2013 Open House “A Day in the Garden” is scheduled for Saturday, July 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Each year in July, Sussex County Master Gardeners host “A Day in the Garden” in their beautiful teaching Demonstration Garden, located at the Sussex County Extension office at the Carvel Research and Education Center in Georgetown. Directly behind the Carvel facility, the garden pathways that meander around specialty gardens, shade and sun, benches and garden art welcome area gardeners of all ages. It is the time to explore, take pictures, learn about varieties of trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals and vegetables and that work well in the Delaware landscape. In 2012 our A Day in the Garden was family friendly with a captivating Children’s Garden, which changes each year and encourages inquisitive young minds to interact with the exhibits. At our open house, we’ll show you how to make gardens smart and easy with tools and raised beds that allow gardening to be accessible.
Each year our features change! Come see what we’ve designed, planted and cultivated. There is always something new! Do you have a plant that’s under the weather, or not cooperating with the weather? Bring it to our Sick Plant Clinic mini-workshops, exhibits, services and experts will be on hand. Visit our plant sale and take home a new plant to enjoy in your garden!
July 2013 is still in the planning stages – but we have a date, Saturday, July 13! Meanwhile, you’ll get a good idea by viewing last year’s YouTube invitation and by viewing the slide show of images from our 2012 A Day in The Garden!
The application period is open for Master Gardener training in Kent and Sussex counties. Master Gardeners enjoy gardening, have gardening experience, want to learn more about gardening and have a desire to help others in their community. Following an intensive twelve-week training program with day-time classes alternating between the two county Extension offices, the trainees volunteer a minimum of 45 hours during their first year before becoming official Master Gardeners. Training is held every other year in the fall. Classes for the Class of 2013 will begin in September (right after Labor Day and completed before Thanksgiving.
Master Gardeners are working volunteers and are supported by Delaware Cooperative Extension through the University of Delaware and Delaware State University Extension offices.Master Gardeners are part of a vibrant community of individuals dedicated to growing a greener Delaware, with a more bio-diverse and sustainable environment. They extend the home garden outreach of Delaware Cooperative Extension, staffing garden “hotlines” for much of the year, offering information at events such as community fairs, festivals and farmers’ markets, talking to local civic groups and working with youth groups and schools. Many provide workshops on favorite garden topics and are available through a speakers’ bureau to make presentations for community groups upon request. A dedicated group of puppeteers in Sussex County perform an educational version of “Peter Rabbit” to the delight of children of all ages.
There are many opportunities for volunteers. On May 4, for example, Sussex County Master Gardeners will have an information table at the Antique Market at Silver Hill to be held at the Parson Throne Mansion, 501 NW Front Street, Milford; another information table as well as a display of Accessible Gardening tips and tools at the Gardening for the Bays Native Plant Sale at the James Farm Ecological Preserve on Cedar Neck Road in Ocean View from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; and will present their award-winning Peter Rabbit puppet show at Crossroad Community Church’s annual May Fair at 20684 State Forest Road, Georgetown, where there will also be a presentation on Vegetable Gardening in Containers.
Tracy Wootten, horticultural agent for Sussex County, said, “Without these wonderful volunteers, Cooperative Extension would not be able to provide the impressive amount of outreach that is being offered to local Delaware communities.”
The training program includes formal lectures, discussion sessions, tours, workshops, and problem-solving sessions. Advanced training opportunities include state, regional and national workshops, lectures at monthly business meetings, special training sessions, and the shared experiences of a group of skilled, experienced gardeners.
All applications must be received by June 1, 2013. Class size is limited. All applicants must attend a reception on June 20, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Kent County Extension Office. If accepted, you will be notified by letter and will receive further information about classes. 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. The Delaware Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program is provided in coordination with the University of Delaware and Delaware State University.
For more information, contact Tracy Wootten or Tammy Schirmer in Sussex County, (302) 856-2585, ext. 544 or Maggie Moor-Orth in Kent County, (302) 857-6426, or the University of Delaware Paradee Center Kent County Extension office at (302) 730-4000.
Arthritis affects approximately one-third of all adult farm operators and is considered one of the leading causes of disability by customers of the USDA AgrAbility Project. With the average age of the American farmer now above 57, increasingly more farmers will find the tasks difficult to complete. For example arthritis can cause significant impairments to one’s mobility, dexterity, capacity to lift heavy loads and emotional well-being due to unmanaged pain and other factors.
Arthritis is an umbrella term for more than 100 diseases that can affect the joint and surrounding tissue. Common forms of arthritis include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, gout, and fibromyalgia.
