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.

4-H Coming Events for March

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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.

March 2017
March 4-H Have a Heart Food Drive Challenge.
Food can be delivered and weighed on Final Day at Achievement!!!
2           4-H on the Radio, 12:15 pm, WCTR’s Today on the Shore
4           Achievement Practice for all youth with job assignments, 10:00 am, Extension Office
5           Annual 4-H Achievement and Recognition Banquet, 12:30 pm, Millington Fire House
6, 15, 20, 27      Kent 4-H Dairy Bowl Practices, 7:00 pm, Hill Farm, Kennedyville
6           DEADLINE: 4-H Potato Project Registration Due to 4-H Office
10-12    4-H Tractor School, QA Co. 4-H Park, for youth ages 14-16 years.
11          Kent Ag Center Clean-up, 9:00 am, Kent Ag Center. Preparation for Ag Center Auction
13          DEADLINE: Fair Premium Book Cover Design Contest Entries Due, Ext. Off. “Theme: 4-H: The Seeds to                     Success”
14          Jr. Leadership Council (JLC), 7:00 pm, Extension Office – Judge cover designs!
15          UME 4-H Online Volunteer Training Webinar, 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Must register at least 1 week prior.
16          UME 4-H Volunteer Training, 6:30 pm, Extension Office
17          Kent Ag Center Board Mtg and Auction Prep, 6:00 pm, Kent Ag Center
18          Kent Ag Center Auction, 10:00 – 11:00 am Silent; 11:00 – ? Live Auction, Kent Ag Center, Tolchester
MD 4-H Horse Bowl, Plant Sci. Building, UMD, College Park
19          MD State 4-H Council, 2:00 – 5:00 pm, MD 4-H Center
24         Kent 4-H County Public Speaking Night, 6:15 check-in, 6:30, Speeches begin, Extension Office
25         Kent Clover Kids Program, 9:00 – 11:00 am
28         Kent Leaders Council, 7:00 pm, Extension Office
31          Regional Public Speaking, 6:30 pm, Easton High School, Easton

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, Archery, 1st and 3rd Sundays, 2pm, Cypress Creek, Archery, Millington, Rifle, 2nd and 4th Sundays, 2-4pm, Kent Ag Center Rifle Range, Tolchester
Business meeting held the 1st Wednesday of every month, EXCEPT: January and July. 6:30pm at the UMD Extension Office
Junior Dairy Associates – 3rd Friday monthly, 7pm, Kennedyville United Methodist Church
Kent Clover Calf – 2nd Wednesday, 7pm, Kennedyville United Methodist Church
Kent Fuzzy Tails & Shiny Scales – 4th Thursday monthly, 6:30pm, Presbyterian Church of Chestertown
Kent Puppy Pals Dog Club – Practice 3rd and 4th Wednesdays, 6:30pm, Winter: Radcliffe Creek School, Summer: Running W. Kennels, Worton. Monthly business meeting, 2nd Monday, Running W Kennels, 6:30pm

4-H Coming Events for February

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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.

February 2017

February 4-H Have Heart a Food Drive Challenge (All food delivered and weighed at Achievement!!!)
4           4-H Senior Portfolio Interviews, Eastern Shore, 9:30 am, Q.A. Extension Office, Centreville (2 Kent 4-H’ers)
6, 16, 23, 28 Kent County 4-H Dairy Bowl Practices, 7:00 pm, Hill Farm, Kennedyville
7           4-H Senior Portfolio Interviews, 4:00 – 7:30 pm, MD 4-H Center, College Park (3 Kent 4-H’ers  interviewing)
11         4-H Club Officer Training, 10:00 – 12:00, Extension Office – All club officers should attend!
12        Kent Clover Kids Program, 1:00 – 3:00 pm. Running W Kennel, Worton. Dog Care and Grooming
15        DEADLINE: Achievement youth job sign-up and deadline to submit 2016 photos! UME 4-H Volunteer Training, 6:30 pm, Extension Office
18-20 MD State 4-H Council Retreat, Annapolis
20        President’s Day Holiday ~ Extension Office Closed
21         Ag Center Board of Directors Mtg., 7:00 pm, Extension Office
25        Healthy Living 4-H Ambassador Training-QA 4-H Park, 10 am – 2 pm, Lunch provided

