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5k Fun Run/Walk for the Community Garden

5K Fun Run-Walk

The Town of Halifax, Halifax Farmers Market, and the Healthy Harvest Community Garden will host a 5K Fun Run-Walk on Saturday, May 7th at the Halifax Farmers Market. Start time will be 9:00 am. Registration forms may be dropped off at the Halifax Town Hall, 70 South Main St., Halifax, or the Extension Office, 171 South Main St..

The first 30 participants to register will receive a free pedometer!

For more information, contact Maria Traynham @ 434-476-2147 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or

Denise Barksdale @ 434-476-2343 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Participant Information

Name: ___________________________________________

Address: _________________________________________

Phone: ___________________________________________

Gender: _______        Age: ______    Race: ______

Emergency Contact

Name: _______________________________          Phone: ______________________

Relationship to participant: __________________________

Waiver and signature required on back!

5K Fun Run-Walk Waiver

 Not all exercises are suitable for everyone. It is recommended that you consult with your physician before beginning any exercise program. You should understand that when participating in any exercise or exercise program, there is the possibility of physical injury. If at any point during your workout you begin to feel faint, dizzy, or have physical discomfort you should stop immediately. If you engage in this exercise or exercise program, you agree that you do so at your own risk, are voluntarily participating in these activities, assume all risk of injury to yourself, and agree to release and discharge the Town of Halifax, Halifax Marketplace & Farmers Market, Healthy Harvest Community Garden, and all employees or volunteers of the agencies from all claims or causes of action.

By signing below, you give the Town of Halifax, Halifax Marketplace & Farmers Market and Healthy Harvest Community Garden permission and consent to take photographs or videos of you during this event without expectation of payment. You further give permission and consent that any such media may be used in promotional materials, websites, social media, and shared with other entities.

Signature of Participant: _________________________________  Date: _____________

This section to be signed by parent/legal guardian if participant is a minor:

As the parent/legal guardian for the above-named participant, I hereby agree that the Town of Halifax, Halifax Marketplace & Farmers Market and Healthy Harvest Community Garden, all employees of the above-mentioned agencies or volunteers are not responsible or liable for any accidents or claims that may arise as a result of my child’s participation in the Healthy Harvest Community Garden 5K Fun Run-Walk.

Signature of Parent/Legal Guardian: ________________________   Date: ____________

Garden To Go Workshop

Summer Reading Program Information

  

PALS

Play & Learn Story Time Summer Reading Program

                                                                                                                                                                                                

Hi friends!

This summer we will be providing several PALS programs at the Halifax Farmer’s Market!

Please plan to join us at the Halifax Farmer’s Market for the program opener

June 11th at 10 a.m.

Schedule for the 7 Week Summer Reading Program

  • Week One: Over in the Meadow6/15 First Baptist WEE School 9 a.m.
  • 6/18 Halifax Farmer’s Market 10 a.m.
  • 6/14 South Boston Library Children’s Garden 11;30 a.m.
  • Week Two: Over in the Grasslands6/22First Baptist WEE School 9 a.m.
  • 6/21 South Boston Library Children’s Garden 11;30 a.m.
  • Week Three: Over in the Mountains6/29 First Baptist WEE School 9 a.m.
  • 7/2 Halifax Farmer’s Market 10 a.m.
  • 6/28 South Boston Library Children’s Garden 11;30 a.m.
  • Week Four: Over in the Arctic7/6 First Baptist WEE School 9 a.m.
  • 7/5 South Boston Library Children’s Garden 11;30 a.m.
  • Week Five: Over in the Ocean6/14 7/13First Baptist WEE School 9 a.m.
  • 7/16Halifax Farmer’s Market 10 a.m.
  • 7/12South Boston Library Children’s Garden 11;30 a.m.
  • Week Six: Over in the River7/20 First Baptist WEE School 9 a.m.
  • 7/19 South Boston Library Children’s Garden 11;30 a.m.
  • Week Seven: Over in the Desert7/27 First Baptist WEE School 9 a.m.
  • 7/26 South Boston Library Children’s Garden 11;30 a.m.
  • Summer Reading Program Closer
  • 7/30 Halifax Farmer’s Market 10 a.m.

