Farm Notes

October 19, 2008

Ladew to hold holiday workshops

Ladew Topiary Gardens will hold holiday workshops this fall at 3535 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton.

All workshops will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and lunch is included. Participants will learn how to create centerpieces at home. Registration is required in advance at 410-557-9570, Ext. 213, to volunteer or donate materials.

* Pickin' Party and Dried Arrangements: Nov. 18. Volunteers will create pomander balls, help tie bows for wreaths, and attach decorations to picks for later workshops.

* Wreaths, Boxwood Trees and Kissing Balls: Dec. 2, 3 and 4, to make these items using fresh greens to be sold at the holiday greens sale.

* Fresh Wreaths and Arrangements: Dec. 8, 9 and 10.

Conservation banquet to honor Stevens family

The Harford Soil Conservation District recently honored the Stevens family of Street as the 2008 Cooperator of the Year at its annual Conservation Awards Banquet.The Stevenses own and operate Mine Branch Farm, a 100-acre beef and grain operation that has been in the family for three generations.

Conservation on the farm began in the 1930s, when the family installed some of the first contour strips in Harford County to prevent erosion on the farm's sloping hills. They also worked closely with the Harford Soil Conservation District to install numerous livestock conservation practices to protect a small stream that flows to Deer Creek.

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