- Tuesday, June 19, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Preserving the Perfect Pickle. In this session, the Extension staff will discuss the types of pickled products that can be preserved at home, the pickling process, the ingredients used in pickling and the equipment used. Participants will spend time in the kitchen preparing and water bath canning a pickled food. Registration deadline: June 8. Call 301-791-1404.
- Thursday, June 21, 6:30 to 8 p.m. An Evening in the Garden — Master Gardeners Gary Fulmer, Katherine Haag, Gail Pearson and Shanon Wolf join Master Gardeners in the demonstration garden to learn what’s happening in the garden in June. The class will cover insect pests, the benefits of companion planting, organic weed control, container vegetable gardening and planning for a fall garden. It will be an informal class with lots of opportunities for questions.
- Saturday, June 23, 9 to 11:30 a.m. Growing and Using Herbs from Your Garden. Master Gardeners Judy Kofoet and Vicki DeVore, and Extension educator Lynn Little will lead the session. Herbs have been used for centuries to improve lives. Participants will learn how to recognize, grow and use common herbs for companion planting, attracting pollinators, cooking and beautifying gardens.
- Tuesday, July 10, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tomatoes and Salsa. Tomatoes, especially salsa, are one of the most popular and most frequently canned foods. In this session, the Extension staff will discuss the types of tomato products that can be preserved at home, the ingredients needed, the necessary equipment and supplies and the basic steps of water bath canning. Participants will spend time in the kitchen preparing and canning local tomatoes and salsa. Registration deadline: June 29.
- Tuesday, Aug. 14, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pressure Canning. In this session, the Extension staff will discuss what foods are considered low in acid, how pressure canning works, the types of pressure canners and how to process foods using a pressure canner. Bring your pressure canner dial gauge and the staff will test it for accuracy. Participants will spend time in the kitchen preparing and pressure canning local green beans. Registration deadline: Aug. 3.
- Tuesday, Sept. 11, 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saving Seeds for the Future of Heirlooms. Master Gardeners Karen Greeley, Ron Brayton and Gary Stallings will lead this workshop, which will familiarize attendees with the basics of seed saving with an emphasis on heirloom vegetables. Participants will learn why and how to collect and save seeds, and learn the difference between hybrid and open-pollinated varieties. Participants will gain hands-on experience.
- Tuesday, Sept. 18, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fruitful Canning. In this session, the Extension staff will discuss what foods are considered high in acid and can be safely preserved using the water bath canning method. Participants will spend time in the kitchen preparing and canning local peaches. Registration deadline: Sept. 7.
For more information about 4-H events, go to http://washington.umd.edu.
To reach the Washington County Extension office, drive about seven miles south of Hagerstown from the I-70 exit onto Sharpsburg Pike.
The office is in the Washington County Agricultural Education Center complex.
The Franklin County, Pa., Extension office is at 181 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg.
From Hagerstown, take Interstate 81 north to the U.S. 30 east exit. Take the first road to the left, which is Franklin Farm Lane.
The Jefferson County, W.Va., Extension office is in Suite 3 at 1948 Wiltshire Road, Kearneysville, W.Va. Call 304-728-7413.