The University of Maryland Cooperative Extension Service in Calvert County will celebrate 100 years, recognizing the law that created
the National Cooperative Extension System among agricultural colleges in order to inform people about current developments in agriculture, home economics, public policy and government, leadership, 4-H, economic development and coastal issues.
The traditional focus of the organization was to extend university-based research and education to farmers and rural communities with an emphasis on practical skills and useful information.
In celebration of the 100th anniversary, the University of Maryland Extension in Calvert County will host an open house on Tuesday, Oct. 21, and Wednesday, Oct. 22, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Extension office in Prince Frederick.
The event is open to the public and will highlight the past accomplishments of the centennial organization and look toward contemporary applications of research-based knowledge to continue to improve the lives of people in Calvert County over the next 100 years, according to a release.
“Some people may have a vague idea of what extension does or they may have been involved with 4-H as a youth,” Chris Seubert, area extension director for Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties, said. “But there are many people who don’t know that we offer a wide range of services and training, including nutrition education, food safety, well and septic information, gardening and nutrient management plans for farmers, in addition to a comprehensive youth development program in 4-H.”
At previous open houses, Seubert said attendees were “surprised at the wide range of things extension did.” With displays and information available at the open house, attendees will be able to see the many project and extension is involved with, Seubert said.