Letters for Home and Garden – June 3 | Journal News

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.

Agenda:

• 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 mbbennett@mail.wvu.edu.

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.

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