Agri­Cul­ture: Johnny Ap­ple­seed party at Mil­burn’s, COVID WIC pro­gram ex­tended, Calvert Grange craft show

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By JANE BELLMYER jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

News from the and be­yond…

Cel­e­brate Johnny Ap­ple­seed’s birth­day this week­end at Mil­burn Or­chards, 1495 Ap­ple­ton Road near Elkton. It’s part of the Fam­ily Fun Week­ends.

Ad­mis­sion is $8 on Friday and $10 Saturday and Sun­day. Any­one 60 and older gets in for $4 on Friday and $5 Saturday and Sun­day. Chil­dren 2 and younger al­ways get in free.

Wear your mask and main­tain so­cial dis­tanc­ing rules while you en­joy the Pump­kin House, Boo Barn, Ground Hog Hill, Johnny Ap­ple­seed’s Chicken Coop and more. There are other ac­tiv­i­ties, which re­quire ad­di­tional cost such as the Paint­ball Shoot­ing Gallery, U-Make Scare­crow, and Pony Rides.

Tick­ets to all ac­tiv­i­ties must be pur­chased on­line at https://mil­burnor­chards. tick­et­spice.com/fam­ily-fun­week­ends-big-back­yard.

Next week­end is the Ap­ple Har­vest Cel­e­bra­tion, fol­lowed by the Pump­kin Har­vest Cel­e­bra­tion.

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If you have live­stock con­sider at­tend­ing a vir­tual sem­i­nar hosted by Fu­ture Har­vest CASA on Oct. 3 from 10 a.m. un­til noon.

Pas­ture Man­age­ment, Soil Fer­til­ity, and Sus­tain­abil­ity for a Live­stock Farm will be pre­sented by Natalie McGill and Ste­wart Lundy, own­ers of Peren­nial Roots Farm on Vir­ginia’s East­ern Shore.

Ac­cord­ing to Fu­ture Har­vest this is an op­por­tu­nity to “Learn how th­ese de­voted farm­ers tweaked their man­age­ment sys­tems and im­proved their farm’s prof­itabil­ity in the name of good food and serv­ing the com­mu­nity — both hu­man and mi­cro­bial alike.”

While the sem­i­nar is free, a do­na­tion to the non-profit Fu­ture Har­vest is ap­pre­ci­ated. For more in­for­ma­tion fields, farms or to reg­is­ter go to fu­ture­har­vest­casa.org and look for the Field School Events list­ing.

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Invit­ing you to “eat well,” Sarah R yder at Fly­ing Plow Farm in Ris­ing Sun said the colder weather means more va­ri­ety in the cooler for those that shop at the on­line store. Right now Seven Stars Farm yogurt is back along with Wild for Sal­mon fish but or­der early for guar­an­teed avail­abil­ity.

Ry­der said with the change in sea­sons, con­struc­tion also be­gins with work planned on the pack shed, a new chick brooder, high tun­nel and seedling green­house.

Also, Fly­ing Plow is work­ing out de­tails of the new Win­ter Com­mu­nity Sup­ported

Agri­cul­ture pro­gram. Their ex­ist­ing CSA be­gan at the end of May and ex­pires just be­fore Thanks­giv­ing.

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Calvert Grange is host­ing a Craft Fair Oct. 10 at the grange build­ing, 2357 Tele­graph Road near Ris­ing Sun. In­side and out­side space is avail­able. In­door is a 9-by-9-foot space for $45 and in­cludes an 8-foot ta­ble and 2 chairs. Ven­dors out­side get only a 10-by-10-foot space and a 10-by-10 tent or canopy is al­lowed.

In­door ven­dors must wear masks. Those with out­side space are re­quested to do the same.

Only hand­made items can be sold. No re­sale or mul­ti­level mar­ket­ing sales is al­lowed. For more in­for­ma­tion or an ap­pli­ca­tion go to the Calvert Grange web­site at calvert­grange.com.

All pro­ceeds ben­e­fit the Calvert Grange Agri­cul­ture

Schol­ar­ship fund.

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US Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture this week ex­tended the use of more than 12 flex­i­ble poli­cies for the Women, In­fants and Chil­dren pro­gram set in place be­cause of the COVID-19 pan­demic.

Mon­day USDA an­nounced that those en­rolled in the “Spe­cial Sup­ple­men­tal Nu­tri­tion Pro­gram for Women, In­fants and Chil­dren (WIC)” would con­tinue to re­ceive those ben­e­fits. The pro­gram had been set to ex­pire at the end of the month.

The waivers al­low for such things as vir­tual en­roll­ment, flex­i­bil­ity for what is al­lowed in WIC nu­tri­tional guide­lines, and lee way for is­suance of ben­e­fits and re­mote pick-up.

“USDA has been ex­tremely stead­fast in of­fer­ing flex­i­bil­i­ties to en­sure Amer­i­cans in need con­tinue to re­ceive food as­sis­tance dur­ing COVID-19. Pres­i­dent Trump has demon­strated his com­mit­ment to sup­port­ing Amer­i­cans in need dur­ing the pan­demic and set­ting them up for suc­cess as our na­tion re­opens and re­cov­ers,” said Sec­re­tary Sonny Per­due. “WIC pro­vides vi­tal ser­vices to new and ex­pec­tant moth­ers, in­fants, and chil­dren and we are com­mit­ted to mak­ing it as easy as pos­si­ble for them to re­ceive the sup­port they need dur­ing the pan­demic.”

If you have a farm re­lated event, idea or story you’d like to share in Agri­Cul­ture con­tact Jane Bellmyer at jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com or 443-2455007

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