Franklin County Dairy Princess Pageant — The 46th annual Franklin County Dairy Princess Pageant is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at Kauffman Ruritan Community Center, 7289 Ruritan Drive, Chambersburg, Pa. A buffet-style meal of chicken and ham will be served. Reservations cost $15 for adults, $8 for those 6 to 12 and are free for those 5 and younger. For more information, call Patty Hege at 717-375-2811 or 717-729-6306. The 2012-13 Franklin County Dairy Princess Danae Oliver will crown a new princess and the promotion team will be recognized.
Master gardener plant sales — The greenhouse sale will be Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the annual perennial sale. For more information, go to www.franklincountymgs.blogspot.com/2013/04/2013-master-gardener-plant-sale.html.
Grazing and Pasture Management — The class will meet Tuesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. May 28, June 4, June 11 and June 25. University of Maryland Extension has developed a five-session course for grazing and pasture management. The course is geared not only to the full-time livestock producer, but to the small part-time and backyard farmer as well. Participants will receive two texts: “Weeds of the Northeast,” and “Southern Forages,” as well as an informational workbook for enrolling in the course. Class sessions will be a combination of classroom and hands-on learning. The course costs $25 per person. Make checks payable to Washington County EAC. To register, call 301-791-1304.
Victory Garden — Mondays through Sept. 16, 9 to 11 a.m. A season-long weekly vegetable garden-growing experience. Master Gardeners of Franklin County, led by Darl Hospelhorn and Linda Horst, will teach everything gardeners need to know to grow vegetables, beginning with spring garden preparation and ending with the final fall harvest. Each Monday begins with a short class related to what is happening in the garden at that time. Participants will work in the garden and be rewarded with a share of the harvest. The class meets at the barn across the street from the Extension office, 181 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg, Pa. The fee for the season costs $40. Wear garden clothes and bring gloves. The staff will provide garden tools. For more information, call 717-263-9226.
Roses 103: Grow to Show — Preparing your blooms to be winners at the county fairs — Saturday, June 15, from 9 to 11 a.m. Gardeners will be taught how to groom their blooms and take them to exhibit at the Franklin County Fair. The classes cost $10 each. All classes are held at the Redington Residence, 347 Leedy Way East Chambersburg, Pa.
Become a Tree Tender — Become part of the “growing” TreeVitalize initiative, an effort led by Pennsylvania’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to increase tree cover and the many benefits that trees offer in Pennsylvania’s communities by taking part in the Tree Tender experience Friday, May 31, at the Franklin County Ag Heritage Building, 185 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg, Pa., from 8 to 4 p.m.
Tree Tenders is a training program that empowers residents to make strides toward restoring and caring for local trees. It includes eight hours of hands-on training that covers tree biology, identification, planting, proper care and working with the community. The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, in collaboration with Penn State Extension, developed the course for residents and experts alike. Since 1993, more than 4,000 community volunteers from 300 Pennsylvania neighborhoods have become trained Tree Tenders.
The $25 fee includes food, materials and publications. Registration is required.
For more information, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call George Hurd at 717-263-9226, ext. 225, or email email@example.com.
Recruiting for Food and Wellness Volunteer Program — Based on the Master Gardener program, Penn State Extension is seeking volunteers who are willing to be trained to become certified in food and wellness programs.
They are looking for people with knowledge in foods, nutrition and food safety who want to become more involved with community wellness. The course offers 40 hours of training, using online training modules for much of the education and ending with a full day of on-site training at Penn State University in State College, Pa., tentatively planned for May 29. Participants will need computer access and the ability to travel to State College for the on-site training. The cost for the training program and certification is $125. Partial scholarships are available for those with financial need.
This program is important for Franklin County citizens since the Extension office doesn’t have an Extension educator in that field, and are reliant on other county or regional educators for program support. For more information, call Rayna Cooper at 717-334-6271, ext. 322 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
More information on agriculture events in the Tri-State area
• 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.