Home and Garden Briefs for July 31, 2020 | Journal-news

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Support local farmers, buying local MARTINSBURG — 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 […]

Support local farmers, buying local MARTINSBURG — 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 canceled

MARTINSBURG — 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 efforts

JEFFERSON — 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.

Experts caution residents about unsolicited seed packagesMARTINSBURG — In recent weeks, residents in West Virginia and other states have reported receiving unsolicited packages containing seeds that appear to have originated from another country. The West Virginia University Extension Service Agriculture and Natural Resources program urges those who’ve received these seeds to proceed with caution, as the packets could contain seeds of invasive plant species.

At this time, the types of seeds included in the packages are unknown, but due to the seriousness of invasive plants, recipients should remain careful. These seed packages were delivered by mail to people who did not order them. Some may have characters from the Chinese language or other foreign languages printed on the packaging. Households who receive unsolicited seeds from another country are advised to not plant them.

If the seeds are in a sealed package, do not open it. Individuals should keep the seeds and packaging and contact either the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service in West Virginia at 304-343-8585 or [email protected] or the West Virginia Department of Agriculture at 304-558-2226.

“Invasive species wreak havoc on the environment, displace or destroy native plants and insects, and severely damage crops,” Ronnie Helmondollar, WVU Extension Service Agriculture and Natural Resources program director, said. “Taking steps to prevent their introduction is the most effective method of reducing both the risk of invasive species infestations and the cost to control and mitigate those infestations.” For more information about WVU Extension Service, visit extension.wvu.edu or contact your local WVU Extension Service office.

2020 Berkeley County Youth Fair goes virtualThe 73rd Annual Berkeley County Youth Fair will be not be held at the fairgrounds this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. Instead, the BCYF is holding a VIRTUAL FAIR Aug. 2 through Aug. 7, that will be broadcast live on TV10 and on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BerkeleyCountyYouthFairAssociation as well as on their website.

For more information, go to the Berkeley County Youth Fair Website at https://berkeleycountyyouthfair.org/

The 2020 Fair Book is virtual as well and can be found at https://berkeleycountyyouthfair.org/fair-week/fair-program/

The 2020 Market Animal On-Line Livestock Auction will open at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5 and close at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7. For information on registering for the auction go to: https://berkeleycountyyouthfair.org/news/auction-information/

Support your Berkeley County Youth via the 2020 Market Animal On-Line Livestock Auction.

Agriculture Enhancement and Chesapeake Bay Program

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 http://www.wvca.us/districts/epcd.cfm

Profitable Pastures webinar series setVIRGINIA — 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.

2021 Gypsy Moth Suppression program

MARTINSBURG — 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

• Water plants deeply each time.

• Seed beans and peas for fall crop.

• Refrigerate or chill spinach seed for 1 to 2 days before sowing.

• Seed spinach.

• Seed fall carrots.

• Plant cabbage for fall crop,

• Plant Chinese cabbage.

• Seed lettuce for fall crop.

• Watch for downy mildew.

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