Profitable meat-marketing workshop — Thursday, Aug. 30, 6:30 to 9 pm. Ag Heritage Center, 185 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg, Pa. Participants will learn how to cover all their meat-marketing costs from Agriculture Marketing Specialist Matt LeRoux from Cornell Cooperative Extension. To register, call 877-345-0691 or go to extension.psu.edu/profitable-meat-marketing-workshop.
4-H benefit auction — Friday, Sept. 7. Hurley Auctions, 2800 Buchanan Trail East in Greencastle, Pa. Doors open at 4 p.m. and the silent bidding begins at 4:30 p.m. The live auction starts at 6:30 p.m. Eighth annual event benefits Franklin County 4-H clubs. Items up for bid will be posted on the Franklin County PA 4-H Facebook page.
Beauty of bulbs workshop — Saturday, Sept. 8, 9 to 11 a.m. Ag Heritage Building, 185 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg, Pa. Seminar about planting bulbs in the fall and the spring flowers they produce. Take home a sampling of bulbs. Registration fee is $10. To register, call 877-345-0691 or go to extension.psu.edu/beauty-of-bulbs. For additional information about the class, call the Franklin County Penn State Extension office at 717-263-9226.
Home lawn-care workshop — Saturday, Sept. 8, 9 to 11 a.m. Orrstown, Pa.; directions provided at time of registration. Learn proper methods of weed control, lawn renovation and management of lawn pests. To register, call 877-345-0691 or go to extension.psu.edu/home-lawn-care-workshop. Free. For directions, call the Franklin County Extension Office at 717-263-9226.
Pressure canner dial gauge testing — Thursday, Sept. 13, 1 to 4 p.m. Penn State Extension Office, 181 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg, Pa. Free. No need to bring your entire canner, just the lid. Signup is not required. If you cannot attend, you may drop your canner lid off and pick it up later. For more information, call 717-263-9226.
Penn State Extension Franklin County centennial celebration — Thursday, Sept. 13, 6 to 8 p.m. Ag Heritage Center, 185 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg, Pa. The public is invited to help celebrate 100 years of Penn State Extension service in Franklin County. To register, go to extension.psu.edu/franklin-county-extension-centennial-celebration or call the office at 717-263-9226.
ServSafe food-safety certification — Monday, Oct. 15, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Monday, Oct. 22, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ag Heritage Center, 185 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg, Pa. The National Restaurant Association’s ServSafe course is conducted by Penn State Extension. Registrants must attend both sessions. After attending the class sessions and passing the multiple-choice exam with a 75 percent or greater score, participants will receive a ServSafe certificate, which meets the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s requirement for food-safety certification. The course covers information related to preventing cross-contamination, safe handling of food, temperature control, cleaning and sanitization, proper storage and pest control. The fee is $185 and includes a book, study materials and the exam. Register online at www.extension.psu.edu/servsafe (choose the Chambersburg location) or call the Penn State University registration support team at 1-877-345-0691. For inquiries regarding course logistics or retesting, call the Franklin County Penn State Extension office at 717-263-9226. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, contact Stacy Reed at 717-394-6851 in advance.
To reach the Washington County Extension office, drive about seven miles south of Hagerstown from the Interstate 70 exit onto Sharpsburg Pike. The office is in the Washington County Agricultural Education Center complex. For more information about 4-H events, go to Extension.umd.edu.
The Franklin County, Pa., Extension office is at 181 Franklin Farm Lane in Chambersburg. From Hagerstown, take Interstate 81 north to the U.S. 30 east exit. Take the first road to the left, which is Franklin Farm Lane.
The Berkeley County, W.Va., Extension office is at 400 W. Stephen St., Suite 302, in Martinsburg. Call 304-264-1936.
The Jefferson County, W.Va., Extension office is at 1948 Wiltshire Road, Suite 3, in Kearneysville. Call 304-728-7413.
The Morgan County, W.Va., Extension office is at 129 Fairfax St. in Berkeley Springs. Call 304-258-8400.