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Winter Safety

by Staff on December 22, 2014

The winter months are cold, dark and unpredictable. The weather can change suddenly, so being prepared and informed can help you stay safe this winter season. These tips can help you whether you are working/playing outside or traveling in a car.

Always watch the weather report if you plan on spending long hours outside or traveling. The weather station can keep you properly informed of precipitation, wind chills and other factors you should be aware of.

REFRM river snow scene TSMBBROC2014 DSC_0145If you are working or playing outside, dressing appropriately and staying dry are two important points. Dress in waterproof clothes and boots and make sure to wear a heavy jacket, gloves and a hat. It’s important to avoid frostbite and hypothermia, which can affect the body very quickly.

If you plan on ice fishing or skating, it’s very important to check the ice. Simply looking at the ice isn’t a reliable method of gaging its strength. It is recommended that a responsible adult measures the thickness of the ice and it must be at least 6 inches thick, more if you plan on having snowmobiles and cars on the pond. Remember that ice thickness will vary throughout the pond, so you might have to measure several areas. Also- always have a friend with you when are doing activities that involve ice.

If you must shovel due to heavy snowfall, take it easy. Cold air can make it harder to breath and shoveling can result in falling and put a strain on your heart. Here are some wonderful tips on safely shoveling snow .

Sledding is one of the most favorite winter activities for kids and adults. However, individuals each year visit the ER due to accidents. Avoid sledding near a fence or any other stationary object. Choose a nice open field and go in the daytime. Also – consider wearing a bike helmet to prevent a head injury. Don’t sled near busy roads or on icy hills.

The winter can be a dangerous time of year- but with some preparation, you can enjoy all winter has to offer!

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2015 Winter Forage Conferences

by Sue on December 15, 2014

cowThe Virginia Forage and Grassland Council and Virginia Cooperative Extension will host the 2015 Winter Forage Conference, January 20 through 23, 2015. This years theme: Red Meat, Forages and Human Health.
The day long conferences are from 8:30am to 4:00pm will be repeated at four locations:
January 20 in Weyers Cave at the Weyers Cave Community Center
January 21 in Wytheville at the Wytheville Meeting Center
January 22 in Chatham at the Dominion Agricultural Complex
January 23 in Gordonsville at the Gordonsville Volunteer Fire Company Hall
For more information and to register visit the Virginia Forage and Grassland Council website.

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Farming and the Peace Corps

by Staff December 3, 2014

Urban and small farmers have a wide range of skills and knowledge. Dedicating a few years to the Peace Corps can significantly improve the lives of people in underdeveloped countries. The Peace Corps is looking for small farmers to volunteer some of their time and experience. While, it’s a big commitment- the reward will be [...]


Farm Education Classes

by Staff November 26, 2014

Looking into taking some classes this winter to learn more about a topic that interests you? Or perhaps you need more information on a certain technique of farming? Over the next few months, there are several different classes being offered to help the local farmers. On December 2 – 4, you can attend the Exploring [...]


Winterizing your garden

by Staff November 21, 2014

The leaves have fallen off the trees, the air is cold and the holidays are fast approaching. Homeowners take a lot of time to winterize and protect their home from the long, cold winter. But what about your garden? Taking some simple steps now will help make a tremendous difference next spring! Remove weeds, dead [...]


Support Our Local Farmers

by Staff November 11, 2014

Virginia has some beautiful farms, ranging from fruits and vegetables, cattle and many local vineyards. Supporting our local farmers is important to the environment and the community. Here are a few important reasons on why everyone needs to support our local farmers. 1. When you buy local, the food tastes better and is fresher. Crops [...]