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Hokie BugFest 2015

Hokie Bugfest logoTake a peek into the fascinating world of entomology at the fifth annual Hokie BugFest! This unique festival will happen on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Inn at Virginia Tech (Latham Ballroom). The Inn is on the edge of the Virginia Tech campus off Price’s Fork Road, close to the 460 Bypass and near downtown Blacksburg. Free parking is available.

Activities and exhibits include a live Bug Zoo, Roachzilla! (giant cockroaches), luminescent and cave-dwelling bugs, ant colonies, games, and crafts. Arthropod enthusiasts can admire giant “bird-eater” tarantulas, observe bright-blue death-feigning beetles, see a working beehive, and visit departmental research displays. The themes of science and discovery are interwoven into all activities.

This year we are pleased to welcome David George Gordon, a renowned bug chef from Seattle who will prepare insect delicacies several times during the day. Come find out why eating bugs may be good for you.

Also new this year are a pollinators exhibit from Bayer Bee Care Center and a professional face painter. A member of the Virginia Tech Police Department will host a display on forensics and insects in crime solving. Continue reading


Produce auction expands economic avenues for farmers

Participants in a produce auction.

The Extension initiative to create a produce auction in Southside Virginia has been a boon to local producers.

Marketing fruits and vegetables used to be a challenge in Southside Virginia. A lack of outlets for farmers to get their produce to market limited the amount that could be sold, which diminished farmers’ profits.

The solution? A produce auction was born in 2012 with assistance from Virginia Cooperative Extension to help farmers sell products and decrease the amount of time they spent manning markets and roadside stands.

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Extension brings healthy cooking classes to Hispanic families in Charlottesville

Hispanic family learns safe cooking techniques.

Families in Ian Pasquarelli’s healthy cooking classes learn about the importance of preparing balanced meals using fresh fruits and vegetables.

When Habitat for Humanity suggested that Virginia Cooperative Extension Agent Ian Pasquarelli’s programs would be of interest to the mainly Hispanic community of Southwood in Charlottesville, he set about developing a Spanish-language component to incorporate into his programming.

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