2021-2022 Hort Happy Hour and Lunch & Learn Webinar Series

Lunch & Learn and Happy Hour Webinar Series for MAster gardener Volunteers: 

Fall 2021

Each session will count for 1 hour of continuing education. You will be responsible for entering in your own hours.  

Speakers and times are subject to change.


Thursday, September 30 
12 - 1 PM

Sod vs Seed:  The Timeless Turf Question Explained
Andrew Muntz, Sales Representative, Past President of OTF, Green Velvet Sod

Bio

Andrew Muntz has been working with Green Velvet Sod Farms for the past 7 years.  Prior to his time with Green Velvet, he has spent the past 18 years in the green industry.  He started by loading trees and mulch into customers cars at the local garden center as a high school senior, and eventually went on to receive his Bachelors of Science in Landscape Horticulture from The Ohio State University and his Masters of Science in Turfgrass Science from The Ohio State University.  Andrew has served on numerous industry boards throughout the state, including his time as the President of the Ohio Turfgrass Foundation. 

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Wednesday, October 6 
4-5 PM

Spotted Lanternfly Update
Amy Stone, Extension Educator, Lucas County, The Ohio State University

Bio

Amy has earned degrees from Owens Community College and the University of Toledo including a Master’s Degree in Vocational Education.  Her specialization is horticulture and has evolved to include invasive species and began with a local infestation of the gypsy moth in the county in the mid-nineties.  In 2003, Amy collected and submitted the first known infestation of the emerald ash borer in Ohio.  Amy worked on EAB for nearly ten years on USDA project dollars from APHIS and the US Forest Service.  Work with Purdue University and Michigan State University, along with the USDA Forest Service on Emerald Ash Borer University continues.   As Ohio faces numerous invasive species threats, Amy is part of an Extension team to address those threats through outreach and education efforts. 

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Wednesday, October 20 
4 - 5 PM

The Buzz Behind Bee Disease
Dr. Ellen Klinger, Associate Professor, Professional Practice, Dept. of Entomology, The Ohio State University

Bio

Prior to coming to Ohio State, Ellen was employed for the past 15 years with the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service in Logan, UT. During this time she conducted research on a number of topics aimed to improve the use of native and solitary bees in agricultural settings. Her specialty is insect pathology, and she has conducted research with bacterial, viral and fungal pathogens of bees. Her specialty is fungal pathogens, and she in one of few researchers in the world studying the occurrence of fungal disease commonly known as “chalkbrood” in non- honey bee species. She is also interested in Integrated Pest Management, especially the use of microbials for control of pest insects.  

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Thursday, October 28 
12 - 1 PM

Conifer Calamities
Dr. Curtis Young, Extension Educator, Van Wert County, Associate Professor, The Ohio State University

Bio

Dr. Curtis Young is a County Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Educator and Assistant Professor at the Ohio State University.   He graduated from OSU in 1985 with a MS and in1998 with a Ph.D, both degrees in Entomology. Curtis specializes in entomology, plant & pest diagnostics, IPM, agronomic crop production, invasive species, and landscape management.  Dr. Young is also very involeved with the Buckeye Environmental Horticulture Team and writes many blogs for the BYGL. 

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Wednesday, November 3 
4 - 5  PM

Backyard Tree Diseases
Tim Abbey, Extension Educator, Horticulture, Penn State University

Bio

Tim Abbey's main responsibility is to educate nursery and landscape care professionals on how to manage ornamental plant pests using integrated pest management (IPM) strategies in the counties surrounding Harrisburg.  He also coordinates educational programs that focus on pest management, tree care and other horticultural topics.He also serves as a resource for other audiences such as:  Master Gardener training; educational lectures on ornamental plant pests outside of his base area; and entomology lectures to civic organizations, garden clubs and children's groups.

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Wednesday, November 10 
12 - 1 PM

Latin is a Language - Not Dead as Dead can Be

Using appropriate plant names isn’t being pedantic, it’s being accurate. If you know your nomenclature, you can more accurately diagnose problems and find the right solutions. Here, we break down the definitions of the four different plant names and why it matters.

Jim Chatfield, Associate Professor Emeritus, Horticulture and Crop Sciences and Plant Pathology, The Ohio State University

Bio

Jim Chatfield is an Associate Professor Emeritus and Extension Specialist in the Departments of Hort and Crop Science and Plant Pathology at The Ohio State University.  Jim received his B.S. in Botany from Ohio University in 1975 and His M.S.  Plant Pathology from OSU in 1979.  Jim's areas of expertise include community tree evaluation, landscape horticulture, plant selection, plant diagnostics, pathology and botany.  

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Wednesday, November 17 
4 - 5 PM

Homegrown Hops in Your Backyard
Brad Bergeford, Extension Educator and Horticulture Specialist,  The Ohio State University

Bio

Brad Bergefurd has been with OSU CFAES for 29 years working for OARDC and with the Department of Extension. His teaching and field research centers on crop diagnostics and management, season extension techniques (high tunnel, plasticulture, row covers), integrated pest management (IPM), micro-irrigation management and direct marketing and his applied research focuses on plasticulture production, hops production, strawberry harvest extension, aquaponics and hemp. His current research is funded by the Ohio Vegetable and Small Fruit Research & Development Program, USDA, North Central IPM and North Central Sustainable Agricultural Research and Education (SARE). Bergefurd lectures throughout the country and throughout Senegal West Africa.

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Wednesday, December 1
4 - 5 PM

Basics of Viticulture
Dr. Maria Smith, Viticulture Outreach Specialist, Hort and Crop Sciences, The Ohio State University

Bio

Maria Smith joined the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science as a Viticulture Program Specialist in 2018, where she focuses on outreach in the viticulture industry. She is excited to apply her experiences to extension in helping the Ohio wine grape industry members achieve their production goals. Maria earned her B.S. in biology at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2009, an M.S. in horticulture from Cornell University in 2012, and recently defended her Ph.D. in horticulture at The Pennsylvania State University in August 2018.  At Penn State, she worked under Dr. Michela Centinari in viticulture, researching the implications of vine selection on spring frost recovery and the use of novel and traditional canopy management practices on yield regulation, wine quality, and vine health in Vitis vinifera and Vitis hybrid grape varieties.

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More Great Topics and Speakers Coming After the New Year!