Facebook for Gardeners

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What is Facebook?

Facebook is a website through which people can communicate with each other online. Families are using it to keep connected with moms and dads, brothers and sisters, grandmas and grandpas who live all over the world. Friends also use it to keep in touch with each other over the years, but Facebook isn’t just for individuals. It’s also for companies and educational institutions. Just as families and friends can share information with each other, Cooperative Extension can use Facebook to share information with Master Gardeners and the community read more

After Action Report: Plant Diagnostics Class

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Horticulture is an ever-changing department. Recently, we have purchased more reference books, made more herbarium plant samples, reorganized the file cabinets and welcomed Heidi and Bev into our ranks. We’ve also provided more classes. In July, Susan Donaldson taught an Advanced Master Gardener Training: Identification of Common Summer Weeds class, twice! This course was open to every Master Gardener. We also taught an exclusive course this summer. Forty Master Gardeners were selected from a roster of those who had recently volunteered on the phones in the Reno office. This elect crew gathered together in August to be students in our inaugural Advanced Master Gardener Phone Volunteer course on Plant Diagnosis. read more

What’s New in the Horticulture Office?

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Here at Cooperative Extension, we’ve been going through a lot of changes, from saying goodbye to Leslie and Penny to saying hello to Heidi. In addition to Heidi, we’ve added another lovely resource to our office: canning guides. Canning is a food processing technique which allows food to be safely stored for extended periods of time in air-tight containers. As Master Gardeners, we love growing and eating our fruits and veggies and we have resources here at the office to help us do that. Now, those of us interested in stashing away our produce through the winter can do so safely and correctly by following the guidelines in the USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning.  Copies of this full-color, spiral-bound book are available from Wendy at the cost of $15. Payment should be in the form of exact cash or check or money order made payable to the Board of Regents. For more information about this canning guide and other canning-related resources Cooperative Extension offers, such as pressure canner gauge testing, drop by our office and pick up a copy of our new brochure: Growing and Preserving Food in Northern Nevada. read more

Wanted: Local Food Information

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Here in Horticulture, we’re always coming up with timely, relevant ways to help our clients. Recent examples of this include our new focus on growing, eating and preserving fresh foods (see our new brochure Growing and Preserving Food in Northern Nevada). As a part of this healthy food focus, we want to provide a list of local farmers’ markets, food producers and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs to the public. We have the small resource list Local Food Information, but we’d like to grow it bigger. If you know of any local food sources, please let us know! We need as much information about each resource as possible, so please give us the resource’s name, contact name, contact phone number, days and times of operation, physical address, website address and email address. Send all information to Ashley at andrewsa@unce.unr.edu. She can also be reached at 775-784-4848. read more