University of Maryland Extension

MG City/County Annual Reports 2012

Allegany

Anne Arundel

Baltimore City Baltimore Co
Calvert Co. Carroll Co. Cecil Co.

Charles Co.

Dorchester Co.

Frederick Co.

Garrett Co. Harford Co.
Howard Co.

Montgomery Co.

Prince George's Co. Queen Anne's Co.
St. Mary's Co. Talbot Co. Washington Co. Wicomico Co.
(Lower Eastern Shore)

ALLEGANY COUNTY

1. Basic Information
# of active MGs    10
# of interns    13
# of volunteer hours    297.5

2. Plant Clinics
# of active plant clinic sites    0
# of plant clinics    0
# of residents served at plant clinics    0

3.  Composting
# of composting demonstration sites    1
# of residents who received a compost bin    n/a

4. Classes taught
# of classes/workshops taught by MGs    
# of residents educated    

5. Awards/recognition

6. Partners:

  • Allegany Ag Expo-Fair Booth project

7 . Highlights from past year:

  • Master Gardener Basic Training in the spring with 16 trainees.
  • Garden Plots in the demonstration Garden were rented to individuals in the community
  • Demonstration garden compost bin was redesigned
  • Began holding bi-monthly mg meetings
  • Incorporated MG news into AGNR newsletter
  • Mgs had a booth at the county fair
  • Volunteers logged a record number of volunteer hours 297.5 total. The only year in the history of AC MG with more hours logged than this was in 2006 which was the first year the program was started in Allegany County. 

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY

1. Basic Information
# of active MGs    180
# of interns    21 Interns
# of volunteer hours   9023

2. Plant Clinics
# of active plant clinic sites    4
# of plant clinics    112
# of residents served at plant clinics    1175

3. Bay-Wise
# of new yards certified as Bay-Wise (MGs and other residents)     20
# of total Bay-Wise certified yards (all years combined)     282

4.  Composting
# of composting demonstration sites    1 sight with 14 sessions
# of residents who received a compost bin    150

5. Classes taught
# of classes/workshops taught by MGs    588
# of residents educated    3990

6. Awards/recognition
International Search for Excellence – Grow It Eat It

7. Grants:
Unity Garden Grants of $3000 for MG Projects

8. Partners:

  • Anne Arundel Community College
  • Anne Arundel County Recreation & Parks
  • Anne Arundel County Fair
  • Anne Arundel County Farmers Market
  • Anne Arundel County Libraries
  • Anne Arundel County Public Schools
  • Anne Arundel County Recycling Division
  • Chesapeake bay Foundation
  • Dairy Farm Hammond’s Connection
  • Friends of Anne Arundel County Trails
  • Friends of Quiet Waters
  • Hancock’s Resolution
  • Kinder farm Park
  • St. Margaret’s Church
  • St. Mary’s Church
  • University of Maryland Extension


8. Highlights from past year:

Please see the website below for all the highlights.
http://extension.umd.edu/anne-arundel-county/master-gardeners/master-gardener-projects

BALTIMORE CITY

1. Basic Information
# of active MGs    80
# of interns    33
# of volunteer hours    5615

2. Plant Clinics
# of active plant clinic sites    2
# of plant clinics    20
# of residents served at plant clinics    972
# Of contacts at special events

  (Spring) Home and Garden Show 3/9-3/11   320
    Baltimore Healthy Expo 3/17    130
    Earth Day at Science Center 4/21/12    135
    Cylburn Market Day 5/8/12    40
    Baltimore Herb Festival 5/26/12    60
    City Farm Supper 7/28/12    200
    State Fair 8/25-9/3    650

3. Bay-Wise
# of new yards certified as Bay-Wise (MGs and other residents)    34
# of total Bay-Wise certified yards (all years combined)    103

4. Classes taught
# of classes/workshops taught by MGs at CGRN    5 – 40 residents educated
# of residents educated

  • Johns Hopkins Lunch and Learn talks (variety of subjects including Bay Wise)    3 - 75
  • University of MD (Baltimore City) Lunch and Learn talks (on food sustainability)    3 – 60
  • Bayview Hospital talk for Environmental Day    1 – 50

5. Awards/recognition

  • Governors Volunteer Service Award - In December 2011 (last year but this came about after last year’s report was filed), UME Baltimore City Master Gardeners received the MD Governor’s Citation of Service for the work that was done with the Community Greening Resource Network (CGRN). UME Master Gardeners served CGRN by hosting workshop and training instructors, providing information and advice during Give-Away Days, and offering assistance through the MG community gardens committee. Four UME Master Gardeners (Pam Cady, Patricia Foster, Eunika Norman and Dorothy Wells) received the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award for their participation in CGRN.
  • UME Master Gardener Lynn Dickens was interviewed by NPR’s Tom Pelton on Sheila Kasts’ Maryland Morning Show WYPR 88.1 on 8/15/12. Lynn discussed all things bay-wise in her yard. Tom is also a senior writer for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation publication. He is planning to do an article with pictures for that magazine.

