Grazing and Pasture Management — The class will meet Tuesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. May 28, June 4, June 11 and June 25.
University of Maryland Extension has developed the course for grazing and pasture management. The course is geared not only to the full-time livestock producer, but to the part-time and backyard farmer.
Wednesday, May 29 — Jams and jellies, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. In this session, the discussion will be on the types of jellied products that can be made at home, the ingredients needed, the necessary equipment and supplies, and the basic steps of water bath canning.
Participants will spend time in the kitchen preparing and canning a jellied product. Registration deadline: May 24.
Saturday, June 1 — Preserving flowers and plant material, 9 to 11 a.m. This will be a hands-on class, introducing the many methods of preserving the beauty of nature, allowing participants to take home fresh flowers placed in different preserving materials.
The flowers wll be enjoyed for years to come. Drying flowers and foliage expands gardening activities without elaborate equipment or previous experience. Drying flowers is inexpensive. Dried plant material provides distinctive indoor personal gifts and decorations.
Tuesday, June 11 — Creating a Bay-Wise Rain Garden, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Learn how to create an environmentally smart garden that collects and filters rainwater. Discover the top 10 tips for making a garden Bay-Wise from organic pest management to planting native plants. Then get the basics on making your own backyard rain garden while visiting our rain garden. Vegetable Focus – tomatoes and peppers.
Thursday, June 20 — Preserving the perfect pickle, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. In this session, the discussion will be on the types of pickled products that can be preserved at home, the pickling process, the ingredients used in pickling, and the equipment used.
Participants will spend time in the kitchen preparing and water bath canning a pickled food. Registration deadline: June 17.
Tuesday, July 9 — Creating a pollinator garden, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Visit the new pollinator garden and meet the good bugs that have moved in.
Learn what plants are selected to provide food and habitat. Get design tips that will make your garden attractive to both people and pollinators. Vegetable focus — herbs.
Wednesday, July 10 — Pressure canning, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. In this session, discussion will be on what foods are considered low acid, how pressure canning works, the types of pressure canners and how to process foods using a pressure canner.
Attendees are encouraged to bring in their pressure canner dial gauge and it will be tested for accuracy. Participans will spend time in the kitchen preparing and pressure canning local green beans. Registration deadline: July 3.
Tuesday, Aug. 13 — Vegetable Garden Season Extension, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Would you like to pick fresh broccoli from your garden in December?
This class covers techniques to extend your vegetable growing season into the late fall (and possibly winter). The class will cover cold-hardy crop choices, planting dates, and how to protect crops with cold frames, row covers, plastic covers, and mulch, etc. Vegetable focus — cabbage family.
Thursday, Aug. 22 — Tomatoes, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tomatoes, especially salsa, are one of the most popular and most frequently canned foods.
In this session, disscussion will be on the types of tomato products that can be preserved at home, the ingredients needed, the necessary equipment and supplies, and the basic steps of water bath canning. Participants will spend time in the kitchen preparing and canning local tomatoes. Registration deadline: Aug. 19.
For more information or to register for any of the classes, contact the University of Maryland Extension Office at 301-791-1304. Some cost may be associated with the classes.