Master Gardeners 2nd Saturday in August

Master Gardener Second Saturday in August

By Laverne Fuller

The Master Gardener Second Saturdays series at the Halifax Farmer's Market continues on August 13 from 8 to 11 a.m. with a 9:30 demonstration on how to divide perennials. Perennials are a mainstay of the landscape in that they come back year after year. You can Google native Virginia perennials to find varieties that are suited to our soils and weather conditions. Once a perennial bed is established, little maintenance is required to keep the area beautiful.

After a few years, you may notice that the blooms on your perennials are getting smaller or the plant gets thinner in the center. This is a sure sign that the plants roots are crowded and need some attention. Perennials can be divided in several ways. The entire plant can be dug up and the roots separated into multiple plants to be replanted. Another method is to use a shovel and to dig into the root ball of the plant and remove some of it. Either way provides more space for the roots to spread out and gives you happier, healthier plants. You can establish new beds or share the extras with friends and neighbors.

The Southside Master Gardeners will be dividing Solomon’s Seal Polygonatum odoratum and Bearded Iris.  The Master Gardeners will share the divisions with attendees as long as the divisions last.  Dividing Solomon’s Seal uses the common hack and whack method to separate a large root ball into smaller divisions.  This is a plant for a shady spot.  Bearded Iris need full sun to look their best.  Dividing the rhizomes uses a technique unique to bearded iris.  They also require a special planting technique.  The Master Gardeners will show you both the dividing and the planting technique. 

In celebration of National Farmers Market Week the Market will have food on site, kids activities, grilling demo, vendor samples, free recipes and more!  As always the market vendors will have organic meats and eggs, fresh produce, homemade herbal soaps and salves, local honey and fresh baked goods.  Inside the market are many other vendors with dog supplies, collectables, portrait photography and arts and crafts.

Another special event will be a display of the Golden Leaf Quilters’ Guild’s Raffle Quilt at the Hudson Heritage Farm’s meat wagon.  The quilt has a patriotic theme consisting of red, cream and blue colors with "Home of the Free Because of the Brave" embroidered on the border.  This is a perfect match since Hudson Heritage Farm is Veteran Owned and their grass raised meat products carry the label HomeGrown by Heroes.  Raffle tickets will be for sale for $1 each or 6 for $5.  Give your support to win this beautiful quilt that will benefit the South Boston – Halifax County Museum.

Join the Master Gardeners at the Halifax Farmer's on August 13 to learn more about maintaining a beautiful landscape and to celebrate National Farmers Market Week.

For more information about the Master Gardener program, call the Halifax Extension Office at 434-476-2147, option 0, visit the website at

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Caption for picture: Join the Southside Master Gardeners at the Halifax Farmers on August 13 for a special demo at 9:30 dividing this beautiful Solomon’s Seal, a great plant for the shade border.

Change in Sanitation Schedule for Week of July 4th Holiday

                                                                            TOWN OF HALIFAX, VIRGINIA

Sanitation & Recycling Department

70 South Main Street, Post Office Box 627

Halifax, Virginia 24558

(434) 476-2343





June 27, 2016

To All Town of Halifax Customers:

Halifax Town Hall will be closed on Monday July 4th in observance of Independence Day. Please be aware that the Town of Halifax will be picking up recyclables on Friday July 8th due to the modified Holiday schedule. The regular town curbside recycling pick up will resume Wednesday July 13th as customary. During the modified holiday schedule, town residents may take their properly prepared recyclable materials (see guidelines for curbside pick-up below), to the large bins provided at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail lower parking lot which now accepts co-mingled newspaper (including mixed paper), plastic (#1 & #2), cardboard, cans (aluminum & metal) and mixed consumer glass (clear, green & brown). When recycling glass at the Convenience Center site, PLEASE PLACE THE GLASS DIRECTLY INTO THE BIN WITH NO BAGS-this will keep the glass free of contaminants so that sorting will not be necessary.

The Town of Halifax Solid Waste Department will conduct its solid waste pick-up the week of Independence Day on a modified schedule:

  1. Monday July 4 – The Town of Halifax will be closed for the July 4th holiday.
  2. Tuesday July 5 – Residents normally served on this day will have solid waste picked up. This area includes properties along US Hwy 501 south from the RR Tracks to the corporate limits, Spencer Lane, Golf Course Road, Brook Run, Cowford Road, Meadow Drive, Banister Road, Gatha’s Trail and Ballou Trail.
  3. Wednesday July 6 – Residents normally served on Monday will have solid waste picked up. This area includes Mountain Road, Canterbury Drive, Woodview Road, Mimosa Drive, Oak Lane, Pine Road, Ash Street, Cedar Lane, Poplar Lane, Crawford Road, Academy Street, Ballpark Loop (within corporate limits), Craddock Street, Houston Street and Main Street (from Mountain Road south to the RR Tracks).
  4. Thursday July 7 - Residents normally served on this day will have solid waste picked up. This area includes Maple Avenue, Buena Vista Drive, Park Lane, Lakeside Drive, Harding Street, Snead Lane, Cary Street, Elam Street, Hedderly Street, Jackson Street, Back Street, Main Street (from Mountain Road north on US Hwy 501 and east on VA Hwy 360 to the corporate limits).
  5. Friday July 8 – The Town of Halifax Solid Waste Department will conduct curbside recycling on this day and will resume regular weekly curbside recycling on Wednesday July 13th.

