Your Extension Office in Hancock County is, in effect, a West Virginia University “mini campus” providing a wide array of services and information. Think of it as WVU’s front porch -a place to gather informally to learn the things you need to know. Things like “How can I improve my heart health?” “My child is struggling with reading, is there anything I can do?” or, “What is eating my garden?”
How to Use This Website
This site is a door to a world of information, not only from the Hancock County Extension Office, but from the experts at WVU.
In the sidebar to the left you will find links to pages within this site with answers to your questions about 4H, the Master Gardener Program, Farmers Markets, and the Community Educational Outreach Service (CEOS.) You can also read the latest edition of Hancock County Happenings, our quarterly newsletter, access a calendar of upcoming events, and contact the office via email.
The right sidebar holds links to related WVU Extension pages where you can explore these programs, and others, in more depth.
WVU Partners With WV Department of Education for Academic Spotlight
The West Virginia Department of Education and West Virginia University have announced the launch of the Next Generation Standards evaluation website. The website is part of an evaluation called West Virginia Academic Spotlight, which is an opportunity for the community to share their reflections on the standards for k-12 education in the state.
The Academic Spotlight evaluation will give parents, teachers, and students a voice in the English and math standards (often referred to as Common Core) that are in place in West Virginia schools.
West Virginia’s English language arts (ELA) and mathematics standards set grade-specific goals which define what all students are expected to know and be able to do by the end of a given grade or course. The Next Generation standards were adopted by the Board of Education in 2011 and implemented in West Virginia classrooms from 2011-2014.
Now that the standards have been in place for four years, this community evaluation is asking state residents to share their thoughts on the standards as they are currently implemented. The evaluation provides the opportunity for input only on specific standards in the areas of ELA and math.
The Academic Spotlight website, located here will remain open until September 30, 2015 to give those who are interested ample opportunity to provide thoughtful response.
On September 22, at 6:30 p.m., a Town Hall Meeting for those who are interested will be held in the Boyle Conference Room in the Academic, Sports, & Recreation Complex at West Liberty University in Wheeling.
TAMGA Holds Harvest Banquet
A new Master Gardener was welcomed and the Outstanding Master Gardener of 2015 was named when TAMGA held its annual Harvest Banquet on August 30.
Farmers Market Recipe Challenge
The American Heart Association and the WV Farmers Market Association are joining forces to create the first WV Farmers Market Fresh Recipe challenge, and they want to hear from you!
They are looking for great recipes featuring fresh ingredients from your WV Farmers Market, to be featured in a future recipe book.
If you would like to submit one or more recipes, you may do it online or print out a paper form and mail it in. You can get the paper form by clicking on the “Forms” tab on the left side of this page, and choosing the FM Recipe Challenge link under the Miscellaneous heading.
Entries must be submitted no later than October 1.
Get Your Pressure Canner Tested
Many of us have “put up,” or canned food for years. A lot more of us may be trying it for the first time, as we worry increasingly about the safety of our food and rising prices at the grocery store. No matter our level of expertise, though, one thing is important to all of us: we need to know that our tools work properly.
Pressure canners, especially, can be worrisome. How do we know the gauge is working the way it should? How do we know our green beans are simmering along under ten pounds of pressure? Call the Extension Office!
In just a few minutes we can tell you if your gauge is spot on, or not. There is no need to bring the entire canner, or even the entire lid, if you don’t want to. All you need to bring with you is the gauge itself.
For more on preserving your harvest, whether by canning, freezing, or drying, visit the WVU Extension website or the National Center for Home Food Preservation for research-based hints, tips, and information. You can also find some pretty good recipes there!
Weirton Farmers Market Opens
Fresh produce and baked goods – that is what you will experience at the Weirton Farmers Market. We are ready to begin another year of providing fresh produce to the local area. Our market opens at 3 pm on Monday, July 6, and will continue each Monday through October. Weirton Farmers Market is conveniently located at 306-308 Penco Road (next to Goodwill parking lot across from the Shop ‘n Save shopping center).
Our vendors work to provide high quality, locally grown and baked goods to area residents. Our produce is picked fresh – often on Monday morning just before the market opens. In supporting our local market, we are also supporting our local economy – all goods are produced within 50 miles of Weirton. As an added bonus, many of our vendors accept the Senior & WIC coupons.
For printable coupons, good for 50 cents off a $5.00 purchase, click here