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Ag calendar

August 27, 2012

Turf workshop — Thursday, Sept. 6, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Join Master Gardener Bob Hyatt to learn how to have the nicest lawn in the neighborhood. The workshop costs $10. Contact the Penn State Extension Office at 717-263-9226 to register.

Master Gardener Fall Garden Tour — Franklin Garden Treasures — Sunday, Sept. 9, noon to 5 p.m. Attendees can tour private and public gardens in Fayetteville, Pa., and Penn National, Pa., areas. Tickets cost $10 and are available at the Penn State Extension Office and various locations, including Wolf Furniture, Plasterer’s Florist and Greenhouses, and Snavely’s Garden Corner in Chambersburg, Pa.; Green Arbor Flower and Shrubbery Center in Waynesboro, Pa.; and Phillips’ Seeds and Garden Center in Greencastle, Pa.

From Garbage to Garden — Composting Workshop — Tuesday, Sept. 11, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Extension Environmental Educator George Hurd and Master Gardener Jane Krumpe will teach participants how to create their own Garden Gold from kitchen scraps and yard waste.  The workshop costs $10. Call Penn State Extension Office at 717-263-9226 to register.

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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 cvw5226@ag.psu.edu. 

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.

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