‘ABC’s of Beekeeping’ course offered

Penn State Extension – Bucks County will conduct a four-part beginning beekeepers course starting Tuesday, January 14th from 7:00-9:30pm at Neshaminy Manor Center, Doylestown.

The remaining classes will be held on consecutive Tuesday evenings.  There is a $35 registration fee, which includes an extensive reference packet. Pre-registration is required and space is limited.

The course will prepare participants for hobby beekeeping by providing instruction on honeybee biology, equipment, acquiring bees and honeybee pests. Hands-on classroom activities and a course field trip will enhance the instruction.

To register, go to http://agsci.psu.edu/beekeeping-abcs. For additional course information contact Scott Guiser at 215-345-3283 or sxg6@psu.edu.

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Register now for Southeast Pennsylvania Green Industry Conference, January 7, 2104

Registration is now being accepted for the January 7, 2014 Green Industry Conference which will be held at Delaware Valley College. Go here http://goo.gl/KBNxpy to register. Or, if you prefer, call 610-489-4315 and ask for Lizette.

This year’s conference will feature keynote speakers Neil Hendrickson from Bartlett Tee and Gary Koller, former director of the Arnold Arboretum. Breakout sessions will address hazard trees, Rose Rosette Disease, herbaceous plants for southeastern Pennsylvania, managing artificially turf and neonicotinoid insecticides.

Update certification for several Green Industry professions as well as pesticide applicators will be provided. An optional tour of the Henry Schmieder Arboretum will be offered.

This conference is co-sponsored by Penn State Extension, Delaware Valley College, The Pennsylvania Landscape/Nursery Association, and the Philadelphia Branch of the Professional Grounds Management Society.

For program information contact Scott Guiser, 215-345-3283 or sxg6@psu.edu.

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Penn State Extension offers Master Well Owner training

Pennsylvania is home to over one million private water wells and springs but it is one of the few states that do not provide statewide regulations to protect these rural drinking water supplies. As a result, homeowners using a private well or spring must understand proper water supply management practices to ensure safe drinking water for their family. 

In 2004, Penn State Extension and several partner agencies created the Master Well Owner Network (MWON) – a group of trained volunteers who are dedicated to promoting the proper construction, testing, and maintenance of private water wells, springs and cisterns throughout Pennsylvania.

Since its inception, over 600 volunteers have attended Saturday training workshops to be certified as Penn State Master Well Owners. The next MWON volunteer training course will be held on Saturday, December 14th, from 9:00am to 3:30pm at the Neshaminy Manor Center, 1282 Almshouse Road, Doylestown. Prospective volunteers need to submit an application and be accepted into the program.

The December 14th training workshop will be limited to the first 30 accepted applicants. To be eligible for this program, volunteers must NOT have any financial interest in private water supplies (i.e. work for water well drillers, water testing labs, water treatment companies, etc.) and they must be willing to share what they learn with their neighbors, friends, and co-workers. 

Volunteers who successfully complete the training course and pass a short exam will receive a free copy of the 80 page publication, “A Guide to Private Water Systems in Pennsylvania,” a coupon good for a 10% discount on water testing through the Penn State water testing lab, and access to various MWON educational materials. 

To learn more about the program and to complete an application, visit the following website: http://extension.psu.edu/natural-resources/water/mwon/volunteer or contact Bryan Swistock at 814-863-0194 or brs@psu.edu.

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Penn State Extension offers four free autumn gardening workshops

Continue growing fresh and nutritious produce from your home garden through the cool autumn weather, plant bulbs for spring beauty and then put your garden happily to bed for the winter!

Penn State Extension Bucks County is here to help both novice and seasoned gardeners with a series of four short courses for those who want to make the most of their gardens in the cool weather.

All classes are from 7:00pm to 9:00pm and free to the public. Pre-registration is required; call 215-345-3283.

#1 – Thursday, September 12th – Planting Fall Veggies

Continue eating fresh, nutritious and locally-grown veggies from your own garden throughout the autumn! Join Master Gardener Mike Gordon as he discusses veggies that thrive in cool weather.

#2 – Thursday, September 19th – Fall Garden Clean-Up

Join Master Gardener Bonnie Olliver as she talks about how to put your garden to bed for awhile … but leave a little something behind for over-wintering birds and next year’s butterflies!

#3 – Thursday, October 3rd, – Growing Great Garlic

Now’s the time to plant garlic for harvest next spring. Learn the simple steps to grow delicious and nutritious garlic in your backyard in this exciting session with Master Gardener Gary Dunbar.

#4 – Thursday, October 10th, – Bulbs for Spring Beauty 

Learn to successfully plant daffodils, tulips, crocus, hyacinth and other types of flowering bulbs now for a gorgeous display in your home garden next spring. Master Gardener Bonnie Olliver will also explain how to force bulbs indoors for an early, magnificent holiday treat. 

Workshops are held at
 Penn State Extension Bucks County, Neshaminy Manor Center – Health Building, 1282 Almshouse Road,
 Doylestown.

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