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, Archery, 1st and 3rd Sundays, 2pm, Cypress Creek Archery, Millington, Rifle, 2nd and 4th Sundays, 2-4pm, Kent Ag Center Rifle Range, Tolchester
Business meeting held the 1st Wednesday of every month, EXCEPT: January and July. 6:30pm at the UMD Extension Office
Junior Dairy Associates – 3rd Friday monthly, 7pm, Kennedyville United Methodist Church
Kent Clover Calf – 2nd Wednesday, 7pm, Kennedyville United Methodist Church
Kent Fuzzy Tails & Shiny Scales – 4th Thursday monthly, 6:30pm, Presbyterian Church of Chestertown
Kent Puppy Pals Dog Club – Practice 3rd and 4th Wednesdays, 6:30pm, Winter: Radcliffe Creek School, Summer: Running W. Kennels, Worton. Monthly business meeting, 2nd Monday, Running W Kennels, 6:30pm

Become a Master Gardener

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Registration is now open for the 2017 Kent and Queen Anne’s County Master Gardener training. For anyone who would like to learn more about the environment, about gardening (both ornamental and vegetable) and who is interested in being involved in their community, this is the class to take.

The 9-week course will be held on Thursday evenings (5:30-8:30pm) and Saturday mornings (9am until noon) at Chesapeake College. Classes start on February 16th and end on April 15th.

The training covers topics such as ecology, botany, soils, propagation, pest and disease management, pruning, composting, growing fruits and vegetables, ornamental plants, weeds, alternatives to turf grass, invasive species, wetlands, wildlife, landscape design for the health of the Chesapeake Bay and much more. All classes are taught by professionals or professors from the University of Maryland. The cost of the program is $200 which includes handouts and the Maryland Master Gardener Handbook.

Upon completion of the course, trainees are asked to fulfil 40 hours of volunteer work in order to become a Master Gardener. “This may seem like a bit of a daunting task,” says Master Gardener Sabine Harvey. “However, we have so many projects lined up, that it is usually pretty easy to gather those 40 hours.” As an example, trainees can help at plant clinics, special event such the annual seed swap or tomato tasting event, they can help maintain demonstration gardens, work with schools or get involved in the Bay-wise program. In addition, current Master Gardeners will happily serve as mentors for the newly minted trainees.

For more information about the Maryland Master Gardener Program in general, please visit: http://extension.umd.edu/mastergardener/about-maryland-master-gardener-program

To register for the upcoming training please visit: http://extension.umd.edu/kent-county/horticulturegardening/become-master-gardener or contact Sabine Harvey, Horticulture Program Assistant, sharvey1@umd.edu, 410-778-1661

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

December 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.

December 2016
1             MD Council (State Teen Council) Applications Due via 4-H online Portal
3            4-H Toy Drive Booth, 9:00 am – 12:00 noon, Fountain Park, Chestertown
8            Dairy Bowl Practices Begin! 7:00 pm, Hill Farm, Kennedyville
10          Kent Clover Kids Program, 9:00 – 11:00 am, Extension Office. Focus – Crafts
12          UME 4-H Online Volunteer Training Webinar, 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Must register through Kent 4-H Office
13          4-H Animal Science Updates Webinar for Volunteers, 6:30 PM, Can view at Ext. Office Meeting: Ag Center Board of Director’s, 7:00 pm, Extension Office
16-19    4-H Toy Drive Weekend! Look for dates and locations of shopping, sorting etc. soon!
26         Christmas Holiday ~ Extension Office Closed
28         Workshop: 4-H Record Book Work Day, 8:30 – 4:00, Ext. Off. All 4-H youth encouraged to work on RB’s!

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

17th Annual Kent 4-H Toy Drive Continues

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The University of Maryland Extension Kent County 4-H program is conducting it’s 17th annual 4-H Toy Drive. The largest service project done each year, the drive is lead by a 20 member planning committee of youth ages 8 to a8 years of age. The committee contacts businesses and organizations throughout Kent County to place collection boxes for new, unwrapped toys that will be given to children in Kent County. The youth wrap the boxes and continue to follow up with the businesses to collect toys.

toy-drive

Pictured L to R: Dylan Hill, Stephen Quinn, Laurie Quinn, Rachel Jones and Jennifer Quinn

4-H partners with the Lions Club Community Christmas Basket Program to collect and deliver all the toys.

The 4-H Committee had a float in the Chestertown Christmas Parade this past Saturday and a booth in Chestertown’s Fountain Park. The youth will be collecting toys again in Fountain Park this Saturday from 9:00 am until 12:00 noon. Any new unwrapped toys will be accepted. We ask that toys do not depict any violence. Monetary donations will also be accepted. The youth will shopping for toys on Saturday December 17th to supplement the donated toys. Over 600 children received toys in 2015 and the anticipated need for 2016 is the same. The committee has a goal of raising about $2000 toward the project.

All donations are greatly appreciated. For more information about the 4-H Toy Drive, contact 4-H Educator, Elizabeth Hill, 410-778-1661 in the University of Maryland Kent County Extension Office or by email at emshill@umd.edu. All 4-H programs are open to all youth!

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.