Ag calendar

September 11, 2012

From Garbage to Garden — Composting Workshop — Today, 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 the Penn State Extension Office at 717-263-9226 to register.

Strong Women fall classes forming — three locations: Mont Alto, Pa. — Mondays and Wednesdays, through Oct. 17, 9 to 10 a.m.; Shippensburg, Pa. — Tuesdays and Thursdays, through Oct. 11, 9 to 10 a.m.; and two sessions in Chambersburg, Tuesdays and Thursdays through Oct. 11, 10 to 11 a.m., and Thursday through 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

Franklin Fall Farm Fun Fest — Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 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.


Fruitful Canning — Tuesday, Sept. 18, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 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.For more information, call 301-791-1404.

Dig, Divide, and Multiply — Saturday, Sept. 29, 10 a.m. to noon. Hands-on workshop teaching from experienced master gardeners on how to propagate perennials through root division.  Bring gardening gloves, trowel, and gardening shears or knife if you have them. Participants will get to take home a potted division. The fee is $10.  Call the Extension office at 717-263-9226 to register.
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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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