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Cornell Cooperative Extension Herkimer County is Seeking Motivated Gardeners to Learn and Serve as Master Gardeners
Are you interested in gardening and the environment? Would you like to learn from expert gardeners and horticulture professionals and help your community by participating in vegetable gardening and beautification projects? Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardener program is a great way to learn professional level gardening skills, meet new friends and give back to the community.
CCE Master Gardeners are important community resources that help residents solve gardening questions and work on horticulture projects throughout the Herkimer county. The Master Gardeners can also take advantage of expanded learning opportunities through Cornell University and other CCE offices. Trips to gardens, historic sites and agricultural projects, normally part of the program will resume when appropriate.
This Fall CCE-Herkimer in collaboration with CCE Delaware and Otsego/Schoharie is presenting Master Gardener training through twenty weekly teleconferencing sessions. Topics range from the basics of botany and plant biology through creating edible landscapes and principles of permaculture. Sessions are held on Mondays from 9:00 to 11:30am. They will run from September 21, until March 15, 2021, except for holidays.
Trainees may participate from home (with their own computer) or from respective CCE county offices with COVID-19 safety protocols observed. The cost is $150 per person, including all materials. Applications will be followed by an interview.
Master Gardener Volunteer Training 2020
Revised Schedule of Classes
All classes are on consecutive Mondays, except for specific holidays and holiday periods, running from September 21, 2020 – March 15, 2021, from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. The presumptive location is via Zoom Conferencing and/or at respective CCE offices in Cobleskill, Cooperstown, Hamden, and Herkimer, if in-person locations are allowed or feasible as per COVID-19 safety protocols and participants are willing to attend. If in-person attendance is allowed, trainee attendance is not required. More information will be available as circumstances evolve.
9/21 Welcome & Program Overview: CCE Program Facilitators; Ashley M. Helmholdt,
Extension Associate, Cornell University Garden-Based Learning Program
Innovations in MG Programs: Garden Based Learning Library (Home Gardener) 2.0)
Systems Thinking Overview and Activity
[Virtual Tour of Fernleigh Greenhouses, Cooperstown: Mike Bounton, Director]* (0.5)
9/28 Botany Basics / Plant Propagation: Carla Crim, Horticulture Educator, CCE Delaware (2.5)
10/5 Biointensive Gardening / Propagation: Carla Crim, Horticulture Educator, CCE Delaware (2.5)
10/19 Composting: Carla Crim, Horticulture Educator, CCE Delaware; Carol Phelps, Otsego MG (2.5)
10/26 Soil Health / Mulches: Chris Cash, Prof. Emeritus, Plant Science, SUNY Cobleskill (2.5)
11/2 * Plant Pathology: Ted Bruetsche, Ph.D., Prof. Emeritus, Plant Science, SUNY Cobleskill (2.5)
11/9 Greenhouse / Hydroponics: Leslie Judd, Ph.D.; George Crosby, Ph.D., Animal/Plant Science (2.0)
[Kelley’s Farm & Garden: Materials / Supplies Tour – Susan Davis, Sales Associate]** (.5)
11/16 Pests & Pollinators: Carmen Greenwood, Ph.D., Asst. Prof., Enviro. Science, SUNY Cobleskill (2.5)
11/30 Weed ID & Control: Erik Smith, Field Crops Specialist, CNYD&FC Team (2.5)
12/7 Lawn Care w/o Pesticides: David Chinery, Horticulture Educator, CCE Rensselaer (2.5)
12/14 Invasive Species: Marilyn Wyman, (Ret) Issue Leader, CCE Agroforestry Center (2.5)