There are many ways to get involved and support agriculture in Calvert County. Join an agricultural organization, start a backyard garden, purchase local farm-raised products, visit a pick-your-own farm or winery – just to name a few.
Below are some suggestions on how to get involved:
- Calvert County 4-H - offered through the University of Maryland Extension program, you aged 8-18 can choose from a variety of groups to join based on their interests. Livestock, horses, crafts, robots, dogs - 4-H has something for everyone. Younger children, aged 5-7, can join the Clover Club. For more information, visit the UMD Extension, Calvert County office's website.
- Calvert County Farm Bureau - the Calvert County Farm Bureau is a private, non-profit organization. Under the Maryland and American Farm Bureaus, their purpose is to increase net farm income, provide a legislative voice for farmers and increase public understanding of agriculture. Non-farmers can join this organization as an associate member and enjoy a number of membership benefits while supporting agriculture. For more information, visit the Farm Bureau's website.
- Calvert County Master Gardeners - this program promotes a healthier world through environmental stewardship and education about effective horticultural practices. With a focus on community service activities, Calvert County Master Gardeners offer the Garden Smarter lecture series and work throughout the county to assist with various gardening projects. For more information about programs offered by the UMD Extension, Calvert County office, visit their website.
- Careers - It's never too late for a career change and agriculture is big business! Nearly 22 million Americans are employed in agriculture-related industries. The possibilities are endless - agricultural communications, economics, education, engineering, agronomy, business management, horticulture, landscape architecture, veterinary medicine, marine science, animal and food sciences, environmental science and policy. Visit the University of Maryland's College of Agriculture & Natural Resources website to learn more.
- Future Farmers of America (FFA) - offered to students at Calvert High School, the FFA program is open to high-school aged participants. The FFA organization aims to help the next generation develop their unique talents and explore interests in various agricultural career pathways. For more information, visit Calvert High’s FFA website.
- Adults can support agriculture via the FFA program by joining the FFA Alumni Association, open to anyone interested in supporting and promoting agricultural education and the FFA. For information about becoming an FFA Alumni member, visit the Maryland FFA Foundation website.
- Talk to your local farmer - some farmers welcome additional help on the farm, especially during harvest time. Stop by your local farmers market and get to know your local farmers.