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Va. Cooperative Extension offers gardening advice remotely via Zoom starting April 23

Are you thinking about starting a garden but are unsure where to start? Virginia Cooperative Extension says it can help remotely.

New US forever postage stamps celebrate farmers’ markets

The U.S. Postal Service has issued four colorful stamps saluting America’s farmers’ markets.

Workshop series in Nokesville for those considering a small agricultural operation

The Prince William Soil & Water Conservation District (PWSWCD) will begin a series of workshops for small acreage landowners (5-20 acres) who are thinking of establishing, or have already started, a small-scale/alternative agricultural operation.

Buying local firewood recommended to prevent spread of devastating pests

When it comes to buying firewood, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) has two pieces of advice. #1: Buy local firewood to keep from spreading invasive pests that may be hiding under the bark. And #2: Grab a tape measure, a yardstick or even a ruler to be sure the delivery you paid for is accurate.

STORMY WEATHER: Unfair to Prince William County Fair

The Prince William County Fair in Manassas will remain closed Tuesday, Aug. 12 due to the very wet weather and plans to reopen on Wednesday, Aug. 13 at 5 p.m.

Governor proclaims Farmers Market Week Aug. 3-9 in Virginia

It’s the best time to enjoy the bounty of the summer season. At farmers’ markets across the Commonwealth, families will find Virginia Grown tomatoes, corn, squash, peaches, melons, berries, flowers and more harvested at the peak of flavor, freshness and nutrition. To celebrate, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe proclaims August 3-9, 2014 as “Virginia Farmers’ Market Week.”

Virginia strawberries will likely be bigger and sweeter in 2014

Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services anticipates the peak of this year’s Virginia strawberry season to arrive in early May for southeastern Virginia, where temperatures are milder; and mid- to late-May in other parts of the Commonwealth, where the weather is cooler, a news release said.

Emphasis on where food comes from during Va. Agriculture in Classroom Week

Prince William Farm Bureau has purchased 100 books about agriculture and has distributed one to each elementary school in Prince William County for reading during Virginia Agriculture in the Classroom Week March 23-29.

Things you can learn about agriculture in a first grade classroom

EDITOR'S NOTE: March 23-29 is Ag Literacy Week. Here and across Virginia many people involved in agriculture will read to school children to help them understand where their food comes from. Sandra J. Adams, Acting Commissioner, Va. Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), tells some of the things she learned from students last year in this abbreviated column.

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