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The Brown County Master Gardener Volunteers held their monthly business meeting on April 9th. To finish the meeting, Ray Koch -- a Master Gardener and the Volunteer Co-ordinator for Highland County -- introduced Brown County to rain barrel construction.

Ag. and Horticulture professionals in the Top of Ohio Extension Education and Research Area (EERA), which includes the counties of Auglaize, Champaign, Clark, Darke, Hardin, Mercer, Miami, Logan, Shelby, and Union have now combined to provide Master Gardener Volunteers and interested horticulturalists with the latest and greatest information on programs, events, and facts on all things horticultural.  Anyone is welcome to view the blog, located at http://westohiohort.blogspot.com.

The 15th Annual Southwest Ohio Perennial School was held on April 2nd at the Clermont County Fairgrounds in Owensville. Over 140 participants enjoyed the combined knowledge of five local speakers.

Clark County’s MGV Ambassador to the Governor’s Residence, Deanne Rucker, helped grandson Tyler Rucker find a new Ty, Cocao, and Crashhome for his two 8-year old Red-eared Slider turtles. Tyler, 16, has had the Sliders since they were small enough to sit in the palm of his hand. He kept them in aquariums that had controlled heating and fed them commercial turtle food—rich in protein.  

I just wanted to let everyone know the results of our 3 MGV Restructuring Brainstorm sessions.  These were held April 13 and 15.  Following is a brief summary of the discussion and a list of questions that the overall MGV program needs to address.  Quite honestly, people are expressing that this might not be as bad as we thought when the restructuring first came out.  We still have the state budget wild card to deal with but overall, we will be able to work through this in positive way.  It was great to hear people say that they were already planning on helping out with other programs in the EERA’s.

 

Trumbull County Master Gardeners, on Feb. 21st, worked at the Mahoning Valley Home and Garden Show, getting the word out to the public about MG projects.   

The Richland Co. Master Gardeners will be present at the Kingwood Center, Mansfield, OH, "From Seed to Table" spring festival on Saturday, May 2nd.  Topics will include "The Seasons of the Vegetable Garden", "The Perfect Tomato", and "Harvesting the Bounty".    The MGV's will also have a table to answer gardening questions and talk about the MGV program.  For more information, go to www.kingwoodcenter.org and click on "programs" and for directions to Kingwood Center, 900 Park Ave. West, Mansfield, OH  44906.   The programs are free.

Knox CountyIt certainly felt like spring on Saturday April 4, 2009 in the Great Hall of the Mount Vernon Developmental Center.  The Knox County Master Gardener Volunteers transformed the Great Hall into a literal springtime garden with magnolia and forsythia blooms spread throughout the room.  Bright, yellow daffodils added their cheer to the decor of the room as well.  The decorations were just to add 'atmosphere' to the day long workshop sponsored by the Knox County Master Gardeners Volunteers. 

 Dear Fellow Master Gardener volunteers,

I am a long-time Master Gardener volunteer in Greene County who cares about OSU Extension as much as you and am asking your help with the budget crisis that Extension is facing.  As you may know, OSUE has already experienced cuts of almost 10%, resulting in more than 25 lost positions.  This has affected all areas of the state.  With the upcoming state budget, we could face more severe cuts that would be catastrophic to our programs, including the Master Gardener Voluntee program.  State Senator Chris Widener met with a group of volunteers recently and noted that he is indeed receiving a lot of letters and calls regarding this issue.  He also suggested that we follow up with contacts to Governor Ted Strickland and Chancellor Eric D. Fingerhut.

I am providing the address and contact information below as well as talking points.  Feel free to copy and paste this information into a letter and add your own words and experiences.  Tell them what Extension means to you and the impact that Master Gardener volunteers are making in their communties.  Use all methods of communication - phone, fax, email, letter, etc!  If you haven't written to your State Representatives or Senators, please do so immediately.  The budget is in the House right now and will be sent to the Senate in May.  Your words can be very helpful and will be heard! 

If, like me, you value this program and want to do what you can to protect it, act immediately.  The contact information is below as well as a sample letter.  Thanks for your support and pass this along to your friends and neighbors who are also users of Extension!