Authors! Authors!! Authors!!!

If you missed Tierra Bethel's program at the South Boston Public Library on Saturday April 9, you missed a good time and a great speaker.

Fortunately, the Halifax County-South Boston Public Library System has several more author talks planned for the coming weeks.

Dr. Annie P. Wimbish, author of the book Rubber Bands on My Socks: The Reflections of a Sharecropper's Daughter-Family, Poverty, Potential, and Progress, will be speaking at the South Boston library on April 19 at 2:00 pm.

Garnette Helvey Bane, former reporter for the Roanoke Times, will be speaking at the South Boston library on April 22 at 2:00 pm.  She is the author of the novel Faithfully and has just written a book entitled Y2K +20.

Keith Washo is the author of two books, Heart of Success and Good Things Come From Hard Times.  He is a sales and marketing executive, entrepreneur, and President of KDW Consulting.  He will be speaking at the South Boston library on May 12 at 6:00 pm.  

Refreshments will be served at these programs and the authors will have copies of their books available for purchase and signing.  

Make plans now to attend these upcoming programs with these wonderful authors.

Jay Stephens

Director

Halifax County-South Boston P

Find a Dragonfly at the Plant Sale

Find a Dragonfly at the Plant Sale

By Carol Nelson

VCE Southside Master Gardener

     The mornings are still a little cool to see many flying insects in our gardens – but in a couple weeks the butterflies and moths will be out in force, as well as the peskier sorts like mosquitoes, midges and winged termites. Soon we will also notice acrobatic predators swooping around at speeds up to 20 miles per hour to snatch the pests: beautiful dragonflies.

     Dragonflies are wonderful, helpful companions to have in our gardens. Their eyes take up most of their heads and flexible wings allow for maneuvering like helicopters so it’s no wonder they are so good at their job. A single dragonfly can eat hundreds of mosquitoes a day, but with no teeth or stinger will never harm humans.      

     Dragonflies spend their early life up to two years as nymphs in ponds or other water features. They are learning to be hunters and survive by eating tadpoles, the larvae of other insects and even newly-hatched fish. Once they emerge from the water, they usually have only weeks to take to the skies and catch prey with their feet.

     There are a couple ways to encourage dragonflies to move into your garden. Since they need a water source for their eggs to develop, having a shallow pond or fountain can invite them in. Planting foliage for pollinators such as Joe-pye weed or Black-eyed Susans throughout your garden will also attract some of their favorite prey species. While dragonflies will eat any smaller insects they can catch, they are called “mosquito hawks” for their preference for pursuing the buzzing irritants.

          A birdbath is too shallow to support larvae but a deeper trough or plastic liner stretched over a hole will get the process started. It helps to allow grasses to grow around natural ponds to filter run-off. Floating plants such as water lilies will also keep the water cooler and give shelter to nymphs. They need time to develop into hardened fliers and usually set out at night to avoid birds.

     For anyone who is worried about attracting more mosquitoes by creating water features around the home, a floating mosquito dunk containing a bacillus that targets mosquitoes but not other wildlife will help. It’s also important to continue to clear gutters and empty out pots that collect rainwater where mosquitoes breed.

     Due to changes from seasonal shifts, drought, development and loss of habitat, we are seeing fewer dragonflies and other insect species than in previous decades. In response to declining dragonfly numbers, sanctuaries have opened in Florida, New Mexico and Arizona. These centers teach the public about creating suitable water feature habitats.

     Southside Master Gardeners appreciate all beneficial insects (and strive to live with the rest), especially dragonflies. A selection of metal art dragonflies will be offered at the upcoming Plant Sale on May 7th, 7:30 am to noon. Get there early to grab one to stick in a favorite planter to remind yourself to be grateful for this insect’s amazing capabilities.

      

Caption for picture: These metal dragonflies are just one of the garden art available at the Southside Master Gardeners Plant Sale on May 7th from 7:30 am to noon. Plants of all kinds will also be for sale.