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Wayne County 4-H Newsletter

Highlights from 4-H International Travel Club

Three 4-H members (Danielle, Alivia, and Jenna Adkins) made two Greek dishes (Greek butter cookies and Puff Pastry Spanakopita) as part of the International Travel 4-H Club's May online meeting. This club will "travel" to Russia for its next online meeting to be held on July 21 at 4 p.m. Club members will be asked to find and make a tasty Russian dish to make and for show and tell, along with three interesting facts about this great country. For information on how to join, please contact Julie Tritz, 4-H Extension Agent at 304-272-6839.

Youth Making Puff Pastry Spanakopita - a Greek dishGreek Butter Cookies

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Register for Wayne County 4-H Camp

With in-person 4-H Camps canceled, we are providing a "4-H Camp @ Home" experience that will feature online activities as well as "working at your own pace" activities. Youth that enroll in camp will receive a kit with all the activities for the week of camp. We strongly recommend that parents check out our Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about our camp program this year and some of the exciting activities and plans we have in store as well as important logistics on how camp will work next month!

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Enroll Your Child in Virtual Energy Express

Buffalo, Ceredo-Kenova, Fort Gay and Lavalette communities are recruiting children for the Energy Express summer reading program. While it will be a virtual program, it will be super fun with engaging and hands-on reading enrichment activities. It is FREE and runs June 22 – July 31. The program is open to children entering 1st grade through entering 6th grade (and repeat Kindergartners). Register online. Parents will be notified around Friday, May 22 if their child has been selected for the program. If you have questions about the virtual Energy Express program – check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

A Summer of Good Books WVU Extension Service Energy Express

A Summer of Good Books WVU Extension Service Energy Express

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Wayne County Ag News

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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Spring Seed Starting

Tomato seedlings.

When it comes to starting plants from home, the first step is starting with good, quality clean seed. This seed should be acquired from reputable seed supplier. If you decided to keep seed from last year's crop, these seed may have been harvested from hybrids that may not give produce as well as the parent plants. When selecting seeds from a well-respected supplier, it is recommended to select hybrid seeds as the often give more uniformity and better vigor along with resistance against a host of concerns. Read the seed package for specific growing instructions.

The ideal time to plant may range from one to three months for indoor before it is safe to transplant to the outdoor environment. Place the seed a good germinating medium that is free of insects, disease and weed seeds. A good germinating mixtures should consist of peat moss, vermiculite, superphos phate and ground limestone.  A general rule of thumb is planting the seeds at a depth of twice their diameter and lightly cover with the growing medium. 

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Garden Site Assessment and Preparation

West Virginia has a long history of planting backyard gardens and we lead the nation in small family farms. For many years these gardens were planted out of necessity and not as a hobby but as our food supply became more stable and people left the farms and moved to suburbia. This change has led many people to stop gardening all together and now people want to reconnect with our gardening roots.

The first step in gardening is determining where you will place the garden and the size of area required for your needs.

Rule #1: Start small. If you are new to gardening think about how much time YOU will be able to dedicate to the garden. If it is not much time, I recommend starting with containers and/or constructing a raised bed. Containers are ideal for people that do not have a lot of space but may have a patio or porch that will work wonderfully. Raised beds are ideal for people that may have some lawn space but do not have a tiller or other equipment to prepare the soil. Also, for those that may have mobility issues or a hard time standing, elevated raised beds are a great alternative. These allow for either a wheelchair or lawn chair to fit underneath and still tend to the plants.

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Wayne County CEOS News

WVU Extension Service Mask Production

WVU Extension Service employees, 4-H clubs, retirees, CEOS groups and others are assisting in the sewing, collecting and distributing masks to health care workers, seniors and other community members throughout the state. 

This is a collaborative effort with Senator Joe Manchin, United Way of West Virginia, West Virginia Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster, Philanthropy WV, Senior Corps, the Robert C. Byrd Institute, the Council of Churches and many others to encourage West Virginians to pitch in and help our doctors, nurses, health care workers and first responders on the front lines of this pandemic. You can drop off masks at various locations throughout the state.

Help us track the great volunteer efforts you have provided by filling out and submitting the online form.

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Upcoming Book Discussions

The Community Educational Outreach Service is hosting a series of book discussions from the Purposeful Reading List.

WVU Extension Agent Ami Cook to discuss "Enough as She Is," on April 21 at 2 p.m.

WVU Extension Agent Cheryl Kaczor to discuss "A Tapestry of Secrets," on April 28 at 2 p.m.

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Educational Programs by CEOS Clubs

Two of our Wayne County CEOS Clubs met on Tuesday. Quilt and Fiber Club learned about Needle Turn Applique, and Garden Club learned about the care and uses of Spearmint. Both clubs are always excited to welcome new members. Contact our office at 304-272-6839 for more details!

Sewing Example

Sewing Example

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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.