Free farming classes offered

The Tygarts Valley Conservation District and WVU Extension Service are offering several free educational programs for early 2014.

A series of three Farm Educational Dinners:

– Thursday, Jan. 16 – “Goals for a Sustainable Beef Production System” by Tim Sutphin at Camp Pioneer in Randolph County.

– Thursday, Feb. 13, “Grazing” by Chris Teustch at the Parsons Senior Center in Tucker County.

– Thursday, March 13, “Economic and Other Benefits of Stackable Enterprises on Farms” by Todd Clark at the Belington Fire Department in Barbour County.

Dinner will be at 6:30 p.m., with the program starting at 7:15 p.m. The meeting will continue to be free of charge to the farmers. There is a $5 charge for dinner, and reservations are required by the Monday before each meeting.

The next series of classes will be a Pollinator and Beginning Beekeeping class on the following dates:

– Tuesday, Feb. 11, “Who, What, Where and When of Pollinators” by Sheldon Owen, wildlife specialist with WVU Extension Service.

– Tuesday, Feb. 18, “Plants and Flowers to Attract Pollinators” by Josh Peplowski, WVU Extension.

– Tuesday, Feb. 25, “Beginning Beekeeping -Honey Bee Biology and Equipment Needed” by Joyce Frey, WV Master Beekeeper

– Tuesday, March 4, “Getting Your Bees, Now What Do I Do?” by Joyce Frey

– Tuesday, March 11, “Colony Management and Common Problems and Solutions” by Joyce Frey.

– Tuesday, March 18, “Diseases, Parasites, Pests & Predators and How to Deal with Them’ by Joyce Frey.

The classes will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Tygarts Valley Conservation District Office. Registration is required. Please call the District office at 304-457-3026 to make reservations. The classes are free of charge.