- Author: Leah J. Haynes
Happy Valentines Day!
Thank you for sharing your time and talent.
Monday February 18, 2013 is Presidents Day and both UCCE offices and Hansen Agricultural Center will be closed for the holiday. We will reopen on Tuesday February 19. I will be unavailable by phone and email as well.
The Potting Shed at the Hansen Agricultural Center will be closed from Friday February 22 to Monday March 4, 2013. The shed will reopen on Tuesday March 5, 2013. If you have any questions, please let me know.
Tool Shed Lead for the Hansen Agricultural Center. Dick Paul, a graduate from the class of 2012, is the Tool Shed Lead for Hansen. Since November, Dick has spent countless hours illustrating schematics of the irrigation system for gardens at the Hansen Agricultural Center. Dick has organized the tool shed in preparation for the hands-on programs. Thank you Dick for your work! I encourage all volunteers to visit the tool shed next time you are at Hansen.
MG Plant Giveaways Project is now supported by two capable volunteers. In 2012, Lead Tom Dase propagated more than 1500 plantings for outreach events and speaking engagements. Master Gardener Dash Gill is joining this effort and I would like to thank him for taking on this exciting project. We hope to distribute more than 2000 plantings in 2013. Tom and Dash make a perfect team!!!
New grandparent: Communication Chair Carol Kurtz is a first time grandmother. She just returned from North Carolina where she met her new granddaughter. We wish you the very best and glad you are home. Congratulations!
Master Gardener Quarterly Gathering scheduled on Tuesday March 12th:
Come join your gardening friends for an evening of delicious food and engaging information.
The Master Gardener Quarterly Gathering/Meeting is scheduled on Tuesday March 12, 2013 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Camarillo Ranch House. Dr. Gordon W. Frankie, from UC Berkeley, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management will be our guest speaker talking about bees and bee management. This is potluck event! Remember to bring enough food for six to eight people. You can bring one friend or your spouse.
To register for the MG Gathering/Meeting scheduled on Tuesday March 12, 2013, go to: http://ucce.ucdavis.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=10115
Dr. Frankie has requested a grant from the Hansen Endowment to fund his research work on bees. We need twenty-two Master Gardeners interested in studying California Native Bees in Santa Paula to help in this project. If you would like to participate, send me an email at email@example.com. Master Gardeners Tracey Nisky and Amy Roemelen will act as leads for this project. Dr. Gordon Frankie will schedule two Saturday workdays in 2013. Training is provided.
Upcoming Events & Activities:
We invite you to attend special Edible Landscaping Workshops in March and April at convenient locations throughout Ventura County -- in Simi Valley, Ventura, Oxnard, Camarillo, Santa Paula, and Thousand Oaks. Times and places are shown in the “What’s on the Calendar” below. These Edible Landscaping Workshops are offered at NO COST.
Why should you want edibles in your landscape? Edible landscaping is good for the environment, provides your family with healthy and delicious food choices, and if done properly, will reduce your water use, support wildlife and reduce chemical use. Learn how to design, install, and maintain your own edible landscape!
Sample topics: Why edibles? How to creatively design your own edible landscape? Plant choice, soils, fertilizer, composting, site selection, safe harvest and storage, local ordinances or HOA rules that may affect what you are allowed to do, and more!
Advanced Integrated Pest Management Hands-on Training -
Times and places are shown in the “What’s on the Calendar” below.
Topics to be covered:
What is IPM?
Less Toxic Pesticides
Certified Master Gardeners receive two hours of Continuing Education for attending these sessions. Trainees receive two hours of volunteer service.
What’s On The Calendar?
February 23, 2013 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am
•UC Advanced Integrated Pest Management Hands-on Training at the Hansen Agricultural Center.
Link to register - http://ucce.ucdavis.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=9614
•Camarillo Library series of garden talks will be held every Wednesday in March.
•Simi Valley Park and Recreation Department’s Series of Garden Talks will be held on Tuesdays March 12, March 26, April 2, April 9, and April 23.
Edibles Landscaping Workshops:
March 2, 2013 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
•Edible Landscape Workshop - United Methodist Church in North Oxnard
Link to register–http://ucce.ucdavis.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=10113
March 2, 2013 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm (noon)
•Edible Landscape Workshop - UC Cooperative Extension in Ventura
Link to register-https://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=10111
March 3, 2013 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
•Edible Landscape Workshop - Camarillo Ranch House in Camarillo
Link to register-http://ucce.ucdavis.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=10112
March 9, 2013 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am
•Edible Landscape Workshop – ARC Enrichment Center in Ojai
Link to register-http://ucce.ucdavis.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=10157
March 12, 2013 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
•Quarterly Master Gardener Program Gathering - Camarillo Ranch House
Link to register - http://ucce.ucdavis.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=10115
March 16, 17 and 18, 2013 (available shifts included below)
• Home & Garden Show at the Ventura County Fair in Ventura
Master Gardeners are asked to volunteer at the Home & Garden Show. We need help to disseminate program materials, answer garden related questions, and handout plant giveaways. Trainees will work with a Certified Master Gardener. Great way to earn FUN HOURS!!!
Friday March 15th - 12-3pm and 3-6pm,
Saturday March 16th – 10am to 1pm, 1-4pm and 4-6pm and
Sunday March 17th 10am to 12:30pm, 12:30-3pm and 3-5pm (including teardown)
To reserve your shift contact: Maxine Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org
March 23, 2013 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
•Edible Landscape Workshop Rancho Suzanna Center in Simi Valley
Link to register-http://ucce.ucdavis.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=10114
March 23, 2013 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am
•Edible Landscape Workshop - Hansen Agricultural Center in Santa Paula
Link to register-https://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=10110
March 23, 2013 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am 3/23
•Advanced Integrated Pest Management Hands-on Training, Goebel Center in Thousand Oaks.
Link to register - http://ucce.ucdavis.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=9613
April 6, 2013 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
•Earth Day in the City of Oxnard
If you are interested in volunteering contact Master Gardener Cindy Camillucci at email@example.com or 805-650-6436
April 6, 2013 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am
•Edible Landscape Workshop - Goebel Center in Thousand Oaks
Link to register- http://ucce.ucdavis.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=10099
April 13, 2013 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
•Arbor /Earth Day Celebration in the City of Thousand Oaks
If you are interested in volunteering contact Master Gardener Lois Shoemaker at firstname.lastname@example.org or 805-522-4683
Camarillo Hospice Garden Tours: Five Master Gardeners are needed to volunteer at five gardens on Sunday, May 5. This is a fun and helpful way to earn hours and support an important charitable cause. If you are interested in volunteering for this worthwhile effort, contact Chuck Andrews at email@example.com
Just a Reminder:
•If you would like to meet at the Hansen Agricultural Center, contact Louise Rangel to schedule your meeting space. Or let me know, and I will complete the paperwork.
•Remember to wear your name badge. If you need a badge, please let me know.
•Post your volunteer service and continuing education hours weekly or daily.
Certified Master Gardeners are welcome to attend the MG Class of 2013 training classes. Classes are held from 1-4:30 pm. You will receive 3.0 hours of continuing education. We will need advance notice to ensure enough seating space. You can register on-line for training classes at - http://ucce.ucdavis.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=9961
If you have questions about classes, feel free to contact Carole Rowland, firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for all you do to support the Master Gardener Program!!!