Arthritis is considered one of the most disabling conditions a farmer can face and is the leading cause of disability of farmers in the Mid-Atlantic area. Arthritis affects approximately one-third of all adult farm operators. As work tasks become more difficult, many farmers and agricultural workers may not even associate the pain with arthritis. Signs and symptoms of arthritis include the following:
Stiffness, swelling, redness or heat in the joint
Difficulty in moving the joint
Possible fatigue, weight loss and nausea
Arthritis is especially detrimental to farmers and farm workers because of the nature of their work. Many farm chores such as mounting tractors, baling hay, feeding livestock, harvesting vegetables, milking cows, operating equipment, cleaning out broiler houses require strength, dexterity, and mobility, which are lessened by the effects of arthritis.
According to medical professionals there are benefits of exercise for farmers with arthritis. Exercise can help you manage arthritis pain and reduce the disability as well as increase energy levels, help with sleep and decrease depression and fatigue. Exercise is also considered very important for healthy joints. Moving your joints helps keeps them fully mobile and strengthens the surrounding muscles which help support the joints.
Since there is no known cure for arthritis, education and awareness of pain management techniques are considered the best practice for treating the disease. This includes but is not limited to joint protection, work simplification and stress reduction. A few solutions that can be implemented to help control joint stress and pain in farming include the following:
Wear quality, non-slip footwear
Use appropriate assistive aids such as automatic couplers, mobility devices, hydraulic lift table, shop hoists, powered cordless caulk guns and more
Adhere to proper posture when sitting for long periods of time in tractors
Use large muscle groups to complete a task. For example use the legs instead of the back to lift.
Avoid gripping and grasping for long periods of time.
Simplify jobs and tasks
Pace yourself throughout the day
Arthritis is a debilitating disease, but it is manageable. You will be able to farm productively and safely. The Mid-Atlantic Agrability Project and the Arthritis Foundation are willing to help in any way that we can. We promote technologies and given your tenacity and willingness to try, you can preserve your livelihood on the farm.
For more information on arthritis please visit Mid-Atlantic Agrability on the web at http://www.mid-atlanticagrability.com or visit the Arthritis Foundation at http://www.arthritis-ag.org. You may also call Mid-Atlantic Agrability toll free at 1-877-204-FARM (3276) for a DVD titled Gaining Ground on Arthritis in the Agricultural Workplace and a brochure titled “Arthritis and Agriculture”.
An overcast day with a good chance of rain didn’t stop 35 motivated volunteer members of the Laurel community who gathered to help “Pick up Laurel.” The rain held off, helping volunteers efficiently span out across designated sectors of the historic town on Saturday, March 16. Their mission – to clean up the crumpled cans, paper and discarded bric-a-brac that had collected on curbs, sidewalks and other public areas. Two hours later, 22 bags were filled with trash and hoisted away– giving the small town of Laurel that extra sparkle it needed and deserved.
Pick Up Laurel is a two-part community project sponsored by the Laurel Public Library, Laurel Chamber of Commerce and Laurel Historical Society in partnership with the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension’s 4-H Engaging Youth, Serving Community (EYSC) project in Laurel.
Engaging Youth, Serving Communities is a service learning program. Youth and adults learn about an issue, bring it to the community for discussion, and then do something about the issue. On Saturday, March 16, a great deal was accomplished. The second part, Walk Laurel, is a update of the Laurel Historical Society’s Walking Tour of Laurel Brochure, which will be premiered at the upcoming St. Phillips Strawberry Festival May 21.
Pick Up Laurel Team ready to go!
Saturday morning, volunteers were greeted by the EYSC team, signed in, and were given “Geek the Library” T-shirts to wear before being divided into small teams. Litter can assume many forms and can carry risks – so safety precautions were reviewed. Each team received gloves, a supply of bright green trash bags, a first aid kit and bottled water.
Dr. Bill McGowan a UD Extension community development agent and the project’s coordinator opened the event and thanked everyone for donating their Saturday and participating in the cleanup effort. He complimented the group, in particular the Laurel Library, for beginning the conversation that resulted in the pickup plan. Before embarking on their civic mission, McGowan urged the volunteers to take in more than just trash, urging them to look beyond their target paper, plastic and tin and embrace the charm and unique characteristics of Laurel. “It’s a great town with a lot of history,” McGowan said. “You have a note pad! Use your camera! Tell us the story. Look at the houses, enjoy yourself. Take pictures of the good stuff. It’s not just about the trash.”
Leaving from their central location at the Laurel Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center (train station) volunteers ventured outward, equipped with maps that marked out sectors and significantly littered “hot spots.” Groups quickly filled their first supply of trash bags and called into the Chamber for reinforcements.
