Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Putnam County Master Gardeners Fruit Tree Fundraiser

For Immediate Release;

Chuck Talbott
WVU Extension Agent for Putnam County
3389 Winfield Road
Winfield , WV 25213

Master Gardeners to Conduct Fruit Tree Fundraiser

The Putnam County Master Gardeners are conducting a Fruit Tree Fundraiser during the month of January and February.  The public is invited to place their order for trees from Adams County Nursery, Inc. in PA with a bulk order placed by the local Master Gardener program.  Order early as some trees run out early.  Pending on the total number of trees that the group orders, typical savings per tree (when ordering 100 trees or more) are $18/tree for apple and pear varieties and approximately $17/tree for peach, plum and cherry trees.  Last year we ordered 150 trees and trees averaged $12-$15 per tree.  Orders and payments must be received by February 28th.  Price breaks, premium charges, disease resistant varieties, rootstocks and pollination considerations are located at the company’s website (  A limited number of catalogues are available at the WVU Putnam County Extension Office.  A $22 donation to the Putnam County Master Gardeners will be collected for each individual order; payment includes tree wraps.  To place an order or for further questions call Town and Country Supply (Rock Branch) (304) 755-3520. 

Programs and activities offered by the West Virginia University Extension Service are available to all persons without regard to race, color, sex, disability, religion, age, veteran status, political beliefs, sexual orientation, national origin, and marital or family status.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

12th Annual West Virginia Small Farm Conference

12th Annual West Virginia Small Farm Conference

Charleston Civic Center, Charleston, W.Va.

February 25 – 27, 2016

Goals for Conference

  • Unlock the potential of West Virginia small farms to produce food profitably.
  • Help small farms transition from commodity production to food production for community and local consumption.
  • Support West Virginia’s 22,000 small farms families by:
– Providing reliable, tested knowledge about current trends, needed skills, and latest production and operation information
– Building an understanding of how to develop a successful small farming enterprise.
  • Support and further develop West Virginia’s food system and local communities by encouraging local production, processing, wholesale & retail marketing, and consumption.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Conservation Buffers to Support Beneficial Insects on Organic Farms

Conservation Buffers to Support Beneficial Insects on Organic Farms
Feb 2, 2016 3:00 pm US/Eastern

You are invited to attend our latest Live Webinar sponsored by: USDA NRCS Science and Technology.
What will you learn?
Participate in this webinar to learn about the use of conservation buffers on organic farms to attract and sustain beneficial insects and on-farm biodiversity. learn more here...
Who should participate?Conservationists
Organic Agriculture Specialists
Technical Service Providers
Land Owners
Land Managers
Session Details:Feb 2, 2016 3:00 pm US/Eastern     Duration: 01:00 (hh:mm)     Export Event to Calendar *** Please join the session 15 minutes prior to the start of the webinar. ***
Presenters/Authors:Mace Vaughan, Pollinator Program Co-Director, Xerces Society & Partner Biologist and Pollinator Specialist, USDA NRCS West National Technology Support Center, Portland, OR
Education Credits from the following organizations continuing education programs have been approved or applied for:The Wildlife Society - 1 hour TWS Category 1 Credit    [status: Applied For] 
Certified Crop Advisors - 1 hour CCA - PM Credit    
[status: Approved] 
Conservation Planner - 1 hour Conservation Planning Credit    
[status: Approved]
Contact for more information.

Webinar Access Instructions!
To participate, go to on the day of the webinar and follow the instructions below:
1. To find the webinar, click the Live Webinars button at the top of the page.  When you find this webinar, click on the webinar name and you will be directed to the webinar page.
2. To join the live webinar, click the orange join button at the top of the webinar page.  If the webinar has been archived, you can take this webinar by clicking the orange view button at the top of the webinar page.
3. Completely fill out the registration form and click submit.
4. If you are presented with a survey, you must take this short survey before being directed to  participate or view the webinar.
5. After completing the survey (if applicable) you will be redirected to Adobe Connect to join the webinar session.  For more information about testing your PC/Mac for compatibility with Adobe Connect, see  below.
6. Once redirected to Adobe Connect, login to Adobe Connect as a GUEST by entering your name.  You will then be joined to the Adobe Connect webinar.
7Audio: Once you have successfully logged into the Adobe Connect webinar, you will hear the webinar audio through your device's speakers or headset -alternately- if the webinar is also setup for telephone dial-in, you will be given the phone number in the Adobe Connect application after you join the webinar.
For information on using Adobe Connect and for configuring the audio portion of the webinar, see the  Adobe Connect Participant Guide.

TEST Your Device for Compatibility with Adobe Connect!
§  Windows and Mac Users - Prepare in Advance. If you have not already tested your PC or Mac for accessing Adobe Connect meetings/webinars, you'll need to run the Adobe Connect Test Tool FIRST. This tool will verify that your PC/Mac is setup correctly in order to participate in Adobe Connect meetings/webinars.  
§  Adobe Connect for Mobile Device :
§  See the  Adobe Connect Mobile guide for information on how to participate in live webinars accessed using the Join button.
§  To participate in on-demand webinars accessed using the View button, visit ConservationWebinars.netusing a mobile browser app that supports Adobe Flash.  The Puffin Browser supports Adobe Flash and is available from the Apple Store and Google Play.

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