April 2010 archive

Mid-Atlantic Agrability to hold Lyme Disease and Arthritis workshop on April 30. Free.

The Mid-Atlantic Agrability Project is working with the Arthritis Foundation and several health organizations to sponsor the Arthritis-Lyme Disease Workshop on Friday, April 30 in Salisbury, Md. at the MAC Center on Snow Hill Rd. The workshop starts at 7:30 a.m. with a health fair and continues until noon. There is no registration fee, but attendees are asked to call the Wicomico County Extension Office at 410-749-6141or the Agrability toll free number at 877-204-FARM to register for the workshop.

Topics will include low back pain, Lyme disease and treatment and protocols for arthritis. Amber Wolfe with the Indiana Arthritis Foundation will make a keynote presentation on “Farming with Arthritis.” A free CD on farming with arthritis will be made available to farmers attending.

The health fair will include the following screenings: blood pressure, dermal scan analysis, balance, flexibility and bone density. Educational materials will also be available from the exhibitors and vendors.

It is a well known fact that arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the mid-Atlantic area and specifically in the farming communities. Farmers and outside workers are also at risk for Lyme disease. This workshop combines these two important health and disabling conditions and looks at risk factors, identification and treatment. Area medical experts will present the latest information and answer your questions.

The Mid-Atlantic Agrability Project is supported by the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension. It is the policy of the Delaware Cooperative Extension System that no person shall be subjected to discrimination on the grounds of race, color, sex, disability, age or national origin. If you have special needs that need to be accommodated, please contact the office two weeks prior to the event
Please call the numbers above and register by Wednesday, April 28 if you are planning on attending. Seating is limited and so we encourage early registration.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call Ron Jester at (302)856-2585 ext. 530.

Delaware Extension congratulates Master Gardener Class of 2009

April is National Volunteer Month and an appropriate time to congratulate the Delaware Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteers Class of 2009.  To obtain the title of “Master Gardener,” applicants must complete approximately 60 hours of instruction and 45 hours of volunteer work.  They have all recently completed their volunteer hours!  The Master Gardener Class of 2009 received instruction in the following areas: plant growth, soils and plant nutrients, plant propagation, plant identification, pesticide safety, home plantings, perennials and herbs, vegetable gardening, turf establishment and management, fruit production, composting, backyard habitats, weed control in lawns and gardens, diagnosing plant diseases and insects.

Pictured from left to right, bottom row: Jane Roy, Susan Trone, Betty Layton, Tracy Mulveny, Jessie Clark, and Mary Perkins;
Second row: Maggie  Moor-Orth, Delaware State University ag agent and Master Gardener coordinator, Tracy Wootten, University of Delaware Sussex County horticulture agent, Ernie Soffronoff, Eddie Filemyr, John Trivits, Jane Casazza, Marie Mayor, Brent Marsh, Gayle August, Tom White, Terry Plummer, and Miguel Pirez-Fabar.

Photo by Troy Darden, DSU

Delaware Cooperative Extension and the Master Gardener program is a joint effort between the University of Delaware and Delaware State University.  It is the policy of both institutions that no person shall be subjected to discrimination on the grounds of race, creed, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran, or handicap status. The Sussex County Garden Helpline is now being staffed by Master Gardener volunteers, please call, 302-856-2585 ext. 535, with your gardening questions.  For more information on becoming a Master Gardener call 302-857-6426.

Master Gardeners are working volunteers and are supported by Delaware Cooperative Extension through the University of Delaware and Delaware State University Extension offices. It is Delaware Cooperative Extension’s policy that that no person shall be subjected to discrimination on the grounds of race, creed, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran or handicap status.

Sussex Master Gardener's helpline to go live April 15

Sussex County Master Gardeners are happy spring has arrived and look forward to assisting the public with their gardening questions.

The Sussex County Master Gardeners are pleased to announce the opening of the Sussex County Garden Helpline for the 2010 gardening season.     The Helpline is a free and valuable gardening resource for the residents of Sussex County.  Master Gardeners are able to provide information and help on a wide variety of gardening topics including:  lawns, vegetable gardens, perennial gardens, shrubs and insects.   The Helpline will be open from April 15, 2010 through October 15, 2010.  Master Gardeners will be manning the phones from 10:00 a.m. to Noon and from 1 to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Call 302-856-2585, extension 535, to speak with a Master Gardener or leave a message.  A Master Gardener will respond to your questions as quickly as possible. 

 Sussex County Master Gardeners are volunteers for Delaware Cooperative Extension System. Cooperative Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination. Evidence of non-compliance may be reported through your local Cooperative Extension office.