Staying busy, staying home

Submitted to Dorchester Banner/Corona Lock Down Parents
All you need is masking tape and a bit of imagination to keep little ones busy.

North Dorchester HS
Students and staff are invited to participate in the first Virtual Spirit Week. To participate from April 27 to May 1, simply take a picture and post on your social media page. Use the hashtag #NDHSQuarantineCrew and “tag” our handles, @NDHSEagles for Twitter and Facebook, and @ndhs_eaglepride for Instagram.
You may be featured on the school social media sites. Theme days are:
Monday — Protect Your Face and Space Day (post an image of your mask and/or social distancing)
Tuesday — Character Day (Post an image of you dressed up as your favorite TV, Movie, or Book Character)
Wednesday — Pet Day (Post an image of you and/or your furry friend)
Thursday — Throwback Day (Post an image of you from AT LEAST 5 years ago OR from High School (staff))
Friday — School Spirit Day (Post an image of you wearing school colors, class colors, or NDHS apparel)

UM Extension
Food shortages and social distancing in grocery stores have caused agriculture and local food sources to be at the forefront of the public’s mind.
“For over 100 years, Extension has been serving the needs of Maryland’s farm families and home gardeners, and during this pandemic, Extension is committed to providing the same quality education as always through virtual and online formats,” a statement from the organization said. “Check out some of our innovative new teaching methods and tools developed and offered by our knowledgeable Extension agents to help Maryland’s farmers and gardeners. All of these programs are free and open to everyone.”

• Ask-An-Agent Live Facebook Hour – Courtney Coddington, Alexa Smarr and Peter Coffey are coming together every week to answer questions in a talk-show format about home gardening, pests, and agriculture. The weekly show broadcasts every Tuesday at 10 a.m. on the Carroll County Extension Facebook page.
• Vegetable and Fruit Gardening Wednesday Webinars – Luke Gustafson, senior agricultural agent and Master Gardener in Charles County, is offering free, online webinars every Wednesday at 6 p.m. Anyone interested in home gardening can participate in Unique Fruits for Home Landscapes, Getting Started with Vegetable Gardening, and Vegetable Gardening in Small Spaces.
• Master Gardener Facebook Tutorials – Master Gardeners across the state are taking to Facebook to share short videos with spring planting and home gardening tips. In Garrett County, Master Gardener Coordinator Ashley Bodkins taught Seed Starting and Transplanting Skills, and in Allegany County, Sherry Frick demonstrates how to properly plant a tree. Follow their Facebook pages for more tips and videos.
• Garden Hoe’s Podcast – Since last fall, Eastern Shore Extension agents, Emily Zobel, Rachel Rhodes, and Mikaela Boley have been producing the Garden Hoes Podcast. Covering a variety of topics from garden tool care to soil health, the agents produce the monthly show and share tips on their Facebook page.

• Grow It Eat It Signature Program – Since 2009, Master Gardeners have taught classes/workshops, developed demonstration gardens, and have educated Marylanders how to produce their own affordable and healthy food while using sustainable gardening practices in their home, community, and school gardens. This Signature Extension Program, recognized for its outstanding curriculum and development, also provides educational gardening videos through a YouTube channel.
For more information on programs in your area, reach out to your local Extension office at extension.umd.edu.