March 10 and 24 — Soil Fertility, 7 to 9 p.m. at Extension office. Whether you are growing a row of carrots, an acre of sweet corn or pasture for your livestock, this series is for you. Topics during the two sessions will be soil characteristics, soil composition, soil testing and fertilizer use. The fee for the class is $15, which includes soil testing. Registration and fee is due in advance in order to make arrangements for soil testing and ensure results from your soil test are available for class. Call 301-791-1304 to register.
March 15 — Beef 101, 7 to 9 p.m. at Extension office. Whether you raise one cow, 100 cows or are just a consumer, this class is for you. The Extension office will have three sessions, the first, a classroom session Tuesday, March 15, which will take a look at beef cattle production. Session two will be on the farm for some hands-on work and pasture topics, and the third and final session will deal with carcass and meat topics and will be held at a local butcher shop. Registration is required and a $15 fee is due in advance. Cost will cover class materials and food. The dates for this series include two Saturdays, which will be announced at a later date. Registration is limited. Registration will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. To register in advance, call 301-791-1304.
For more information about 4-H events, go to http://washington.umd.edu.
To reach the Washington County Extension office, drive about seven miles south of Hagerstown from the I-70 exit onto Sharpsburg Pike.
The office is in the Washington County Agricultural Education Center complex.
The Franklin County, Pa., Extension office is at 181 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg.
From Hagerstown, take Interstate 81 north to the U.S. 30 east exit. Take the first road to the left, which is Franklin Farm Lane.
The Jefferson County, W.Va., Extension office is in Suite 3 at 1948 Wiltshire Road, Kearneysville, W.Va. Call 304-728-7413.