Building on a strong foundation
Since the first WSU Kitsap County Extension agent began service in 1917, outreach education has continued to improve lives in the area. The Boys and Girls Canning Clubs featured on the USS Nevada in 1923 are now part of a legacy that includes a wide range of local 4-H clubs, afterschool activities, and programs helping more than 4,000 K–12 students annually to become healthy and productive adults. Read more in WestSound Home & Garden.
Clallam County Master Gardeners go international
Clallam County Master Gardeners traveled to South Korea last month to share lessons learned through Growing Healthy, a local gardening project designed to help low-income people at risk for diabetes.
The 2014 International Master Gardener Conference hosted by the GyeongGi-Do Agricultural Research and Extension Service, Republic of Korea (South Korea), attracted Master Gardeners and program coordinators from across the United States, South Korea, Japan, and Germany. Read more in the Sequim Gazette.
Celebrated WSU Extension emeritus faculty dies
We were saddened to learn that Art Antonelli passed away Sept. 26, 2014. Art was a dear friend to many of us and will be greatly missed. His many honors for 35 years of service at WSU included the ESA Recognition Award in Urban Entomology, Pacific Branch ESA Distinguished Award in Extension, WSU Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award for Public Service, and the WSU Master Gardener Foundation Award.
Services will be held Oct. 11, 2:00 p.m., at the Hill Funeral Home in Puyallup. Read the obituary at Capital Press.
Oct. 11, Home Hard Cider-Making
This workshop provides a history and overview of hard cider styles and production, as well as instruction in basic principles of apple selection, pressing, fermentation, aging, and bottling. Besides getting a behind-the-scenes glimpse into a cider-making facility, students will press apples and take home a 1-gallon jug of fermenting hard cider. Students must be 21 years or older to participate. 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Finnriver Farm near Port Townsend. Register here.
Oct. 16, Western SARE director visit
The new director of Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education, Dr. Teryl Roper, will present a seminar on funding opportunities at WSU Pullman. Dr. Roper would like to meet with small groups of faculty and graduate students who work in the area of sustainable agriculture. If you are interested in meeting with Dr. Roper, contact Jessica Goldberger for times and locations. The seminar will be 12–1 p.m. in 204 Johnson Hall.
Oct. 22, Biofuels policies webinar
The biofuel and biochemical industries face stiff competition from the petroleum industry, making them very sensitive to government policies. Learn about key policies affecting biofuels in the Northwest with a focus on the debate surrounding a Clean Fuels Standard in Washington and Oregon. Hosted by WSU Extension Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest and Ross Macfarlane of Climate Solutions. 10–11 a.m. Register here.
Oct. 25, Autumn Backyard Seed Saving
Crops do better when they evolve to your backyard through saving your own seed. This class covers the fundamentals of breeding and selection, isolation for trickier seeds, simple genetics, cleaning, and storage techniques. Students will winnow, clean, sort, and package their own seed. 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Oatsplanter Farm near Port Townsend. $95 material fee. Register here.