Guidelines for Preparing Curbside Recyclables

(follow thoroughly & do not co-mingle trash items or service may be suspended)

Metals -- Aluminum Cans (rinsed if possible)            Plastics -- Milk, soda, water bottles, detergent    

Metal Cans (rinsed - labels may be left on)                jugs (look for #1 & #2 on bottom) rinse, remove caps            

Newspaper -- Clean and dry                                                 Cardboard -- Flatten boxes, no waxed cardboard, (anything in the newspaper when you                             remove plastic bags, styrofoam or packing “peanuts”

receive it can be recycled)

Mixed Paper -- Junk mail, cereal boxes,                  Glass -- clear, green & brown; EMPTIED, RINSED, LIDS magazines, phone books, etc.                                       REMOVED, NO BROKEN GLASS-in plastic bag on top

Upcoming Classes on Essential Oils




ESSENTIAL OILS FOR THE GARDEN- At the Grand Opening of Town of Halifax Farmer’s Market on Saturday, June 25. I will have a booth there all morning from 9:00-1:00. At 11:00 am I will teach a short class at my booth about how gardeners can use essential oils for themselves and in the garden. You will have the opportunity to make a couple of items such as Gardner’s Hand Soap, Bug Spray, and Fungus Spray for Plants.

SUMMERTIME FUN WITH ESSENTIAL OILS- At the Packhouse on Wednesday, June 29 from 6:00-7:00. We will learn how to keep ourselves cool and comfortable through the summer months with essential oils. I will demonstrate how you can make your own sunscreen, after sun spray, cooling spray, and bug spray. There will be a giveaway at this event! Also, we will order pizza for those who RSVP! Please contact Betsye Throckmorton at 434-222-6447 or Desiree Shaffer at 336-908-7272 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To RSVP.

Full-Time Street Laborer & Solid Waste Technician Position Available

Town of Halifax, Virginia



POSITION DESCRIPTION: Under the direct supervision of Solid Waste/Street Supervisor, performs general and semi-skilled tasks on streets, sidewalks, and public grounds (landscaping & maintenance). Work is seasonal and is performed mainly out-of-doors; it requires strength and endurance.

QUALIFICATIONS: Ability to perform elementary maintenance tasks, cutting grass, trees, and brush, maintaining tools and equipment, operating light equipment, assisting in the collection of solid waste and recyclable materials, operating vehicles as required, ability to follow written and verbal instructions, self-motivated and dependable. Valid Virginia driver’s permit. Must have own transportation. High school graduate or GED.

HOW TO APPLY: Town of Halifax employment application is required. Application and complete job description can be obtained at the Halifax Town Hall located at 70 South Main Street, Halifax, Virginia. Applications can be submitted in person or mailed and addressed to Carl Espy, IV, Town Manager, Post Office Box 627, Halifax, Virginia 24558.

Deadline: July 1, 2016.


Town of Halifax Yard Sale Permit Information


Section 26-53. Property permitted to be sold. It shall be unlawful for any individual to sell or offer for sale, under authority granted by this article, property other than personal property.

Section 26-54. Permit - Required. No yard sale shall be conducted unless and until the permit is obtained, which includes: full name/address of applicant, location sale is to be held, date (may include alternate rain date), dates of any other yard sales within a 12 month period, and an affirmative statement that property to be sold was owned by the applicant and not acquired nor consigned for the purpose of re-sale.

Section 26-55. Same – Fee. There shall be a processing fee of $30 for the issuance of a permit that will not be charged for the first four dates issued to a residence and/or family household during any 12 month period starting with the first permitted yard sale.

Section 26-56. Same – Conditions. Time & location of sale will be set forth by the permit. Cancellation; rescheduling of sale. Upon illness, or other unforeseen event, applicant may file to reschedule the yard sale to a new date under the terms & conditions of the initial permit.

Section 26-57. Hours of operation. Yard sales permitted under this article shall be limited in time to the hours of 8am to 5pm on the days of sale. Each day shall constitute a separate yard sale.

Section 26-58. Advertising; signs. Only the following specified signs may be displayed in relations to a pending yard sale:

Two signs of not more than 4 square feet shall be permitted to be displayed on the property of the residence where the yard sale is being conducted & 2 directional signs of the same stated size are permitted provided permission is received from the property owners upon whose property such signs are placed.

No sign shall be exhibited more than two days prior to the day sale is to be held.

Signs must be removed each day at the close of the yard sale activities.

No off-premise sign of any material shall be tacked, nailed, stapled, pasted, painted, or attached in any way to a post, tree, utility pole, tower, antenna, fence, wall or other supporting structure.

Section 26-59. Exemptions from article. The provisions of this article shall not apply to the following: Persons selling goods pursuant to an order or process of a court of competent jurisdiction, persons acting in accordance with their powers and duties as public officials, any sale conducted by a licensed merchant of the town, any bona fide charitable, religious, etc. institution or organization, when proceeds from the sale are used directly for their purposes and not sold on a consignment basis.

Section 26-60. Right of entry. A police officer or building official shall have the right of entry at reasonable times to any premises showing evidence of a sale for purpose of enforcement or inspection & may close the premises from such sale or arrest anyone who violates the provisions of this article.

Section 26-61. Penalty. Any person violating the terms of this article shall be guilty of a class 4 misdemeanor.

Yard Sale Applications may be picked up from Town Hall at 70 S. Main Street in the Town of Halifax during normal business hours.

Questions? Contact 476-2343