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July 15, 2013

Washington County Ag Expo and Fair — Starts Saturday and runs through July 27 at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center, 7313 Sharpsburg Pike, south of Hagerstown; Cost: $6 daily gate admission; free for those ages 2 and younger. Includes unlimited carnival rides, but not track events.

Track event admission costs $10 per day; free for those ages 8 and younger. Special discount rate on Sunday: $15 gate admission. Includes unlimited carnival rides, track events, and all other fair activities.

Weekly rate passes are also available. For more information, call 301-582-9494 or go to www.agexpoandfair.org.

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, mulch, etc. Vegetable focus: cabbage family. For more information, call 301-791-1304.

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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, discussion 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 might 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.

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 club will meet at the Penn State Extension Office, 181 Franklin Farm Lane Chambersburg, Pa. For more information, call Jason Goetz at 717-263-9226 or send an email to jjg300@psu.edu.

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