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Ag Calendar - July 3

July 03, 2012

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 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. 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 food almost year- round, even in this area’s climate.

The cost is $10. To register, call 717-263-9226.

Beef Quality Assurance Training and Recertification — Tuesday, July 17 — Ag Heritage Center, 185 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg, Pa. Recertification from 6 to 7 p.m. with new producer training from 7 to 8  p.m. For more information, call Nichole Hockenberry at 1-888-423-3372 or send an email to nhockenberry@pabeef.org.

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.

• 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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