6. Partners:

  • City Farm Supper:  Baltimore Green Space, Farm Alliance, Parks and People, Recreation and Parks.
  • Greening University: Community Greening Resource Network, Baltimore Green Space and the Citizens’ Planning and Housing Association.
  • Community Open Space and Garden Data (Map Project):  Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance-Jacob France Institute,  Office of Sustainability, Center for a Livable Future (JHU), CGRN, Baltimore City, the Mayor’s Office/Power and Dirt Cylburn Arboretum, Baltimore City Recreation and Parks

7. Highlights from past year:
1.  In January 2012, the Community Greening Resource Network, Baltimore Green Space and the Citizens’ Planning and Housing Association held a half-day training to develop community greening. The training featured a variety of workshops covering topics such as soil testing, collaborating with neighborhood associations, site evaluations and more. Approximately 100 people attended this training. UME Master Gardeners provided presentations on site evaluations for community gardens and Bay-wise landscaping. In addition, UME Master Gardeners provided information about services and answered questions from participants.

2.  Charles Village Community Association Garden Walk (Bay Wise) tour 

3.  State Fair Neighborhood Farm: This summer a group of Baltimore City Master Gardeners planned and installed a “Neighborhood Farm” demonstration garden at the Maryland State Fairgrounds. MG volunteers nurtured the garden through the summer, weeding and tending to it as needed. The garden was installed on June 23 adjacent to the 4-H building. It included mounded raised beds planted with a variety of vegetables and herbs. The garden served as a demonstration of a new collaborative model for high yield food growing.

  • The garden was seen by thousands of Fair attendees. There were interpretative signage and print materials which introduced many people to the Neighborhood Farm concept, the Extension Service, and the Master Gardener program. The MG volunteers also produced a video explaining Neighborhood Farms http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTXuF_54JKs which ran on the Grow it Eat it website throughout the days at the fair.
  • MG volunteers were available during fair hours to answer questions about the garden and gardening in general. Seeing the garden prompted many fairgoers to ask questions about gardening as well as talk about the gardens they or their parents had – they often became quite enthusiastic about gardening as they reminisced. Many people asked questions specifically about the raised beds and indicated that planting in raised beds was a new concept to them. Many seemed quite amazed by the quantity of vegetables that were growing in the beds.
  • The garden came about at the request of the Maryland State Fair staff. The management of the fairgrounds was very pleased with the garden and expressed interest in pursuing this again next year. During the fair they also arranged to have a local television crew interview Larry Kloze, the Master Gardener who took the lead in designing the garden and coordinating the volunteers.

4.    Community Open Space and Garden Data (Map Project):  The Community Gardens Committee met on September 12th to discuss gathering data for the Community Garden Mapping Project. An on-line Google Docs data file has been prepared (using an existing list of gardens provided by CGRN) and that file will be accessed by Master Gardener volunteers. Each site listed needs to be verified and updated and sites not listed need to be added.  he existing list has been sorted by zip code and we are requesting that master gardeners check out those gardens that are listed within their zip code. Since that meeting, forty some gardens have been checked out and are in the process of being investigated.

This effort is part of a much larger Community Open Space and Gardens Project being conducted by the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance (BNIA). This Community Open Space and Gardens Project is a collaborative effort by Parks and People, CGRN, Baltimore Green Space, Office of Sustainability, Center for a Livable Future, the University of Maryland Extension and Baltimore City Master Gardeners. It is one of 7 nation-wide pilot programs and is expected to result in an interactive public map (perhaps our future garden map) providing monitoring and coordination of efforts to improve urban waters and community revitalization.

5.    Pat Fraher, Al DeGray and Patricia Foster were live on Fox news for Market Day.

6.    The Cylburn Intern Garden continues to be a demonstration vegetable garden for all visitors to Cylburn, including the Cylburn summer camp for children and school field trips.

7.    Since our member meetings/educational lectures have been open to the public, we have had an average attendance of 45-50 people, with half the attendees people other than our UME Master Gardener members.

8.    This year when the City stopped hosting the city farm supper, UME Master Gardeners continued the tradition of hosting the city-wide supper highlighting vegetable gardening. The event included a bus tour and a bike tour of several community gardens. The event was attended by over 200 people.

9.    One of our most celebrated members, Larry Kloze, recorded a talk about his views on growing food for UMD, see link:  http://agnr.umd.edu/news/his-own-words.

BALTIMORE COUNTY

1. Basic Information
# of active MGs    116
# of interns (includes 2 recertifies)    37
# of volunteer hours    9,017

2. Plant Clinics
# of active plant clinic sites    5
# of plant clinics    55
# of residents served at plant clinics    1556

3. Bay-Wise
# of new yards certified as Bay-Wise (MGs and other residents)     12
# of total Bay-Wise certified yards (all years combined)     71

