Ag calendar

September 02, 2013

Fall turf workshop — Thursday, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Penn State Extension, 181 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg, Pa. Did the summer weather leave your lawn looking a little ragged and tired? Would you like to prevent the same yearly problems? Master Gardener Bob Hyatt will teach how to care for area landscaping. The workshop costs $10. To register, call 717-263-9226.

Master Gardener fall garden tour — Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.; the community is invited to stroll through eight gardens in the Waynesboro, Pa., area. The tour gardens offer inspiration and ideas for visitors who have varying levels of gardening expertise. Tickets cost $10 per person and can be purchased at the Penn State Extension Office and the following locations: Wolf Furniture, 480 Gateway Ave., Chambersburg, Pa.; Plasterer’s Florist and Greenhouses Inc., 990 Lincoln Way East, Chambersburg; Snavely’s Garden Corner,  2106 Lincoln Way East, Chambersburg; Green Arbor Flower and Shrubbery Center, 11401 Buchanan Trail East, Waynesboro; Phillips’ Seeds and Garden Center, 410 S. Antrim Way, Greencastle Pa.


Composting — Monday, Sept. 9, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Penn State Extension, 181 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg; Penn State Environmental Educator George Hurd and Master Gardener Jane Krumpe will teach how to turn kitchen and yard waste into compost for your garden soil. The class fee is $10. To register, call 717-263-9226.

Growing Shiitake Mushrooms — Saturday, Sept. 14, 9 to 11 a.m. at Penn State Extension, 181 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg; Master Gardeners Dave DesJardins and Beth Brantley of Penn State Mont Alto will teach mushroom identification and how to create a Shiitake mushroom log to take home. All supplies will be provided. Class size is limited to 25. The cost for the workshop is $20.

Franklin County Extension and Conservation District annual meeting — The Penn State Extension and Franklin County Conservation District’s third annual joint meeting will be on the evening of Friday, Oct. 25, at Solomon’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4868 Wayne Road, Chambersburg. Doors open with fellowship and displays at 6:15 p.m. and dinner starts at 7 p.m.
The featured speaker will be George Greig, secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. Tickets cost $13. For tickets or more information, call Jen Wetzel at 717-263-9226, ext. 221, or send an email to

4-H benefit auction — Friday, Sept. 13; third annual 4-H benefit auction takes place at Hurley Auctions in Greencastle, Pa. Doors open, food stand opens and the silent auction begin at 4 p.m., with the live auction starting at 6:30 p.m. All proceeds  benefit the Penn State Extension of Franklin County 4-H program. Some of the items to be auctioned off include gift cards from various businesses throughout Franklin County, a handcrafted wooden oak chest, a free night stay at Monte Vista Bed and Breakfast, LG LED computer monitor, Radio Flyer steel wagon, homemade quilts, tractor-printed stepping stones and other items.
For more information, contact Jason Goetz at 717-263-9226, ext.232, or send an email to

The Franklin County 4-H program helps teach young people responsibility, develop good citizenship, improve self-esteem, and provide experience and useful skills that will last a lifetime. Building on more than100 years of tradition, the 4-H motto is “to make the best better.”. Through hands-on opportunities youth “learn-by-doing” as they explore robotics, animals, sewing, conservation, leadership, nutrition, community service and other things.

In 2012, the Penn State Extension-Franklin County 4-H program reached more than 7,000 youths aged 5 to 18. These youth development programs were conducted by 205 adult and 21 teen volunteers.

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.

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