WVU cider schoolMARTINSBURG — 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 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 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:
• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Accepting applications for the Master Gardener Training ProgramMARTINSBURG — 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.
Extension with programs for cattle and horsesMARTINSBURG – This June, Virginia Cooperative Extension is offering three training courses to help you plan and set up your cattle 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 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
• Cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and Brussels sprouts.
• Seed parsley
• Pumpkin seeds and winter squash
• Seed Leaf and Bibb Lettuce.
• Plant celery.
• Monitoring for garden pests.
• Mulch the garden to control weeds and conserve moisture.
• Plant tomatoes.
• Seed Bush Limas.
• Apples and peaches with summer plum.
• Introduction of control measures for the pumpkin beetle.