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Ag Calendar - April 16

April 16, 2013

4-H Annual Calf Sale — The 38th annual Franklin County (Pa.) 4-H Calf Sale will be held Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Cumberland Valley Antique Engine Show Grounds in Chambersburg, Pa., at 7 p.m. Twenty-five lots of calves and embryo packages will be auctioned off along with other supplies donated by local agribusinesses. Proceeds from the sale help support the 4-H Dairy Clubs.

Native Plants Program — On Saturday at 1 p.m., the Cumberland Woodland Owners Association is sponsoring a “Native Plants” program at Spring Haven Nurseries, 1362 Mountain Road in Newburg, Pa. The nursery specializes in native woodland plants and shade perennials grown 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 bring lawn chairs. 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.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly — Thursday, April 25, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m — Master Gardener Ray Eckhart will show ways to identify the good bugs from the bad bugs and things gadeners can do to attract and keep the good bugs around. Registration fee is $10 per class or $15 for both classes.

Victory Garden — Mondays, April 22, to Sept. 16, 9 to 11 a.m. A season-long weekly vegetable garden-growing experience. Master Gardeners of Franklin County, led by Darl Hospelhorn and Linda Horst, will teach everything gardeners need to know to grow vegetables, beginning with spring garden preparation and ending with the final fall harvest. Each Monday begins with a short class related to what is happening in the garden at that time. Participants will work in the garden and be rewarded with a share of the harvest. The class meets at the barn across the street from the Extension office, 181 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg, Pa. The fee for the season costs $40. Wear garden clothes and bring gloves. The staff will provide garden tools. For more information, call 717-263-9226.

Tomatoes in the Home Garden — Thursday, May 2, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Master Gardener Ray Eckhart will share his enthusiasm and growing tips for his favorite Big Berry. Heirloom? Hybrid? Determinate?  Indeterminate? What does it all mean? Come learn all about them and why Guy Clarke, John Denver, and others can boast, “Only two things that money can’t buy — That’s true love and home grown tomaters.”

Master Gardener Spring Bus Trip  — Saturday, May 4, to the National Arboretum in Washington, D.C. This year’s bus trip will be hosted by Master Gardener Elmer Greey, who was a volunteer with the National Arboretum for more than 15 years. The Arboretum will have its Bonsai Festival happening on that date.  It is also the time of year when the Azaleas and Rhododendrons are normally in full bloom. Cost for the trip is $50 per person which includes bus fare and a catered lunch, which has a vegetarian option. There are limited spaces available. Bus leaves at 7 a.m. from the Penn State Extension Office and return at about 5:30 p.m.  To learn more about the National Arboretum, go to www.usna.usda.gov/

Thrillers, Fillers, and Spillers — Saturday, April 27, 9 to 11 a.m., Master Gardener Clubhouse at the Horticulture Center Gardens, Franklin County, Pa., Extension office, 181 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg, Pa. Join Master Gardeners Linda Horst and Sally Dallago for this hands-on, make-and-take workshop on growing plants in containers. Cost for the workshop is $25, which includes plant material, potting soil and a container to bring home your arrangement.

Bugs and Pollinators — Two workshops: Gardening for Pollinators, Saturday, April 13, 9 to 11 a.m. Do you like chocolate, blueberries, apples or almonds? Without pollinators, these and many other foods would not exist. Butterflies, bees, hummingbirds and other pollinators in the area need your help. Master Gardener Laurie Collins will guide participants through identifying pollinators in the area, why they are in decline and what individuals can do to help. She will discuss easy basic design principles, plant selections and gardening practices for creating a successful pollinator garden; The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Thursday, April 25, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. You can’t tell the players without a scorecard. Only about 2 percent to 3 percent of bugs are considered pests in the home vegetable garden and landscape, and some of the ugliest are allies in the battle against them. Master Gardener Ray Eckhart will show ways to identify the good bugs from the bad bugs and things to do to attract and keep the good bugs around. The registration fee is $10 per class or $15 for both classes. Franklin County, Pa., Extension office, 181 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg, Pa.

Stop and Smell the Roses  — Roses 102: Summer Survival: Getting Your Roses to Thrive in the Dog Days of Summer, Saturday, May 11, 9 to 11 a.m. Learn how to provide adequate nourishment for roses, ward off pests and propagate roses through cuttings the easy way. Bring pruners and gloves for this hands-on workshop; Roses 103: Grow to Show: Preparing your blooms to be winners at the County Fairs, Saturday, June 15, 9 to 11 a.m. After all of the work you’ve put into growing beautiful roses, you should share them with others. The workshop will teach how to groom your own blooms and take them to exhibit at the Franklin County (Pa.) Fair. The classes cost $10. All classes are held at the Redington residence, 347 Leedy Way East, Chambersburg Pa. To register or for more information, call 717-263-9226.

Recruiting for Food and Wellness Volunteer Program — Based on the 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. For more information, call Rayna Cooper at 717-334-6271, ext. 322 or send an email to rgc15@psu.edu.

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.

Well Water Testing — Penn State Extension, Franklin County is offering a water testing program during National Drinking Water Week May 6 to May 10 between 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM. Two groups of tests are available. Group 1 provides the most essential tests and includes coliform bacteria, E. coli, and nitrate. Penn State recommends running these tests annually. The price is $43. Group 2 is recommended for first time testing and every three years thereafter. It includes the same test as Group 1, plus, lead, pH, and total dissolved solids. The price for this group is $75.

The sample must be collected and returned on Tuesday, May 14 between 8:30 and Noon. There will be a follow up help session on Wednesday, June 5, at 7:00 p.m. For more information contact the Extension office at 181 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg.  Phone 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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