You can now apply for the 2017 Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program! The deadline is October 31st, so hurry while you can! The training cost is $375 with an additional $125 deposit fee (which will be returned upon course completion.) The course will run from February 1st to June 28th. If interested click here to apply or read more!
The Master Gardener Newsletter is a great service to be subscribed to. It let’s us know about future events and classes being held by and for Master Gardeners on Long Island! The Master Gardeners will be holding a Spring Gardening School on April 22, 2017 for Earth Day. They are in need of instructors for workshops in the following topics:
- Landscape Alternatives to Lawns
- Fairy Gardens
- Gardening for the Birds
- Accessible Gardens: Low-Maintenance Techniques for Everyone
- Designing Drought- Tolerant Landscapes
- Engaging Children in the Garden
- Growing Food in the Winter
This is the 2017 SGS Instructor’s Workshop Description Form to fill out and submit toRobin Simmen no later then November 16. This will give CCE Suffolk enough time to create the registration brochure and send it to all instructors for proofreading before they publish it in January. The workshop description form will be mailed with individual evaluations to all the people who taught in 2016. However, if they want to get ahead on submitting workshop ideas for 2017, they can download the form and get started! They ask if you haven’t taught before, they need you and your ideas! Consider offering a workshop next April at Spring Gardening School. The Master Gardeners also came up with a list of committee chairs and co-chairs (if there is no name listed, they need someone (maybe you!) to step forward and help organize that area.) The listed chair people will be looking for and collecting the names of committee members, so please email them directly to join these committees.
- Breakfast and lunch monitors – Carol Tvelia, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Information Packets – ?
- Indoor/Outdoor signs and maps – Diane Herold, email@example.com
- On-Site Check-In – Barbara Renner, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Digital Media Help – Kathleen Cleary, email@example.com
- Raffle Prize Donations – ?
- Information/Big Raffle Prize Sales – ?
- Spring Gift Basket Sales – ?
- Plant Sale – Denise Zizzo, DeniseZizzo@optimum.net and Brian Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Classroom Assistants/Soil Testing – Mary Howe, email@example.com
- Door Prizes – Barbara Renner, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Transporting Raffles to School Location – ?
A great way to volunteer your time as a Master Gardener is to help make Spring Gardening School a success! The next meeting to plan is scheduled for Thursday, November 3rd at 1:00PM at Griffing Avenue. They ask you to please RSVP to email@example.com
2017 Master Gardener Volunteer Training Course
Applications for the 2017 MG Volunteer Training Course are available online on the Master Gardener Volunteer page of their website at http://ccesuffolk.org/gardening/master-gardener-volunteers. The next training course for new MG Volunteers will be held in 2017, beginning February 1 and ending June 28. Weekly Wednesday evening lectures will be held 5:30-8:30 p.m. at CCE Suffolk, 423 Griffing Avenue in Riverhead. Starting April 1, Saturday morning classes will also be held 9:00 a.m.-noon in the field (weather permitting) every other week at various locations from Amityville to Riverhead until the course ends June 28. The cost of the course remains $375 with an additional $125 deposit, refunded upon completion of 125 hours of volunteer service. The deadline to apply for the 30 seats available is October 31, 2016.
Agriculture, Food & Environmental Systems In-Service Conference at Cornell in Ithaca Open to MG Volunteers
Registration for the 2016 Cornell Cooperative Extension conference is now open! The deadline to register is October 7. You can complete a registration form by visiting the Ag In-Service website at http://cce.cornell.edu/page/inservice and clicking on the “Registration” tab. This conference is open to all CCE educators, volunteers, and community partners. Note that in addition to horticulture, there are other subject tracks such as invasive species, environment and natural resources, etc. You can register for any track in any given session.
Master Gardener Volunteers Needed
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer for any of these projects:
The Seniors Center in Aquebogue at 60 Shade Tree Lane
Meadowcroft, the gardens of the John Ellis Roosevelt estate supported by the Bayport Heritage Association on Middle Road near the Sayville-Bayport border, seeks MG Volunteers to work once a week on Friday mornings for a couple of hours, from June to September. Meadowcroft consists of a rose garden, perennial garden,annual garden, herb garden, and vegetable garden. Bring gardening gloves, bucket for compost additions, kneeling pad, any hand garden tools you may have, and a desire to dig in. They will supply herb flavored water (bring a drinking vessel), pleasant conversation, and MGV camaraderie.
Mercy Haven’s Growing Together Community Garden was created in 2012 and has harvested thousands of pounds of fresh produce that goes directly to its residents, garden members, and food pantries. The Garden is located in Brentwood, Long Island, behind the Mercy Enrichment House, a central gathering space for affiliates of Mercy Haven, a nonprofit agency that provides housing and services to Long Islanders who are homeless, living with mental illness, or living in poverty. Mercy Haven is always looking for volunteers who can not only gain the benefits of the harvested produce, but also the benefits of working together and creating a healthier community.
The Mount Sinai Garden Club, which meets at the Heritage Park in Mount Sinai on the first Thursday of every month at 7:15 p.m., is looking for Master Gardeners to speak on the following subjects: composting, ticks,vegetable gardening, creating a plant maze, transplanting, rose care.
Bridge Gardens, the botanic garden in Bridgehampton, invites MG Volunteers to get involved in its weekly routines of weeding, watering, planting, harvesting, and pest management in its ornamental and vegetable gardens. Bridge Gardens can offer MG Volunteers experience with herbs, roses, annuals, perennials, and shrubs and trees, both native and exotic. The staff are flexible about work schedules. If you are interested, please feel free to contact Rick Bogusch, Bridge Gardens Manager, at 631-537-7440.