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Home and Garden Briefs – June 3 | journal-news


WVU Cider SchoolMARTINSBURG — Consider joining WVUES for the upcoming Cider School, taking place over the next several weeks. This has been scheduled as a “lunch-and-learn” style educational opportunity. Pre-registration is required for these free events here,


• June 8 – Session 3: Apple Insect Management presented by Carlos Quesada, noon-1 pm


• June 15 – Session 4: Apple Diseases and Their Management presented by Mahfuz Rahman, noon-1 pm

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

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

• June 29—WV Cider Advisory Board Meeting, noon-1 pm

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

Farm diversification workshops offeredMARTINSBURG — WVU Extension in Berkeley and Jefferson counties is providing three on-farm workshops in the areas of rabbit production, poultry processing and small ruminant production.

These workshops are made possible by a USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Pandemic Assistance for Producers Initiative grant, enabling the ability to provide supplies to the first 20 farms/families that apply in order to start or grow enterprises.

The dates and subject areas are as follows:

• Small-scale poultry processing – June 14 at 6 pm and will cover poultry production, biosecurity and backyard processing at Red House Farm, Bunker Hill.

• Getting started with small ruminants – July 7 at 6 pm and will cover small ruminant nutrition, breeding and herd health and be held at Rawlings Farm, Summit Point.

To register, visit

For more information, contact Emily Morrow, Jefferson County Extension agent, at 304-728-7413, email or Mary Beth Bennett, Berkeley County Extension agent, at 304-264-1936 or mbbennett@mail

Master Gardener training program accepting applicationsMARTINSBURG — Applications are now available for the 2022 Fall Extension Master Gardener classes that will start Aug. 15. Deadline to register is July 1.

For more information on the Master Gardener Program, go to:

Extension offering cattle and equine programsMARTINSBURG — This June, Virginia Cooperative Extension is offering three trainings to help you plan and establish your cattle herd. June 17, join the hands-on workshop for producers considering artificial insemination as a means to improve their herd. Join us at the Virginia Tech MARE Center. Register at The Northern Valley Extension team has joined forces with the Northern Piedmont Extension team to offer these programs.

Description of workshops:

– June 17: AM and PM class. Assisted Reproduction Workshop. A hands-on workshop for producers considering artificial insemination as a means to improve their herd. This program entails working with cattle reproduction tracts and observing the insemination of heifers.

They are also offering an Equine Nutrition Lecture Series: Biomolecules and Your Horse’s Health:

Supplements: Tuesday, June 21 at 6:30 pm (Virtual)

Equine Feed Labels: Tuesday, July 26 at 6:30 pm (Virtual)

Equine Life Phases: Wednesday, Aug. 24 at 6:30 pm (Virtual)

Use the link #VaCoopExt to register for any of the following Zoom equine classes.

Important Upcoming Dates

• July 30- Aug. 6, 2022 – 75th Berkeley County Youth Fair

• Aug. 13–16, 2022 — 80th annual West Virginia Dairy Show

• Aug. 11–20, 2022 — West Virginia State Fair

• Aug. 21–27, 2022 — Jefferson County Fair

garden tips

• Seed cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and Brussels sprouts.

• Seed parsley

• Seed pumpkins and winter squash

• Seed leaf and Bibb lettuce.

• Plant celery.

• Monitor for garden pests.

• Mulch garden to control weeds and conserve moisture.

• Plant tomatoes.

• Seed bush limes.

• Summer prune apples and peaches.

• Begin control measures for squash vine borer.




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