University of Maryland Extension

Helping You Through COVID-19

Links And Information To Help You Get Through These COVID-19 Times.

July 20, 2020 COVID Update


May 4, 2020

Dear neighbors:

Marylanders are searching for information, resources and help to better their lives and stay in business during these uncertain times, while staying at home and managing family and work.

The University of Maryland Extension is serving the essential workforce, families and youth throughout the state and we are showcasing a few innovative ways that our faculty and staff are reaching out to their communities. These programs demonstrate the breadth and diversity of our programs, and the dedication of our field agents and staff to keep providing the state with science-based solutions.

Aquaculture Business Planning - Matt Parker, Prince George’s Co. educator in the environmental and natural resources program, produced an instructional webinar available on YouTube, assisting aquaculturists developing their business plan as part of a U.S. Aquaculture Society series.

Virtual Pasture Walks - Amanda Grev, in partnership with Extension educators in the western Maryland region, are hosting weekly pasture walks and addressing new topics every week including soil sampling, grazing management, and more for livestock owners. Follow the Maryland Forages Facebook page for ongoing updates.

Video Gardening Series - In Harford County, Joyce Browning is using Facebook to share Master Gardener lessons, posted daily with advice on local horticulture. Her videos can also be seen on the Home & Garden Information Center YouTube channel.

STEAM for Youth - 4-H educators across the state are helping kids keep in touch and keep busy. In Baltimore City, Albert Lewis is providing weekly STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art & math) activities for his students, as well as fun videos on YouTube educating them on the importance of following current safety guidelines like wearing a mask.

Healthy Home Environments - Jen Dindinger with the Maryland SeaGrant Extension program in Dorchester County, is teaching her communities how to prepare gardens and rain barrels for the spring through YouTube videos, helping ensure less runoff to the Chesapeake Bay from urban coastal areas.

Grow It Eat It Preserve It - Donielle Axline, 4-H Educator in Frederick County, offered a webinar on the basics of growing, eating, and preserving your own food, designed for elementary-aged students.

These are only a few examples of the dynamic virtual education happening across the state as we continue to adjust to the changes associated with the stay-at-home order. We are committed to educating our communities, and assisting families and our essential workforce.

As always, find news and updates at and your local Extension personnel at

Richard M. Walter
Area Director


PANDEMIC-EBT (P-EBT) PROGRAM - Due to COVID-19 related school closures, children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals will get up to $370.50 in extra food benefits. These benefits, called Pandemic-EBT, or P-EBT, are intended to help families in Maryland purchase food while schools are closed. This is a one time food benefit for youth who receive free and reduced lunch to obtain.  (6/17/20)


MARYLAND WORKFORCE EXCHANGE Maryland Department of Labor - Maryland Workforce Exchange keeps you up to date on current jobs available.




4-H & Youth Development

SMART CENTS - We are offering a FREE 9-week program on Smart Cents every Monday from 4-5 p.m. for 4-H members and non 4-H youth age (11-15) in the Maryland Central Cluster! In addition, the series of weekly sessions for 9 weeks will offer follow-up programing for the entire family as well.

Smart Cents is a program to increase the ability of youth to make inform decisions about financial health while strengthening their use of social and emotional skills necessary for success as they grow into responsible adults.

The Youth Track is from 4-5 p.m. on the following dates:
1- Oct 5th Financial Decision-Making
2- Oct 12th Spending and Saving
3- Oct 19th Spending and Saving- Continues
4- Oct 26th Credit and Debt
5- Nov 2nd Credit and Debt/Employment and Income
6- Nov 9th Careers, Employment, and Income
7- Nov 16th Investing
8- Nov 23rd Investing and Risk Management
9- Nov 30th Risk Management and Wrap-up

Please register at

Family & Consumer Sciences

 Financial Fitness for Adults

FRESH CONVERSATIONS 2020 VIRTUAL SERIES - Fresh Conversations offers friendly conversation to help you maintain your health and independence. Adults over 50 years of age, can join us online to learn from each other, discuss current nutrition and health topics, and discover new ways to be active. After attending each session, participants will receive a free copy of the Seasoned Newsletter.

This will be an 8-part series with sessions on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month beginning on September 9th through December 23rd.

VIRTUAL LEARNING - The University of Maryland Extension FCS team has quickly pivoted programming to online formats to help families across the state maintain their finances, well-being, and levels of stress during these uncertain times. We’re pleased to share some of the great programming we are offering virtually across Maryland.



Registration information will be available soon!






4-H FRIDAYS ACTIVITIES -- You don't need to be a 4-H Member to participate.


Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) - Watch and listen to Up, Down, and Around by Katherine Ayres read to us by Razan Sahuri, SNAP-Ed Nutrition Educator with Howard County’s University of Maryland’s Extension program.





RECENT NEWS - Check out the latest information sent out to our farming community.


The agricultural community has had to quickly adapt to the legal and other impacts of the global COVID-19 pandemic.  The ALEI team has been working to develop resources to help address some of these issues. Information about contracts, labor, insurance, and other information is now available on the ALEI WEBSITE This page will be updated regularly as more resources are created to address this evolving situation.  QUARTERLY NEWS UPDATE - JULY 2020.


Over the next few weeks, starting April 15th, Dr. Amanda Grev, Extension Pasture and Forage Specialist, will be hosting Virtual Pasture Walks. Topics include managing fescue in your pastures and pasture weed management. Dates have not been set yet, but follow the MARYLAND FORAGES FACEBOOK PAGE for updates.  If you miss the live event, the "walks" are being recorded.



Extension Blogs:





In cooperation with the Frederick Department of Aging, the UME Frederick County Family and Consumer Science Educator supplied recipes for the Feed America Box items that people receive, to help folks think about ways to use the food to maximize the number of meals they can prepare -- FEED AMERICA FOOD BOX RECIPES. The Department of Aging continues to provide Meals on Wheels (MOW) to over 200 people, and have started a new weekly frozen meal delivery to people that qualify for MOW, but would be on a waitlist otherwise.  They’re also distributing shelf stable groceries and personal hygiene supplies to seniors in need. 

FCS HELPFUL LINK for Baking, Canning/Food Preservation and Food Safety.




Timely news articles are written monthly for your gardening needs -- MG NEWS ARTICLES.

Thinking of starting a vegetable garden?  Check out this information on GROWING VEGETABLES from the Home and Garden Information Center.



Frederick County Government Response

Frederick County COVID-19 Testing Information

Frederick County Local Resources

Frederick County Joint Information Center (JIC) COVID-19

The Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) recently launched the Maryland Coronavirus (COVID-19) Rumor Control Page.




COVID-19 Resources for Health & Wellness National & State Resources; County Health Department links; Teleworking; Health & Food Safety; Resources for Farmers; and Resources for Business.

UM Extension Frederick County Update 4/6/20

UME Response to COVID-19 News Release 3/19/20




VISIT FREDERICK has information about events, attractions, restaurants, and shops that may be closed or operating with reduced hours.  Looking for budget friendly ways to support local restaurants? Many Downtown and County eateries are offering special deals and coupons during this time! We've rounded up some of the best dinner deals in Frederick County while we are all staying home. 

From the Office of Economic Development: Now more than ever it is important to support our local farms. Farmers across Frederick County are continuing to work to ensure you have a safe healthy food supply available whether you are shopping at a grocery store or at a farm market. In need of meat, produce, plants, dairy products or more?  Homegrown Frederick maintains a listing of local farms open for sales and their available products on their blog. Before visiting any of the farms listed, please be sure to visit their website or Facebook page for the most up to date information on their hours and availability.

FNP - Farmers Markets (dates and time)


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