4.  Composting
# of composting demonstration sites    4

5. Classes taught*
# of classes/workshops taught by MGs    107
# of residents educated    7,386

6. Partners:

  • Baltimore County 4-H
  • Baltimore County Center for Maryland Agriculture
  • Baltimore County Community College
  • Baltimore County Department of  Aging
  • Baltimore County Office of the Environment &Sustainability
  • Baltimore County Public Libraries
  • Baltimore County Public Schools
  • Baltimore County Rec and Parks
  • Baltimore Orchard Project
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Casey Trees
  • Catonsville Farmers Market
  • Community College of Baltimore County
  • Food Safety and Nutrition Education
  • Girl Scouts of America
  • Greater Baltimore Medical Center
  • Gunpowder Valley Conservancy
  • Irvine Nature Center
  • Jennifer Branch Watershed
  • Kayam Farm
  • Kenilworth Farmers Market
  • Kenilworth Farmers Market
  • Land Conservation Bureau
  • Marshy Point Park
  • Maryland Agricultural Resource Council
  • Maryland Department of Transportation - Highways
  • Maryland Science Center
  • McCormick
  • Neighborspace
  • Optimist Club
  • Oregon Ridge Nature Center
  • Parks and People
  • Police Athletic League
  • Retired Senior Volunteer Program
  • Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals - Reisterstown
  • Timonium State Fairgrounds
  • Towson Chamber of Commerce
  • Towson Farmers Market
  • Towson Presbyterian Church
  • USDA


7. Highlights from past year:

“What can we do for you.” Handout (4x per year)
Launched handout that explains BCMGs, the services we offer, and current events and classes.

Ask A Master Gardener
Increased Plant Clinic sites from 3 to 5. Extended coverage to Catonsville area.

Intern Training 35 trainees – September 2012

Maryland Agricultural Resource Council Open House – October 28,2012
BCMGs staged 5 events for the Open House: Ask A Master Gardener, Composting, GIEI, Bay-wise and Junior Gardening Activities.

Committee Accomplishments

Demonstration Garden Committee
•    New Edible Landscaping and Pollen Nation gardens.
•    Expanded cultivated area by 100%.


BAY-WISE
Worked with Gunpowder Conservancy with the Clear Creeks project to install rain gardens and rain barrels in the community.

COMPOSTING
Started library education program.

Serving the Under-Served
Master Gardeners worked with Food Safety and Nutrition Educators at several PAL locations and a senior center to provide gardening education and activities in areas of need.

Produce from the Grow It Eat It garden was donated to St. Rita’s and the Cockeysville Food Pantry.

BCMGs provided assistance to the Turner Station Community Garden, Kids Garden to design, install, and maintain the garden and to supervise student workers.

CALVERT COUNTY
1. Basic Information
# of active MGs    69
# of interns    19
# of volunteer hours    3,053

2. Plant Clinics
# of active plant clinic sites    2
# of plant clinics    7
# of residents served at plant clinics    

3. Bay-Wise
# of new yards certified as Bay-Wise (MGs and other residents)     6
# of total Bay-Wise certified yards (all years combined)     82

4.  Composting
# of composting demonstration sites    2
  
5. Classes taught
# of classes/workshops taught by MGs    30
# of residents educated    

6. Awards/recognition
Master Gardeners Donna Barrett and Suzanne Sheldon received “Calvert You Are Beautiful” recognitions for their many hours of volunteer service to Calvert County.

8. Partners:

  • American Chestnut Land Trust
  • Annmarie Garden
  • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
  • Calvert County 4-H
  • Calvert County Department of Natural Resources
  • Calvert County Fair Board
  • Calvert County Government
  • Calvert County Lions Club
  • Calvert County Public Schools
  • Calvert Eats Local
  • Calvert Library
  • Calvert Marine Museum
  • Calverton School
  • Chesapeake Bay Trust
  • Chesapeake Biological Laboratory
  • Chesapeake Ranch Estates Garden Club
  • Chespax
  • Environmental Concern
  • Even Start (Adult Family Literacy Program)
  • Harbor Point Community
  • Historic St. Mary’s City
  • Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum
  • Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Scientist’s Cliffs Community Center
  • Solomons Riverwalk and Visitors Center
  • Southern Pines Senior Council
  • Southern Calvert Alliance for Watershed Protection
  • University of Maryland Extension FSNE Program


9. Highlights from past year:

The Garden Smarter series of lectures at Calvert Library and other locations around the county are very popular and get exposure in the press.  21 topics were presented, an increase over 2011.  436 guests attended and 37 Master Gardeners presented or assisted at the series.

The grounds of Chesapeake Marine Museum were certified as Bay-Wise.

At Calvert Marine Museum, Calvert County Master Gardeners removed old plants and replaced them with locally native ones that add color, beauty and blooms throughout the season and provide habitat and stormwater control. They also maintained the Rain Garden installed at the Corbett Pavilion in 2009.  Three composting bins were constructed by CCMG for demonstration purposes.

CARROLL COUNTY
1. Basic Information
# of active MGs    97
# of interns    13
# of volunteer hours    7348

2. Plant Clinics
# of active plant clinic sites    3
# of plant clinics    31
# of residents served at plant clinics    1250

3. Bay-Wise
# of new yards certified as Bay-Wise (MGs and other residents)     2
# of total Bay-Wise certified yards (all years combined)     83
# of residents who received a rain barrel    337

4.  Composting
# of composting demonstration sites    3
# of residents who received a compost bin    131
# of residents who received compost training    465

5. Classes taught
# of classes/workshops taught by MGs  69
# of GIEI classes    49
# of GIEI Residents educated    1160
Total # of residents educated    1424

6. Awards/recognition
Carroll co.  Master Gardener program was  recognized as Volunteers of the Year by the Carroll County Farm Museum for their participation in garden education outreach and the Heirloom vegetable garden.