While they walked the neighborhood, the teams noted potential issues that might need attention, such sidewalks and storm drains that need repair. One group the Friends of Trap Pond, tackled a small ravine on 6thStreet near Rossakatum Branch and filled two bags with litter. Another encountered the first snake of the season – a garter–and braved on with their clean-up efforts! Another group realized just how close the sidewalk is to the very busy West Street.
A hot spot in Laurel gets some attention
With a combined 70 hours of work, the community effort had amassed a small mountain of lime green bags and covered six of their targeted 12 sectors.
Wendy Roberts, director of the Laurel Public Library, thanked the volunteers for their hard work. “Laurel is a better place because of you!” she said. Don Dykes, Laurel Chamber executive director, suggested, “Maybe the service clubs in Laurel could adopt a section and pick up Laurel every quarter!” Laurel Mayor John Shwed, who could not attend, sent along his appreciation, “I congratulate all on volunteering their time and effort to clean up the Town of Laurel. If I did not have this other previous commitment I would gladly join you.”
A good morning’s work!
McGowan acknowledged the following organizations, companies and individuals for their support and sponsorship: Eva Dupont of ServPro of Sussex County. ServPro signed on as a corporate sponsor providing a truck and supplies for the pick-up, pizza for the volunteers and joined the clean-up. Jay Hall and Amanda Brown from the Delaware Department of Transportation and Mike Love, UD Extension safety agent and member of Safe Kids Sussex County provided safety vests, and Glenn Stubbolo, volunteer coordinator for Delaware State Parks for guidance and most importantly the Youth Helping Community team: Jerrica Robertson, Samantha Purnell, Darlene Murat, Cindy Murat, Kimmora Tatman and Brandon Bradshaw.
Pick up Laurel Day emerged from a town conversation sponsored by the Laurel Public Library during the “Geek the Library” initiative. In the conversation the opportunity to start a 4-H program Engaging Youth, Serving Communities emerged. Wendy Roberts and Dr. McGowan agreed to establish the program. Laurel youth identified Town Appearance as the primary issue. The group developed a discussion guide that offered three ways to approach the town’s appearance; Safety, Economic Development Opportunities and Pride in our Town. The youth team hosted and led the forum attended by approximately 20 people including the mayor, council president, chamber of the commerce and citizens. The discussion was lively with taking pride in our town certainly the most energetic topic. After the conversation, the group decided to focus on two projects, Pick up Laurel Day and a Walk Laurel brochure.
Over two months of weekly meetings youth and adults developed a plan to identify and solve problems. They created a supply list and budget, met with the executive director of the Chamber, they walked Laurel and took pictures, looked at houses and parks for areas that needed special attention, they divided Laurel into sections for clean-up, developed a poster and recruited volunteers. Through these combined efforts, “Pick Up Laurel” was ready for launch.
“All good work starts with a conversation,” McGowan said. “We are here today because successful communities know how to talk about what is important to them and then do something about it.”
Two small town forums hosted by the Laurel Public Library sparked this activity. Putting words into action is what distinguished this community effort from other organized clean-up activities.
The ServSafe® program is the premiere food safety certification offered by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF). The program is designed for the food-service professional, but is also appropriate for anyone that handles and serves food to the public (cafeterias, churches, halls, schools).
A ServSafe® certificate from the NRAEF will be awarded to individuals who complete the course and receive a passing grade on the written exam. The cost of $150 for the course covers the training, textbook, lunch, and certification examination from the NRAEF. A reduced course fee of $130 is available for three or more registrants from one establishment. A ServSafe® certification is valid for five years and is nationally recognized.
Food safety in a food service establishment is non-negotiable; each year, an estimated 6 to 12 million Americans contract a food-borne illness as a result of micro-organism contamination. These illnesses are preventable. Proper training is the key to preparing food in a safe environment.
Dr. Anne Camasso, Family & Consumer Science educator for Sussex Cooperative Extension, is a certified ServSafe® instructor and a registered ServSafe® proctor. Camasso said employee instruction in food safety practices is not only vital, but makes good business sense.
“With all the information about food borne illnesses in the news today people want to make sure they get the best for their money, restaurants who can demonstrate that they have done all in their power to provide safe, as well as tasty food, have a better chance of bringing in the business,” says Camasso. “If someone from your restaurant takes either of these classes, post a copy of their certificate in your facility so show your patrons that you care.”
Delaware Cooperative Extension extends knowledge and changes lives. 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, please advise the office upon registering.
