Master Gardener Training Class

When

Thursdays, March 9 2017 through June 15 2017, 5pm-9pm

Where

Northwest Michigan Horticulture Research Station

6686 S. Center Hwy

Traverse City, MI  49684

Who

Anyone interested in learning more about gardening

What

About the MSU Extension Master Gardener Program Training Course and Volunteer Service

Access to World Class Gardening Knowledge. The MSU Extension Master Gardener Program connects gardeners across the state to MSU‘s faculty and resources. Participants have access to information generated at one of the nation’s top plant science teaching and research universities and the chance to use this knowledge to improve their communities and enrich their lives.

Extension Master Gardener volunteers start by completing a 14-session practical training course grounded in university research. This training consists of approximately 45 hours of training with classes on plant science, soil science, integrated pest management, diagnostics, annuals and perennials, woody ornamentals, lawns, vegetables, small fruits, tree fruits, household and nuisance pests, indoor plants and gardening practices to protect water quality. Participants must commit to attend all the training classes and complete all (open book) quizzes and final exam with an overall score of at least 80%. Missed classes (up to two) may be made up by attending class lecture on the same topic offered in other locations. Viewing approved recorded sessions is another make up option but is less engaging for course participants. 

An Opportunity to Serve.  After completing the training, Extension Master Gardener trainees must complete 40 hours of approved horticulture-related service within one year to earn their MSU Extension Master Gardener certification. Through these volunteer activities, trainees educate others in their local community on the science-based, environmentally sound gardening practices learned during their training. 

After your initial certifying year, you will be required to annually complete and report 5 education and 15 volunteer hours as well as complete a 3-step re-certification process (which includes a $20 re-certification fee).

More information can be found on the event registration link HERE.

More Info

Cost: $300, including 1,000-page training manual. There are no other out-of-pocket costs.

Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, until the class is full, or Feb. 23, whichever comes first. Please follow this link for details and to apply.

Partial scholarship funds ARE available. If you need financial assistance to make the course accessible, here is the link to the scholarship application

Which of your FRIENDS are interested in becoming Master Gardeners?  

For more information, contact:

Michelle Ferrarese, Consumer Horticulture Program Instructor
Leelanau MSU Extension office
phone: 231-256-9888
email:  ferrares@msu.edu

April 2017

Photo by Deborah Stephenson, publicdomainpictures.net

Wild Harvesting: Sustainably Harvest Wild Foods

When

Tuesday, April 4th 2017, 6:30pm with a potluck at 6:00pm

Where

The Boardman River Nature Center, 1450 Cass Road, Traverse City, MI 49685

Who

Educational meetings are open to the public, and a $5 donation from non-members is appreciated

What

MGANM is pleased to present Clay Bowers from NoMi Foraging, as he explains how to start being a participant in the forests and fields of Northern Michigan.  Learn how to sustainably harvest free and bountiful supplies of delicious, healthy, all organic food. The presentation is on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 6:00 pm at the Boardman River Nature Center on 1450 Cass Road, Traverse City….Refreshments are served at 6:00 pm, and program begins at 6:30 pm.

NoMi Foraging operates classes in wild harvesting monthly in the wild areas around the Grand Traverse Bay.  Wild harvesting or foraging is a great way to learn to identify, and understand the functions, of plants in the forest, meadows, and stream-side ecosystems.  It is part of understanding and interacting with the sustainable eco-system.  Wild foods are part of the new foodie culture of northern Michigan as well as a great way to keep edible invasive species in check in our wild areas.  Foraging can be a tasty way to practice conservation.  A blog with more information can be found at http://www.nomiforager.com/#intro

Clay Bowers is a plant nerd living in Northern Michigan.  He has studied wild harvesting since 2003 and has been teaching classes in it for 6 years.  He operates the blog called Nomi Foraging.  

The mission of the Master Gardener Association of Northwest Michigan (MGANM) is to “further the horticultural educational activities of MSU Extension and provide horticultural knowledge and experience to members, enabling them to share this knowledge with others through gardening projects, educational programs and activities.”  Meetings are open to the public.  A $5 donation from non-members is appreciated.  Attendance also counts toward Master Gardener volunteer and educational hours.

