Letters for home and garden for April 15, 2022 | Journal News

News from the Berkeley County Youth Fair AssociationMARTINSBURG — Everyone out there has yet to enter a market goat, hog, or lamb for the Berkeley County Youth Fair? Registration is still open.

If you are planning to exhibit at the Berkeley County Youth Fair with a market goat, pig or market lamb, don’t wait until the last minute to register. Visit the Berkeley County Youth Fair website today and fill out the forms. Remember to save these dates below for your market animal check-in by April 30th.

Check-in for market pigs: 7am-10am

Market lambs and market goats Check-in: 10.00 a.m. – 12.00 p.m.

Virtual meeting of Tree Fruit to be heldMARTINSBURG – The WVU Extension’s first Tree Fruit Meeting of the 2022 season will cover the new alert system, which will include a blog and call-in messaging system that will be regularly updated with insect, disease and horticultural alerts.

This early-season meeting is in addition to his normal schedule of Twilight meetings, which are April 27 on Zoom and in-person on May 25 and June 22. The location for the last two meetings will be announced as those dates get closer.

For more information, email candace.delong@mail.wvu.edu or call 304-822-5013.

Master gardener garden festival and plant sale in MayKEARNEYSVILLE — The Berkeley-Jefferson Expansion Master Gardeners plan to hold a garden party and plant sale on May 14 from 10 am to 3 pm. Master Gardeners have bred plants to enhance gardens from container plants, vegetables and herbs to annuals, perennials, trees and native plants. Some items may be scarcer than others, so get there early. Pick up plants, refreshments, buy baked goods, ask questions from the plant doctor, visit exhibits and get free gardening advice. This event will be held at the WVU Tree Fruit Research and Education Center at 67 Apple Harvest Lane in Kearneysville.

Funds raised from plant sales support the Berkeley-Jefferson Extension Master Gardener program. For more information, contact the Berkeley County Extension Office at 304-264-1936.

Farm diversification workshops offeredMARTINSBURG – The WVU expansion in Berkeley and Jefferson counties features three farming workshops in rabbit production, poultry processing and small ruminant production. These workshops are made possible by a grant from the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Pandemic Assistance for Producers Initiative, which makes it possible to provide supplies to the first 20 farms/families that apply to start or grow businesses.

The dates and topics are as follows:

• Rabbit Production 101 – May 24 at 6:00 pm and covers rabbit breed selection, care, husbandry and breeding at the Berkeley County Fairgrounds.

• Small Scale Poultry Processing – June 14 at 18:00 and includes poultry production, biosecurity and backyard processing at Red House Farm, Bunker Hill.

• Getting Started with Small Ruminants – 7 July at 6:00pm and covers Small Ruminant Nutrition, Breeding and Herd Health and takes place at Rawlings Farm, Summit Point.

To register, visit www.rebrand.ly/FarmWorkshops.

Note that registration will not be limited to 20, but any farms/families in excess of this number will not be eligible for deliveries. These workshops are free and will contact you prior to each appointment to confirm attendance and provide directions/parking information.

For more information, contact Emily Morrow, Jefferson County Extension Agent at 304-728-7413, email Emily.Wells@mail.wvu.edu or Mary Beth Bennett, Berkeley County Extension Agent at 304-264-1936, email , mbbennett@mail.wvu.edu

Maryland Beef Producers Short Course Scheduled for JuneKEEDYSVILLE, Md. – The University of Maryland is offering a short course series for Maryland Beef Producers on the basics of cattle production June 3-4 at the Western Maryland Research and Education Center in Keedysville, Maryland. The cost is $75 (including all refreshments, lunch and study materials).

For more information about this two-day workshop, visit the website: https://ansc.umd.edu/extension/beef-extension/educational-courses#series-i.

To register online, go to: https://umdbeef-series1.eventbrite.com/.

Contact Racheal Slattery at rslatt@umd.edu or by phone at 301-405-1392 if you have any questions, concerns, or would like to register by check/cash.

garden tips• Loosen mulch on strawberries.

• Remove row cover from strawberries.

• Refresh mulch in landscape beds.

• Sow or transplant peas (outdoors).

• endive seeds.

• Transplant leeks.

• Chive seeds (outdoors)

• Sow new lawn.

• Sow annual herbs.

• Seed carrots and Swiss chard.

• Sow Asian vegetables

• seed corn

• Plant summer flowering bulbs.

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