This is a full-time position that will work in support of the Charles County Home Horticulture Extension Program. The Faculty Extension Educator will administer all aspects of the Charles County horticulture program which includes coordination and programmatic support for home horticulture activities in Charles County, including training and management of Master Gardener Volunteers, collaboration on educational programs among partners, outreach to clientele, and related activities.
The position will be located in the Charles County Extension Office in Bel Alton, Maryland.
- Develop, conduct, and evaluate educational seminars, classes, workshops, and other presentations related to home horticulture.
- Create educational products based on stakeholder needs including fact sheets and other publications, and other content for social media and websites (blogs, videos and pod casts, etc.)
- Coordinate the Master Gardener Program in Charles County which includes volunteer recruitment, training, supervision and coordination of community-based projects.
- Respond to clientele requests via phone, office visits, email, etc., for general horticulture information pertaining to lawn care, landscape plants and trees, composting, native plants, pest control, and other subject related to home horticulture, providing appropriate literature and advice in a timely and professional manner. (This may be done in consultation with the local Agricultural agent.)
- Identify plants, insects, and other horticulture samples submitted by clientele and respond with information and recommendations in a timely and professional manner.
- Provide pest control and fertilizer recommendations in accordance with University of Maryland guidelines.
- Disseminate horticulture information to county residents through news releases, website updates, etc.
- Assist in collecting, reporting and evaluating impact data of local home horticulture programs in accordance with funding requirements and UMD/UME policies and protocols.
- Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with community and other relevant organizations to implement and evaluate programs, and seek new partnerships, especially to reach traditionally underserved or marginalized audiences to deliver outreach education.
- Collaborate with other UME field- and campus-based faculty and staff on programs and projects of mutual interest when and where appropriate.
- Participate in committees and other service opportunities at the county, state and University level.
Best consideration date: 1/5/2024.
Starting salary may be adjusted for experience and education. For more information and to apply, go to the ejobs website.
All the Dirt on Winter Sowing Native Plants
January 6, 2024
10:00 am – 11:30 am
Waldorf West Library
10405 O'Donnell Place
Waldorf, MD 20603
Native plants are critical to supporting birds, butterflies, bees and other pollinators, but they can be expensive! Learn how to grow your own natives from seeds, in milk jugs in the dead of winter. In this in-person workshop, you’ll plant jugs to take home. Please bring at least one clean milk jug (translucent, not white). We will have extras and all other supplies, including seeds, available. Workshop is free and open to all.
Presenters are Molly Moore, president of Southern Maryland Audubon and Marlene Smith. President of Wild Ones Chesapeake Bay. Both also are Charles County Master Gardeners.
Workshop is limited to 30 participants. Registration required.
All the Dirt on Winter Sowing; Make & Take
Veggies, Herbs, Annuals & Native Plants
January 27, 2024
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Lexington Park Library
21677 Franklin Delano Roosevelt Boulevard
Lexington Park, MD 20653
Master Gardeners Marlene Smith and Molly Moore will introduce the 10 simple steps to winter sowing and walk participants through creating and seeding their own containers to take home! Participants are invited to donate plastic gallon jugs (milk jugs) to refresh our supply.
Participating Partners: University of Maryland Extension Master Gardeners, St. Mary's County Community Development Corporation, St. Mary's Garden Club, Southern Maryland Audubon Society, and Wild Ones Chesapeake Bay.
Workshop is limited to 30 participants. Registration is required.
Starting Vegetable Seeds, Indoors and Out
February 3, 2024
10:00 am - noon
Waldorf West Library
10405 O'Donnell Place
Waldorf, MD 20603
Come join the Charles County Master Gardeners Grow It Eat It Project for a free workshop on starting your own vegetable seeds, either indoors, with lights, or outside, via “winter sowing.”
No special equipment is needed. The workshop features hands-on demonstrations, using everyday low- or no-cost materials.
Starting your own vegetable seeds saves money and allows for greater selection in what you grow. Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer your questions.
To register, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Charles County Master Gardeners are available to perform the puppet show "The Misadventures of Peter Rabbit in Farmer McGregor's Vegetable Garden."
This is a lively, inter-active puppet show. Children in the audience really get involved. Farmer McGregor and Peter Rabbit will talk to the kids about growing and eating vegetables, what are good bugs and bad bugs, and, most importantly, why you should listen to your parents.
We are available to perform the puppet show for home schoolers, clubs, public schools, scouts, and other interested parties.
Contact: Terry Thir, Master Gardener, at email@example.com
UME Charles Office
9501 Crain Highway, Bel Alton, MD 20611
The Charles County Master Gardener Bay-Wise program teams up with our county forester to provide residents with free buffers in a bag. Each bag includes 12 bare-root seedlings, approximately 1-2 feet in height, which will be a mixture of various trees. All the bundles have been claimed for this year. Check back in February 2024 for the next give-away!
Welcome to Charles County Master Gardeners
Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who are passionate about the environment and community engagement. Our mission is to support the University of Maryland Extension service by educating residents about safe, effective and sustainable horticultural practices that build healthy gardens, landscapes, and communities. We use a variety of activities to provide horticulture information such as:
Plant clinics to diagnose disease and/or pest problems
Exhibits at local events
Maintaining demonstration gardens
Actions you can take to garden more sustainably include:
Growing more native plants
Implementing Bay-Wise landscaping practices
Growing food organically
To see what we are currently working on, please visit our Resource Page to get The Compost, for the latest information on new and ongoing projects.
If you or your organization in Charles County would like assistance with planting techniques, or design, or would like to request a gardening presentation, please complete this form.
Charles County Master Gardeners have gone video!
Do you want a garden, but don’t know where to start? Is your garden space limited to a balcony or patio? Does your head want more gardening space than your back can handle?
Charles County Government’s new video, “Your Charles County: Starting a Garden,” answers those questions with help from Charles County Master Gardeners and University of Maryland Extension.
Lee Ann Stone, video production specialist with the county government, interviewed Kaitlyn Baligush, program management specialist for University of Maryland Extension, and Molly Moore, Charles County Master Gardener, on gardening in containers, raised beds and using cardboard and organic matter to create a no-till native plant bed.
Stone and her camera followed Baligush and Moore as they walked through Moore’s property near Newburg in southern Charles County discussing how to choose a garden site and how to pick the right plants for the right spot.
Then Baligush and Moore went to work laying cardboard, raking piles of compost and mulch and planting a new bed of the deer-resistant native, White Snakeroot, which blooms in early fall.
And those strawberries you see in the video? They were quickly devoured as soon as Stone turned off the camera.