Cecil County
200 Chesapeake Blvd, Suite 1500
Elkton, MD 21921
August 2022
Agriculture/Natural Resources
The Woods in Your Backyard Online Course

Are you looking to become a better manager of the land you own? Do you want to learn more about your property's woodlands, such as ways to enhance wildlife habitat? 

The University of Maryland Extension's "The Woods in Your Backyard" online course promotes the stewardship of small parcels of land for the personal enjoyment of their owners and for the improved environmental quality for society.
Delmarva Woodland Stewards Volunteer Training Program

The Delmarva Woodland Stewards program teaches enthusiastic individuals how to be good stewards of natural land, and good advocates for forest and wildlife stewardship in their community.

This educational program will teach forest and wildlife management practices and leadership skills to a select group of landowners and help support these individuals to be informed leaders in their community to enhance forest and wildlife stewardship.
Free Therapy Services
for Farm Families
Interested? Complete the registration form and someone will reach out to you.
Cecil County Extension has an
Agriculture Facebook page.

Cecil County Extension Agriculture

Please like, follow, and share.
Nutrient Management
The University of Maryland Extension's Agricultural Nutrient Management Program (NMP), which is a component of the University of Maryland's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, focuses on balancing nutrient applications with crop requirements to optimize crop production while reducing pollution to the Chesapeake Bay.
The University of Maryland Extension Nutrient Management Program assists farmers with the Water Quality Act created to protect the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries by applying fertilizers, animal manure, and other nutrient sources in an effective and environmentally sound manner.

Farmers are required to have an up-to-date nutrient management plan written by a licensed planner. There are private consultants available to write plans for a fee, or free plans can be generated through the University of Maryland Extension. Contact your Extension office for more information on getting a nutrient management plan written.
Water & Chesapeake Bay
Watershed Protection and Restoration Program
Improving water quality through stormwater management and watershed restoration techniques, the Sea Grant Watershed Protection and Restoration Program works with local and state governments, watershed organizations, and community groups in Maryland to build partnerships, identify funding sources, and advise/assist in the planning, implementation and monitoring of restoration projects.
The WSA program trains adult community leaders in ways to reduce polluted stormwater runoff and improve local water quality. If you would like more information about the program, visit https://extension.umd.edu/locations/cecil-county/environment-and-natural-resources
Horticulture & Gardening
Upcoming Master Gardener Events
2022 Calendar of Events
Now Available!
The Cecil County Master Gardener 2022 brochure is now available. The brochure has details on our monthly educational programs and events.
House Plants:
Til Death Do Us Part?

What did I do to that beautiful plant I brought home?
September 17, 2022
10 AM
(Registration information available next month.)
Upcoming events, workshops, activities, videos, photos and advice on gardening are posted on our Facebook page, YouTube channel and website.

Follow us on Facebook to get the latest information.

Learn how to become a Master Gardener Volunteer.
Have a plant or pest question?
University of Maryland Extension’s experts have answers!

Questions are answered by Home and Garden Information Center’s Certified Professional Horticulturists.

4-H Youth Development

Cecil County Fair 2022
Thanks to everyone that helped make the 2022 Cecil County Fair a success for all the 4-H participants!

Mark your calendar for next year's fair:
July 21-29, 2023.
Maryland State Fair
The 141st Maryland State Fair will span three big weekends in 2022! More information, including the various 4-H activities and schedule, can be found on the Maryland State Fair Website.
Diamond Clover Level 6 Service Proposals Due September 1st!
Just a reminder that Diamond Clover Level 6 service proposals are due to April at the Cecil County Extension Office no later than September 1st for projects that you hope to complete in 2022. Diamond Clover forms can be found online at the button below.

Check out our calendar
for future events
and activities.
Food, Nutrition & Wellness

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education
Maryland Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP-Ed) offers nutrition education programs to help Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households and those eligible for SNAP. SNAP-Ed programs are provided at no cost to support the work of community agencies serving SNAP-eligible individuals and families, such as local food banks, schools, out-of-school sites, farmers markets, community centers, and food assistance sites.
Mobile Farm Markets!!
Check out the upcoming Mobile Farm Markets popping up this month in Cecil County!

If you receive SNAP, WIC, or Farmers Market Nutrition Program coupons (WIC or Senior), you can spend those benefits at the farmers market!

For more information on Flying Plow Farm, check out their website,

Farmer's Market Fun

Want to give your kids something fun to do while you shop?

Try this Farmer's Market Scavenger Hunt!

Been to the Market this Summer?
Share your favorite photo!

Tag us @eatsmartmd

Like our Facebook page and check out all of the great resources, which include healthy recipes, physical activity ideas, and gardening tips. 
Family & Consumer Sciences
Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) programs "strengthens families, farms, communities and the economy by focusing on the human dimensions of food and agriculture. Family and Consumer Sciences includes all topics of considerable importance for maintaining a healthy lifestyle in today’s society.
Coming Soon To Cecil County.......
DASH-Plus Program!!
In partnership with the Elkton Senior Center, Beverly Jackey, MS, RDN, LDN, a Family and Consumer Sciences Educator with the University of Maryland Extension will be offering a FREE eight-session DASH-Plus Diet program that will show you how to develop your own DASH Diet eating plan.

For more information about the dates and times for the upcoming program, contact Beverly Jackey at 410-996-8133 or bjackey@umd.edu.
A Space to Take a Breath & a Step Towards Wellness
Life is stressful and all you want is a break.
So, take a breath…
Come visit our blog every Thursday for our latest post and to give yourself a little breathing room.
Expanded Food Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)
The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) helps young families and youth with limited resources—those most at risk to suffer from hunger, food insecurity and the inability to connect with available support systems. 
To learn more about this program or to sign up a group of five or more, contact Tammy Pryor, EFNEP educator at tpryor@umd.edu or call (410)-996-8136.

Cecil County Extension Office
Faculty and Staff

Paul R. Rickert, MS, MCJ, EdD
Area Extension Director - Upper Shore Cluster

Micki Preston
Administrative Assistant

Donna Witkowski
Administrative Assistant

April Barczewski
4-H Youth Development

4-H Youth Development

Doris Behnke
Agriculture & Natural Resources, Master Gardener Coordinator

Nutrient Management Program

Eric Buehl
Regional Watershed Restoration Specialist
410-827-8056 x176

Beverly Jackey
Family & Consumer Sciences

Molly Rusch
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education

Amelia Gerres
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education

Tammy Pryor
Expanded Food Nutrition Education Program