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Ag calendar

June 10, 2013

Thursday, June 20 — Preserving the perfect pickle, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at University of Maryland Extension — Washington County.

In this session, the discussion will be on the types of pickled products that can be preserved at home, the pickling process, the ingredients used in pickling, and the equipment used. Participants will spend time in the kitchen preparing and waterbath canning a pickled food.

Registration deadline: June 17. For more information, call 301-791-1304.

Tuesday, July 9 — Creating a pollinator garden, 6:30 to 8 p.m.  at University of Maryland Extension — Washington County.

Visit the new pollinator garden and meet the good bugs that have moved in. Learn what plants are selected to provide food and habitat. Get design tips that will make your garden attractive to both people and pollinators. Vegetable focus – herbs.

For more information, call 301-791-1304.

Wednesday, July 10 — Pressure canning, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  at University of Maryland Extension — Washington County.

In this session,  discussion will be on what foods are considered low acid, how pressure canning works, the types of pressure canners and how to process foods using a pressure canner.

Attendees are encouraged to bring in their pressure canner dial gauge and  it will be tested  for accuracy. Participans will spend time in the kitchen preparing and pressure canning local green beans.

Registration deadline: July 3. For more information, call 301-791-1304.

Tuesday, Aug. 13 — Vegetable Garden Season Extension, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at University of Maryland Extension — Washington County.

Would you like to pick fresh broccoli from your garden in December? This class covers techniques to extend your vegetable growing season into the late fall (and possibly winter).

The class will cover cold-hardy crop choices, planting dates, and how to protect crops with cold frames, row covers, plastic covers, and mulch, etc. Vegetable focus – cabbage family.

For more information, call 301-791-1304.

Thursday, Aug. 22 — Tomatoes, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at University of Maryland Extension — Washington County.

Tomatoes, especially salsa, are one of the most popular and most frequently canned foods. In this session, disscussion will be on the types of tomato products that can be preserved at home, the ingredients needed, the necessary equipment and supplies, and the basic steps of water bath canning.

Participants will spend time in the kitchen preparing and canning local tomatoes.

Registration deadline: Aug. 19. For more information, call 301-791-1304.

For more information or to register for any of the classes, contact the University of Maryland Extension Office at 301-791-1304. Some cost may be associated with the classes.

Pennsylvania Victory Garden — Mondays through 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.
 
Roses 103: Grow to Show — Preparing your blooms to be winners at the county fairs — Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. Gardeners will be taught how to groom their blooms and take them to exhibit at the Franklin County Fair.

The classes cost $10 each. All classes are held at the Redington Residence, 347 Leedy Way East Chambersburg, Pa.

Rain Barrels and Rain Gardens — Saturday, June 22, 9 to 11 a.m. Learn how to “Harvest Rain” and keep it on your property, so it doesn’t flush into streams.

This is an opportunity to take home a rain barrel.  $30 cost, if you want one, or $10 otherwise. Class size is limited. Call 717-263-9226 to register.

Nature Photography — Saturday, June 29, 10 a.m. to noon. Master Gardner Laurie Collins will show participants the best techniques for using a digital camera to capture flowers, insects and wildlife, using demonstration gardens on the campus.

Bring a digital camera. Fee is $10. Call 717-263-9226 to register.

Shade Gardening — Saturday, July 6, 9 to 11 a.m. The Nancy Miller and Denise Lucas Shade Gardens offer an example of specimens and design options using perennials, shrubs and understory trees for partially shady to shady garden areas.

Fee is $10. Call 717-263-9226 to register.

Become a Tree Tender — Become part of the “growing” TreeVitalize initiative, an effort led by Pennsylvania’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to increase tree cover and the many benefits that trees offer in Pennsylvania’s communities by taking part in the Tree Tender experience Friday at the Franklin County Ag Heritage Building, 185 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg, Pa., from 8 to 4 p.m.

Tree Tenders is a training program that empowers residents to make  strides toward restoring and caring for local trees. It includes eight hours of hands-on training that covers tree biology, identification, planting, proper care and working with the community.

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, in collaboration with Penn State Extension, developed the course for residents and experts alike. Since 1993, more than 4,000 community volunteers from 300 Pennsylvania neighborhoods have become trained Tree Tenders.

The $25 fee includes food, materials and publications. Registration is required.  For more information, send an email to fd17@state.pa.us or call George Hurd at 717-263-9226, ext. 225, or email grh5@psu.edu.

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.

Participants will need computer access. 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 Shotgun Club — Franklin County 4-H will offer its first shotgun club starting this summer. The club is open to those ages 12 to 18.

Members must have their own shotgun. Youth will learn safe and responsible use of firearms, parts of the shotgun, and the proper way to clean a shotgun. Youth will also learn marksmanship that will improve their shooting skills while hunting afield.

The first club meeting will be Wednesday, June 19, at 6:30 p.m. at the Penn State Extension Office, 181 Franklin Farm Lane Chambersburg, Pa.

Do not bring your shotgun to the first meeting. For more information, call Jason Goetz at 717-263-9226 or send an email to jjg300@psu.edu.

4-H Stream Team — Franklin County 4-H will hold a new club called the 4-H Stream Team starting this summer.

This club is for those ages 8 to 18 who have an interest in aquatic biology and environmental science. The club will focus on environmental issues within the county and the area’s watershed.

Youth will learn topics, such as water quality, water pollution, water conservation and watersheds. Youth will also learn about the biology of fish and other aquatic life. They will also do a few community service projects, such as stream cleanups. The club will allow its members to make a positive impact in their community and beyond.

The first meeting will be Tuesday, June 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the Penn State Extension Office. For more information, call Jason Goetz at 717- 263-9226 or send an email to jjg300@psu.edu.

Becoming a Franklin County Master Gardener — The Penn State Extension Master Gardener Program of Franklin County is starting its recruitment efforts for the 2014 program year.

Information sessions for anyone interested have been scheduled for Thursday, June 27 at 6:30 p.m., and Thursday, July 11, at 6:30 p.m. The actual training comes in the fall, starting October 3, 2013.

Find out more about what the Franklin County Master Gardener Program is all about by reading our “2012 Year in Review” and following the links there: franklincountymgs.blogspot.com/2013/01/2012-year-in-review.html. Please call the Extension Office at 263-9226 for additional information.
 
Extension 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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