Farm & Garden

Farm Tax and Quickbook Classes

November 21, 2011


Chesapeake College, Economic Development Center, AUD 01

8 am – 10 am

Cost: $15

As you are finishing harvest, it is time to review your income tax situation. We will discuss end of the year planning as well as options for long-term deprecation.  Unless you plan, you could miss out on possible deductions or be required to recognize more income than you expected.

Register:  Call University of Maryland Extension 410-822-1244 or sdill@umd.edu

Alpaca Festival and Farm Days

Have You Hugged an Alpaca Lately?

Bring the friends and family to Outstanding Dreams Farm for the Alpaca Festival! Get up close and personal with these sweet little cuties – and see what fantastic products are made from Alpaca fleece!

Come join the fun & meet the Alpacas!

The Festival features great Vendors, Demonstrations of fiber arts, Food, Children's games & activities, Face Painting,our new Farm Store with all kinds of ALPACA PRODUCTS,
plus, THE ALPACAS!!!!!

Get up close & personal with these sweet , gentle animals & see why so many people see them & fall in LOVE at first sight!!!

September 17th (10am – 5pm) and

September 18th (12pm to 5pm)

24480 Pinetown Rd (near Harmony), Preston MD

Free Admission,

Plenty of Free Parking!

Your Hosts: Phil & Vicki Liske  410-673-2002

Mid-Atlantic Precision Agriculture Equipment Day

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

8:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Caroline County 4-H Park

8230 Detour Road, Denton, MD 21629


For more information and to register please visit our website


or call 410-228-8800 or 410-758-0166

Practical and informative advice will be given on sprayer and planter section control, variable rate seeding, economics and practical implementation of RTK and GPS, soil mapping, using technology for on-farm research and developing variable rate prescriptions, and much more. Come learn from some of the top, nationally recognized speakers in agriculture equipment and machinery engineering.


Speakers Include:

? Dr. Randy Taylor, Oklahoma State University

? Yield Monitors and Maps - Putting data to use with on-farm research

? Dr. John Fulton, Auburn University

? Sprayer Section Control

? Dr. Mike Buschermohle, University of Tennessee

? Automatic Section Control - Technology for planters

? Dr. Matt Darr, Iowa State University

? Economics and Practical Implementation of RTK and Advanced GPS

? Dr. Bobby Grisso, Virginia Tech

? Soil Mapping with Veris

Special thanks to our Leadership Sponsors: Southern States Cooperative, Willard Agri-Service, Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., Farm Credit, Atlantic Tractor, and Hoober, Inc.

CCA and Nutrient Management Credits Will Be Available



Farm Management Classes for Women

The University of Maryland and Delaware Cooperative Extension will conduct Annie’s Project during the winter of 2011 at sites in Maryland and Delaware.  Annie’s Project focuses on the many aspects of farm management and is designed to empower women in overall farm decision making and to build local networks throughout the state. The target audience is farmwomen with a passion for business, agriculture and involvement in the farm operation.  Topics for the sessions cover the five areas of Risk Management – Production, Marketing, Financial, Legal Risk, Human Resources. This course is open to anyone interested in farm management practices. 

The course will be 8 sessions held at a variety of sites in Maryland and Delaware. The cost of the entire course including meals and materials is $75.  Please register by January 14th - space is limited.  For more information visit the website www.anniesproject.umd.edu or call 410-758-0166.  If you require special assistance to attend the classes please contact the site at least two weeks prior.

Eastern Shore Classic Dog Show

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 - Sunday, November 14, 2010

The show will run from 8:30am to 4:30pm daily and includes breed, obedience and rally as well as a daily award for Best in ShowAdditional attractions of the weekend include raffles and over 40 vendors selling dog related gifts, supplies and equipment. A variety of Health Clinics will also be offered on Saturday, November 13 and Sunday, November 14. Clinic topics include cardiac, BAER, eye and Microchip. At Wicomico Youth & Civic Center. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $5 per day for adults, $1 per day for students.

The Good Farm: A shore gal's adventure with organic farming, sustainability and eating locally!

by Christie McDowell

Organic growing is everything to me.

I started my journey with organic growing four years ago. It is a full-time passion, hobby, exercise, lifestyle, mindset; and part time job. My produce has been purchased by restaurants, a health food store, traded to restaurants, used as landscape and interior decoration, bartered to a commercial fisherman for seafood, given to friends, and it feeds my ducks and chickens on occasion.

Several years ago I asked Nino Mancari (chef at the time at Solstice Grill at the Atlantic Hotel in Berlin) how important it was to him if the produce he bought was certified organic or not. He said that if it was certified organic and shipped from Costa Rica, it defeated some of the greater purpose by adding to the carbon footprint. He said he would far prefer something grown naturally, locally. He also realized there was a far greater chance of having me patronize his restaurant than having the owners of Sysco or some other corporate food distributorship come in for a meal. We talked about the economics of sourcing locally and keeping resources within our own community.

Register for Cecil County Master Gardners Class

Anyone who loves gardening but seeks to know more might want to consider becoming a Cecil County Master Gardener.

Sept. 30 is the deadline to register for the master gardener course, which begins in January.

Call 410-996-5280 to register or for more information about the class schedule and the cost of the 14-week training program, which will be held in Suite 1700 of the Cecil County Administrative Building in the Upper Chesapeake Corporate Center off East Pulaski Highway.

Visit Dominics Farm in Queenstown

 The Eastern Shore’s best kept secret.


Birthday Parties

Horse Play

Farm Fun

Group Visits


Free Smiles


Dominic’s Farm welcomes everyone to come and experience the

farm charm. The most wonderful four legged animals await

your visits including horses, cows, donkey’s, goats, chickens, rabbits

and much, much more.



410-827-8555 or 301-674-3616



Adkins Arboretum will waive admission fees on Sat., Sept. 25 in recognition of Smithsonian magazine’s sixth annual Museum Day. A celebration of culture, learning and the dissemination of knowledge, Museum Day reflects the free-admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution’s museums in Washington, D.C. Doors of museums and cultural institutions nationwide will be open free of charge.

The public is invited on Museum Day to explore the Arboretum’s 400 acres of native woodlands, wetlands, gardens and meadows along four miles of maintained paths; join a guided walk at 11 a.m.; and view the artwork of Kelly Adams. Visitors can also enjoy an audio tour that provides lessons about the Arboretum’s plant communities and ecology. A variety of native perennials, trees, shrubs and grasses will be available for fall planting. Arboretum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Visitors can gain free admission by mentioning Museum Day or by printing tickets at http://microsite.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/.


Admission will also be waived on Sun., Oct. 3 for the Arboretum’s quarterly Free Admission Sunday.

Native Plant Sale in Galena

Eastern Shore Land Conservancy (ESLC) will host a Native Plant Sale on Sunday September 26, 2010 from noon to 4 p.m. Whether you are an easement owner looking to engage in restoration or an interested gardener who wants to add some natives to the garden, there are plenty of fall plants for you to choose from!  This sale will be held at ESLC's Galena Office, located at 100 S. Main Street in downtown Galena.  Call ESLC’s main office at 410.827.9756  for more detail!

Come ready to buy plants and get some gardening advice. Laura Sanford, an ESLC staffer and owner of Native Daughter nursery in Centreville will be on hand to answer questions. All proceeds to benefit the efforts of Eastern Shore Land Conservancy


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