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  • Virginia Tech and Virginia Cooperative Extension offer workshop on agroforestry practices

       

    A line of people planting seedlings in a field Volunteers help plant a woody floral riparian buffer, one example of how incorporating trees into agricultural systems can provide both environmental and economic benefits.

    Landowners interested in learning more about two agroforestry practices — silvopasture and riparian buffers — can attend a daylong workshop on Saturday, Nov. 8 in Warrenton hosted by Virginia Tech’s Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation and Virginia Cooperative Extension.

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  • Virginia Cooperative Extension encourages the public to be prepared for disasters

       

    Virginia Cooperative Extension encourages the public to be prepared for disasters An emergency kit is a collection of items your household may need in the event of an emergency. It should contain enough items to supply food and water for your family for at least three days. Photo credit: Extension Disaster Education Network

    September marks Emergency Preparedness Month, and Virginia Cooperative Extension encourages families to be disaster-aware and take action to prepare.

    “A disaster can strike anyone, anywhere, and sometimes without notice. This makes it essential for families to form a safety plan," says Michael Martin, Virginia Cooperative Extension emergency response and preparedness coordinator.

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  • An ingredient for success

       

    An ingredient for success Sally Walker triple washes Glade Road Growing's spinach in well water tested for cleanliness and then stores the washed leaves in plastic bins. Both tasks are examples of food safety procedures.

    Greenhouse fans whir at Mike Calhoun’s hydroponic lettuce-growing operation while workers harvest the four varieties grown at Stover Shop Greenhouses in Churchville, Virginia.

    Calhoun’s farming operation is certified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) program, an initiative that requires an internal audit of bookkeeping, growing, and production operations. Once growers pass the audit, they can apply for a GAP logo to display on packaging.

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  • Virginia Master Gardeners gather at Virginia Tech to learn and network

       

    A master gardener makes a floral arrangement Classes offered at the Master Gardener College cover a wide range of topics from greenhouse propagation of bog plants to floral arrangements.

    Nearly 250 Master Gardeners from across Virginia will attend the 27th annual Master Gardener College at Virginia Tech June 25-29. 

    The conference, hosted by Virginia Cooperative Extension, offers continuing education for its more than 5,500 Master Gardener volunteers.

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  • 4-H'ers honor the history of 4-H while working toward a better future at the 2014 State Congress

       

    4-H'ers honor the history of 4-H while working toward a better future at the 2014 State Congress 4-H'ers gather at the Virginia Tech War Memorial Chapel Pylons during a previous 4-H State Congress.

    More than 500 teens, volunteer leaders, and Virginia Cooperative Extension agents will gather on Virginia Tech’s Blacksburg campus June 16-19 for the 94th annual 4-H State Congress.

    This year’s theme, “Celebrating the Past, Making It Last,” draws on the history of 4-H and demonstrates the power of 4-H to assist teens in developing leadership, citizenship, and life skills through hands-on educational programs.

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