Serendipity Alpaca Ranch Tour Highlights Stewardship
Join community members from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 29 as they tour the Serendipity Alpaca Ranch in Ridgefield. This event is put on by the WSU Clark County Extension Small Acreage Program. The ranch was recognized in 2017 for its stewardship efforts. The owners have implemented different practices to reduce mud, improve pasture quality and control runoff to reduce negative impacts on soil and water quality.
Participants in the tour will have the opportunity to learn about grazing control, fencing types and practices to manage drainage. Pre-registration is required and is $10. Register and find more details at alpaca
ranch2019.bpt.me or by calling (564) 397-5729.
Learn how to enter flowers and arrangements into the Cowlitz County Fair
Two floral judges Pat Huson and Jean Davolt will be passing on secret tips to give you a winning edge for your flower arrangements on June 25 at 6 p.m. Davolt will demonstrate how to create winning arrangements with line design and vertical design while Hudson will explain the basics of entering flowers and arrangements into the fair for judging.
This demonstration will be held for free at the Exposition Center at Cowlitz County Fairgrounds and is sponsored by the WSU Extension Master Gardeners. For more info contact Gary Fredricks at (360) 577-3014 x 3.
Gauge testing for canning
Canning season is here and dial pressure gauges for pressure canners need to be tested each year for accuracy. Low readings cause over-processing and high readings cause under-processing and risk botulism. Join other canners in a safety class from 10 a.m. to noon June 27 at WSU Extension office located at 1946 3rd Ave, Longview. Admission is $5 and gauges that read up to 2 pounds high or two pounds low can be fixed.
Forest Health Seminar
Take time from 6 – 8 p.m. on July 10 at the Cowlitz County Training Center (1942 1st Ave., Longview) to learn if your forest is healthy and what to look for in terms of insects, disease, invasive species and more. This seminar will help you understand when to be concerned about your forest, what to look for, and what you can do to help. There is no cost to attend but registration is wanted. Register and find more information at forestry.wsu.edu/sw/events/
Create a ‘food forest’ with the bee club
From 10:30 a.m. to noon July 6 at the Camas Public Library (625 NE 4th Ave., Camas) the Preservation Beekeeping Council is offering a free program on food forests, what they are and how to craft them. Speaker James Landreth, a permaculture farmer and Food Forest advocate, will be sharing his wisdom and enthusiasm with the community.