Below is the course schedule and contact numbers:
ServSafe® will be taught on:
Tues., April 16, 2013
Thurs., June 20, 2013
Tues., Sept. 24, 2013 New Date! (Changed from previously advertised Sept. 17)
All ServSafe® classes are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Deadlines to register for ServSafe® are approximately three weeks prior to class date, in order for student to obtain and study materials for the national exam.
Did you know that staying eight seconds on a rodeo bull causes numerous requests for a young man’s autograph? And “No Plate Like Home,” isn’t about Oz, it’s about what it feels like sliding into home plate at a softball game. From family pets, honoring historical figures, and relating stories of leadership and bravery – including taking a polar plunge – 23 4-H youth participated at the 2013 Sussex County 4-H Public Speaking Contest, held on Saturday, Feb. 16 at the University of Delaware Carvel Research and Education Center in Georgetown.
From left to right, Aydan Vanderwende, Jill Koski, Mikayla Ockels and Stephen Magee
A large crowd of supporters and family members braved the falling snow to support to support the young speakers, who competed in four age divisions; beginner (8-9), intermediate (10-11) junior (12-13) and senior (14 and older) Extemporaneous speaking debuted this year as a county-level category and challenged three candidates to sharpen their skills and think on their feet in front of an audience. Extemporaneous topics were assigned only 20 minutes before going on stage.
Meredith Carey, Age Division 10-11, topic was “A Leader and a Role Model.”Meredith is from the Bridgeville 4-H Mustangs
This was Aydan Vanderwende’s first 4-H Public Speaking Contest, entering at the Beginner Age Division 8-9. His speech was entitled “Must Love Dogs” Aydan is a member of the Dublin Hill 4-H Club in Bridgeville.
The fear of public speaking is often cited as one of the most common phobias!
For 4-H youth members however, speaking before a crowd is easier thanks to the experience and public speaking practice learned at the club and county level.
Jill Koski, Age Division 12-13, talked about softball in “There’s No Place Like Home.” Jill lives in E. New Market, Md. and belongs to the Seaford Blue Jays 4-H Club
Aside from the new category, 4-H members select a topic of their choosing, focus their research and practice their oratory before presenting to an audience and a panel of judges. The speeches of the older age divisions are longer in length. 4-H contestants are evaluated on subject matter, thoroughness of their research, poise, appearance and natural delivery. Each year as 4-H’ers move up through the divisions, their confidence and ease at speaking before an audience is a proud and noticeable accomplishment.
Stephen Magee had only 20 minutes to prepare for his assigned topic, Favorite Family Memory. Stephen was one of three participants in a new Extemporaneous category. Stephen is a member of the Harbor Lights 4-H Club and lives in Lincoln.
“A lot of people do not realize the preparation time that goes into this event,” says Mary Argo, Sussex County 4-H Agent. “They select a topic and spend hours writing, organizing and practicing their speech. Knowing how to speak and speak well is a skill that will last them a lifetime,” Argo says.
Mikayla Ockels, Age Division 14-19, spoke on “Your True Nature”. Mikayla is from Milton and belongs to the Harbor Lights 4-H Club
The following 4-H youth have won their age division and four will repeat their speech and compete at the state level during the Delaware State Fair in July, 2013.
Jill Koski, E. New Market, Md. Junior Division, “There’s No Plate Like Home” Seaford Blue Jays
Meredith Carey, Bridgeville, Intermediate Division, “A Leader and Role Model”! Bridgeville Mustangs
Aydan Vanderwende, Bridgeville, Beginner Division, ”Must Love Dogs” Dublin Hill
Stephen Magee, Lincoln, Extemporaneous Division, “A Favorite Family Memory” Harbor Lights
Other participants were: Jenna Anger, Rebecca Arpie, Kyle Morris, Autumn Lenhart, Micah Magee, Alanna Vanderwende, Kaylabeth Lubiniecki, Adrianna Cannon, Thomas McCabe, Joe Anderson, Meredith Carey, Luke Stachow, Kaitlyn Willin, Alexandria Nechay, Cline Broussard, Erin Carey, Matthew Rieley, James Rieley, Olivia Goehringer.
2013 Sussex County 4-H Public Speaking winners will vie for state honors in July at the Delaware State Fair alongside the 4-H Public Speaking winners from Kent and New Castle County. View the entire photo gallery here.
Photos by Jackie Arpie, 4-H Youth Photographer
Article by Michele Walfred
SPEAKER: Lea Ann Browning-McNee, Mental Health Association of Maryland
Farming is a stressful occupation due to so many unknown variables that farmers face – weather, market prices, crop diseases, insects, workplace hazards, and the many personal challenges that confront each of us.
