Cooperative Extension offers classes for landscapers, nursery workers

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For immediate release: Jan. 6, 2015

Cooperative Extension offers classes for landscapers, nursery workers
Series of classes teach sustainable horticulture to local professionals

RENO, Nev. – University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, in collaboration with the Nevada Department of Agriculture, will offer a series of eight classes for those in the green industry beginning Feb. 3.

Heidi Kratsch, Cooperative Extension horticulture specialist, said attendees “will learn science-based, sustainable horticulture practices to manage plants and landscapes efficiently and safely.”

“This information will help green industry professionals to work with our environment and climate, not against it,” she said.

The program benefits people wanting to enter the industry, beginners in the industry and established industry professionals.

“This Green Industry Training Program provides education and a certification that employers value,” Kratsch said. “Cost-effective opportunities to earn arborist, pesticide applicator and other continuing education units can be hard to find. This program provides high-quality information and continuing education units at a low cost.”

The trainings will be held 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 3 – 26. Classes are $15 each or $80 for all eight. Further discounts are available to organizations enrolling multiple employees. Classes are taught by Cooperative Extension and Nevada Department of Agriculture staff with local industry professionals and are held at the Washoe County Cooperative Extension office in Reno at 4955 Energy Way.

To register, visit www.growyourownnevada.com/horticulture-programs/green-industry-training/. For more information on classes or certification, contact Ashley Andrews at andrewsa@unce.unr.edu or 775-336-0231.

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension offers green industry training Feb. 3 – 26, teaching sustainable horticulture to local industry professionals. Photo by Wendy Hanson Mazet.
University of Nevada Cooperative Extension offers green industry training Feb. 3 – 26, teaching sustainable horticulture to local industry professionals. Photo by Wendy Hanson Mazet.

Class Schedule:

• Feb. 3: Plant Disease Basics
• Feb. 5: Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and Pesticide Safety
• Feb. 10: Soils, Potting Mixes and Fertilizers
• Feb. 12: Pruning Landscape Plants
• Feb. 17: Insect Identification
• Feb. 19: Sustainable Turfgrass Maintenance
• Feb. 24: Weeds and Weed Law
• Feb. 26: Woody Plant Identification

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University of Nevada Cooperative Extension is the College of the University of Nevada, Reno that is engaged in every Nevada county, presenting research-based knowledge to address critical community needs. It is a county-state-federal partnership providing practical education to people, businesses and communities. For more information on its programs, visit www.unce.unr.edu.

Founded in 1874 as Nevada’s land-grant university, the University of Nevada, Reno ranks in the top tier of best national universities. With nearly 20,000 students, the University is driven to contribute a culture of student success, world-improving research and outreach that enhances communities and business. Part of the Nevada System of Higher Education, the University has the system’s largest research program and is home to the state’s medical school. Bringing outreach and education programs to all Nevada counties and home to one of the largest study-abroad consortiums, the University extends across the state and around the world. For more information, visit www.unr.edu.

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