Agriculture Notes

AGRICULTURE NOTES

March 26, 2006

Home show is next weekend

The eighth annual Carroll County Home Show will be held next Saturday and Sunday at the Carroll County Agriculture Center on Smith Avenue in Westminster.

The show will feature the county's largest exhibition of products and services related to home and garden, including home security remodelers, water purification, tree care, bath remodeling, window coverings, roofing, windows, landscaping, pools and spas, sunrooms, home decor, garage doors, gutter protection, mortgage financing, real estate services, invisible fencing, decks and fencing, heating and cooling, horticultural information, flooring, waterproofing, custom closets, insulation, window treatments, custom signs, cookware, custom upholstery, art, air purification, fencing and hardscapes.

This year's show includes flower and plant sales by Alloway Creek Gardens, Carroll Gardens, Dana's Flower & Garden Place and the Green Thumb.

A free moonbounce for children will be available.

A drawing for two $100 gift cards to Lowe's or Home Depot will be held.

Hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 2. Admission is $2.50, with those 12 and younger admitted free with a paying adult.

Information: 410-857-7884.

Ceremony to note forest conservation

As part of the Maryland Forestry and Parks Centennial Celebration in 2006, Tree-mendous Maryland is donating a 1 1/2 -inch caliper white oak tree to each county and Baltimore City.

Carroll's tree will be planted at the Carroll County Farm Museum on Saturday. A proclamation commemorating 100 years of forest conservation in Maryland will be presented by the Carroll County commissioners during a noon ceremony on the farmhouse porch.

Maryland Department of Natural Resources Secretary C. Ronald Franks and Maryland State Forester Steven Koehn will present the tree to the county.

Westminster also will receive the 2005 Maryland PLANT (People Loving and Nurturing Trees) award in recognition of its commitment to tree planting and care efforts. Westminster has been at the program's highest green award level since 1992.

In addition to the white oak, 74 native trees will be planted on museum grounds and 100 trees will be planted around the county.

Information: 410-386-3880.

Business meeting is planned

The Maryland Cooperative Extension will hold the monthly agribusiness meeting at 8 a.m. April 6 at Baugher's Restaurant on West Main Street extended, Westminster. Steve Horn, director of the Carroll County Department of Planning, will discuss land use zoning. Reservations are required by noon April 4 at 410-386-2760 or 888-326-9645.

Lecture series will be in Frederick

The Frederick County Extension Office will sponsor a Non-Traditional Farming Enterprise Lecture Series from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursdays, April 6 to May 25, at its Frederick office. Topics include pond management and aquaculture enterprises, sheep and goat enterprise development, natural resource enterprise opportunities, and free-range poultry enterprises.

Information: 301-631-3567.

Union Bridge farmers honored

Joseph and Nona Schwartzbeck from Union Bridge were honored last week as Master Farmers by regional Cooperative Extension agencies in the mid-Atlantic and American Agriculturist magazine in ceremonies in Pennsylvania.

The Master Farmer award recognizes exemplary agricultural and community leadership. It is based on outstanding farm and financial management, land stewardship and civic involvement.

The Schwartzbecks' accomplishments include running a 345-cow dairy farm on 1,150 acres, developing high quality breeding stock, using technology to help cut costs, using three generations to provide labor needs, using the Johnes' testing program to boost marketability, and pasturing and using new bedding packs to keep cows healthier.

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