The 16th annual Pennsylvania Herb and Garden Festival: will be noon to 7 p.m. April 11 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 12 at York Expo Center, Memorial Hall, 334 Carlisle Road, West Manchester Township. Featured will be everything for herb-lovers and gardeners, including speakers, workshops, displays and more than 75 vendors of plants, herbal and garden products, crafts and more. Admission is $5; children younger than 12 are free. For details, visit www.PAHerbandGardenFestival.com or call 717-503-2305.
Sale of items from herbalist Bertha Reppert: The Rosemary House in Mechanicsburg will participate in a one-time sale of herbal items from the personal collection of the late Bertha Reppert at the Pennsylvania Herb and Garden Festival Friday and Saturday at York Expo Center, Memorial Hall, 334 Carlisle Road, West Manchester Township. Reppert, an avid herbalist, opened The Rosemary House and Gardens in 1968. She wanted to make herbs and herbal products available to everyone through her one-of-a-kind retail shop. Today, it is considered one of America's oldest herb shops. The sale will feature vintage, and in some cases rare, items from Reppert's personal collection acquired during her 30 years of operating The Rosemary House. Sale items will include mortars and pestles, medicinal tins, perfume bottles, culinary tins, nutmeg graters and more. All proceeds from the sale will benefit the Bertha and Byron Reppert Scholarship Fund. Through the fund, two scholarships are awarded annually to high school seniors in central Pennsylvania who intend to major in horticulture, journalism, history or political science.
College of Ag Sciences open house: Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will hold an informative open house for prospective students 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 14 in the Hetzel Union Building on the college's main campus. Prospective students and their families will learn about the college and what it offers in terms of majors, minors, clubs, organizations, societies, internships, research and education abroad. The event will feature sessions offering information about the college's 17 academic majors, during which attendees will hear from faculty members about programs in agricultural sciences, business and education, animal science and pre-vet studies, biomedical and food sciences, energy, engineering and technology, environmental sciences and natural resources, and plant sciences. Tours will be available, and families will be able to visit dorms and the campus bookstore and libraries. The event is open to all prospective college students and their families. Students can register online at the College of Agricultural Sciences' Future Students website, agsci.psu.edu/futurestudents. Walk-ins to the event are also welcome.
Native and streamside landscaping workshop: will be 6 to 7:30 p.m. April 15 at Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve, 1537 Mount Hope Road, Fairfield, Adams County. Join Master Gardener Mary Ann Ryan to learn about plant selection and the proper practices to maintain the health of your stream ecosystem. Advance registration is preferred. Cost is $5 for Strawberry Hill members; $8 for nonmembers. For details and to register, call 717-642-5840 or visit www.StrawberryHill.org.
Apply for Dairy of Distinction Award: Pennsylvania dairy farms are invited to apply for this year's Dairy of Distinction award from the Northeast Dairy Farm Beautification Program. Applications must be submitted by April 15. The award is based on the idea that attractive farmsteads enhance consumer confidence in the wholesomeness of milk and stimulate milk sales and public support for the industry. Dairies receiving the highest scores in each of 10 Pennsylvania districts will be awarded an 18- by 24-inch Dairy of Distinction sign to display in front of their farm. Roadside judging will take place in May, and farms will be evaluated on factors that can be controlled by the dairy producer. Judges will look for clean and attractively finished buildings; neat landscaping, ditches, roads and lanes; and well-maintained fences. They also will take into account other aspects of the farm, such as manure management and cleanliness of animals, the barnyard and feed areas. For an application, call Mike O'Connor, secretary of the Pennsylvania Dairy of Distinction program and professor emeritus of dairy science in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, at 814-863-3913 or visit www.dairyofdistinction.com/html/pa_dod.html.
Summer environmental careers camp: Young Pennsylvanians interested in pursuing environmental careers are invited to apply by April 15 for the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources' summer residential camp. The free six-day camp begins July 13 at Kirby Episcopal House and Chapel, Mountain Top, Luzerne County. The camp is near Nescopeck State Park and about 10 miles south of Wilkes-Barre. The camp will introduce 20 to 25 students in 10th to 12th grades to conservation and environmental careers, and encourage their pursuit. From wildlife conservation projects and stream sampling of aquatic life, to forestry skills, daily activities will offer students a hands-on, team-building learning experience in an outdoor setting. Participants are exposed to a wide range of career experiences, including water quality assessments, geology field studies and overnight camping. Activities will be overseen by specialists and officials of DCNR's bureaus of state parks, forestry and topographic and geologic survey. After the camp, attendees will have a chance to seek internships, mentoring and job-shadowing positions. For details and applications, visit www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/ecocamp or call 724-865-7857.