Consequently it is not surprising that farmers are often at risk to mental health challenges. Studies have shown that farmers experience one of the highest rates of suicide of any industry and there is growing evidence that those involved in farming are at higher risk of developing mental health problems. The suicide rate among farmers in several studies has been reported to be from 40% to 200% above the national average and during downturns in the farm economy, it is significantly greater.
This free webinar overviews Mental Health First Aid, a national program that helps laypersons identify and respond to people who are showing signs and symptoms of mental illness or are experiencing a crisis — much as CPR helps non-clinicians respond to medical emergencies. Webinar participants will be introduced to the signs of mental stress and specifically red flag behaviors, how to support a person experiencing a mental health problem and what steps to take until professional treatment is received. You’ll also learn how to earn your certification in the program and how to bring Mental Health First Aid to your community.
This course will benefit a variety of audiences, including Extension agents, Agrability staff and partners, case managers, farm leaders, service providers, health organizations, agriculture professionals, care givers, first responders and the general public.
Don’t miss this exceptional opportunity to learn from mental health professionals about identifying symptoms and risk factors and supporting farmers under stress.
Lea Ann Browning-McNee is the deputy director for the Mental Health Association of Maryland, the state’s oldest and largest mental health education and advocacy group. Prior to joining MHAMD, she was the outreach and development officer for the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, where she helped lead the launch of Mental Health First Aid- USA and created other new education and outreach programs. Lea Ann has more than 15 years of experience in public education and social marketing and currently serves as adjunct faculty at the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management. Lea Ann received her Bachelors of Science and Masters Degree from Towson University.
Information an accessing the session will be sent to registrants by February 20. If you have any questions, please contact Ron Jester, Mid-Atlantic Agrability at 302-856-7303 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community & School Garden Information Event register online Thank you!
Saturday, February 9, 2013, 9 a.m. to noon
Information session designed for educators, community members and gardeners starting or maintaining a community or school garden.
Houseplant Careregister online
Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 7 p.m. Conference Room 3 Presented by Fran Meehan.
Bring your tired, your sick or your just plain lousy looking house plants for a little TLC! The class will diagnose and help solve your specific plant problems and then cover general house plant growing concerns. We will have an abundance of information available to help you grow beautiful indoor gardens.
Plants with Winter Interest in Your Gardenregister online
Thursday, March 7, 2013. Presented by Eddie Filmyr and Gayle August. Noon. Conference Room 3.
Presenters will share through photographs and discussion a selection of shrubs, trees and perennials that are stars in gardens in winter. A plant list will be provided for you to use to plan additions to you garden. Come learn and enjoy!
Tools & Tips register online
Tuesday, March 12, 1 p.m. Conference Room 3. Presented by Ingrid Hetfield.
The right tool for the right gardening job makes your outdoor work a breeze. How to select tools for your particular garden, from the houseplant corner to the tree- shaded lot, and all the growing things between, and information on sharpening and maintenance of your hand tools.
Soil Test, Taking the Tests, Using the Results register online Presented Tracy Mulveny Tuesday, March 26, 2013. 30, 7 p.m. Demonstration Garden
Learn about soil tests, why you should do one, how to and then how to use the results.
MAHVELOUS Moss register online Presented by Mary Hall
Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 1 p.m.
Got moss? Instead of trying to get rid of it, come learn about all of its advantages and the benefits of having it in your landscape. We’ll also discuss its environmental needs and care, companion plantings, and show examples of ways to use magical, mahvelous moss.
The Master Gardeners Demonstration Gardenregister online Presented by Members of the Garden Committee
Tuesday, April 30, 2013. Noon.
A panel discussion with some of the gardeners responsible for the demonstration garden The discussion will focus on the successes and failures in the garden last year and the plans for the coming gardening season
Growing Healthy Snacks register online Presented by Ana Dittel and Linda Peters
Wednesday, May 15, 2013. 7 p.m.
Learn about the nutrition values in small fruits and vegetables that can easily be grown in your garden, how to grow them, and a few recipes to try.
Thursday, June 13 and June 20, 2013. Limit 20 Participants Cost $15 Presented by Jackie McPeake
Hypertufa is a mixture of cement, sand and water, formed into a mold to make a container for a plant or a garden ornament (mushroom). It is lighter than terra-cotta and can withstand winter weather. At the conclusion of this hands-on workshop you’ll have made a pot or mushroom to take home. Bring Heavy-Duty Latex Gloves
Herbal Vinegarsregister online
Tuesday, June 25, 2013. 5:30 p.m. Presented by Donna Fellows and Emily Peterson and Susan Trone
Spend an afternoon discovering herbs and their use in flavored vinegars. Learn selection and preparation techniques which will allow you to go home with your own special blend.