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Gardening classes set at Barnett Center

Feb. 19, 2013 @ 01:09 AM

INSTITUTE, W.Va. -- Advice for growing mushrooms and preparing gardeners for the spring season will be the focus of two new series of workshops hosted by West Virginia State University Extension Service at the Barnett Center, 1524 10th Ave., Huntington.

The mushroom series will offer medicinal benefits of mushrooms as well as the variety of mushrooms that can be produced, according to Brad Cochran, extension associate for Agriculture & Natural Resources.

"Mushroom production is a great way to use a variety of recycled natural materials to grow a delicious and healthy product," Cochran said in a release.

The garden series targets backyard gardeners, as well as groups looking to establish community gardens for kids and seniors.

The mushroom courses will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon on the following Thursdays: Feb. 21, Oyster mushroom production, cost is $30; March 7, Shiitake mushroom production, cost is $20; March 21, Chicken of the Woods mushroom production, cost is $20.

Fees for courses include materials to produce mushrooms at home. Participants can pre-register for all three workshops for a total cost of $60. Each class will be limited to 10 students.

The garden courses will cost $5 each and will be from 10 a.m. to noon on the following Thursdays: Feb. 28, Site Selection and Preparation; March 14, Garden Design and Plant Spacing; March 28, Plant Selection and Growing Techniques; April 11, Raised Beds and Container Gardening; April 25, Insect and Disease Management.

Instruction will include information on projects targeted toward multiple age groups, such as school-based youth projects and accessible gardens for seniors. Participants can tour a youth garden near the Barnett Center implemented by the SCRATCH Project, a sustainable agriculture initiative led by WVSU Extension Service.

To register for any of the classes, contact Brad Cochran at 304-541-3301 or bcochran2@wvstateu.edu.

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