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Ag calendar - March 26

March 26, 2013

 • Recruiting for Food and Wellness Volunteer Program — Based on the successful Master Gardener program, Penn State Extension is seeking volunteers who are willing to be trained to become certified in food and wellness programs.

They are looking for people with knowledge in foods, nutrition and food safety who want to become more involved with community wellness. The course offers 40 hours of training, using online training modules for much of the education and ending with a full day of on-site training at Penn State University in State College, Pa., tentatively planned for May 29.  Participants will need computer access and the ability to travel to State College for the on-site training. The cost for the training program and certification is $125. Partial scholarships are available for those with financial need.

This program is important for Franklin County citizens since the Extension office doesn't have an Extension educator in that field, and are reliant on other county or regional educators for program support. The application deadline for the program is Friday.  For more information, call Rayna Cooper at 717-334-6271, ext. 322 or send an email to rgc15@psu.edu.

• Native Plants Program — On Saturday, April 20, at 1 p.m, the Cumberland Woodland Owners Association is sponsoring a “Native Plants” program at Spring Haven Nurseries in Newburg, Pa.  Spring Haven Nurseries specializes in native woodland plants and shade perennials grown either in propagation beds or in the gardens there. Annette McCoy, Penn State Extension consumer horticulture educator, will lead a tour and present information about “Spring Ephemerals” and other early spring blooming plants. The meeting is open to the public and there is no cost to attend. Participants should plan to bring lawnchairs.  Spring Haven Nurseries is at 1362 Mountain Road in Newburg.  For more information, go to http://springhavennatives.com/.  The association is an organization of private forestland owners and others interested in forestry issues in south central Pennsylvania. For more information, call Fred Peabody at 717-776-3565 or send an email to fredp5@earthlink.net.

• American Chestnut Grower School — The workshop will be Friday, April 5, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Penn State Extension office in Franklin County, 181 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg, Pa. There is a registration fee of $25. To register or find out more information on these workshops, call 717-263-9226.

• 4-H Stream Team Leaders Sought — Penn State Extension is looking for volunteers for its 4-H Stream Team program, which guides youth in learning about local water resources and encourages them to become water stewards and involved citizens. For more information, call 717-263-9226.

For more information...

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