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A friend of mine recently informed me that one of her favorite things about Baltimore is that you can go from city, to suburb, to rural all within five miles. I don’t know if that’s necessarily true throughout all of Baltimore, but it does seem fairly accurate when you live on the outer edges of the city. True or not, the Baltimore area does have plenty of U-Pick farms. And I love to spend a Saturday picking fresh produce.

My first U-Pick experience in Maryland was at Baugher’s Orchard and Farm. It is much farther outside Baltimore in Westminster, Maryland (Westminster is northwest of Baltimore). This orchard truly caters to the family experience. In addition to picking your own fruit, there is a petting zoo, a child’s dream of a playground, a family restaurant and market.

Sydney feeds a llamaLarriland Farm quickly became one of my favorite farms as it is a wonderful place for both the family experience as well as the young adult afternoon out. As a farm, Larriland offers U-pick vegetables and fruit. Whether you want to pick your own kale, carrots, beets and other vegetables, or pick your own fruit from apples, peaches and cherries to black raspberries to blueberries, this is the place to go. And perhaps the best perk is that you can pet and feed the farm’s llama (see the picture of my co-worker’s daughter on the right)! This farm is west of Baltimore off of I-70 and about 45 minutes outside the city.

My most recent, and favorite, experience took place at Weber’s Farm. This farm is very close to Baltimore and what caused my friend to comment on how quickly you move from city to farm land. In Parkville, which is on the northeast side of Baltimore, Weber’s is a much smaller farm and a quieter experience. Still wonderful for children, the festivals and petting zoo take place in a different location. So whether you’re picking blueberries, blackberries, peaches or apples, you will hear the birds chirping amid the delight of children’s exclamations. U-pick hours are limited so it’s import to check their Facebook page for the most up-to-date hours.

As I’m sitting here writing, and snacking on some of the best blueberries I’ve ever had (thanks Weber’s Farm!), I encourage you to take some time and go experience a U-pick farm.


Today is the first day of Summer Term, and tomorrow, we’re all going on vacation. That’s right! Tomorrow is the 4th of July, also known as Independence Day, which is a national holiday in the U.S. A lot of us will celebrate with some fireworks, parades and BBQ.

In honor of our nation’s birthday, Admissions Services will be closed tomorrow, July 4, 2017. We will reopen, with regular hours, on Wednesday, July 5, at 8 a.m.

Each year the Bloomberg School Admissions team and departmental representatives travel throughout the country to large public health and graduate school fairs. Of course, traveling to visit the Bloomberg School yourself is always a great option, but we know that isn’t always possible. For that reason, I encourage you to take a look at our 2017-2018 Recruitment Schedule to see if we’ll be visiting a place near you! Remember to keep checking this page as we are always adding new events to our schedule.

Keep in mind we also will be participating in the SOPHAS Virtual Grad School Fairs on July 11, September 19 and November 16 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) for all department and program questions and from 1 p.m. to 3p.m. EST for MPH specific Questions.

You can always reach out to us with any questions via e-mail or phone at 410-955-3543.

While many people think of summer as a time for vacations, it’s not vacation time yet from applicants! For those of you looking at the following programs, the July 1 deadline is in nine days:

Environmental Health and Engineering Online/Part-time MSPH
MPH Online/Part-time November (Barcelona) Start
MPH Online/Part-time January Start

For those of you considering the Online Programs for Applied Learning (OPAL), then you have a bit longer. The deadline for the MAS in Patient Safety and Healthcare Quality, MAS in Population Health Management and MAS in Spatial Analysis in Public Health has been extended until July 15.

And finally, the Master of Bioethics final deadline is July 15.

Enjoy the summer, but not until you’ve submitted those applications.

I love naps. I even enjoy going to bed “early”. Cuddling up with some blankets and a pillow, and drifting off is one of my favorite things to do. Any chance to catch some extra sleep is pure joy, and I’m apparently not the only one who needs more sleep.

Much of the population suffers from a lack of sleep. So much, in fact, it is now being seen as a public health issue. Adam Spira, an associate professor in the Department of Mental Health, will be highlighting the importance of sleep as a public health issue at the third annual Johns Hopkins Sleep and Circadian Research Day next Monday, June 26.

Recently, Spira did a short interview for the Summer 2017 issue of the Hopkins Bloomberg Public Health magazine. I’ve copied it below:

In the context of public health, where does sleep fit in?Adam Spira

There’s an increasing recognition of the implications of not getting enough sleep and disturbed sleep—whether it’s increased risk for chronic medical conditions, and for Alzheimer’s disease, injury, educational outcomes, mental disorders or addiction.

Are there effective ways to treat sleep disturbances without medication?

We have very good behavioral interventions, like cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia, but they’re not yet as accessible as they need to be, and there aren’t enough trained providers.

In general, do you think that people understand the importance of sleep to overall health?

Our lives are very busy, and sleep can appear to be the thing that’s expendable. Along with diet and exercise, sleep is one of the three legs of the stool that form the foundation for health.

I personally think we should all take naps in the name of Public Health on June 26, 2017. Don’t you agree?