Support local farmers, buying localMARTINSBURG — Buy fresh produce from your local producers and farm markets. Locally grown tree ripened peaches taste really good and are good for you. Support your local farmers by buying their produce. They have several farm markets around Berkeley County: Orr’s Farm Market, Butler’s Farm Market and Kitchen’s Farm Market, Taylor’s Farm Market in Inwood and Petrucci’s Market in Hedgesville. Visit any of them for fresh picked produce.

2020 Tomato Fest is canceledMARTINSBURG — Due to concerns with COVID–19 it has been decided the 2020 Berkeley-Jefferson Counties Extension Master Gardener Tomato Fest scheduled for Aug. 15 will be canceled.

They appreciate the support they’ve received from the community in holding this event in past years and hope that they will be able to hold it next year.

Farmers wanted to support food effortsJEFFERSON — They’ve seen a large surge in local food production in the last few months. As they resume normalcy, let’s continue supporting the local farms. WVU Extension is helping to connect the public with all their local food options. If you have a farm, and want your products advertised, send an email to Emily Morrow, Jefferson County Extension Agent, at [email protected] with the following information:

Farm name, address (if you want it publicized), products offered, where your products can be found, contact information, including a website or social media pages, people may also contact Emily Morrow by telephone at 304-728-7413 ext. 2 to be included.

Pesticide and Equipment Training setMORGANTOWN — The Pesticide and Equipment Training for Lawn and Landscape Professionals, sponsored by the West Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association will offer a Pesticide Applicators Recertification session on July 29 at the Morgantown Marriott at Waterfront, Morgantown. West Virginia pesticide licensed attendees will earn 10 credits for categories 3, 4A, 4B, 7, 11 and 13C. Attendees must attend the entire day to receive full credit. Covid-19 safety practices will be observed. Bring a mask.

WVNLA members attend at no cost. There is a $50 registration fee for all non-WVNLA members. To register, print, fill out and mail the attached form with your $50 attendance fee (check made payable to WVNLA) for non-WVNLA members. You may register online by clicking https://wvnla.org/wvnla-events/pesticide-recertification-july-29/

Online registration is strongly encouraged. Pre-registration prior to July 21 is required. For more information, or registration inquiries, contact Julie Robinson at 304-553-1234 or [email protected]

Agriculture Enhancement and Chesapeake Bay Program sign up deadline July 31

MARTINSBURG — These are the only times that applications will be accepted. Applications must be turned in by 4 p.m. Friday, July 31. All practices are based on ranking and available funding. Currently all office staff are still teleworking, no one is at the office during their normal working hours 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday – Friday. Until further notice, applications will only be taken by email: [email protected] or [email protected] , fax# : 304-263-4986 and/or mail: EPCD, 151 Aikens Center, Suite 2, Martinsburg, WV 25404. They are currently installing a mail slot in their door, when it is installed applications can be dropped off there. Applications are available online on our district website https://www.wvca.us/districts/epcd.cfm

Every practice offered, except cover crop requires a soil sample report. If you do not have current soil sample (less than three years old), take your soil sample, let them know and they will tell you where to drop it off. Soil will be mailed to Waypoint Lab for $10/sample, no later than July 22, 2020, this will give mailing and processing the test plenty of time to be returned by July 31. Applications will not be accepted if there are not maps and soil sample results attached to their applications. Let EPCD staff know if you need a farm map, a copy will be mailed or emailed to you.

• Be aware that approvals will not be made until August for lime and pasture/hay reseeding and litter and cover crop will be approved contingent upon receiving funding. Funding is very limited, and you will receive a contract if you are approved or a letter stating that you were not approved due to funds or eligibility. You will get reimbursed after installation of practices, verification and receipts are provided.

The following practices will be available for sign up starting July 1 through July 31:

• Lime: Soil test analysis report is required. 50 % cost share up to $20/ton. Not to exceed 75 acres per producer per fiscal year (July to June).

• Hay and Pasture Reseeding: Flat rate of $65/acre. Eligible up to an accumulative of 50 acres of hay and pasture per year (July to June). Soil test analysis report are required to apply.

• Cover Crop: Must follow a row crop. Producers are eligible for up to 100 acres. Approvals are contingent upon receiving funding.

