Master Gardener College 2017 (June 22-25 on the Virginia Tech campus) is in the rear view mirror, but for those who attended, there is much to do ahead. How do we take the wealth of information learned and put it into action that will result in positive gains for our clients and communities?
I will start by writing this article for the newsletter. In a session called, “So You Want to be a Garden Writer,” author George Graine, aka “The Grainethumb,” said one mistake of would-be writers is, not writing. His encouragement gave me the courage to give it a try.
Perhaps I’ll suggest a library seminar on landscape assessment for re-design, renovation, and retrofit. Instructor, Laurie Fox, gave us the tools to perform such an assessment, or teach others to do it for themselves. I’m eager to share the latest trends in plant breeding with our visitors at the Forest Farmers’ Market and beyond. They will be excited to try updated heirlooms, ornamental edibles, foodie delights, and personal sized vegetable varieties, to name just a few.
Beyond my personal experience at College, I enjoyed sharing ideas and information with other Bedford Master Gardeners during breaks over the weekend. For instance, I had no idea the United States imports hemp to be used in all sorts of manufacturing applications. Why is it imported when it would be an ideal crop for Virginia farmers to grow in place of tobacco? Ask Jim Revell who attended the session entitled, “The Highs and Lows of Industrial Hemp Farming. And what on earth is biochar and how is it used in the garden? Kathy Nelson can explain. And, there are other Master Gardeners going home to sell their units on the idea of moving Master Gardener training from the classroom to the computer, thanks to a session led by our own training team.
I could go on, but I think you get the picture. Master Gardener College is the place to delve more deeply into topics with which we are familiar and the place where we learn about the latest trends and research in horticulture. Feel free to talk with any Bedford MG who attended. I am certain all will be happy and excited to share the wealth.
Background information: “Master Gardener College is an annual event held on the campus of Virginia Tech to provide continuing education for certified VCE-Master Gardeners. The Virginia Master Gardeners Association (VMGA) has many events at Master Gardener College and supports the state program by promoting attendance at College. On the site http://vmga.net/mgcollegeabout.php you’ll find information needed by the veteran attendee as well as those considering this premier education event…”
Source: Cathy J., Bedford Extension Master Gardener
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Note: This was written for the July 2017 BAMGA (Bedford Area Master Gardener Association) newsletter
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