Virginia horse owners have a new opportunity to travel with their horses throughout the southeastern United States for six months using the new Equine Interstate Event Permit (EIEP). Effective immediately, horse owners may elect to obtain the six-month passport in lieu of a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection that is only good for 30 days.
The Signs of Spring
During this time of year a lot of homeowners think about having their soil tested. Soil testing is essential for any farmer or homeowner. The homeowner tests for lawns and gardens cost $10.00. The farmer/commercial operator soil test is free of charge. In both cases, you are responsible for shipping your sample to the soil testing lab in Blacksburg.
If you are trying to start or improve on a vegetable garden, after you receive your soil sample test you can refer to our vegetable planting guide to determine what to plant and when.
Vegetable Planting Dates
Whether you start a flower bed or a vegetable garden, you could take advantage of the benefits of using a rain barrel. Attend one of our rain barrel workshops to learn about water conservation and you will also build a rain barrel to use at your home.
Rain Barrel Workshops
A well planned vegetable garden will produce enough yields that preservation would be necessary. A popular method used to preserve food is pressure canning. But before you use your canner, we suggest that you have the dial gauge tested for accuracy, to avoid improper processing of your food.
Dial Gauge Testing
Even if you don't create a home vegetable garden, you can still have access to locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables by visiting Chesapeake's Farmers' Market. It is there that you can experience farmer-to-you seasonal produce that represents some of the best that the agriculture community has to offer.
Chesapeake Farmers' Market
2013 Summer Camp
It's almost time for Chesapeake 4H Summer Camp ! If you are, or know of a young person aged 9 years old (by October 1, 2013) and not over 14 years old as of September 30, 2013, they can attend Summer Camp. It is set for the week of July 15th in Wakefield, VA. Please submit your application today to be a part of a memorable camp experience.