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August 06, 2013

Tuesday, Aug. 13 — Vegetable Garden Season Extension, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at University of Maryland Extension — Washington County. This class covers techniques to extend your vegetable-growing season into the late fall (and possibly winter).

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, 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 costs might be associated with the classes.


Pennsylvania

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Creating a Pollinator Garden — Saturday, Aug. 17, 9 to 11 a.m. at the Penn State Extension Office, 181 Franklin Farm Lane Chambersburg, Pa. Master Gardener Laurie Collins will guide participants through identifying pollinators in the area and how residents can help them by providing habitat. She will discuss easy basic design principles, plant selections and gardening practices for creating a successful pollinator garden. To register, call 717-263-9226.

Ag Progress Days at Penn State —  Sponsored by Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, Ag Progress Days will be held at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rock Springs, Pa., nine miles southwest of State College on Pa. 45. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 13; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Aug. 14; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 15. Admission and parking are free.

For more information, go to http://agsci.psu.edu/apd.  

Tuesday, Aug. 13

  • 10 a.m. — “Attack of the Stink Bugs: What They Are: Where They Came From.”
  • 11 a.m. — “Managing Your Farm Pond.”
  • 12:30 p.m. — “Animal Welfare: What Is It All About.”
  • 1:30 p.m. — “Who Are Penn State Master Gardeners: An Overview of the Volunteer Program.”
  • 2 p.m. — “On-Farm Animal Composting.”
  • 2:45 p.m. — “Backyard Chicken Flock Care Basics.”
  • 1 p.m. —  Flower-Arranging Demonstration
  • 2 p.m. — Pollinator Gardening Presentation

Wednesday, Aug. 14

  • 10 a.m. — House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee Public Hearing
  • 12:30 p.m. — “Drinking Water Quality for Dairy Herds in Pennsylvania.”
  • 1:30 p.m. — “Native Plant Palettes.”
  • 2 p.m. — “On-Farm Animal Composting.”
  • 2:45 p.m. — “Manure Gas Issues: Concerns With Gypsum Bedding and Hydrogen Sulfide Production.”
  • 11 a.m. — Flower-Arranging Demonstration
  • 2 p.m. — Flower-Arranging Demonstration
  • 6 p.m. — Pollinator Gardening Presentation

Thursday, Aug. 15

  • 10 a.m. — “Brown Marmorated Stink Bug — Three Years Later.”
  • 11 a.m. — “A Homeowner’s Guide to Stormwater: How to Develop a Stormwater Plan for Your Property.”
  • 1 p.m. — “Dairy Cents Mobile App Pro: Connecting Precision Feeding, Economics, and the Environment for Your Dairy Operation.”
  • 1:30 p.m. — “No-Till Gardening.”
  • 11 a.m. — Flower Arranging Demonstration
  • 2 p.m. — Flower-Arranging Demonstration

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.

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