Cooperative Extension offers gardening and farm workshops
The Cooperative Extension will host a workshop called “Poisonous Plants: Protecting Your Pastures and Livestock” at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10, at Circle G Farms.
The workshop will include identification, impacts on livestock and cultural and herbicide controls. It will be beneficial for all livestock producers, workshop organizers said.
Also, be prepared to go on a pasture walk.
Two hours of pesticide recertification credits are available in the following categories: G, H, K, L, N, O and X.
To learn how to put up produce for the winter, hands-on canning classes are offered from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on July 14 and Aug. 18 at the Agricultural Conference Center in Boone. Participants will can tomatoes in a boiling water bath and a pressure canner. The cost is $10 for each session.
If you would like to learn more about gardening, make plans to attend “Organic Gardening 101,” from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 30 through Aug. 2. This workshop is designed for beginning gardeners or those who would like to switch to organic methods.
Classes are held next to a red barn in Valle Crucis, at the former ASU sustainable development farm. Several garden tours in the area are planned.
Topics include garden planning, seed starting, companion planting, how to attract beneficial insects, pest management, soil testing and amendments, composting and vermi-composting and dealing with common plant problems. The cost is $20 for all four days.
Register for workshops by paying in advance at 971 West King St., or call (828) 264-3061.