Letters for home and garden for May 13, 2022 | Journal News

Master gardener garden festival and plant sale in MayKEARNEYSVILLE — Master gardeners at the Berkeley-Jefferson Extension plan to hold a garden party and plant sale on May 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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.

May WV Woodland Stewards Seminar SetMARTINSBURG – The May WV Woodland Stewards seminar will be held on May 17 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Seminar speakers will cover: white oak, muskrat, weed eating and bison in West Virginia.

To register go to: https://wvu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0rc-6vrjoiHNy2JNeE7oOveLiSXUM5I-hd.

Shared cost meat processing for ranchersMARTINSBURG – A free shared-cost meat processing webinar will be offered to ranchers on May 24 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Consumer demand for locally sourced meat and interest from meat producers is at an all-time high, exceeding current local meat and poultry processing capacities in many locations. Shared Cost Meat Processing for Livestock Producers-Co-ops and Collaboration introduces farmers, ranchers, and local meat and poultry processors to opportunities and challenges in starting or expanding local meat and poultry businesses. The presentations will not only focus on market demand and regulations, but will also examine business structures that can benefit smaller farms and processors, such as cooperatives and other collaborative business units. The speakers are each highly experienced in rural cooperative and business development, including meat processing and marketing; and access to grants and funding opportunities relevant to smaller operations. Webinar topics include: Business Entry Challenges, Local Retail/Wholesale Meat Marketing, Local Meat Processing Challenges and Opportunities, Opportunity for a Regional Co-op or Community-Owned Meat Company Co-ops vs. Other Business Ownership Models and Grants and Other Financial Support Options.

Register for free to reserve a seat and attend the webinar at https://clemson.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_fdBQLnzKTo6gVkzj5dsNzw.

The webinar starts at 6:00 p.m., the presentation starts at 6:30 p.m

Webinar questions and comments directly to Stricha@clemson.edu.

Workshops on agricultural diversification are 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 – 7th July at 18:00 covering Small Ruminant Nutrition, Breeding and Herd Health and taking place at Rawlings Farm, Summit Point.

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

Note that they do not limit registration to 20, but any farms/families in excess of that number are not 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 Jefferson County Extension Representative Emily Morrow at 304-728-7413, email Emily.Wells@mail.wvu.edu or Berkeley County Extension Representative Mary Beth Bennett at 304 -264-1936 or mbbennett@mail.wvu.edu.

Maryland Beef Producers Short Course Scheduled for June

KEEDYSVILLE, Md. – The University of Maryland is offering a short course series for Maryland Beef Producers on “The Basics of Beef Production,” with the local program being offered 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.

Accepting applications for the Master Gardener Training Program

MARTINSBURG — Applications for the 2022 Fall Extension Master Gardener classes beginning August 15 are now open. Registration deadline is July 1st.

For more information on the Master Gardener Program, see: https://extension.wvu.edu/files/d/bdf70fa9-f174-4e76-b7e2-d00f8c0dd49b/berkeley-jefferson-emg-brochure-2019.pdf.

Tips for the garden

• Plant tomatillos.

• Plant large pumpkins.

• Lima bean seeds.

• Plant peppers, okra and cabbage.

• Sow or plant Solanum berries.

• Harvest established asparagus.

• seed corn.

• Sow borage and zinnias to attract pollinators.

• Remove strawberry blossoms from newly transplanted plants.

• Sow or transplant basil.

• Seed Malabar Spinach.

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