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Experienced gardeners - specifically MGVs have another opportunity to travel with State MGV Coordinator Pam Bennett and the Tandana Foundation to Ecuador from February 21 to March 1, 2014.  

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First MGV Meritorious Service Award Presented to Dan Poast

 

Also on June 12 at Secrest Arboretum, State Master Gardener Volunteer Coordinator Pamela Bennett recognized Miami County MGV Dan Poast with the first-ever MGV Meritorious Service Award for going over and above the call of duty.  Dan worked with Ken Cochran to organize workdays in the arboretum and recruited volunteers from around Ohio to help out.  Congratulations to Dan!

 

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INJURY PREVENTION – Reducing Injuries in the Garden

Kent McGuire – Ohio AgrAbility Program Coordinator 

Source:  AG Safety S.T.A.T. - Safe Tactics for AG Today; Vol. 6 No. 6 June 2013

 

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Summer weather is barely here, but it's not too early to think about the 2013 Ohio MG State Conference on October 4-5, in Independence, OH, conveniently located just south of Cleveland.   As you will see frm the flyer below, in addition to the State MG Awards Dinner, we have assembled a dynamite group of speakers and fun, yet educational, bus tours. 
Check out the following link:
For online details, registration and payment: cuyahogamg.org/SC

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Buckeye Lady Beetle Blitz (BLBB) is a network of volunteers trained to collect lady beetle biodiversity data in Ohio. Lady beetles provide important natural pest control in gardens and on farms. Unfortunately, many native species are declining and the BLBB program has been established to track and understand these declines.

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April 1 Deadline for MGV Continuing Education Grants

            Do you have plans for a unique or innovative  MGV Continuing Education program  but lack the funds to do it?  Eight grants for $250 each are available just for that purpose!   The deadlines for applications for 2013 are January 1, April 1, July 1 and October 1.  You have missed the first deadline, but don't miss the next one.

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We need experienced gardeners - specifically MGVs to go with Former First Lady Hope Taft, her daughter Anna Taft, and State MGV Coordinator Pam Bennett to Ecuador February 8-16, 2013.

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Each year the Lake Metro Parks sponsors "Bug Day" at Penitentiary Glen Park in Kirtland.  It was held on September 11th. It is a popular event with children and families in Lake County.  By visiting the different displays, the children can earn a degree or certificate in "Bugology" for the day.

Our educational display was popular with the children and adults.  We estimate that over 450 children plus adults stopped at our display.  The children enjoyed being investigators of insects.

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Master Gardeners of Clark County designed table centerpieces for the Vice President's luncheon at the Farm Science Review.   Approximately twenty volunteers donated flowers and their time to make the floral arrangements.  As you can see in the picture, they did a fantastic job.

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President E. Gordon Gee of Ohio State University recently toured Northeast Ohio to visit various OSU-related projects, institutions and programs. Gee's goal was to demonstrate that OSU seeks positive partnerships with communities in order to create lasting change.

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“There’s still time to add to your volunteer hours if you find yourself in Columbus on the second or fourth Wednesday of the month before the end of October; and it is worth the trip just to see how beautiful the grounds have matured in the past few years,” Janet K. Russell (MG class of 2003) said. Russell recently combined “weeding the Governor’s garden” with an overnight stay in Worthington where her grandson, Alexander Crawford, enjoyed skateboarding in one of the city’s metro parks along the Olintangy River.

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     The 2011 Union County Master Gardeners’ Tour of Gardens was a huge success due to the teams of Master Gardeners, the homeowners and a host of others who volunteered their time, donated materials, and services to make this a very rewarding project.

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Put-In-Bay is an easily recognized name when you think of the Lake Erie Islands, but the little island of Gibraltar, home of Stone Lab, may not be as easily recognized. Stone Lab is a learning laboratory and an extension of The Ohio State University.  Sixty volunteers from Erie County and nine other counties made the trip across Lake Erie on a hot July day.

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   Betsy Kollman of Four Star International (Michigan) and Proven Winners presented an engaging, interesting and at times dazzling discussion regarding plant breeding and bio-technology applications for the backyard gardener to the Trumbull County MGVs on June 16, 2011. Betsy, a Michigan State and Cornell University graduate discussed plant breeding potentials and market-based plant selection strategies with specific applications for current and future year trends.

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On a soggy April 19th, MGV's Ruth Sainsbury and Sherry LeMaster went to a local daycare center and gave a program to daycare regulars and older children there due to spring break. The kids picked their own pansy and planted it and took their flower home. They also had two papers, a connect the dots and coloring picture of an ant hill. The importance of plants in the food chain, various flowers and growing vegetables were discussed. Children had many questions and stories to tell. They were well received and another program day was set up.

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The first OSU Extension, Montgomery County's Spring Symposium was held March 31, 2011 at Polen Farm in Kettering, OH. 50 participants traveled from the following counties of Butler, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Logan, Lucas, Marion, Miami, Montgomery, Shelby, Warren and Wood for the full-day symposium. Guest Speakers were Tony Carpenter with Beyond the Greenhouse presenting the Basics of Landscape and Garden Design, and Teresa Jones with Meadowview Growers speaking on the Latest Perennial and Annual Selections.

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Trumbull County’s Home, Yard & Garden Program recently hosted speaker Brad Melzer from the Filtrexx International Corporation of Grafton, Ohio.

Trumbull MGVs listened as Melzer introduced GardenSoxx, a new multi-purpose garden product. The USA-made mesh containment system can be used for no-till gardening, landscape edging, borders, raised beds, patio planters, window baskets, deck rails, as well as erosion and sediment control.