Strong Women fall classes forming — three locations: Mont Alto, Pa. — Mondays and Wednesdays, Sept. 10 to Oct. 17, 9 to 10 a.m.; Shippensburg, Pa. — Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 4 to Oct. 11, 9 to 10 a.m.; and two sessions in Chambersburg, Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 4 to Oct. 11, 10 to 11 a.m., and Sept. 10 to Oct. 17, 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. To register, call the Extension office at 717-263-9226, or send an email to Cathy Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Franklin Fall Farm Fun Fest — Saturday, Sept. 15, 9: a.m. to 4 p.m. Free and open to the public. Cedar Pine Farm, Pine Stump Road Chambersburg, Pa. Call 717-264-4090. The Franklin County Farm Bureau invites the community to participate in the 22nd annual Franklin Fall Farm Fun Fest. The farm is owned and operated by Milton and Ernest Rotz Family. The family milks 400 Holstein cows in a double-eight milking parlor. Crops include corn, alfalfa and grass hay raised on 550 acres. See how a dairy farm operates. Franklin County ranks second in the state behind Lancaster County in dairy production and economic value.
The farm is a mile west of Interstate 81 at Scotland exit 20, on Pa. 997 north (Cumberland Highway). Turn right onto Byers Road to Pine Stump Road. Turn left onto Pine Stump Road. The farm is on the left. The co-host is Harry R. Rotz Jr., who will highlight a composting and soil building program. Transportation will be provided to visit the site.
Tuesday, Sept. 18, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fruitful Canning — In this session, the Washington County 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.