Ag calendar

January 07, 2013

Gardening in Miniature — Saturday, 9 to 11 a.m.; Master Gardeners Juanita Kauffman and Bob Hyatt share their knowledge and expertise in creating gardens on a small scale for “Fairy Gardens” or “Railway Gardens.” Call 717-263-9226 for more information and to register. The fee is $10.

Winter Sowing — Saturday, Jan. 19, 9 to 11 a.m.; Starting plants from seed outdoors in the winter? Learn the techniques involved with winter sowing from Master Gardener Karen Brown.

Learn how to sow seeds outdoors in recycled containers during the winter months and get a head start on the growing season. To register, call 717- 263-9226. The fee is $10.

Third annual joint meeting and banquet of the Franklin County Cooperative Extension Association and the Franklin County Conservation District  — Friday, Jan. 25, at Solomon’s Lutheran Church, 4856 Wayne Road, Chambersburg, Pa. Social hour starts at 6:15 p.m., with buffet dinner served at 7 p.m.

This year’s theme is “4-H Centennial: Generations Making the Best Better for 4-H and Agriculture.”

Four generations of 4-H members will share a brief story on how 4-H impacted their lives.

Tickets cost $12.50 for adults, $6 for those ages 5 to 11 and are free for those younger than 5. Tickets are available by calling the Extension office at 717-263-9226 and the Conservation District Office at 717-264-5499.

The reservation deadline is Wednesday, Jan. 16.

Toss Your Hat in the Ring — Penn State Extension will ofer  a workshop providing all the information you might need in order to run for local office.

This is a two-hour interactive session designed to help you become involved in local government — your borough, township, or school district — by seeking elected or appointed office. The workshop includes an introduction to the structure and purpose of Pennsylvania local government, a look at the duties of local officials, and an overview of elected and appointed positions.

It will also provide a guided tour of the mechanics of candidacy: eligibility, petitions, financial reports, rules and regulations. The workshop ends with a  discussion with a panel of local officials who will share their experiences and answer questions. This is an opportunity for anyone interested in local government.

The workshop will take place at the Franklin County Administrative Annex in Chambersburg Wednesday, Jan. 23 from 7 to 9 p.m.  The fee is $25. Register online at

For more information, call Judy Chambers at 717-334-6271 or send an email to

Snow date is Wednesday, Jan. 30.

Pennsylvania Water Resources Survey — The five-minute survey can be completed online at:

The survey is open to Pennsylvania residents who are at least 18 years of age. It will remain open until Feb. 28, and a summary of results will be published on the Pennsylvania Water Resources Research Center website in Spring 2013 at
Strong Women Winter 2013 Classes Forming — Three locations: Fayetteville (New Guilford Brethren in Christ) —  Mondays and Wednesdays. 9 to 10 a.m.; Shippensburg (Memorial Lutheran Church) — Tuesdays and Thursdays, at 9 a.m.; and two sessions in Chambersburg (Chambersburg Church of the Brethren) — Mondays and Wednesdays at 5:45 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.

Classes are one hour to one hour and 15 minutes long. Registration costs $45 for six weeks (12 classes). Contact the extension office at 717-263-9226 to register or for more information about the program, or email Cathy Walker at

Annie’s Project — Tuesday nights from Jan. 15 to March 19, Adams County Extension Office in Gettysburg, Pa. Annie’s Project is a national Cooperative Extension workshop series designed to empower women who are farm owners or partners, or thinking about becoming one. Cost of the program is $75 per person for all eight sessions. Class size is limited. Registration is required; to sign up, go to or call 717-270-4391 by Jan. 8.

For more information

• For more information about 4-H events, go to

• 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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