Home and Garden Letters for June 24 | Journal News

June WV Woodland Stewards seminar scheduled for June 28thThe WV Woodland Stewards June Seminar will be held on June 28th from 6:00pm to 8:30pm. See attached detailed agenda or below.

In this seminar the speakers will cover:

• Production and application of biochar

• Seasonal activity of plants and animals

• ARBUP with forest measuring instruments

To register go to: https://wvu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIqdOqrqD8jEtTRvN2yjUKcM4GmPOyq6fmz.

Applications for the master gardener of the autumn extension 2022 are now availableMARTINSBURG – Apply today to become an Extension Master Gardener. Call 304-264-1936 for an application or more information or visit the group’s website at https://extension.wvu.edu/berkeley/ag-natural-resources/master-gardeners.

WVU cider schoolMARTINSBURG — Consider joining WVUES for the upcoming Cider School taking place 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 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 – WVU Extension in Berkeley and Jefferson Counties offers farm workshops in rabbit production, poultry processing and small ruminant production. Only one workshop remains.

The 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:

• 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.

2022 wool pool in the Northern Virginia regionBERRYVILLE, Va. – The 2022 Northern Virginia Region Wool Pull will be held July 14 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Clermont Farm in Berryville.

For more information, contact Corey Childs at cchilds@vt.edu — 540-635-4549.

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.

In 2022 the Berkeley County Youth Fair will take place

MARTINSBURG — The 75th annual Berkeley County Youth Fair “celebrates 75 years of timeless traditions.” The Miss Youth Fair competition is scheduled for July 30th, the competition will take place at 7pm. For more information on the 2022 Berkeley County Youth Fair, visit: https://berkeleycountyyouthfair.org/.

Applications for the 2022 Miss Berkeley County Youth Fair are now being accepted. Note that the application must be postmarked as a US mail on or before July 1st. For more information, see https://berkeleycountyyouthfair.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/2022-Miss-Berkeley-Youth-Fair-Queen-Application.pdf. There is a fillable PDF application on the website and contact information if anyone has any questions.

Mushroom program offered

KEARNEYSVILLE – A program on fungi developed by Dr. Laura Robertson, Associate Professor of Biology at Shepherd University, will be held on July 9 at 10:00 a.m. at the WVU Kearneysville Tree Fruit Research and Education Center at 67 Apple Harvest Lane, Kearneysville.

Robertson will give an overview of the Kingdom Fungi; present selected species with important roles in medicine, ecology and industry; discussion of fungal species identification; and suggest useful resources for people who want to learn more about mushrooms.

For more information, contact Rick Lowman at rickbjemg@gmail.com or call 304-279-0861.

Visit local farmers markets

As spring turns to summer, locally grown produce becomes more available. Check out individual farmers’ markets to see what’s available locally (when in season). Visit Berkeley County Farm Markets: Kitchen’s Farm Market in Falling Waters (https://www.kitchensfarmmarket.com), Orr’s Farm Market in Martinsburg (orrsfarmmarket.com), Spring Valley Farm Market in Martinsburg (facebook.com/SpringValleyFarmMarketMartinsburg) , Spring Valley Farm Market is located on the former Butler Farm Market, 1793 Dry Run Rd., Martinsburg and Taylor’s Farm Market in Inwood (https://www.taylorfarmsmarket.com).

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

• Turn compost

• Plant late tomatoes and peppers.

• Fertilize asparagus.

• Add non-seed weeds to the compost.

• Pepper Seeds.

• Plant basil

• Stake the peppers.

• Transplant rosemary.

• Sow semi-runners and runner beans.

• Plant cilantro.

• Harvest summer squash.


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