Starting a Vegetable Garden — Wednesday, March 13, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Penn State Extension, 181 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg, Pa. Master Gardeners Bill Dorman and Gary Ankney will show how to start a vegetable garden. Topics will include choosing the site, preparing the soil, selecting which varieties to plant and the proper time for planting early veggies and mid-season plantings. Penn State soil test kits will be available for purchase at $9 each. The workshop costs participants $10.
Intro to Backyard Fruit — Saturday, March 16, 9 to 11 a.m. Master Gardeners will present an introductory workshop on growing fruit in your backyard. The class will cover growing grapes, small fruit (strawberries, blueberries and brambles) and tree fruit (pome and stone fruit) plus some lesser known but easy-to-grow ones. Registration is recommended. The class fee costs $20 and includes a “Guide to Growing Fruit at Home.”
Introduction to Storm Water Management — Tuesday March 19, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. George Hurd, environmental Extension educator, and the Master Gardeners will present this introductory class on back-yard storm water management. Topics to be introduced include storm water definition, rain barrels, rain gardens, mosquito control, drought tolerant gardens and composting. The class fee is $10.
Turf Workshop — Wednesday, March 20, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Last summer’s weather extremes could have had a major impact on your lawn. Master Gardener Bob Hyatt teaches the best way to have a healthy lawn regardless of what Mother Nature throws your way. Class fee is $10.
2013 American Chestnut Grower School — The workshop will be Friday, April 5, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Penn State Extension office in Franklin County, 181 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg, Pa. There is a registration fee of $25. To register or find out more information on these workshops, call 717-263-9226.
Beekeeping course — The Franklin County Beekeepers Association is conducting a five-session shortcourse on beginning beekeeping.
The Thursday evening classroom sessions will be on March 7, 14, 21 and 28, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Franklin County Ag Heritage Building, which is at 185 Franklin Farm Lane in Chambersburg, Pa.
There will also be a field day at a local apiary on Saturday, March 23. Cost for the shortcourse is $35 per family.
Registration is required and is limited to the first 50 people. You do not have to be a member of the Franklin County Beekeepers Association to register.
Registration includes a beekeeping manual, disposable gloves, refreshments and membership in the Franklin County Beekeepers Association.
For more information or to register, call 717-263-9226.
4-H Stream Team Leaders Sought — Penn State Extension is looking for volunteers for its 4-H Stream Team program, which guides youth in learning about local water resources and encourages them to become water stewards and involved citizens. For more information, call 717-263-9226.
Strong Women Winter 2013 Classes Forming — Three locations: Fayetteville (New Guilford Brethren in Christ) — Mondays and Wednesdays. 9 to 10 a.m.; Shippensburg (Memorial Lutheran Church) — Tuesdays and Thursdays, at 9 a.m.; and two sessions in Chambersburg (Chambersburg Church of the Brethren) — Mondays and Wednesdays at 5:45 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.
Classes are one hour to one hour and 15 minutes long. Registration costs $45 for six weeks (12 classes). Contact the extension office at 717-263-9226 to register or for more information about the program, or email Cathy Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annie’s Project — Tuesday nights through March 19, Adams County Extension Office in Gettysburg, Pa. Annie’s Project is a national Cooperative Extension workshop series designed to empower women who are farm owners or partners, or thinking about becoming one.
Cost of the program is $75 per person for all eight sessions. Class size is limited. Registration is required; to sign up, go to agsci.psu.edu/annies-project or call 717-270-4391.
For more information...
• For more information about 4-H events, go to 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.