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Wayne County 4-H Newsletter

4-H Camp Reunion

Do you miss your friends from Virtual 4-H Camp last month? We sure do, so we're having a 4-H Camp Reunion next Tuesday, July 28, at 11 a.m. Parents who registered for Wayne County 4-H Virtual Camp should check their email from details. We hope youth will join us for online games and activities. If you have questions call our office at 304-272-6839

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FREE Garden & Health Activities at Extension Office

The Wayne County Family Nutrition Program and 4-H Program are partnering this summer to offer FREE health and garden activities for families to stop by our office and pick up. The activities include microgreens and healthy living activities for youth and adults. The activities will be available just outside our office weekdays (Monday - Friday, excluding holidays) from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., while supplies last! If you have questions, please do not hesitate to call our office at 304-272-6839.

WVU Extension Service - Porch Packets Summer 2020 - Free Heath & Garden Activities.

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Virtual Energy Express off to a Great Start

Our Virtual Energy Express is off to a great start. The program started on June 11 with training and preparations for the program. The program with children started June 22, where mentors prepared kits to deliver to parents - each kit was filled with activities and books for them to work on at home. 

Mentors are also serving at school feeding sites. Overall, there is a great energy and enthusiasm by our Energy Express mentors and site supervisors to bring creative reading programs and art activities into the homes of youth enrolled in this summer program!

Mentors pack meals

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Wayne County Ag News

Curcubit Downy Mildew Project

Throughout the spring and summer of 2020, Evan Wilson, agriculture agent for Cabell and Wayne counties, has been participating in a monitoring trial for cucurbit downy mildew (CDM.) For many years, CDM was controlled through resistant cultivars but since 2005, there has been a nearly 40% crop loss throughout the region. Last summer, Wilson was fortunate to partner with several growers in two counties but with the uncertainty of COVID-19 guidelines, this year's plot was planted at the agents' home. Varieties in this years trial include: Butterscotch butternut squash, Halona cantaloupes, pollinizer watermelon, silver slicer cucumbers, table queen acorn squash and thunder kabocha squash. 

As summer progresses, Wilson will update findings and share new information pertaining to CDM.

Seed tray

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2020 Wayne County Fair Postponed

June 15, 2020;

Dear Community and Friends,

The Wayne County WV Fair Board extends its sincere appreciation to each of you and your support over the years of the Wayne County Fair.  As the Fair Board has watched the events of the last few months unfold, our concern over the health and well-being of our community has been an utmost priority.  As such, we have come to a decision which is not easy or made lightly.  Due to Covid 19, and limited financial support caused by the economic impact of the pandemic, we are deeply disheartened to announce that the 2020 Wayne County Fair, Pageant, and Horse Show have been postponed until 2021. 

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The Right and Wrong Times to Plant

Planting seeds.

As the temperatures increase and the days get longer, many first time gardeners want to plant the majority of their plants during this time. However now is not the time to plant many of our plants out in the elements. The month of April is an ideal time to plant the following by date. 

It is not recommended to plant tomatoes, squash, sweet corn and other crops outdoors until May. Please check the 2020 Garden Calendar for more information.

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Wayne County CEOS News

New Signs to Promote CEOS Program

Check out the new CEOS signs hung at both entrances into Wayne. We are thrilled to have the Wayne County CEOS program featured to help promote the great work they do throughout the county! CEOS stands for Community Educational Outreach Service and is open to adults interested in service, education and making a difference in the lives of others. Call our office at 304-272-6839 to learn more!

Welcome to Wayne - CEOS Sign Entrance to Wayne - from NorthCEOS Sign Entrance to Wayne

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Virtual Garden Showcase

The CEOS Garden Club is hosting a Virtual Garden Showcase every Monday starting July 27 on their Facebook page as well as the WVU Wayne County Extension Facebook page. CEOS Garden Club members would love to receive photographs of your vegetables, fruit, flowers - anything about your garden. They would also love to have any questions you may have about your garden. Every Monday through August entries will be showcased and questions answered. Help us showcase the pride of Wayne County by participating in the Virtual Garden Showcase! Email photographs and questions to WVU Wayne County Extension.  

CEOS stands for Community Educational Outreach Service. It is an organization for adults interested in leadership, service and education.

Virtual Garden Showcase plus directions to participate

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CEOS Garden Club Tends to Town's Entrance Flower Display

The CEOS Garden Club member Nancy Crockett and her husband Bruce weeded and watered the flower garden at the entrance to Wayne over the weekend. While CEOS members have not had in-person meetings in some time, they are still engaged in meaningful community service projects like this. If you are interested in learning more, contact our office at 304-272-6839.

CEOS Garden Club Project

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4-H Youth Development

Did you know that in 4-H, you can build a rabbit den, go on a hike, learn photography, be a news reporter, raise small pets and livestock, safely shoot an air rifle, shot gun, or bow and arrow, learn about other cultures and customs, go to camp and make new friends? Did you know that 4-H is for everyone between the ages of 5 and 21? That’s right, everyone! In 4-H you can learn leadership skills and contribute to your community! Here are just a few exciting activities that Wayne County 4-H members are involved with:

  • 4-H Heritage Quilt Trail
  • Shooting Sports – air rifle, shot gun, and archery
  • Livestock and horses

The Wayne County 4-H program has lots of opportunities for youths of all ages. Call our office to receive more information.


Community Educational Outreach Service (CEOS)

In many ways, CEOS is 4-H for adults! The purpose of CEOS is to provide leadership development, continuing education and service. CEOS members have lots of fun while learning and giving back to their community through various service projects. Wayne County CEOS Clubs are always looking for new members - call our office to learn more. 

Gardening & Horticulture

Do you have questions about your garden or the vegetables growing in it? Or do you need your soil tested? Or do you have questions about your lawn? If you answered yes to any of these questions, feel free to call our office anytime 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Family Nutrition Program

The Family Nutrition Program (FNP) is comprised of numerous nutrition, food and physical activity projects designed to help limited resource families, youths and adults improve their health. FNP targets risk factors associated with obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension and other chronic diseases. For more information, please contact Lisa Bell, Adult Health Educator at  304-272-6839.

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Part of the National Cooperative Extension System

All universities engage in research and teaching, but the nation’s more than 100 land-grant colleges and universities including WVU, have another critical mission: Extension. Extension means reaching out, and along with teaching and research land-grant institutions extend their resources, solving public needs with college or university resources through local programs. With more than 3,000 county offices in the USA, the National Cooperative Extension System is the local front door for many citizens to their state land-grant institutions.

Putting Knowledge to Work!

West Virginia University Extension works to provide “solutions in your community” through key programs and resources including agriculture, environment and natural resources, 4-H youth development, food and nutrition, health and wellness, financial planning and home gardening. These research-based programs and services are available to all residents of Wayne County thanks to the tremendous support of our community members, local organizations, volunteers and local partners – the Board of Education and County Commission.

Wayne County Highlights

    • Four successful Energy Express sites were implemented in Wayne County. Over 184 children participated in the six-week program. Local funding matches were secured for each site, which allowed the program to be offered at more sites and provided nearly $30,000 in financial support.
    • Nearly 2,500 youths participated in an in-school enrichment program provided through the Wayne County 4-H program.
    • More than 1,200 WVU Extension Service Garden Calendars were distributed throughout the county, providing agricultural education and information.
    • Wayne County Community Educational Outreach Service members invested over 500 hours of community service toward various causes and efforts throughout the county and region.