The Richmond Register

Lifestyles & Community

July 8, 2014

A lot is going on with Extension this month

RICHMOND — The Meet Your Farmers Tour was a huge success.

Despite the rainy weather, we had over 120 people visit farms and farmers markets around the county. I just want to thank the farms that opened their gates, as well as the producers at our farmers markets: Baldwin Farms, Turpin Cattle Farm, Berea Garden and Greenhouse, Hunt Acres, Meadowbrook Farm at EKU, Madison County Farmers Market, Berea Farmers Market and Downtown Richmond Farmers Market.

Also, thanks for support from the Madison County Conservation District and the Madison County Beekeepers Association, as well as sponsorship from the Madison County Farm Bureau and its Women’s Committee. I feel blessed to be able to work with such great people and organizations.

Several interesting things are coming up in the next couple of months.

Madison County Fair

County fair exhibits for Floral Hall will be accepted Thursday, July 31, from 8:30 a.m. until noon at the Madison County Fairgrounds. Entries will then be judged and left on display until they are picked up Saturday, Aug. 2, from 2 to 4 p.m. For more details, call the Madison County Cooperative Extension Office at 623-4072.

Identifying Wild Edible Foods

Learn to identify several commonly overlooked food plants that grow in the wild, many right in your own yard. Delicious, nutritious, and best of all, free. Sample some prepared wild plant dishes while learning when where and how to harvest and use edible wild plants for general consumption or even survival. Taste the wild. Yum! This class will be conducted Tuesday, Aug. 5, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Madison County Cooperative Extension Office. Please call and let us know if you plan to attend so we can make handouts, 623-4072.

Master Gardener Class

Classes begin Sept. 9 and meet every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to noon through Dec. 9. Each week will focus on a different topic in horticulture, such as trees, flowers, vegetables, soils, fruit and more. For more details or to request an application, call our office or email me. After participants complete the course, they are required to volunteer with the Extension Service for 30 hours. The cost of the course is $100. Call me at 623-4072 or email me at  information.

Educational programs of the Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, age, sex, religion, disability or national origin.


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