7. Grants:
Master Gardeners received -$3900.00 worth of seeds (1450 packages @ $2.70 average retail value).

8. Partners:

  • Boys & Girls Club of Westminster- The partnership with the Boys and Girls Carroll’s Club of Westminster has continued FSNE. We have also started a Garden project with HEAD Start of Westminster
  • Carroll Co. Public Schools- The Carroll Master Gardeners have continued with multiple youth gardens at Linton Spring Elementary and Parrs Ridge Elementary School.
  • ARC,Target, and Change Inc. (all are local agencies for developmentally disabled adults) This is the 6th year of a partnership with FSNE, Master Gardeners, and the listed agencies.
  • McDaniel College – 18 McDaniel students participated in a wetland improvement effort that was led by Carroll Co Master Gardeners at King Park in Westminster. The wetland is a little over ½ acre and had been stripped of it’s canopy and invaded by weeds. Master Gardeners taught and led the weed removal effort and subsequent reforestation.
  • Westminster Farmers Market – Heirloom Tomato Festival was a cosponsored event with the local farmers market. There was close to 2,000 attendees.

9. Highlights from past year:

The Master Gardeners largest outreach effort was GIEI, with over 69 formal and informal classes.  The GIEI Master Gardener team drew lots of residents to both formal classes at the Carroll Co. office and 6 well attended events and several smaller hands on trainings at the CORE (Carroll Outdoor Research and Education) Center. The Heirloom Vegetable Garden has also increased its reach with more youth classes during summer camp.

Baywise has expanded their outreach by initiating a restoration of a wetland in Westminster with the help of McDaniel College students. The wetland will be used as an outdoor classroom and demonstration area for Carroll residents, McDaniel students, and Master Gardeners.

Baywise has also initiated a rain garden demonstration/education site in Mt Airy.

CECIL COUNTY

1. Basic Information
# of active MGs    6
# of interns    29
# of volunteer hours    819

2. Bay-Wise
# of new yards certified as Bay-Wise (MGs and other residents)     1
# of total Bay-Wise certified yards (all years combined)     3

3.  Classes taught
# of classes/workshops taught by MGs    10
# of residents educated    214   

4. HIghlights:
The Cecil Co. MGs created garden furniture from old wooden pallets. This furniture was displayed a the Cecil County Fair in a Recycling /Repurposing display.

CHARLES COUNTY
1. Basic Information
# of active MGs    75
# of interns    12
# of volunteer hours    4058.40

2. Plant Clinics
# of active plant clinic sites    3
# of plant clinics    10
# of residents served at plant clinics    620

3. Bay-Wise
# of new yards certified as Bay-Wise (MGs and other residents)     3
# of total Bay-Wise certified yards (all years combined)     3

4.  Composting
# of composting demonstration sites    2
# of residents who received a compost bin    22

5. Classes taught
# of classes/workshops taught by MGs    30
# of residents educated    3150

6. Awards/recognition
Charles County Fair Exhibit won 2nd place ribbon for educational display.

7. Partners:

  • Thomas Stone High School Green Project
  • Camp Winona Girl Scout Rain Garden
  • Dr Mudd Historic Foundation
  • Christmas in April
  • La Plata Library
  • Waldorf Farmers Market
  • La Plata Memorial Garden
  • La Plata Fall Festival
  • Camp Merrick
  • Butterfly Festival Cobb Island
  • Charles County Arts Alliance
  • Artsfest
  • St Mary’s School Bryantown
  • Nanjemoy Creek Environmental Ed. Center
  • J.C. Parks Elementary School, Rain garden
  • Charles County Fair
  • Celebrate La Plata
  • Indian Head Clover 4-H
  • Charles County Detention Center
  • Thomas Stone High School Garden Club
  • Jude House     

8. Highlights from past year:
Charles County Detention Center Taught spring sessions in horticulture to the inmates  included planning and executing a vegetable garden on the grounds of the Detention Center.  The vegetables from donated to a local Food Bank and the Veterans Home.

Waldorf Farmers Market a joint venture with St Mary’s and Charles UME Nutrition Educators for the market.  The Master Gardeners demonstrated salad boxes and potato baskets while St Mary’s Leah Mackey passed out fresh salads to taste.

Bay-Wise Charles County Master Gardeners hosted the training classes to certify 21 new Bay-Wise certifiers in October.

J.C. Parks completion of the very successful rain garden and the Bay-Wise certification of this location.

Fund Raising In an effort to support our programs Charles County Master Gardeners have an annual plant sale in May.  We have two locations, one in La Plata at the Farmers Market and one in Waldorf at the Public Library.  We raised over $1700.00.

Composting Starbuck’s coffee grounds.  Two Starbuck’s locations in Charles County are providing free coffee grounds to their patrons for composting.  We maintain composting literature to each location and our Master Gardeners use the grounds as well.

Monarch Butterfly Festival in Cobb Island  The festival celebrated the annual migration of the Monarch from the US to the Mountains of Mexico.  Presentations included the life cycle as well as tagging and release ceremony.

