University of Maryland Extension

Welcome to our New Horticulture FEA for Baltimore County!

Anna McGucken
Anna McGucken

Howdy everyone!

My name is Anna McGucken and I am the new Horticulture FEA for Baltimore County.

Throughout my whole life, I have been connected to University of Maryland Extension in some way or another. I grew up on a small hobby farm in Cockeysville, Maryland raising dairy goats, rabbits and poultry, and growing a variety of fruits and vegetables. My father was a Master Gardener and my sisters and I were all active in our local 4-H club. I was raised in an environment where I was constantly surrounded by agriculture, encouraged to become a leader within my community, and educated and nurtured by University of Maryland volunteers and staff. It was no surprise then when I decided to attend the University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources for my undergraduate degree. I graduated in 2012 from UMD with Bachelor’s degrees in Animal and Avian Sciences and Agricultural Sciences and Technology. While at the University of Maryland, I was a leader in Sigma Alpha Professional Agricultural Society, Block and Bridle Livestock Club, and the College of AGNR Student Council. Throughout my four years there, I held many jobs and internships in the agricultural field that helped to advance my knowledge of horticulture, animal science, entomology, weed science, cereal crop management, soils, and community development projects.

After graduating from UMD, I attended Texas A&M University to complete my Master’s degree in Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications with a focus on International Agricultural Development and Youth Leadership. My thesis research focused on Junior Master Gardener programs in Guatemala and the impact that these experiences can have on youth participants. Ultimately, my research indicated that these programs can have a significant impact on science skills and achievement and leadership development. Enabling community members, of any age, to feel confident about themselves and their ability to make a difference in their community is valuable no matter where you are in the world. For this reason, I believe strongly in the power of gardening programs and their ability to educate and unite people towards a common goal. As the Horticulture FEA and the Master Gardener Coordinator, I am excited to be a part of creating a stronger, healthier, and more environmentally-minded community here in Baltimore County.

Thank you and I look forward to working with you soon!

Anna McGucken, Horticulture FEA

 

 

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