Respectively submitted,

Thais Reiff, Greene County Master Gardener Volunteer

Tim Malinich, Lorain County's Extension Agent, recently taught advanced class attendants  how to propagate nearly everything.  He how to propagate plants at his presentation “Propagation101 and Beyond” given March 19th at Trumbull County Agricultural Center. Tim, Lorain County’s Extension agent, enlightened 46 attendees, which included MGs, Interns and the public. 

Malinich teaches propagation


Trumbull County MGs at Booth

Trumbull County Master Gardeners recently worked the Mahoning Valley Home and Garden Show getting the word out to the public about MG projects. The MGs manning their booth at Eastwood Mall’s Expo Center, told people about Springtime at the Garden (May 9), Sunplace Special: A Children’s Garden, and the master gardeners’ organization.   Trumbull County MGV Anne Whitfield, Interns Barbara Frasco and John O'Connor talk with booth visitors.


Surveys indicate there will be a rise in home gardening this coming growing season. The Licking County Master Gardener Volunteers plan to do our part and educate the increase in novice,returning and seasoned gardeners by hosting a gardening conference, The Four Seasons of Gardening, on Saturday April 25th from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The event will be at the Reese Center located on the OSU/COTC Newark Campus. The Keynote speaker will be Debra Knapke, well-known author........

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Greene County Master Gardener Volunteers with leadership from Barb Mills, Horticulture program assistant, put together an excellent update on the Emerald Ash Borer, March 4th at the Greene County Fairgrounds for both the homeowner and professional.  The program featured Dan Herms, Ph.D. Entomology Professor at the Ohio State University.Dan Herms speaks

Greene County Master Gardener Volunteers with leadership from Barb Mills, horticultural program assistant, put together an excellent update on the EAB program on March 4th.  The meeting featured Dan Herms, Ph.D. Entomology Professor at The Ohio State University.

Dear Ohio Master Gardener Volunteers:
 
The Master Gardener Volunteer Program and Ohio State University Extension are facing a 24 percent budget reduction. We need your help to restore this tiny portion of Ohio’s budget!
 
We all know our state is facing difficult financial times. Many have been called to sacrifice. OSU Extension has already eliminated positions at the state and county level and is reorganizing in order to stretch limited resources.
Our state legislators are now determining Extension’s budget for the next two years. Additional cuts would be devastating to OSU Extension and to the Master Gardener Volunteer Program.

You know the value of Ohio's 3,100 Master Gardener Volunteers: You donate almost 120,000 hours, valued at $2,166,000.00, to communities and homeowners. You multiply the effectiveness and reach of Ohio State University an untold amount. You beautify our public places and make Ohio a great place to live.

Plants in the Park

Free Admission

Sponsored by Master Gardeners of Cuyahoga County
and The Ohio State University Extension

Kiwainis Pavilion (off Selig Drive)
Independence, Ohio

Saturday, June 6th, 2009

10 AM – 3 PM
Rain or Shine

Great plants at a great price: 
 Perennials
 Vegetables
 Herbs
 Containers

Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions and help select the best plants for your garden.

Buy 4 plants, receive 1 free
(of equal or lesser value)

Garden Talks: Container Gardening

For more information, please visit our website at:

http://cuyahoga.osu.edu/master-gardener-program

 

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State Master Gardener Volunteer Advisory CommitteeMeeting Minutes

December 9, 2008

Hancock County

Pam called the meeting to order at 10:00 am.

Welcome & Introductions:  In attendance were Greg Meyer, Nancy Kronberg, Bill Jones, Pam Bennett, Carolyn Allen, Susan Liechty, Sue Donahue, Julie Crook, Tom Beckett, Rosalie Perry, Mary O’Rourke, Fred Rufener, Craig Everett, Celeste Welty, Tim Malinich, Danielle Grimm, Rose Tasden, and Faye Mahaffey.

Rain Garden Great new publilcation is now available!

Holiday Wreath Hi Dea, this is purely a test to see what your abilities might be in this area.

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Saturday, April 18, 2009


8:30 am - 2:30 pm

Presented by Master Gardeners of Cuyahoga County and Ohio State University Extension

Registration: 8:30 - 9:00 am (morning snack and beverage provided)


Learn how to serve the tastiest and freshest produce at your table by growing it yourself or obtaining it at the popular and expanding local farmers’ markets.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park - Happy Days Event Center 500 W. Streetsboro Road (Route 303) - 1 mile west of Route 8, in Peninsula, Ohio. The Event Center is easy to reach from the Turnpike, I-271 and Route 8.

