Montgomery County

Welcome to the Montgomery County Extension Office

The Montgomery County Extension office Educators and staff work hard to pass along to you research based information that will help you in your everyday life.  We do this through a variety of venues like educational programs, events, field days, seminars and camps.  Our program areas include:

Agriculture and Food Systems
Environment & Natural Resources
Family and Consumer Sciences
Home Gardening
4-H Youth Development

Our Ag Agents are a source of research based agriculture technical information that is provided through various fact sheets, workshops, field days, one on one consultations and educational seminars. Major educational programs focus on commercial vegetable, fruit and field crop production; nursery and greenhouse production; nutrient management; integrated pest management; safety training for pesticide license certification; risk management; pasture and livestock management. They assist farmers and landowners offering the latest best management practices to improve profitability and minimize environmental impacts on the county's natural resources.  

FCS Educators provide youth, individuals and families with the information and skills to make informed decisions about their health, finances, food, healthy homes, and overall well-being.  These programs are provided in schools, libraries, senior centers, faith-based organizations, in partnership with other agencies, and many other settings.  

Our Horticulture Educator assists county residents and businesses with home and garden questions and provides education to the community on various topics related to horticulture.  He also provides and coordinates training for the Master Gardener volunteers who significantly increase the reach of these educational opportunities to the community.

Montgomery County has a large and active 4-H Youth Development Program with over 25 active clubs, nearly 300 members and over 115 volunteers throughout the county.  Through participation in projects, clubs, camp, fair, competitions and volunteer activities, youth between the ages of 5 and 18 learn life skills such as citizenship, public speaking, leadership, record keeping, responsibility and teamwork -  skills that are valuable to them not only now but throughout their lives. 

Take a look at the UME program pages for more information.  
Contact us and we'll be happy to help you out!

Nutrient Management Program Changes by the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA)

If you are a farmer in Montgomery County with a plan and would like a copy of it, please send your request to:

Read the latest press release from MDA outlining their new changes.

Private Consultant Information: 

Directory of Nutrient Management Plan Writers

Contact for more information regarding Montgomery County.


  • Close Encounters with Agriculture

    Close Encounters with Agriculture

    Award winning program offered each year to Montgomery County fourth grade students.

  • Camping in woods, lake, stream to go fishing or tadpole hunting

    4-H Camp Tawaswentha

    Open to all youth (not just 4-H'ers) who are 8 to 13 years old as of January 1st.

  • Beginning Farmer Logo

    Beginning Small Farmers

    Beginning Small Farm Workshop Series

2020 UME Annual Report

A Note From Our Area Extension Director

Lynn Rubin-Traversa

Hello Montgomery County! 

I am honored to serve as the Area Extension Director for the Central Maryland Cluster - Frederick, Howard, and Montgomery Counties.  Our faculty and staff partner with community stakeholders to deliver engaging, timely, research-based programs and training to improve the lives of youth and adults in our community.   As a lifelong resident of Central Maryland, I have a personal and professional investment in the success and well-being of our community. 

Let’s make Montgomery County the best place to live, learn, work, and thrive.  Come grow with us!

Lynn Rubin-Traversa