Agriculture Notes

Agriculture Notes

August 08, 2004

Peach Festival planned at agriculture center

The Carroll County Summer Farmers' Market will hold its annual Peach Festival from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Carroll County Agriculture Center on Smith Avenue, Westminster.

Market vendors will offer samples of peach goodies, and Baugher's restaurant will be on hand with peach pies and ice cream for sale. The General Store Band will perform.

The Brain Injury Association will hold its annual "Eat a Peach Challenge" bike ride from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and fun walk from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in conjunction with the festival. Pledges and an entry fee are required. The bike ride offers routes of 12, 33, 40, 67 and 100 miles. Information about the challenge: 410-448- 2924.

Regular vendors also will offer their crafts, produce, baked goods and flowers. The cafeteria is open during market hours for breakfast and lunch.

Admission and parking are free.

Information: 410-848-7748.

Ag Progress Days trip to Pa. set for Aug. 18

The Carroll County Extension Office and Mid-Atlantic Farm Credit will sponsor an Ag Progress Days bus trip Aug. 18 at Penn State University.

Ag Progress Days features exhibits and demonstrations of inventions, landscaping, garden and lawn, cut flower beds, crops and soil and equine interests.

Events and demonstrations include research tours, field machinery and farm safety, equine clinics and a skid-steer rodeo.

The bus will leave the Carroll County Agriculture Center in Westminster at 6 a.m. and return about 8:30 p.m. Breakfast will be a stop at a fast-food restaurant, lunch is on your own, and dinner is a buffet on the return trip.

The cost is $10 for the bus and dinner. Reservations are required by Wednesday.

Information: extension office, 410-386-2760; or Mid-Atlantic Farm Credit, 800-442-7334.

Extension office cancels August Pasture Walk

The Maryland Cooperative Extension has canceled its Pasture Walk scheduled for Aug. 19.

The next Pasture Walk will be from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 11 at Hedge Apple Farms, Buckeystown.

To register: 301-631-3578.

Pork producers group seeks national delegates

The Maryland Pork Producers Association will elect two delegate candidates for the 2005 delegation body of the National Pork Board at 10 a.m. Aug. 28 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium.

The election of delegates will be held at the state association's board of directors meeting. All Maryland pork producers are welcome to attend.

The national board determines how checkoff money, generated from the sale of pork, is spent. Funds are used for promotion, research and education.

Any Maryland producer who has paid all of his due assessments may be a considered as a delegate candidate. Eligible producers should take a receipt proving that hogs were sold in their name and the checkoff deducted.

Information: 410-956-5771.

Master gardener class to begin next month

The Maryland Cooperative Extension will hold its master gardener training from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 14 to Nov. 9, at the Carroll County Agriculture Center.

The Master Gardener Program is a volunteer training program offered annually to train individuals in various aspects of gardening. Those who wish to become master gardeners must take the entire class, then volunteer their time in the community for 40 hours the first year and 20 hours subsequent years.

Master gardeners meet and work with others who are interested in horticulture, receive newsletters and other publications, participate in social gatherings and plant swaps, and learn new skills.

Topics include botany, entomology, soils, vegetable gardening, native and invasive plants, trees and shrubs, plant pathology, integrated pest management, lawn care, baywise gardening, perennials and annuals, and pruning.

The cost is $165 and includes the master gardener manual and handouts.

Information: 410-386-2760.

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