Governor's School for Ag Sciences: Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Agricultural Sciences, which will take place July 13 to Aug. 9 at Penn State's main campus in State College. For details, visit agsci.psu.edu/governors-school. Students applying must be current high school juniors and residents of Pennsylvania. The application must be submitted by April 25. The 40 students selected to attend the Governor's School receive full scholarships, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, participating universities and private and corporate donations. For four weeks, participants live and eat in campus residence halls as they explore such topics as animal and plant sciences, food science, engineering, environmental and natural resource conservation, and community awareness. Students will participate in challenging courses and research projects with Penn State faculty and program staff.
Results from Growing Scholars program: Tractor Supply Company and the National FFA Foundation recently announced the results of their second annual Growing Scholars program. From Feb. 14 to 23, Tractor Supply customers across the country donated $447,671, an increase of more than 20 percent from 2013 donations. This year's donations will result in 334 scholarships awarded to FFA members in their pursuit of a college degree. The Growing Scholars program was supported nationally by each of the more than 1,245 Tractor Supply stores as part of National FFA Week. Tractor Supply customers supported local FFA chapters and their members by purchasing an FFA emblem for $1 at store registers during the checkout process. Ninety percent of funds raised are being used to fund scholarships for FFA members, with the remaining 10 percent benefitting state FFA organizations.
The 4-H Beef Club: meets 7 p.m. the first Monday of each month at the 4-H Center in West Manchester Township. The 4-H club is open to anyone 8 to 18 years old as of January. New members are welcome. Call the Penn State Cooperative Extension of York County at 717-840-7408 for details.
Airville Hitchin' Rail 4-H Horse Club: meets 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month at Muddy Creek Meadows Riding Stable, 699 Frosty Hill Road, Lower Chanceford Township. Youth need to bring a notebook and a pen or pencil. 4-H horse clubs provide educational opportunities but do not provide horses or riding lessons. For details, contact Trisha Bowman at 717-779-8775 or email@example.com.
Williams Grove Farmers Flea Market: hosted by Williams Grove Historical Steam Engine Association, is open sunrise to 2 p.m. every Sunday, weather permitting, throughout the year, at Williams Grove Steam Engine Show Grounds, Williams Grove Road, Williams Grove. All vendors must have and display a current Pennsylvania sales tax license. Admission and parking are free. For details, call 717-766-4001 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For directions, visit www.wghsea.org.
Choose your Tomato Varieties for 2014: It might seem early, but now is the time to pick the tomato varieties you want to grow in your garden this summer, according to an expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. Information, including a list of seed companies that supply seeds to the Penn State Extension variety trials program, is available in "Tomato Report 2011: The Best of the Penn State Tomato Trials," available at http://extension.psu.edu/vegetable-fruit/fact-sheets/tomato-report-2011.
2014 4-H Paper Clover Campaign: The National 4-H Council and Tractor Supply will hold the spring 2014 4-H paper clover campaign April 23 through May 4. This event marks the fourth year of collaboration between the organizations on the national in-store fundraiser, which benefits state and local 4 H programming in the communities where a TSC or Del's Farm and Feed Supply store is located. Shoppers at the Dillsburg, Hanover, New Freedom and York Tractory Supply stores will be able to purchase paper clovers for $1 or more at checkout. All funds raised will be donated to 4-H, and will support 4-H youth development program activities in York County.
Vendors needed for new farmers market: The Village of Stoverstown, between New Salem and Spring Grove in North Codorus Township, is planning a new farmers' market. Because of the growing interest in local food, if enough vendors respond, it will begin in June. The market will run 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the first Saturday of the month through October. Interested farmers and artisans of fresh local produce and other farm products, homemade canned goods, prepackaged bakery items, personal care products, etc., should email Rebecca Colby at email@example.com.
Garden plots available at the Horn Farm: If you love gardening and fresh food but have limited space to grow your own, the Horn Farm Center for Agricultural Education in Hellam Township offers plots for rent in its community gardens. A 20-foot-square plot can be rented for $40, with the option to add up to three additional plots at $25 each per renter. A few year-round plots are available as well. Garden plots are open from mid-April until the end of October. For details, call 717-757-6441 or visit www.hornfarmcenter.org.
To submit your organization's information: to this agriculture calendar, which is published Sundays, email firstname.lastname@example.org or send to Area Agriculture, York Daily Record, 1891 Loucks Road, York 17408. Event information should be submitted several weeks in advance.