Autumn 2021 at the
Charles County Extension!
What a difference a year makes. Needless to say, we all can agree that 2021 went fast! At the University of Maryland Extension (UME) in Charles County it’s because we have been quite busy this year with the resumption of in- person programs and establishing new ones while we continue to navigate the COVID pandemic. 
We have been expanding the Master Gardener demonstration gardens at our Bel Alton office and delivering horticultural programs at other locations that have supported the local food bank, increased general gardening knowledge and interest in protecting the environment with plants. Our
4-H summer camp and other club activities resumed and youth have re-connected and
re-established important relationships and again are learning new skills.

Our financial and nutrition education programs continue providing valuable knowledge and information for individuals and families on how to manage during the pandemic while food and household budgets are being constrained. The local agricultural community is continuing to benefit from the training and soil nutrient management program we provide and from the sharing of the knowledge we have gained from the continual research we do on increasing farm yields, improving profitability, ensuring food security and protecting the environment.
After reflecting on all that was learned while adapting our programs during the past two years, we will continue to embrace opportunities for virtual education to reach broader audiences and meet varying needs. Virtual education will not replace in-person programs, it will be in addition to what we have always offered in person.
While reading through this edition of our last newsletter of 2021, please know we are thankful for our many constituents, stakeholders, partners, participants and volunteers, both youth and adults, including you who have supported us in bringing our unbiased, evidence-based education and resources to Charles County residents to improve lives, encourage community engagement and environmental stewardship. 
As always, please let us know how we are doing and remember we will continue working for you!
Happy Thanksgiving!


Shelley T. King-Curry, MS
University of Maryland Extension
Area Extension Director - Southern Maryland Cluster
Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's Counties 
9501 Crain Highway, Box 1
Bel Alton, MD 20611
301-934-5403, Ext. 300