DORCHESTER COUNTY

1. Basic Information
# of active MGs    14
# of interns    4
# of volunteer hours    927

2. Plant Clinics
# of active plant clinic sites    1
# of plant clinics    3
# of residents served at plant clinics    13

3. Bay-Wise
# of new yards certified as Bay-Wise (MGs and other residents)     2
# of total Bay-Wise certified yards (all years combined)     11

4. Classes taught
# of classes/workshops taught by MGs    3
# of residents educated    112

5. Partners:

  • Dorchester Garden Club
  • Eastern Shore Hospital Center
  • Dorchester Center for the Arts
  • The Banner Newspaper
  • Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge-Butterfly Garden
  • Dorchester County Library
  • Pleasant Day Adult Day Care Center
  • Dorchester County Historical Society
  • Queen Anne Master Gardeners
  • Talbot Master Gardeners
  • Cambridge Heron Garden

6. Highlights from past year:

1.  Dorchester Showcase – Rain Barrel Demo – created three, raffled one and sold two to benefit our local program.
2.  Eastern Shore Hospital Center – Built a Salad Table for Horticultural Therapy Patients
3. All Administrative duties (reports, monthly meeting coordination, information requests, etc.) for the Dorchester County Master Gardeners continue to be performed by Dorchester County Master Gardener volunteers.
4.  Laetitia Sands, one of our MG writes weekly ‘Ask A Master Gardener’ articles with full-color photos for The Banner, our local community paper.
5.  Partnered with Queen Anne MG’s and Talbot MG’s for an intern training program to combine resources and make it economically feasible to bring U of MD faculty to the Eastern shore.

FREDERICK COUNTY

1. Basic Information
# of active MGs    102
# of interns    25
# of volunteer hours    6,922.50

2. Plant Clinics
# of active plant clinic sites    2
# of plant clinics    17
# of residents served at plant clinics    205

3. Bay-Wise
# of new yards certified as Bay-Wise (MGs and other residents)     1
# of total Bay-Wise certified yards (all years combined)     65

4.  Composting
# of composting demonstration sites    1

5. Classes taught
# of classes/workshops taught by MGs    105
# of residents educated    2,409

6. Awards/recognition

 Master Gardeners are frequently the recipients of letters and emails of appreciation from organizations, and residents as part of their volunteer work.

8. Partners:

  • Biology Department, Hood College
  • Brickman Group
  • Chesapeake Bay Trust
  • Community Commons
  • Dutch Plant Farm
  • Fort Detrick
  • Home & Garden Information Center
  • Houghton Mifflin Company
  • Information & Education Technology, UMD
  • Lincoln Elementary School
  • MDDNR Forest Service
  • North Creek Nurseries
  • Fountain Rock Nature Center
  • Fred. Co. Department of Public Works, Watershed Mgnt.
  • Frederick County Parks & Recreation
  • Frederick News-Post
  • Gardening Adventures
  • Garden House of Edenton
  • Natural Resources and Wildlife Department, Garrett College
  • Recycling Office, Frederick County
  • Thorpewood
  • Washington County MCE
  • Worman’s Mill Home Owner’s Association
  • WMREC    

8. Highlights from past year:

  • Started a Facebook page.
  • Added ‘Educational Component to  Plant Sale’
  • Published the state version of the ‘Garden Guide’
  • Created ‘Ready to Go’ display boards
  • Offered all seminars for ‘free’
  • Expanded ‘Youth Gardening Outreach’ and ‘Therapeutic Horticulture’

GARRETT COUNTY

1. Basic Information
# of active MGs    10
# of interns    19
# of volunteer hours    377

2. Plant Clinics
# of active plant clinic sites    1
# of plant clinics    9
# of residents served at plant clinics    690

5. Classes taught
# of classes/workshops taught by MGs    5
# of residents educated    40

6. Highlights from past year:

Garrett County Master Gardeners worked hard to prepare a fair booth at the County Fair in 2012.  More than 600 people were reached through this activity which included a “Weed of the Day” display,  Worm Composting, Salad Box Gardening, and much more.  This was a huge undertaking for such a small group of volunteers! More than 200 people signed up for the quarterly electronic newsletter at the fair booth.

Garrett County Master Gardeners prepared and presented five topics for the public in 2012.  More than 40 people were reached through these great presentations!

Two classes of the basic training course were offered in Garrett County in 2012, with more than 19 people taking the class.

HARFORD COUNTY
1.    Basic Information  
# of active MGs     100
# of interns     20
# of volunteer hours 2013     5736
 
2.    Plant Clinics
# of active plant clinic sites     12
# of plant clinics     67
# of residents served at plant clinics     5977
 
3.    Bay-Wise
# of new yards certified as Bay-Wise
(MGs and other residents)      17
# of total Bay-Wise certified yards (all years combined)      285
 
4.    Composting
# of composting demonstration sites     zero
# of residents who received a compost bin     zero
 
5.    Classes taught
# of classes/workshops taught by MGs     90
# of residents educated     1295
 
6.    Partners:

  • 4-H Clubs of Harford County(camps & winter workshops)
  • Harford County Library
  • HarfordCounty Parks & Rec Nature Centers (Anita Leight, Eden Mill, Liriodendron)
  • Harford County Public Schools Environmental Center @ Harford Glen
  • Harford Co. Public Works
  • Healthy Harford
  • Environmenality of Harford
  • MD DNR,
  • Susquehanna Bee keepers
  • Rock Garden Society
  • YMCA of Abingdon
  • St John’s Evangelist Church
  • Arrow School
  • Harford Community College Slave Garden

7.    Highlights from past year:

The Harford County Master Gardener highlights for 2012 have been the budding youth gardening programs.  Our three programs include the Harford Glen Environmental Center, Eden Mill Nature Center and St John School.  

