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Educator's Guide to Mindfulness Activities for Adults

Mindfulness Activity Guide for Adults provides guidance and encouragement to people who wish to embrace mindfulness practice in their work and personal lives. As educators, we noticed a need for resources that might help both novice and advanced mindfulness facilitators implement mindfulness...

Septic Systems and Best Available Technologies

Introduction:Septic systems, or onsite wastewater treatment systems, are a well-established and effective tool for treating wastewater for homes, businesses, and small communities. Properly maintaining systems is important to prolong the life of the system and reduce risks to public and...

Steps to Become a Volunteer in Anne Arundel County and Prince George’s County Maryland Department of Corrections

Volunteers play an important role in the prison/jail system. Some people like to give back to the community while others feel that they are making an impact in the lives of others. Volunteers at Correctional Facilities bring a variety of skills to offenders. Some skills volunteers share include...

Soil Fertility Recommendations: Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium Requirements of Miscanthus

Introduction:Miscanthus x giganteus (miscanthus) is an emerging bioenergy crop with growing interest in Maryland as an alternative poultry bedding material. This extension bulletin outlines the development of soil fertility recommendations based on review of current literature for miscanthus...

Thriving Naturally in 4-H

Introduction:Nature Deficit Disorder is a term coined by Richard Louv in his 2005 book, “Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder.” It refers to the psychological, physical and cognitive consequences stemming from a lack of time in nature. The disconnect between...

Animal Welfare is Essential to the Sustainability of the Poultry Industry Program

Introduction:Animal welfare is oftentimes housed under the same umbrella as sustainability because improvements in both are viewed as progress towards the future. In other words, any improvement in animal welfare also improves the sustainability of production or potentially has less impact on the...

Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs): Irrigation Water Treatment for High E. coli Levels

Introduction:What should you do if your water test results show that levels of generic E. coli exceed the maximum recommended amount? Before investing in a system to clean and sanitize your irrigation water, do a visual survey of your water sources to investigate what is causing the elevated...

Understanding Farm Energy

How much energy is used on Maryland farms? The energy used to perform many routine crop and livestock operations may cost your farm several hundred or thousands of dollars each month. On average, 15% of agricultural production costs in the United States are spent on the fuels and electricity used...

Remote Setting Systems: Producing Spat on Shell Oyster Seed for Aquaculture

Remote setting is a technique that uses hatchery larvae to produce spat on shell for planting oyster grounds. The method has been successfully employed as a key part in building the Maryland oyster aquaculture industry. This manual covers system components, operation and management and is used for...

Get Hooked! Seafood’s Role in a Healthy Diet

Seafood provides essential nutrients that can help prevent disease and improve quality of life. The FDA and EPA advise eating eight to twelve ounces of seafood every week. However, national data indicates Americans are under consuming seafood products (only five ounces per week) and may be...

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