University of Maryland Extension

Grow It Eat It


Helping Marylanders improve health and save money by growing their own food using sustainable practices.

Our vision is 1 million Marylanders producing their own affordable, healthy food.


GIEI Class Spring 2019






April 6, 2019

Organic Vegetable Gardening

Norrisville Library

10:15am - 12:00pm

April 13, 2019 

Gardening with Children

Jarrettsville Library

10:30am - 12:00pm

May 18, 2019 

Avoid Tomato Blues

Norrisville Library

10:15am - 12:00pm

Pre-registration is required. Call to register for your class at the respective county library 2 weeks prior. (link is external)


GIEI Class Descriptions

Organic Gardening 

Master Gardeners will teach sustainable, organic methods of gardening for homeowners.Focus will be on choice of seeds and/or seedlings, soil, chemical free gardening, and integrated pest management.  

Avoid the Tomato Blues

Master Gardeners will provide information on growing tasty tomatoes in your home garden.  Our discussion will focus on growing from seed vs. transplants, soil, watering, training, pruning, fertilizing and general care.  Also you’ll learn about combating plant pests and diseases to avoid the tomato blues this summer!

Gardening with Children

Children benefit from growing plants so start them young.  Help your child to learn the "magic" of planting seeds and watching them grow into beautiful flowers and healthy vegetables. This program is designed for children from 3 to 93.  Everyone will learn a variety of fun ways to plant and care for seeds. Expect to get your hands dirty! An adult must accompany the child participant. Adults may attend without a child.

Seed Starting Class

Experience the joy of starting your favorite vegetable plants from seed using an indoor lighting system in your own home.  Gain the essential knowledge needed to properly harden off seedlings for transferring them into your garden.  Using this technique is fun and easy and will make the harvest all the sweeter!  

Basic (Vegetable) Gardening

Starting a vegetable garden is great family fun!  This class will provide you with the necessary information to create your own successful garden.  Best practices in site planning, soil preparation, seed and plant selection, garden maintenance, and pest management topics will be presented.  

Beyond the Basics in Vegetable Gardening

Want to build on your knowledge from last year’s gardening experience?  This class will provide growing tips on specific vegetables, information about composting and fertilizers, and specific ways to deal with pesky weeds, animals, insects, and plant diseases.  Registration is required. 

Composting 101

Participants will gain an understanding of the importance of composting, learn what can and cannot be composted, gain insight into a variety of methods for composting food waste, and be able to demonstrate their understanding of the composting process.  The cost of the class is $5.00 per participant for the course held at the extension office, the class is free at the library. Registration is required

Yearning for Herbs

Are you yearning to add herbs to your garden beds and in your cooking but don’t know where to start?  Learn best practices for growing your favorite herbs and explore some great ways to add them to your diet.  Discover some interesting facts about how adding herbs to your vegetable garden beds can improve your vegetable production.  Participants will receive one or two herbs to take home.  

Plant Propagation class

Come join the Harford County Master Gardeners to learn how to start new plants from ones found in your home, garden, or yard.

Taught in the late summer...Grow It, Eat It, Preserve It

This workshop will demonstrate recommended water bath and pressure canning methods focusing on food safety, proper canning equipment and tested recipes.

Cost includes handouts, fruit/vegetables, lids and jars, and use of canning equipment. Also, included in your registration fee is a food preservation cookbook with updated tested recipes and in-depth information for both the new and experienced food preserver, including information on water bath and pressure canning, pickling, jams and jellies, freezing and drying.Registration includes It’s So Easy To Preserve publication.


For more information, contact:

Joyce Browning

University of Maryland Extension Consumer Horticulturist
Harford County Agricultural Center
University of Maryland Extension, Suite 600
3525 Conowingo Road,
Street MD, 21154 sends e-mail)
410-638-3053 FAX

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