At the Harford Glen Environmental Center our Master Gardeners assist with the gardening programs provided to all Harford County public school 5th graders. Students overnight in the cabins for 3-days of environmental education.  Our MG's help with the Green Thumb educational component.  Activities this school year included planting various deciduous fruits, vegetable beds bigger and better, designing and planting a perennial garden and a special spiral herb garden.  Master Gardeners provide innovative ideas for the program and prep greenhouse planting labs for teacher directed activities. Their joy comes from the opportunity to provide student guidance during garden workshops. Many kids often plant their first seed or seedling in their life! Enthusiasm sprouts like weeds here!

The Master Gardener volunteers at the Eden Mill Nature Center educate a diverse population through hands on activities at the display vegetable garden.  Spring planting this year included special needs adults from the ARC and local youth day campers from the nature center.   Using sustainable garden practices the MG leaders incorporates many farming traditions of our Native Americans. The team  harvested a Three Sisters Bounty this season!

St John  Grow It Eat It raised beds are revolutionizing  this  private schools teaching methods. Thanks to a team of dedicated Master Gardeners, proving that gardening is not a dirty job, youth interest has peeked and teachers were watching!  School administrators are actively working on plans to incorporate the science of gardening into their

HOWARD COUNTY

1.  Basic Information:
Number of active MGs    166
Number of interns – 2012 Class    30
Number of volunteer hours    8,152.62

2.  Plant Clinics – Ask-A-Master Gardener:
Number of active plant clinic sites    3 Libraries & 1 Vegetable Garden Site
Number of plant clinics    78
Number of residents served at plant clinics    1,013

3.  Bay-Wise:
Number of new yards certified as Bay-Wise
(Master Gardeners and other residents)    9 * 46 consultations since 1997
Number of total Bay-Wise certified yards
(all years combined)    120

4.  Composting:
Number of composting demonstration sites    4
Number of residents who received a compost bin    139

5.  Classes taught:
Number of classes/workshops taught by Master Gardeners    63
Number of residents educated    814

6.  Awards/recognition: 

Green Footprint Education Leadership Award from The James and Anne Robinson Foundation

7.  Partners:

1.    Office of Environmental Sustainability
2.    The Earth Forum
3.    Howard County Watershed Stewards Academy
4.    Howard County Public Library System
5.    Howard County Public School System
6.    Howard County Government
7.    Howard County Recreation and Parks
8.    Columbia Gardeners
9.    Howard County Live Green Website
10.    Howard County Conservancy

8.  Highlights from past year:

1.    Youth gardening quotation from a student.  “Thank you for teaching us about container planting.  It was very lucky for me that you came, because my family goes to India every two years and our relatives always give us a bunch of vegetables and we can’t find any space for them.  Now I can just find a bunch of milk jugs, cut off the top part, put some soilless mix in it, plant the seed and water.  It’s easy.”

2.    A total of 21,176 Howard County residents received educational information from Master Gardeners through participation in MG programs.

3.    The summer issue of “Her Mind”, a magazine for women in Howard County, ran an article featuring three of our Bay-Wise Master Gardeners.  The several page article included photos and interviews explaining the importance of managing home landscapes in a Bay-Wise program.

4.    Because of educational effort in the community and the reputation of the Master Gardener program we have achieved a level of creditability with the Howard County Government.  As a result, we are exploring avenues of partnership with the Office of Environmental Sustainability as they begin implementation of the Phase II Watershed Plan to meet the EPA requirement for protecting the Chesapeake Bay.

5.    In February, an article on Master Gardeners appeared in a Patuxent Publishing newspaper.

6.    In recognition of the value of Master Gardener presentations to the community, a total of $1,330.00 in honoraria was donated to the Master Gardener fund by community organizations.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

1. Basic Information
# of active MGs    366
# of interns    52
# of volunteer hours    21,450

2. Plant Clinics
# of active plant clinic sites    12
# of plant clinics    350
# of residents served at plant clinics    4,142

3.  Composting
# of composting demonstration sites    2
# of residents who received a compost bin    100

4. Classes taught
# of classes/workshops taught by MGs    70
# of residents educated    5,176

5. Awards/recognition

2012 Keep Montgomery County Beautiful

6. Partners:

  • MCPS
  • Mont. Co. Dept. Environ. Protection
  • MNCPPC
  • Montgomery College
  • Mo. Co Fairgrounds
  • UME
  • USDA/Soil Conservation

8. Highlights from past year:

A GIEI open house was held at the Agricultural Farm Park in Derwood. The half-day event included speakers/classes, demos and a plant sale. Approximately 130 visitors attended and the event was so successful, two more were planned for 2013.

