University of Maryland Extension

Home Gardening

The Kent County Food Summit will be held on Friday, February 22, 2019,
from 8:00am - 12:15pm at The Emmanuel Episcopal Church located in

The summit will bring together growers/producers, recipients of food donations as well as various community organizations that could help in identifying people or places in need of extra food. The goal of the summit is to find answers to questions such as:

  • Do we have excess produce/food in Kent County?
  • What, if anything, happens to this produce?
  • Who can use extra produce and what kind is most desirable?
  • Where can people get excess produce?
  • How can your organization help?
  • Can we come up with a plan to get food to where it is needed most?

Three separate panels will try to address these questions. By the end of the summit, we should have the beginnings of a plan on how to distribute excess produce this upcoming growing season.

  • Growers Panel: Bob Arnold, Jen Baker, Barbara Ellis, Theresa Mycek, Wayne Gilchrest.
  • Recipients: Sue Basener (Community Food Pantry), Cheryl Hoopes (Community Table, First United Methodist Church), representative from Mt. Olive AME, John Queen (Reconnect for Life).
  • Other agencies: Amy Cawley (MD Food Bank), Rosey Ramsey Granillo (LMB), Emily Vooris or Lynn Rubin (FSNE), Elizabeth Massey (WAC, Food Recovery Network).

The event is free and open to the public, but attendees are encouraged to register by calling 410-778-1661, emailing or by registering online at Eventbrite (Food Summit).


Questions about your yard?

If you have any questions about gardening (ornamental and vegetable), pest, diseases or Bay-wise friendly practices, our program assistant is availalable at the office from 8:30 a.m. to Noon, Tuesdsay, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of each week. You may also e-mail your questions, any time, to

Feel free to drop off plant- or insect samples Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. You will receive a prompt reply.

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EXTRA! EXTRA! Just in time for gardening season* – step right up and get all of your questions answered! Such as:

  • How do I get rid of those pesky weeds without chemicals?
  • What is the best variety of tomato for a container garden?
  • What is the best time to plant grass seed?
  • Why is my boxwood turning yellow?
  • Is it OK to compost oak leaves?

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