Spring classes on forestry, pruning, gardening, mushrooms & more!

From feeding hens to saving seeds, mushrooming to building a hoophouse, you can find something of interest in Boundary County Extension’s spring schedule of classes! Family and consumer science courses include gluten-free cooking, meals in a jar, understanding your credit score, and weight training for women.

A free class on pruning your fruit trees will be offered on Monday, March 6, from 1pm – 4pm. An in-depth seed saving class will be presented on Friday, March 24th, from 2-4pm. Learn more about what to feed your backyard laying hens to maximize productivity and extend their lifespan on Wednesday, March 15, from 2-4pm.

Most classes are offered at the Boundary County Extension Office, 6447 Kootenai St., Bonners Ferry, ID. Call 208-267-3235 to register for classes or for more information. Class sizes are limited, so call now to reserve your space.

Forestry classes include a class on computer mapping for forest owners and other landowners on Friday, March 3, from 9am – 12pm, followed by a class on forestry “apps” from 1pm-4pm.

On Friday, April 21, from 8-10am, a class on the USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service’s hoophouse initiative will discuss the financial assistance available for constructing a seasonal high tunnel and how the application process works for the EQIP program. A tour of a hoop house in production in Boundary County will also be available for those who are interested.


Organic Pest & Disease Management for Orchards

Join the WSU Extension Tree Fruit Team on March 14th & 15th for an Organic Pest and Disease Management Fruit School. This event will delve deep into the ecology, biology and tools for successful organic orchard pest and disease management with presentations, discussions, hands-on activities and demonstrations. The Fruit School focuses on organic practices, but will be applicable to any orchard using integrated control approaches.
The 2-day event is co-located at Wenatchee, WA (primary), Prosser, WA (satellite), and Omak, WA (satellite). All locations will have WSU Extension hosts present on-site. You will be asked to select the site location where you will be attending when you register. If there are no remaining seats at your desired location, you will need to select and attend at a different meeting site with openings. Register early to avoid this.
Pesticide update credits will be awarded for program attendance.
Visit Washington State University Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center’s Website for more information and to register for this event.

Learn how to do artificial insemination in cattle


A three-day artificial insemination (AI) course will be held March 15-17 at the University of Idaho Nancy M. Cummings Research, Extension & Education Center near Salmon, ID. Educators from University of Idaho and Select Sires are working together to bring this training to Idaho. For more information and to reserve your seat, contact Dr. John Hall, 208-756-2749 or jbhall@uidaho.edu. Space is limited!

Beekeeping Resources and Classes

Beekeeping with Blooming Apple Trees in Background

A beginning beekeeping course consisting of three hands-on classes followed by five field days will be offered through the Deer Park-based Backyard Beekeepers Association. The classes will be held three consecutive Saturdays, March 11, 18 and 25, from 9am to 1pm, at the Deer Park Senior Center, 316 E. Crawford Ave., Deer Park, WA 99006, followed by 5 field days in April, May, July and August. The course costs $30, which is an excellent value. You can register online on their website, Backyard Beekeepers Association.

The Ohio State Beekeepers Training Program includes 34 video segments and 3 powerpoint presentations, based on the on-line text book Backyard Beekeeping, by Dr. James E. Tew. Both the book and the training program are free.

Another free beekeeping program is available at the PerfectBee. This is a commerical site that sells beekeeping supplies; nevertheless they do have a free introductory beekeeping class.