The spring mini-conference presented by the Speakers Group was totally filled with a waiting list. More than 100 people from the community attended the all-day workshop.

The Special Work Action Team (SWAT) members worked with the Montgomery County Parks community garden program, serving as consultants to all 11 community gardens.

The Landscape Design Group undertook 10 projects including five schools. ARC Montgomery-Rebuilding America, Housing Opportunities Commission, Montgomery Child Care, Safra Family Lodge at NIH, and Women’s Club of Chevy Chase.

PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY

1. Basic Information
# of active MGs    120
# of interns    50
# of volunteer hours    3,337

2. Plant Clinics
# of active plant clinic sites    6
# of plant clinics    42
# of residents served at plant clinics    630

3. Bay-Wise
# of new yards certified as Bay-Wise (MGs and other residents)     4
# of total Bay-Wise certified yards (all years combined)     42

4. Classes taught
# of classes/workshops taught by MGs    62
# of residents educated    1274

5. Partners:

  • Branch Avenue In Bloom
  • MNCPP
  • YMCA
  • 4-H
  • FSNE
  • Prince George’s County Public Libraries
  • Prince George’s County Public Schools
  • From the Heart Ministries

6. Highlights from past year:

  •  During the Year of the Leafy Green Vegetable, MGs developed the lettuce cup terrarium for children that had widespread appeal with adults as well.  Based on the water cycle, the children (and adults) would not need to water the seeds until they reached the top of the cup.  Thus guaranteeing that the seedlings will germinate.
  • IMGCC Third Place Award for Youth for the Lettuce Cup Terrarium
  • 6 MGs worked with 4,000 kids at the YMCA Thingamajig at Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, MD teaching the water cycle and then during the lettuce Cup Terrarium based on the water cycle principles.  Provided an interactive game about Composting.
  • 6 Laurel MGs worked with the Town Council and Mayor to start the Laurel Community Garden.
  • Helped 12 schools start school gardens
  • Provided an interactive kid component to the library lectures that included, the life cycle of a butterfly using pasta;  water cycle using the lettuce cup terrarium, Parts of a flower and flower rubbings, the benefits of trees and leaf rubbings.

QUEEN ANNE'S COUNTY

1. Basic Information
# of active MGs    67
# of interns    14
# of volunteer hours   3813

Total number of resident contacts            2248
Total number of youth contacts                   324

2. Plant Clinics
# of active plant clinic sites   3
# of plant clinics    26
# of residents served at plant clinics    819

3. Bay-Wise
# of new yards certified as Bay-Wise (MGs and other residents)     17
# of total Bay-Wise certified yards (all years combined)     117

4.  Composting
# of composting demonstration sites    1

5. Classes taught
# of classes/workshops taught by MGs    25
# of residents educated    60

6. Awards/recognition

Victory Garden received recognition in the form of a $5,000 donation from St. Brigid’s Farm.  The garden was the beneficiary of their annual “Field to Fork Dinner.”  The donation was used to support planting and maintenance of the garden.

7. Partners:           

  • 4 H Fair                                                          
  • Adkins Arboretum                                       
  • CBEC                                                            
  • Chestertown Plant Clinic                              
  • Corsica river Association                             
  • Eastern neck Wildlife Refuge                  
  • Garden Affair                                    
  • Kent Island Farmers Market    
  • Kent Island Federation of the Arts    
  • Queen Anne’s County Rain Garden    
  • Victory Farm Food Pantry    

8. Highlights from past year:

  • MGs established a regular year-round presence at the Kent Island Farmers’ Market and continued to staff the plant clinic at the Chestertown Farmers’ Market.
  • MGs held GIEI courses on Kent Island and in Centreville encouraging and facilitating numerous home gardeners to start vegetable gardens this year.
  • MGs continued to maintain the large demonstration rain garden at the library in Centreville and constructed and maintained a new native plant garden on the 4H fair grounds.
  • MGs held their annual “Garden Affair” in Centreville exposing 439 residents of the county to MG programs. The event integrated “passport” questions into a scavenger hunt that taught youth attendees basic environmental and horticultural principles.
  • MGs with Advanced Bay-Wise training certified 17 new landscapes in the county. The Bay-Wise committee restructured on a regional basis thereby facilitating additional consultations/certifications in the future.
  •  MGs donated 188 volunteer hours to benefit the Victory Farm Food Pantry.

