Manna Meal garden
All volunteers, past, present and future are invited to attend the 2012 planning meeting for the Manna Meal Community Garden 10 a.m. Saturday at St. John's Episcopal Church, 1105 Quarrier St.
The group will begin planning its fourth garden season and they want help. Last year the garden produced 3,000 pounds of food that supplemented the soup kitchen and allowed guests access to fresh produce to take home. The East End of Charleston is classified as a food desert, and the only fresh produce that a lot of Manna Meal's guests receive is what they grow in their garden.
The group wants help with all aspects of garden planning (construction of another deer fence, soil preparation, planting design and rotation, flower garden planning, fundraising, communications and more).
Call 304-345-7121 with questions.
West Virginia State University Extension Service is launching a five-part workshop series about small-fruit production targeting homeowners and small-farm applications. Workshops will start Tuesday and run through April at the Pumpkin Park in Milton. All workshops are scheduled from 10 a.m. until noon and are free to attend.
"We want participants to learn the basics of fruit production in a manner that can be implemented in their own backyard," said Scott Byars, program leader for agriculture and natural resources.
West Virginia State University Extension Service and Agricultural and Environmental Research staff members will provide instruction on how to successfully grow small fruits in the region. Here is the schedule:
Tuesday: Blackberries and raspberries
Feb. 21: Strawberries
March 6: Blueberries
March 27: Grapes
April 3: Fruit trees
Workshops are made possible by a Specialty Crop Block Grant from the West Virginia Department of Agriculture. To register, contact Jeanie Sutphin at 304-204-4305 or at extens...@wvstateu.edu.
Reach Sara Busse at sara.bu...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1249.