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Computers Classes for Farm Businesses

Computers are an important tool for farm business management.  The University of Maryland Extension will be offering a series of computer classes focused on farm use on December 14, 2012.  Learn how to manage your files, operate windows software, protect your computer, develop spreadsheets and use QuickBooks.  Classes will be held at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills.  Class sizes are limited so please register sdill@umd.edu or 410-822-1244.  The cost of each class is $15.00.

If you need special assistance, please register 1 week ahead of time.  This course is open to anyone interested in learning more about computers for their farm business.

Excel Spreadsheets for Farm Businesses – December 14, 9am - noon

Chesapeake College, Economic Development Center EDC 26

Spreadsheets are a great tool for farm businesses.  They help with recordkeeping, budgeting and organizing data. This workshop will provide hands on applications of Microsoft Excel 2007. Topics will include navigating the software, setting up a spreadsheet and inserting formulas and calculations.  Participants will practice with laptops and spreadsheet templates.

DANGEROUS BEAUTY, WORKS BY LEE D’ZMURA AND TINA BROWN, ON VIEW AT ADKINS ARBORETUM

The villains of Dangerous Beauty are some of the familiar plants that make the Eastern Shore so beautiful in spring. In this show of watercolors and drawings of invasive plants, now on view at Adkins Arboretum, you will see the pretty white blossoms of Bradford pear trees, elegant purple wisteria blossoms that so often grace porch trellises, and the orange daylilies that brighten our roadsides. But as botanical artists Lee D’Zmura and Tina Brown will tell you, there’s something wrong here.

On view through July 27, with a reception on Sat., June 23 from 3 to 5 p.m., this show was six years in the making. Creating botanical art is a slow business, as the character of each plant must be faithfully reproduced, and these two artists have a message to get across.

Invasives are plants that spread aggressively outside of their natural ranges. When they colonize a new area, there are often no natural controls, such as insects, diseases or foraging animals, to keep them in check, and they may choke out native plants and destroy the food sources of native animals.

The arching prickly red stems of wineberry shown in one of Brown’s mixed media paintings have become a familiar sight in our local fields, and English ivy, illustrated in a watercolor by D’Zmura, smothers trees in many neighborhoods. Both were originally brought to North America as garden plants.

Brown explained, “Sometimes people plant them. Sometimes they come by accident.”

An example of a species that arrived by accident is the one animal in the show, the brown marmorated stink bug. In a small drawing showing the exquisitely intricate patterning on the stink bug’s shell, D’Zmura portrays the annoying insect that has quickly become all too familiar to most of us since it arrived from Asia in 1998 hidden in some packing materials.

National Public Gardens Day.

FRIDAY, MAY 11 is National Public Gardens Day. Admission is free to Adkins Arboretum!

ADKINS ARBORETUM PROGRAMS AND EVENTS MAY – AUGUST 2012

GUIDED WALKS

First Saturday Guided Walk
Saturday, May 5, 10 a.m.
Saturday, June 2, 10 a.m.
Saturday, July 7, 10 a.m.
Saturday, August 4, 10 a.m.
Explore the Arboretum’s diverse plant communities on a guided walk led by an Arboretum docent naturalist. Explore the bottomland forest and upland paths, meander through majestic beech trees, traverse the native meadows, and follow the narrow Tuckahoe Creekside path. Free for members, free with admission for the general public. 410.634.2847, ext. 0 for more information. 

Second Saturday Guided Walk
Saturday, May 12, 1 p.m.
Saturday, June 9, 1 p.m.
Saturday, July 14, 1 p.m.
Saturday, August 11, 1 p.m.

Come on a unique journey toward understanding native plants and how they can become a greater part of your home garden. Horticulturalist Eric Wittman will lead a walk about gardening with ornamental native plants. Join this walk to learn about native plants and how they can become a greater part of your home gardening experience. Free for members, free with admission for the general public. Register at adkinsarboretum.org or call 410.634.2847, ext. 0.

 

FRIDAY, MAY 11 is National Public Gardens Day. Admission is free!

Oxford Day 2012- Dog Walk and Dog show

Fun Day for All! Dog Walk benefits Talbot Humane!

Saturday April 28th   The Fun Begins at 8AM!