May 2017

Newly certified Master Gardeners for 2016

Board Meeting

When

Thursday, May 4th 2017 6:30pm

Where

Horizon Books lower level, 243 East Front Street, Traverse City, MI 49684

Who

All MGANM members are invited to attend

What

Any Master Gardeners who attend MGANM Board meetings may count their time toward their annual certification requirements.

June 2017

Photo by Breeze Hill Greenhouse

Succulent project at Breeze Hill Greenhouse

When

Tuesday, June 6th 2017, 6:00pm

Where

Breeze Hill Greenhouse

7230 E Harrys Rd

Traverse City, MI 49684  

231-941-7295

Who

This is a paid event for members, and reservations are required.

What

We are excited to offer this exciting and fun workshop for members of MGANM. In this workshop, learn how to propagate a garden form with hardy succulents. RSVP’s and project form selection are required in advance. If you wish to attend, please submit your payment and the attached form to RSVP: SucculentWreathRSVP

Master Gardener College 2017

2016 Gold Badge Club at MG College: 1,000+ hours of volunteering as Master Gardeners. Our very own Lillian Mahaney is a Gold Badge wearer! Photo by Michele Worden

When

Friday and Saturday, June 23-24, all day

Where

University Club Complex (home to the MSU University Club, MSU Henry Center, and Candlewood Suites)

http://www.universityclubofmsu.org/

The entire event will take place at one location, featuring easy access to lodging, FREE Parking and lots of meeting spaces. 

Who

All certified Master Gardeners

What

The dates have been set for the 2017 Master Gardener College. Mark your calendar! The 2017 Master Gardener College will be held June 23-24, with the theme, From the Ground Up. While the conference will return to East Lansing in 2017, it will take place entirely at the University Club Complex (home to the MSU University Club, MSU Henry Center, and Candlewood Suites). This complex, conveniently located at the southern end of campus, provides easy access to local expressways and provides ample, onsite parking. Details regarding workshops, sessions and keynote speakers are still being determined, so be watching for more information to be released as details are finalized.

Questions? Contact Betsy Braid at (517) 884-7081, braidbet@anr.msu.edu or visit the link for updated information: http://msue.anr.msu.edu/program/master_gardener_volunteer_program/master_gardener_college

July 2017

Photo by Light of Day Organics

Tour and Tasting at Light of Day Organics

When

Tuesday, July 11th 2017, 6:00pm

Where

Light of Day Organic Tea Farm

3502 E. Traverse Hwy

Traverse City, MI 49684

Who

This is a paid event for members, and reservations are required.

What

Tour the only camellia sinensis (tea plants) grown under hoop houses, on an organic and biodynamic farm.  This is a Master Gardener field trip, there is limited in space and a fee will be required.  It will be partially underwritten by MGANM a partially by attendees.  The cost will be a significant reduction in price from public tour rates.

July 2017

Plant prizes for our 2016 Volunteer Recognition Luncheon

Board Meeting

When

Thursday, July 13th 2017 6:30pm

Where

Horizon Books lower level, 243 East Front Street, Traverse City, MI 49684

Who

All MGANM members are invited to attend

What

Any Master Gardeners who attend MGANM Board meetings may count their time toward their annual certification requirements.

August 2017

Finch on a coneflower; Photo by MG Judy Reich

“Smart Plants for Pollinators”

When

Tuesday, August 1st 2017, 6:30pm with a potluck at 6:00pm

Where

The Boardman River Nature Center, 1450 Cass Road, Traverse City, MI 49685

Who

Educational meetings are open to the public, and a $5 donation from non-members is appreciated

What

Details are coming!

September 2017

Dr. Duke Elsner presenting about Monarch butterflies at our 2016 Volunteer Recognition Luncheon

Board Meeting

When

Thursday, September 7th 2017, 6:30pm

Where

Horizon Books lower level, 243 East Front Street, Traverse City, MI 49684

Who

All MGANM members are invited to attend

What

Any Master Gardeners who attend MGANM Board meetings may count their time toward their annual certification requirements.

October 2017

“Plants Deer Don’t Eat”

When

Tuesday, October 3rd 2017, 6:30pm with a potluck at 6:00

Who

Educational meetings are open to the public, and a $5 donation from non-members is appreciated

What

Brian Zimmerman of Four Season Nursery will discuss plants that deer “don’t” eat. Details are coming!

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