  • Vegetable Gardening from A to Z
  • Establishing a manageable vegetable garden for you and your family
  • Laying out your vegetable garden
  • Best vegetables for your garden
  • Edible landscaping - adding fresh fruit and handsome vegetables
  • Pleasing Your Palate with Vegetables
  • The Farmers’ Market movement
  • Preparing creative and savory fare


 


Our Expert Presenters

  • Tim Malinich, Extension Educator, Horticulture, Lorain County
  • Donita Anderson, Executive Director, North Union Farmers Market
  • Chef Michael Fiala, Executive Chef, Cuyahoga Valley National Park
  • Tom Dayton, owner of Dayton Nursery, Norton, Ohio
  • Morgan Taggart, Program Specialist, Horticulture, Cuyahoga County


Lunch prepared and presented by Chef Michael Fiala 

The cost of only $22.00 includes snack and beverage during registration, lunch and handouts. (Master Gardeners: No bonus bucks, please) 4 educational hours

Send your $22 check (payable to MasterGardeners of Cuyahoga County) to:

From Garden to Table

OSU Extension

9127 Miles Avenue

Cleveland, OH 44105

Please include your: Name, Address, Phone, Email 

Master Gardener Yes _____ No ____

If yes, your county ______________________

 


Saturday, April 18, 2009


8:30 am - 2:30 pm

Presented by Master Gardeners of Cuyahoga County and Ohio State University Extension

Registration: 8:30 - 9:00 am (morning snack and beverage provided)


Learn how to serve the tastiest and freshest produce at your table by growing it yourself or obtaining it at the popular and expanding local farmers’ markets.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park - Happy Days Event Center 500 W. Streetsboro Road (Route 303) - 1 mile west of Route 8, in Peninsula, Ohio. The Event Center is easy to reach from the Turnpike, I-271 and Route 8.


Vegetable Gardening from A to Z

  • Establishing a manageable vegetable garden for you and your family
  • Laying out your vegetable garden
  • Best vegetables for your garden
  • Edible landscaping - adding fresh fruit and handsome vegetables
  • Pleasing Your Palate with Vegetables
  • The Farmers’ Market movement
  • Preparing creative and savory fare


Our Expert Presenters

  • Tim Malinich, Extension Educator, Horticulture, Lorain County
  • Donita Anderson, Executive Director, North Union Farmers Market
  • Chef Michael Fiala, Executive Chef, Cuyahoga Valley National Park
  • Tom Dayton, owner of Dayton Nursery, Norton, Ohio
  • Morgan Taggart, Program Specialist, Horticulture, Cuyahoga County

Lunch prepared and presented by Chef Michael Fiala


Saturday, April 18, 2009

8:30 am - 2:30 pm


Presented by Master Gardeners of Cuyahoga County and

Ohio State University Extension


Learn how to serve the tastiest and freshest produce at your table by growing it yourself and learn about the popular expanding local farmers’ markets.

The day begins with registration from 8:30 a.m. 9:00 at the Cuyahoga Valley National Park - Happy Days Event Center, 500 W. Streetsboro Rd. (Rt. 303) , Peninsula, Ohio, (1 mi. west of Rt. 8). There is easy access to the Event Center from the Turnpike, I-271 and Route 8. See map on other side.


Vegetable Gardening from A to Z will feature:

  • How to establish a manageable vegetable garden for you and your family
  • Laying out the vegetable garden
  • Best vegetable choices for your garden
  • Edible landscaping; attractive vegetables for your flower beds
  • The Farmers’ Market Movement
  • Preparing vegetables in new and delicious ways

    Our expert presenters

  • Tim Malinich, Extension Educator, Horticulture, Lorain County
  • Donita Anderson, Executive Director, North Union Farmers Market
  • Chef Michael Fiala, Executive Chef, Cuyahoga Valley National Park
  • Tom Dayton, owner of Dayton Nursery, Norton, Ohio
  • Morgan Taggart, Program Assistant Horticulture, Cuyahoga County

Lunch created and prepared by Chef Fiala