Early September 2014 Warren and Frederick County Report

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Shenandoah County

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Extension Farm Family Showcase to be held at the Shenandoah County Park The Virginia Cooperative Extension Farm-Family Showcase is a celebration event on VCE’s Centennial Anniversary as well as the grand opening for the Shenandoah County Sustainable Farm Demonstration. VCE-Shenandoah education activities and accomplishments of VCE staff serving this area will also be highlighted. This event will be held on Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Shenandoah County Park in Maurertown, VA. This event is open to the public. The showcase will feature displays of educational programs available to Shenandoah County citizens. A multitude of programs will be highlighted including the Master Gardener Program; Well Water Education Program; information about Livestock Quality Assurance training (YMQA, BQA, PQA); On farm - Biosecurity education; a display highlighting the history of 4-H clubs in Shenandoah County; a display on No-till farming, information on Family Financial Management and information on Food Safety. Food will be available to the public for purchase as a fundraising effort provided by local 4-H Clubs. In addition, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District will provide information about the latest innovative conservation activities. This event will also be a kick-off celebration for the Shenandoah County Sustainable Farm Demonstration. There will be hay rides to the county farm to view some of the work that has been completed to date. This project is designed to demonstrate long term sustainable farming practices at the Shenandoah

County Farm. This is a full systems approach that integrates all aspects of long-term farmland sustainability. Sustainable, in this context, has three distinct meanings. First, the farm demonstrations will showcase farming practices that are sustainable to water quality and build soil health. A multitude of Best Management Practices (BMPs) will be installed and practiced to showcase environmentally-sound agriculture. Second, the farm will be sustainable from the viewpoint of farm profitability. Farmers cannot stay in business without being profitable. Finally, the farm will be sustainable from the viewpoint of the landowner. Often, landowners will not invest in fencing, building repair, or BMPs because of a lack of certainty that they will recover their investment from land rent. This project will integrate all of the agricultural lands on the Shenandoah County Farm (approximately 150 acres) into this Sustainable Farm Demonstration. Finally, this event will celebrate the Extension’s 100 year anniversary. In 2014, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act, which established the Cooperative Extension System, a national network of educators who extend university research and knowledge to the people. The Smith-Lever Act of 1914 codified into federal law and provided funding for outreach endeavors at the Land-Grant Universities founded by the Morrill Act of 1862. The act was introduced by Senator Hoke Smith of Georgia and Representative A. F. Lever of South Carolina to expand the vocational, agricultural, and home demonstration programs in rural America. Specifically, the

Act stated as its purpose, “In order to aid in diffusing among the people of the United States useful and practical information on subjects relating to agriculture, uses of solar energy with respect to agriculture, home economics, and rural energy, and to encourage the application of the same, there may be continued or inaugurated in connection with the college of colleges in each State, Territory, or possession . . .� The appropriation for Cooperative Extension as established by Smith-Lever was unique in that it set up a shared partnership among the federal, state, and county levels of government. A formula funding mechanism was designed to insure that there was support from each of the levels to help the fledgling system achieve stability and leverage resources. This event is open to the public. Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital, family,

or veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services, or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Robert A. Clark, Senior Ex-

tension Agent, Agriculture & Natural Resources, at the Shenandoah County Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension at (540) 459-6140/TDD* during business hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event. *TDD number is (800) 828-1120.

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From left are Jason Uhry-DECA Advisor, Lauren Robertson -DECA Student Officer, Tiffani Warren- DECA Student Officer, Susan McCormick-CCS, Diana Ketterman-UW Volunteer and Local Author, Joe Shtulman-United Way United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley is partnering with Sherando High School DECA students, to work on a Creative Marketing Project during the 2014-15 school year. The project will focus on Erasing the Stigma of Mental Illness. It is a chapter project that develops in chapter members an analytical and creative approach to the marketing process, actively engages chapter members in the marketing activities of their community, and provides an opportunity for experienced executives to guide and assist in preparing emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance,

hospitality and management. Members of the Sherando High School DECA Club met recently with Susan McCormick, Community Liaison with Creating Community Solutions to discuss the design of their local effort and to leverage the National Text Talk Act program to enhance their project. Creating Community Solutions is an outreach service which organized the National Dialogue on Mental Health project to encourage students and communities to discuss mental illness. United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley has focused on the issue of mental ill-

ness and is working to help students understand the challenges of mental illness and service assess. Ms. McCormick will serve as a resource to the students, helping them develop their program over the school year and present their project through a National DECA competition in Orlando in April after a successful state win. For additional information regarding mental health initiatives, please contact United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley at 540-536-1610 or uway@visuallink.com. – From a release