• Poultry Litter Transfer: Approvals are contingent upon receiving funding. Soil test analysis report is required to apply. Producers are allowed up to 100 tons of litter, per Nutrient Management Plan. Cost share is not to exceed 50% up to $20/ton, for litter, spreading and hauling. Litter must be purchased from the Potomac Valley area (Grant, Hardy, Pendleton, Mineral, and Hampshire Counties). Phosphorus levels must be in low and/or medium levels to apply. If high, field is in-eligible. Refer to the P chart on the application. Remember each lab is different with the way the sample is processed. Producer must have or receive a WV Nutrient Management Plan at time of contract.

Contact Barbie Elliott for more information at (681) 247-3012 and/or email: [email protected] or get an application from https://www.wvca.us/districts/epcd.cfm

The week of July 6-10, call Sherry Duncan at 1-681-247-3010 or email: [email protected] or Amy Henry at 1-681-247-3014 or email: [email protected] for immediate assistance. Or use [email protected] and 1-681-247-3010 for more information. Also, the office is closed for observation July 3.

Food preservation webinar series setMARTINSBURG — Each Monday through Aug. 3, a different WVU Extension Service expert will cover a new topic during that webinar session. All sessions will take place from 11 a.m. to noon. Their experts will cover the following topics on these dates:

• Monday: Beyond Canning: Freezing and Drying Fruits and Vegetables

• Aug. 3: Beyond Canning: Freezing and Drying Meats

The webinar series will be both interactive and educational, allowing participants to ask questions and engage with the presenter even though they’re joining remotely.

Those who are interested in participating can register online for the food preservation webinar series. Go to https://extension.wvu.edu/news/2020/06/16/food-preservation-webinar-series and click on the link to register.

Participants will be provided with information about how to join the webinar after registering. No previous food preservation experience is required; however, participants who have not completed the first session – What You Need to Know About Food Preservation 101 – will be asked to do so before joining any of the webinar sessions.

The webinar series is free and open to the public. Participants of all ages are welcome.

WVU Extension Fall Gardening Webinar scheduled

BERKELEY — WVU Extension will be hosting a webinar 7-8 p.m. July 28. Register at https://wvu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_d73Z6wCYKPSUz2J to receive the webinar link.

For more information, contact Emily Morrow at 304-728-7413.

Profitable Pastures Webinar Series set

VIRGINIA — Virginia Cooperative Extension is offering a free online educational workshop on Pasture-finished beef with three concurrent sessions 7-9 p.m. Aug. 11, 12 and 13. For more information and to register go to https://vaforages.org/events/

This educational workshop will be three concurrent sessions. Participants will receive a pasture-finished beef production manual and copies of all presentation materials. Hard copies of materials will be mailed to participants in Virginia, West Virginia, and Kentucky, and if available to other states. Electronic versions of the materials will be made available to everyone.

WVDA taking Applications for 2021 Gypsy Moth Suppression ProgramMARTINSBURG — The West Virginia Department of Agriculture is urging landowners to sign up for the Cooperative State-County-Landowner Gypsy Moth Suppression program. The program is focused on protecting the landowners’ forested acreage from devastating effects caused by the invasive gypsy moth. The sign-up period runs from July 1 until Aug. 31.

The CSCL Gypsy Moth program started accepting gypsy moth egg mass survey applications from landowners statewide on July 1. Application forms and brochures are available at: https://agriculture.wv.gov/divisions/plantindustries/Documents/New%20Docs/Gypsy%20Moth%20Sign%20Up%20Application%202019.pdf on the WVDA’s Plant Industries Division website. Landowners may also obtain applications at local WVU Extension offices and WVDA field offices in Charleston (304-558-2212) or New Creek (304-788-1066). A non-refundable survey deposit of one dollar ($1.00) per acre must be submitted with the application. This deposit will be applied toward payment for treatment if the landowner qualifies.

The minimum acreage required to participate in the program is 50 contiguous acres of wooded land. Adjoining landowners may combine their properties to meet the acreage requirement. Once applications and deposits are received, a forest health protection specialist will visit the landowner’s property to determine if the level of gypsy moth infestation meets program guidelines. A final decision to participate in the program must be confirmed by signing a contract with the WVDA by early December 2020.

For more information, contact WVDA Assistant Director Quentin “Butch” Sayers at [email protected] or WVDA Gypsy Moth Program Coordinator G. Scott Hoffman at [email protected]

Garden tips

• Seed summer squash for fall crop.

• Take cuttings from herbs.

• Pinch basil so there are four pairs of leaves per plant.

• Plant Brussels sprouts.

• Add non-seed-bearing weeds to compost.

• Water plants deeply each time.

• Seed beets.