Many children today do not have the opportunity to be involved with growing food for their family. The Growing with Grains – Food from our Farms program, kindergarten students at Willards Elementary School were able to gain a hands on learning about the different types of grains, vegetables, soil types, how food makes it way to the grocery store, a variety of different seeds and how important farmers are.
On Saturday, February 25th, the elementary and middle school Super Sonic Sparks robotics teams competed at the 2017 Maryland Vex IQ State Championships against 41 of the other best teams from schools and clubs from around the state. Our middle school boys team of Declan Coffey, Joey Chastain, and Seth Krispin were crowned the tournament's teamwork champions, with the elementary boys team of Brendan Lowe, Evan Phillips, and Ezra Krispin taking home 2nd.
This March, the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources celebrates Women's History Month by paying tribute to several of our women faculty who are making exceptional strides in their research and for their stellar reputation as educators and mentors for our students and state residents.
We will feature four faculty members from now until the end of March, each with a graphic and quote that represents their contributions to the field of agriculture, to our college and the University as a whole.
Rolling Clover 4-H Club members helped the homeless in Carroll County by bringing items for the Cold Weather Shelter and made cards for the homeless at their meeting on Feb. 6. The meeting was held at Baust Church Parish Hall.
The meeting was called to order by the vice-president, Marissa Roberts. Reports were given by Allison Stoner, Jordan Lawrence and Sandra Stonesifer.
Members who completed record books were Allison Stoner, Emily and Ben Schildwachter, Colley Arbaugh and Lucas Barnett.
Montgomery County Master Gardeners is hosting its Spring Grow It Eat It Open House on Saturday, April 29, 2017!
FREE with no registration for most of the event (donations welcome). * Preregistration required.
Come join us for this fun event about growing anything edible!
The event will be from 12-4pm with some programs starting earlier.
Monday, February 6, 2017 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Westminster new officers of the Carrollton 4-H Club assumed their new leadership roles. 2017 Officers include: Co-Presidents - Avery Dull and Matthew Nevin; Vice President - Caroline MacLean-Blevins; Secretary - Ana Yeager; Treasurer - Elliott Alster; and Reporters - Mackenzie Dicke, Michelle Victor, and Julianna Dicke. Our newest members of the club serve as our Pledge Leaders and they include Brenna Chamelin, age 5, Derek Yuenger, age 10 and Maquela Schissler, age 6.
Maryland 4-H teams were very active in the year’s FIRST Tech Challenge. FIRST which stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology” is an international youth organization that operates robotics competitions for elementary through high school students. FIRST Tech Challenge is for students in grades 7 to 12. Teams consisting of around 10 members design, build, program and operate robots to compete in a two on two robot contest on a 12’ X 12’ playing field. These competitions combine the excitement of sports with the rigors of science and technology. A new challenge
Cheetah's 4-H club meets the first Monday, of each month at 7 pm. at St. Mary's UCC church located in Silver Run, northern Carroll County. Mr. Tom Rhodes, a 4-H parent from our club and a landscaper in the Westminster area, spoke at our February 6, 2017 meeting. Mr. Rhodes talked about Landscape Design, and he said it's important for the designer to go to the location and check to see where the sun comes up and goes down. You need to check for shady areas, windy areas, and wet areas as well as spots that may need to be hidden for other reasons on the property.
The U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) considers possible nontraditional sources of irrigation water to include recycled, brackish, desalinated, fracking, agricultural runoff, aquaculture, livestock wastewater, and process waters. With funding from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, CONSERVE: A Center of Excellence at the Nexus of Sustainable Water Reuse, Food, and Health, a multi-partner project, is focusing on multiple types of nontraditional irrigation water in the Mid-Atlantic and Southwest regions of the United States.
Officers to serve the Rolling Clovers 4-H Club were elected at the club's November meeting. Those elected were President—Gaby Hockensmith, Vice-pres.-Marissa Roberts, Recording secretary—Alison Stoner. Asst. recording secretary—Jacquelyn Slade, Corresponding secretary—Emily Schildwachter. Asst. corresponding secretary—Hannah Hockensmith and photographers—Lucas Barnett and Justin Shaffer. These officers were installed at the January 3 meeting at Baust Church Parish Hal. Club members made bookmarks for local children with their donated used books.
The 4H Dog Club meets monthly. It provides members an opportunity to learn about dog breeds, care, and training of dogs. At the January meeting the 2017 officers were selected. From left to right: Kyle Delregno, Treasurer (with Bentley), Max Kurth-Ford, Historian, Mickala Holland, President (with Holiday), Annie Xenakis, Secretary, Sam Kurth-Ford, co-Pledge Leader, Marell Glendenning, Vice-President, and Rory Freeman, co-Pledge Leader (with Sailor).
Cheetah's 4-H club meets the first Monday of each month at 7 pm at St. Mary's UCC church located in Silver Run, northern Carroll County. Our Cheetah's leader Mrs. Marybell Wood, organized and installed the New 2017 Club Officers into their new offices at the beginning of the January 9, 2017 meeting. She had items for the assistant leader, Mrs. Deanna Geiman to give the officers to use during their year in office.
Nora Bachtel, Josie Bachtel, Kalie Robertson, Carter Rhodes, Boyd Bachtel and Ellie Ice.
Cheetah's 4-H club meets the first Monday, of each month at 7 pm at St. Mary's UCC church located in Silver Run, northern Carroll County. Casey Bounds is 18 years old and a last year 4-her, here in Carroll County. She has graduated from Francis Scott Key High School and is attending college. At our January 9, 2017 meeting Casey spoke about the similarities and differences in Goats and Sheep, as well as appropriate tack to have for each animal. Casey says, she has grown up being around sheep and goats practically her whole life, she has been showing animals since she was 8 years old.
On January 10, 2017, Black Rock 4-H Club inducted their club officers for 2017. Each officer withdrew a ribbon from the "Pot of Gold" symbolizing their individual commitment to leading the club. As an officer team, their individual colors come together to form a rainbow, to help the club reach the "Pot of Gold". Pictured are the Black Rock 4-H Club members after the ceremony.
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Members of the Rolling Clovers 4-H Club caroled to the residents of Lorien Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Taneytown,Md on Dec. 5.
Back row from left to right are Marissa Roberts, Hannah Hockensmith, Gaby Hockensmith, Allison Stoner Emily Schildwachter and Delaney Wellman
Behind female resident: Kylie Pasmann, Ben Schidwachter
Sitting on female resident's lap: Justin Shaffer
The Montgomery County Master Gardener Spring Gardening Conference is scheduled for February 25, 2017. The conference will be held at University of Maryland Extension Montgomery County Office, 18410 Muncaster Rd, Derwood, MD, at the Agricultural History Farm Park. The daylong event offers multiple presentations, morning snacks, a delicious bag lunch, door prizes, networking with other gardeners, answers to your gardening questions, handouts, and reference materials.
Join Montgomery County Master Gardeners at their Spring 2017 Grow It Eat It Open House! Admission is FREE with no registration for most of the event (donations welcome). *Preregistration and fees required for some events.
Share the fun and the learning at this popular event about growing anything edible!
The event will be from 12-4pm with some programs starting earlier.
Visit our garden, meet with our Master Gardener consultants, attend classes, demonstrations, tables of information, and visit our plant sale!