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Agriculture - Classes for everyone

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FARMING FACTS by BRYCE ROBERTS/Agriculture Extension Agent

As spring has finally arrived, we have several upcoming trainings that may be of interest to you. All of these are part of our annual set of SOS classes. If you are a resident of Spencer County, you should have received a flyer in the mail a couple of weeks ago. If not, you can call our office to get one, or go to our website (address is at the end of this article) and view the class listing and register online.

All of the following classes will be held at our office. There are no charges for the first four classes, but we do request that you bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to the local Backpack Buddies program.

Spring Lawn Maintenance will be held on Tuesday, March 29, beginning at 6 p.m. Learn the proper procedures to have a healthy lawn all summer long.

Vegetable Gardening Basics will be held on Tuesday, March 29, beginning at 7 p.m. We’ll be discussing many topics related to vegetable gardens, including soils, seeding, and weed control.

Too much of a good thing? This will be held on Wednesday, April 6, beginning at 6:30 p.m. We all love seeing wildlife around our homes, but what do you do when you have too much of a good thing? Wildlife can have a significant impact on agricultural commodities, personal gardens and landscaping. Join a Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist for a seminar designed to provide you with the tools to improve crop yields by decreasing the amount of damage to your crops, gardens and chickens from wildlife. There are a lot of options out there, and this seminar will help you in determining the most cost-effective and legal method for your operation. If you are farming one acre or 1,000, there will be something for everyone. Topics to be included: deterrents, trapping, bait crops, fencing and hunting strategies.

Bee and Butterfly Habitats. This will be held on Wednesday, April 20, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Pollinator species have seen a sharp decline over recent decades. This workshop is designed to educate landowners on the current status of these insects and the importance of pollinator species, and to provide basic instructions on what you can do to protect and support pollinating insects through wildflower plantings and invasive species management.

Rain Garden Class. This will be held on Friday, April 29, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. You will learn how to establish a rain garden using one of your downspouts on your home. Cost is $15, which includes materials and lunch.

Rain Barrel Class. This will be held on Friday, April 29, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. You will learn how to make a rain barrel to be used at your home. There is no charge for this class, but if you would like to take one home with you, there is a $60 charge.

Feel free to call our office or visit us online to register for any of the classes.

Feel free to contact me at your Spencer County Cooperative Extension Service at 477-2217, or you can email me at broberts@uky.edu. You can visit the Spencer County Extension Service’s website at www.spencerextension.com.

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