University of Maryland Extension



Direction from Jim Hanson, Associate Dean and Associate Director
regarding UME COVID-19, County Office Closures until further notice.

As we all know, the COVID-19 situation is evolving. At this time, all UME offices will be on telework status and all Maryland Extension offices are closed until further notice. We appreciate your patience as we work towards a solution that respects the health and safety of UME employees and the stakeholder base, which we serve. During this time our staff will be available via email and phone. 

For the health and safety of our communities, the University of Maryland Extension will continue to be re-evaluated as we receive new information and directives from government and health officials, as well as UMD campus administration. 

If you need more information or have questions, please email Liz Laher at You may also call 410-535-3662 and leave a message. We will be checking our messages.

We apologize for the inconvenience. Thank you!

During this time our staff will be available via email. They can be reached as follows:


Liz Laher - 
Michelle Luckett -

Ari Strahl -
Janet Sefton -

Master Gardener Program Assistant:
Edward Goodman -

Nutrient Management Coordinator:
Chris Dowell -

Watershed Restoration Educator:
Nicole Basenback -

Family Consumer Sciences:
Priscilla Graves -

Supplemental Nutrition Program Education:
Kara LeClair -

Please continue to check our website for updates.




University of Maryland Extension is a partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture, land-grant universities and local governments in each state. Faculty and staff of the University of Maryland Extension (UME) provide research-based information, educational programs and services on a variety of subjects.

Agriculture: Crop Production, Integrated Pest Management, Farm Financial Management, Soil Fertility and Nutrient Management, Master Gardener Program.

Food and Nutrition: Supplemental Nutrition Program Education - The SNAP-Ed program provides nutrition education to help low-income individuals and families make healthy food choices, develop food preparation skills, improve shopping skills, and increase physical activity. SNAP-Ed also provides nutrition education training to volunteers and professionals who provide services to low-income families, thus expanding the reach of the program. The Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) - Healthy Living provides programs for all of Southern Maryland's communities (Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary's counties).

Financial Education/Money: University of Maryland Extension (UME) provides community education classes and resources to youth and adults through seminars, group training, train-the-trainer and workshops in the following skill areas: Credit, Credit Reports, Spending Plans, Needs vs Wants, Tracking Expenses, and much more.

4-H and Youth: 4-H clubs are located throughout Calvert County for youths between the ages of 8 and 18. Clover Club programs are open to all children ages 5-7.  4-H'ers learn life skills and leadership development through a variety of 4-H projects. Although a 4-H'er may take on any project, some clubs specialize in a specific project area.  Contact us for more information about the 4-H clubs near you or becoming a 4-H volunteer.

Water and Chesapeake Bay: Watershed Restoration & Protection Program - Watershed Restoration Specialists work with local and state governments, watershed organizations, and community groups in Maryland to build partnerships, identify funding sources, and advise/assist in the planning, implementation and monitoring of restoration projects.

Horticulture: Home gardens, trees, plants, lawns, pests - provided by the UME Home & Garden Information Center where you can get answers to your plant, pest and other questions.  See the Home and Garden Information Center Resource Page for publications, videos, newsletters and other information.

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