Town of Halifax Spring Clean-Up Scheduled for May 19th & 20th

l Public Service Announcement:

The Town of Halifax Solid Waste Department will conduct its annual free spring clean-up for town residents and businesses by appointment only on Friday, May 19th and Saturday, May 20th. This service will be subject to the following conditions:

  1. Residents and businesses are required to call the Halifax Town Hall (434-476-2343) for notification to remove discarded household/business items and yard debris too large for regular trash pick-up and must give their name, telephone number and physical address (notification for sign-up must be made prior to 12:00 noon on Wednesday, May 17th).
  2. Only household/business items that can be lifted by two grown men will be accepted, and no caustic solvents, toxic or hazardous materials or petroleum based liquids will be permitted.
  3. Tree limbs and brush must be cut in lengths no greater than 4 feet and neatly piled by participant along with qualifying household/business items near the curbside of the property or customary pick up site to be easily visible and accessible from the road by Town Solid Waste personnel.
  4. Town employees will not be responsible for cutting or removing tree trunks or tree limbs with a diameter of 4 inches or greater.
  5. The Solid Waste Supervisor will not be required to remove the qualifying material mentioned above if resident or business owner has failed to notify the Halifax Town Hall to schedule a pick-up.


Master Gardeners Annual Plant Sale - May 6th

Plant Sale Coming Your Way

            The annual Southside Master Gardener Association Plant Sale will be held on Saturday, May 6th from 7:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. in the parking lot in front of the Halifax County Extension Office, 171 S. Main Street, Halifax.  All types of plants will be available including annuals, herbs, perennials, vegetables, shrubs and trees.  The sale will offer some special features such as garden art, rain barrels and a bake sale.  There will be educational exhibits and handouts as well.

            The Master Gardeners have been busy making unique garden/yard art treasures that will make your garden shine.  A very special item is the famous “Wine Chimes” made from repurposed wine bottles.  Lots of colors and styles will be available this year.  Puddlers will also be available.  The puddler is filled with sand and salt and collects rain for the bees and butterflies to have a drink.  There will also be painted milk cans and garden statuary made from used metal parts.

            Hypertufa is the name of a process of making garden containers, ornaments, sculptures or stepping-stones using Portland cement, perlite and peat.  The process was developed as a substitute for volcanic rock called Tufa that was traditionally used to make Alpine troughs.  This

year, there will be draped and basket hypertufa. These are wonderful containers for your outdoor potted plants.

            One of the miracles of gardening is growing plants from seeds.  The beauty is that the end result isn’t always what we expected.  For germination, seeds usually need warmth, moisture and sometimes light.  There will be an educational display at the sale showing how to make your own simple germination box.  The box is made from items readily available and provides those three main needs for proper germination. 

            Naturally, there will be lots and lots of plants.  Everything from trees, shrubs, perennials, herbs, annuals, houseplants and vegetables will be available.  These plants will be priced to sell.  Plants that are grown locally usually do better than those that were grown further away.  They have adapted to our soils and climates.

            Master Gardeners are not only gardeners but can cook up some mean desserts.  Stop by the Bake Sale table to purchase something to nibble on while walking through the sale.  Master Gardeners will be available to answer your gardening questions throughout the sale.  If you want more information or are interested in the Master Gardener program visit, like on Facebook, contact the Halifax Extension Office at 434-476-2147 or e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Caption for picture:  Pictured is a painted milk can that will be available at the Southside Master Gardener Plant Sale on Saturday, May 6th in the Halifax Extension Office parking lot.  Stop by to load up on cheap plants and garden art.


Master Gardener 2nd Saturdays Schedule

Market Stroll Coming May 20th

Scholarship Opportunity for Graduating Seniors

Scholarship offered to graduating seniors

            The Southside Virginia Herb Society is offering a $500 scholarship for your college journey.  This scholarship is available to high school seniors living in Charlotte, Halifax, Lunenburg or Mecklenburg counties who plan to attend college in the fall of 2017.

            To be considered, the applicant must submit a 500 word typed essay explaining the role that plants or the study of plants/agriculture have played in your life or career goals. On a separate piece of paper include your name, address, phone number, high school or home school and GPA.  Also required is proof of college acceptance.  This must be mailed, to Southside Virginia Herb Society, c/o Cheryl Jerome, 633 Legrande Ave., Charlotte C. H., VA  23923 and received prior to May 1, 2017.   Visit the Southside Herb Society at Flora Fest from 8:30 to 1 at the Charlotte County Extension Office lawn on April 29 for the annual plant sale and garden programs.  The event is free and open to the public.

How to Apply?    Submit a 500 word typed essay explaining the role that plants or the study of plants/agriculture have played in your life or career goals. On a separate sheet of paper include your name, address, phone number, high school and GPA. Also required is proof of college enrollment.
Mail Both Items Prior to May 1, 2017:
                                Southside Virginia Herb Society
                                        c/o Cheryl Jerome

                                           633 Legrande Ave.

                                        Charlotte C. H., VA 23923
To be considered for the scholarship your application must be received by May 1st, 2017.