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Ag calendar - June 19

June 18, 2012

Extension open house — Wednesday, June 20, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Penn State Extension, 181 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg, Pa., rain or shine. Extension educators will be on hand to explain the programs  and services available at the Extension office. For more information, call 717-263-9226, or go to http://extension.psu.edu/franklin/events.

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. For more information, call 301-791-1404.

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. For more information, call 301-791-1404.

Summer rose care — Saturday, June 30, from 9 to 11a.m., 347 Leedy Way East Chambersburg. Rose experts Jim and Nancy Redington will show attendees how to maintain their roses during the summer months, including dead heading control and insect pests. Also, learn how to propagate your favorite rose. The program costs $10. To register, call 717-263-9226.

Take a Walk on the Shady Side — Saturday, July 7, from 9 to 11 a.m. Master Gardeners Denise Lucas and Nancy Miller will use their home gardens to teach about shade gardening. The cost is $10.  To register and get directions to the Lucas-Miller gardens., call Penn 717- 263-9226.

Tuesday, July 10, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tomatoes and Salsa — Tomatoes 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. For more information, call 301-791-1404.

Planning the Fall Garden — Thursday, July 12, from 6:30 to 8:30 p..m. Master Gardener Bill Dorman will teach the basics on planning for a fall and winter vegetable garden. It takes some planning, but you can grow for food almost year round, even in this area’s climate. The cost is $10. To register, call 717-263-9226.

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. For more information, call 301-791-1404.

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. For more information, call 301-791-1404.

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, call 301-791-1404.

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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.

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