ST. MARY'S COUNTY

1. Basic Information
# of active MGs    72
# of interns    26
# of volunteer hours    4350

2. Plant Clinics
# of active plant clinic sites    3
# of plant clinics    35
# of residents served at plant clinics    349

3. Bay-Wise
# of new yards certified as Bay-Wise (MGs and other residents)     27
# of total Bay-Wise certified yards (all years combined)     49

4. Classes taught
# of classes/workshops taught by MGs    15
# of residents educated    100

5. Partners

  • St. Mary’s County Memorial Libraries
  • Sotterley Foundation
  • Summerseat Foundation
  • St. Mary’s County Historical Society
  • Chesapeake Public Charter School
  • Green Holly Elementary
  • Historic St. Mary’s City
  • St. Mary’s County Parks and Recreation
  • St. Mary’s County Fair Board
  • UME-St. Mary’s County 4-H
  • Greenwell State Park
  • Elms Environmental Education Area
  • Hospice of St. Mary’s
  • UME-St. Mary’s FSNE/FCS
  •  Bay Community Support Services,Inc(formerly known as United Cerebral Palsy of Southern Maryland, Inc.)
  • Homegrown Farmers Market

8. Highlights from past year:

  • Collaborated with military personnel at Patuxent River, Naval Air Station to  install a small vegetable demonstration garden. On-site classes were then opened to all base personnel providing basic vegetable gardening information.
  • Participated in County-wide public events such as Earth Day on the Square, Spring Festival-Pax River,NAS, Plant sale at Summerseat Farm, Sotterley’s Garden Fair, History and Heritage Days at St. Clements Island, St. Mary’s County Fair, and the Riverfest at Historic St. Mary’s City, Green Expo-Vo-Tech Center, and PNC Green Event.
  • Presented Horticultural demonstrations and talks at the new HomeGrown Farmers Market
  • Collaboration with Youth Center at Patuxent River, NAS to present gardening and insects to a group of summer camp students.

TALBOT COUNTY

WASHINGTON COUNTY

1. Basic Information
# of active MGs    74
# of interns    27
# of volunteer hours    6,324

2. Plant Clinics
# of active plant clinic sites    8
# of plant clinics    32
# of residents served at plant clinics    2,163

3. Bay-Wise
# of new yards certified as Bay-Wise (MGs and other residents)     2
# of total Bay-Wise certified yards (all years combined)     29

4. Classes taught
# of classes/workshops taught by MGs    22
# of residents educated    212

5. Partners:

  • Broadfording Christian Academy – Hagerstown, MD
  • CitiCorp – Hagerstown, MD
  • Community Action Council – Hagerstown, MD
  • Community Foundation of Washington County
  • 4-H Youth Development Program – Washington County
  • Girls Inc. of Washington County – Hagerstown, MD
  • City of Hagerstown
  • Hagerstown Community College
  • Leadership Washington County
  • Marshall Street School – Hagerstown, MD  
  • Memorial Recreation Center – Hagerstown, MD
  • Order of the Arrow Boy Scouts – Washington County, MD
  • Potomac Center – Hagerstown, MD
  • San Mar Children’s Home – Boonsboro, MD
  • United Way of Washington County
  • W House – Hagerstown, MD
  • Washington County Agricultural Exposition
  • Washington County Council of Garden Clubs
  • Washington County Rural Heritage Museum – Boonsboro, MD
  • Washington County Free Library (6 county branches)
  • Western Maryland Hospital Center – Hagerstown, MD
  • Town of Williamsport


8. Highlights from past year:

  • We launched a new internal website for Master Gardeners to share educational resources, project updates, gardening blogs and a calendar. 
  • Our plant clinics expanded to reach over 2,000 people at 32 themed clinics at farmer’s markets, all county libraries and a 2-day event.   
  • We started a medicinal garden in an historic village and taught visitors about Victory Gardens at a new WWII event which drew thousands of visitors. 
  • A seminar series and informal talks in our demonstration garden were all well attended.   
  • And the Western MD Hospital Center therapeutic gardens grew to include a rain garden and fitness trail.   

WICOMICO CO. (LOWER EASTERN SHORE)

1. Basic Information
# of active MGs    38
# of interns    45
# of volunteer hours    1123.5

2. Plant Clinics
# of active plant clinic sites    1
# of plant clinics    26
# of residents served at plant clinics    331

3. Grants:

Lower shore Master Gardeners applied for and received grant for the Berlin Library Branch from ‘Sow It Forward Food Garden Grants 2013 with Kitchen Gardeners International’. $300 cash, $200 garden supply gift card, $55 worth of seeds, a book, and a one-year subscription to the KGI Garden Planner.   This will allow the Berlin Library Branch Garden a chance to continue to grow produce to provide for local charity.  

They also received a grant from CFES  for $550 which will also allow them to continue the garden, the compost, signage, etc.  

Lower Shore Master Gardener applied for and received 3 M Matching Grant for $250.  The money will be used to help with honorariums for speakers for the Advanced Master Gardener Program.  

4. Partners:

  • Lower Shore Land Trust
  • MAC Inc
  • Grow Berlin Green

8. Highlights from past year:

  • 80 MG’s devoted 78 hours at the Ocean Pines Library Plant Clinic and reached 328 home gardeners
  • 15 MG’s devoted 10 hours to plant and maintain the MAC Therapy Garden for the dementia patience
  • 9 MG’s devoted 21 hours at the Children’s Farm Tour which taught 3,000 children and 500 parent chaperons how food is grown on a farm.  The MG’s spent many hours prior to the farm tour creating wonderful hands on activities for teaching.
  • 78 MG’s volunteered 105 hours to reach over 900 home gardeners at 11 Ask a Master Gardener Informational Table.
  • 4 MG’s created a garden design and help plant a Rain Garden at Sturgis Park in Snow Hill to help control a water flow issue.
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