Ag calendar

August 12, 2013


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


Creating a Pollinator Garden — Saturday, Aug. 17, 9 to 11 a.m. at 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 basic design principles, plant selections and gardening practices for creating a pollinator garden. To register, call 717-263-9226.

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



  • 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
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