Letters for home and garden for May 27, 2022 | Journal News

WVU cider school

MARTINSBURG — Consider joining WVUES for the upcoming Cider School happening over the next few weeks. This was planned as a ‘lunch and learn’ style educational opportunity. Pre-registration is required for these free events here, https://bit.ly/3wEYXMB.


• June 1 – Session 2: Apple Tree Traits for Cider Presented by Michael Gutensohn, 12:00-1:00 pm

• June 8 – Session 3: Apple Insect Management, presented by Carlos Quesada, 12:00-1:00 p.m

• June 15 – Session 4: Apple diseases and their treatment, presented by Mahfuz Rahman, 12:00-1:00 pm

• June 16 – Cidery Tour 1 at Hawk Knob Hard Cider and Mead, 1-4pm

• June 23 – Cidery Tour 2 at Swilled Dog Hard Cider & Spirits, 1-4pm

• June 29 – WV Cider Advisory Board Meeting, 12:00-1:00pm

• July 13 – Session 5: Economic Feasibility of the Cider Industry, Marketing Opportunities and Legal Considerations, presented by Doolarie Singh-Knights, Jesse Richardson and Lisa Jones, 12pm-2pm

Workshops on agricultural diversification are offered

MARTINSBURG – 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:

• 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.

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.

Virginia Cooperative Extension offers cattle and equine programs

MARTINSBURG – This June, the Virginia Cooperative Extension is offering three training courses to help you plan and set up your cattle herd. On June 3rd, learn how to select, size, adjust production and market your herd. On June 17th, join the hands-on workshop for producers considering artificial insemination as a means of improving their herd. Visit us at the Virginia Tech MARE Center. Sign up at bit.ly/VCEBeef22 The Northern Valley Extension team has partnered with the Northern Piedmont Extension team to offer these programs.

Description of the workshops:

– June 3: AM class. Selecting, sizing and marketing the right herd for you. A teaching program for start-up producers and those just beginning their beef operations. Topics include farm types, breed characteristics, herd expansion alternatives, and marketing model considerations.

– June 3: PM class. Adaptation of current production and marketing models. A teaching program for experienced beef producers to think critically about herd efficiency, breeding methods and marketing strategies.

– June 17: morning and afternoon classes. Assisted reproduction workshop. A hands-on workshop for growers considering artificial insemination as a means of improving their herd. This program includes working with cattle breeding tracts and observing the insemination of heifers.

They also offer a lecture series on equine nutrition: biomolecules and your horse’s health:

Additions: Tuesday, June 21 at 6:30 p.m. (virtual)

Equine Feed Labels: Tuesday 26 July at 18:30 (virtual)

Equine Life Phases: Wednesday 24 August at 18:30 (virtual)

Use the link https://bit.ly/VCE220428 #VaCoopExt to register for one of the following Zoom horse courses.

Important upcoming dates

• July 30 – August 6, 2022 – 75th Berkeley County Youth Fair

• 13th-16th August 2022 – 80th Annual West Virginia Dairy Show

• 11th-20th August 2022 – West Virginia State Fair

• 21st-27th August 2022 – Jefferson County Fair

Tips for the garden

• Pick and mulch tomatoes.

• Espalier cucumbers.

• Plant asparagus beans.

• Transplant fennel.

• Seeds of Roma beans.

• Lamb’s lettuce as a companion plant to tomatoes.

• Seeds of beans and carrots.

• Sow summer squash and corn for late harvest.


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