant-based kitchen scraps and yard waste. Diseased plants or foliage should go in the trash.

9. Weed like your garden depends on it.Weeds steel moisture, nourishment, and even sunlight. Weeding after a rain makes it easier on you and morning makes it more pleasant. Most of the weeds can go in the compost.

10. Be grateful. We all live within the embrace of the beautiful Chesapeake Bay. We all are then stewards of the land and bear the awesome responsibility of gardening wisely. We need to minimize the use of fertilizers and other pollutants that sadly end up in the Bay.

To arrange for a Bay-Wise Master Gardener team visit to consult on your gardening practices, questions, or problems, contact Rachel Rhodes, Queen Anne’s County Master Gardener Coordinator at 410-758-0166 or email rjrhodes@umd.edu. Master Gardener visits and advice are always free and generally, a visit to go over your yard, identify problems, and suggest solutions takes somewhere around two hours. Two links that might be helpful for you: The first, a charming visit with some young gardeners at Washington College explaining what Master Gardeners are all about http://www.washcoll.edu/live/news/10129-gardening-wisdom and 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.

Queen Anne’s & Talbot County Master Gardeners Visit Honeybee Flower Farm

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Stepping onto Honeybee Flower Farm in Cordova, MD you are immediately transported into a sea of varying shades of yarrow that flow from pink to white intermingling with green mountain mint, pink cone flowers, blue bachelor’s button, asiatic lilies, and black and yellow black-eyed susans as far as the eye can see. As rows and rows of flowers, shrubs, and trees intertwine, owner Carrie Jennings describes how each plant has a purpose on the farm and their purpose when designing arrangements for her clients or for the Easton Farmers Market.

Along the way, bees buzz from flower to flower, birdschirp happily, and you begin to realize how transforming a landscape can create a habitat that not only you enjoy but one that can service a greater purpose. Slowly the farm transforms from a cottage garden to neat and tidy rows of flowers that are destined for bridal bouquets, rehearsal dinners, and anniversary parties.

Photo taken by Rachel Rhodes

Long before the start of Honeybee Flower Farm, owner and operator Carrie Jennings was in the landscape industry. During this time, Carrie developed a passion for creating garden landscapes and habitats. While working full time for the Maryland Department of Agriculture at the Soil Conservation District in Queen Anne’s County for the last 17 years, Carrie’s dream of running a cut flower farm came to fruition in 2012, when Carrie and her husband Chris built a home and developed the 5 acre property into what is now Honeybee Flower Farm. Throughout this six year period, Carrie has been working full-time and running her part-time business, which caters to several full service events every year offering cut flowers for weddings, dinner parties, and special events. As the years have gone by, the farm has evolved with the addition of a hoop house which helps Carrie get an early start to the season and a walk in refrigerator which helps preserve flowers until they can get to the market.

Like any small business owner knows, taking the leap from a dream into reality can be a bit unnerving. Carrie says “her passion to create her own vision of beauty” helped drive her, whether that includes designing her landscape or bouquets for the Easton Farmers Market, she does it all.  As Carrie transitions into the next part of her career she says she’s “focused on spending more time creating beautiful arrangements for her clients.”

The Queen Anne’s & Talbot County Master Gardeners visited Honeybee Flower Farm on June 22, 2018.

For further information about Queen Anne’s County Master Gardner programs please 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 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.

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