Join the fun of Oxford Day Saturday, April 28  for a Dog Walk and Show to benefit the animals of Talbot Humane. Talbot Humane provides a safe and healthy environment for unwanted companion animals in its care; places adoptable companion animals in good homes; protects all animals from cruelty and neglect; and reduces the unwanted companion animal population through spay/neuter services.  More information at Talbot Humane!

RABIES CLINIC - Queen Anne's County

Date: Saturday, April 28
Time: 10:00am – 12pm
Location: Queen Anne’s County Animal Services, Queenstown

The cost is $5 per animal.

Please make sure that dogs are on a leash (maximum 6’ foot length) and that cats are in carriers.

It is extremely important for the safety of the public, your animals safety and the safety of other animals that you have / keep your dogs and cats current on their rabies shots. It is also our county and state law and can impose a fine up to $500. Please check your pets records and bring them out if they need (or are in question) to be updated on their rabies shots.

PET READINGS WITH LAURA CLEVELAND AND PET ADOPTION DAY

Date: Saturday, April 14
Time: 11:00am – 2pm
Location: Queen Anne’s County Animal Services, Queenstown

Would you like to know what your animal is thinking, or why they do some of the things that they do? Would you like to know if your animal is happy and if it has any needs or desires that are not being met?

Animal Communicator,  Laura Cleveland, will be on site providing 10-minute readings for only $10.  Each individual animal counts as a separate reading.  Photo of animal preferred. A consultation is an opportunity for you and your animal to better understand each other, creating a deeper bond or better partnership.

Call for an appointment: 443-995-4950

Small Flock Poultry Party

 

Small Flock Poultry Party
University of Maryland Extension is offering an educational, fun-filled workshop for small flock poultry owners. Raising a home poultry flock can be a very rewarding small business or hobby the entire family can enjoy. But a healthy productive flock depends on good management practices and disease prevention.
Attend the Small Flock Poultry Party and have your poultry questions answered by poultry experts and specialists. Topics will include poultry diseases, flock nutrition, farm management, chicken breeds, egg candling and more!
Date: March 24, 2012
Time: Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.
Adults: $10
Youth (10 – 18 years): $5
Children 10-under: Free
Workshop: 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Location: St. Mary’s Agriculture Service Center
http://stmarysscd.com/Directions.htm (for driving directions)
26737 Radio Station Way
Leonardtown, MD 20650
Lunch and snacks will be provided. Please register in advance by calling 410-742-1178. For more information contact Jennifer Timmons at 410-742-1178 ext. 309 or by e-mail at mdchick@umd.edu. Registration deadline is March 20, 2012.

 

University of Maryland Extension is offering an educational, fun-filled workshop for small flock poultry owners. Raising a home poultry flock can be a very rewarding small business or hobby the entire family can enjoy. But a healthy productive flock depends on good management practices and disease prevention.

Attend the Small Flock Poultry Party and have your poultry questions answered by poultry experts and specialists. Topics will include poultry diseases, flock nutrition, farm management, chicken breeds, egg candling and more!

ADKINS ARBORETUM STAFF PARTICIPATES IN SENTINEL PLANT NETWORK TRAINING

Two Adkins Arboretum staff members participated recently in training at Harvard University’s Arnold Arboretum to support Adkins Arboretum’s partnership with the Sentinel Plant Network (SPN).

A collaboration between the American Public Gardens Association and the National Plant Diagnostic Network, SPN contributes to plant conservation by engaging public garden professionals, volunteers and visitors in the detection and diagnosis of high consequence pests and pathogens. The network is committed to identifying outbreaks of exotic plant pests so that strategies can be employed for their control, with the goal of avoiding devastations such as the loss of the American chestnut in the 1930s and the more recent Emerald Ash borer that is disseminated in native green ash populations.

Grain Marketing Update

A new year and new markets?  This breakfast meeting will include speakers on various topics in grain marketing.  Come have breakfast and discuss this year’s strategies for marketing your grain. Speakers include marketing specialists, grain elevators, traders and more.  Topics include trading technology, tax considerations, crop insurance, speculators  and a marketing outlook for 2012.  The course is going to be held at Chesapeake College in the Higher Education Center HES-110.  This program is open to all. Please register by February 14th contact sdill@umd.edu or 410-822-1244

Cost:  $20 per person and includes breakfast and materials

Date:   Friday, February 17th 7:30am – 11:30am

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