Agriculture Notes

Agriculture Notes

October 26, 2003

Christmas stalls at Farmers' Market beginning Saturday

The Carroll County Christmas Farmer's Market will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday to Dec. 13, at the Carroll County Agriculture Center on Smith Avenue, Westminster.

Numerous stalls will offer holiday arts and crafts, home decorations, fresh greens, floral arrangements and home accessories. Some featured items include baskets, clothing, dolls, pillows, woodcrafts, painted items and jewelry.

Homemade holiday pies, cakes, cookies, breads, jams, jellies and candies will be available, along with fresh eggs and seasonal produce.

The Carroll County Health Department will hold a Health Fair on Saturday. Blood pressure and other screenings and evaluations will be available, along with health information.

The Carroll County Arts Council will sponsor an art show on Nov. 8, featuring the works of artists affiliated with the organization.

The cafeteria is open during market hours for breakfast and lunch. Admission and parking are free.

Information: 410-848-7748.

4-H clubs win honors in promotional contest

The Carroll County 4-H Youth Development Program includes 1,211 members ages 5 to 18 who are enrolled in 52 4-H clubs.

During National 4-H Club Week this month, 15 of those clubs participated in the annual promotional display contest. The displays were located in schools, libraries, nursing homes and businesses throughout Carroll County.

Displays were judged in three categories and awarded ribbons as follows:

Window Display Contest: Krafty Kids 4-H Club, Taneytown, champion; Deep Run 4-H Club, Manchester, reserve champion; Westminster 4-H Club, Pleasant Valley 4-H Club, Sam's Creek 4-H Club (New Windsor), Lineboro 4-H Club and the Carroll County 4-H Dairy Club (Westminster), blue award.

Bulletin Board Display Contest: Rolling Clovers 4-H Club, Westminster, champion; Baust 4-H Club, Westminster, reserve champion; Clover Buddies 4-H Club (Westminster), Deer Park 4-H Club, blue award.

Table-Top Display Contest: Carrollton 4-H Club, Hampstead, champion; Progressive Clovers 4-H Club, Westminster, reserve champion; Flaming Arrows 4-H Club (Westminster), Manchester Maniacs 4-H Club, blue award.

Overall grand champion honors went to Carrollton 4-H Club with a table-top display entry at Spring Garden Elementary School with the theme "4-H Builds Master Leaders For Tomorrow." Reserve grand champion winner was Krafty Kids 4-H Club's window display at Taneytown Elementary School titled "Get The Scoop In 4-H."

Tours of land preservation farms scheduled Saturday

Carroll County residents who want to know more about the Carroll County Agricultural Land Preservation Program can tour participating farms from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The Carroll County Ag Preservation Silver Celebration Committee will hold a farm tour/open house to inform interested residents about preservation programs and their benefits to the farmer and the county.

Six farms will be open for tours where participants can ask about the county's agricultural land preservation efforts. Participants can tour as many farms as they wish on a self-guided basis.

At the top of each hour, the farm business representative will give an explanation of his operation and the preservation program the farm is in, why he feels it was right for him and how he feels it benefits the county.

A door prize will be given away at each participating farm. Tour brochures are available at all Carroll County Public Library branches, online at www.carrollag.org or by calling 410-386-2214 or 410-386-2070.

Rose care clinic slated Nov. 12 at extension office

The Carroll County Master Gardeners will sponsor a rose care clinic at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Carroll County Cooperative Extension office in Westminster.

Bob Alde, Montgomery County master gardener and a consulting rosarian for the Potomac Rose Society, will discuss proper management of rose problems and offer tips, tricks and growing strategies for maintaining healthy roses while reducing or eliminating pesticides.

He also will share many integrated pest management strategies for battling rose bugs and diseases.

Reservations are required. The cost is $5. Checks should be made payable to CCEAC (Carroll County Extension Advisory Council). The Extension office is at 700 Agricultural Center.

Information: 410-386-2760.

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