Grow Your Own! A Back-to-Basic Guide to Great Harvests in Nevada Class

Contact: Ashley Andrews
Phone: 775-336-0231
Email: andrewsa@unce.unr.edu

For Immediate Release

GROW YOUR OWN! A BACK-TO-BASICS GUIDE TO GREAT HARVESTS IN NEVADA CLASS.

OFFERED STATEWIDE. MONDAYS, JULY 9 THROUGH AUGUST 27, 2-4 P.M.

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s “Grow Your Own!” series provides low-cost training for Nevadans interested in growing healthy food at home.

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension staff and Certified Master Gardeners lecture on the basics of growing healthy food at home at UNCE’s “Grow Your Own!” series. Classes begin on July 9th and are held Tuesdays from 2-4 p.m. Grow Your Own! will be presented live in Reno (4955 Energy Way) and via videoconference statewide. read more

ATGATT! (All the Gear, All the Time)

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Man mowing lawn in full motorcycle safety gear
It’s important to wear protective gear while riding a motorcycle. It is also important to be a safe gardener. This spring, wear all of your gardening safety equipment all of the time! Photo by Mark Poesch, DC Motorcycle Travel Examiner.

There is an acronym among motorcycle riders “ATGATT” and it means “All the Gear All the Time.” For a motorcyclist, “all the gear” includes a full-faced helmet, a protective jacket and pants, motorcycle gloves and boots. Wearing this gear can prevent a motorcycle rider from injury or death. But motorcycle-riding isn’t the only hobby that requires protective gear. Gardeners have their own gear needs. As you amp up your outdoor landscaping and gardening activities this spring, please take a page from the motorcycle crowd and remember to wear ALL of your safety gear ALL of the time. read more

Garden Blog Trend Alert! Shoebag Gardens

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Reading gardening blogs online allows me to live vicariously through the green thumbs of others. The articles and photographs bring smiles to my face, and, if they’re very good, they leave me wishing I were brave enough to branch out from houseplants to outdoor veggie gardening. One recent trend in the garden blog world is doing just that to me! The trend is called shoebag gardening and I might just work up enough gardening gumption to try it.

What is a shoebag garden? Well, it’s a small, vertical container garden planted in the pockets of canvas over-the-door hanging shoe organizers. It’s ideal for those with space issues. Apartment and condo dwellers or prolific gardeners who have used up their horizontal space might benefit from vertical gardening ideas like this one. Those who have trouble keeping cats from toileting in their herb gardens will also enjoy this setup. read more

Grow Your Own! A Back-to-Basic Guide to Great Harvests in Nevada Class

Contact: Ashley Andrews
Phone: 775-336-0231
Email: andrewsa@unce.unr.edu

For Immediate Release

GROW YOUR OWN! A BACK-TO-BASICS GUIDE TO GREAT HARVESTS IN NEVADA CLASS.

OFFERED STATEWIDE. WEDNESDAYS, FEBRUARY 8 THROUGH MARCH 28, 2012.

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s “Grow Your Own!” series provides low-cost training for Nevadans interested in growing healthy food at home.

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension staff and Certified Master Gardeners lecture on the basics of growing healthy food at home at UNCE’s “Grow Your Own!” series. Classes begin on February 8th and are held Wednesdays from 6-8 p.m. Grow Your Own! will be presented live in Reno (4955 Energy Way) and via videoconference statewide. read more

Horticulture Update

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The growing season is a busy time for the Western Area/Washoe County horticulture team. We invest additional time into our own home gardens and landscapes and we provide community outreach and education programs to help homeowners and landscapers in our corner of Nevada do the same.

Our Western Area’s year-round “Ask a Master Gardener” outreach program will experience an increase in demand for its in-office, phone hotline and email landscaping and gardening assistance in the coming warmer months. In the course of one year, this program provides over 9,000 hours of service (the equivalent of 5 full-time employees) as its volunteers give face-to-face help to nearly 14,000 people and answer nearly 13,000 phone calls and emails (www.unce.unr.edu). read more

Students’ Videos Explore Carson River

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Photo of Elizabeth Jarett
Winner from last year’s festival, Elizabeth Jarett.

On February 22nd, the Carson River Coalition Education Working Group will present its “Keep Streamsides Greener, Keep Water Cleaner” video contest winners in a free- and open-to-the-public film festival. The festival will begin at 6 p.m. and is held at the Carson City Sheriff’s Building, 911 E. Musser St.

The contest was originally scheduled for January 19th, but could not be held due to the Washoe Drive fire. “The students were very understanding when we cancelled the film festival during the Washoe Drive Fire,” said coalition member and University of Nevada Cooperative Extension water quality specialist Sue Donaldson. “The room we had reserved for the festival was used as a command center during the blaze.” read more

Carson River Film Festival Rescheduled due to Fire

January 31, 2012

Contact: Ashley Andrews, andrewsa@unce.unr.edu, Phone: 775-336-0231

Carson River Film Festival Rescheduled due to Fire

Festival to feature 4 projects from Carson watershed students

horiz.colorWinners of the Carson River Coalition Education Working Group’s “Keep Streamsides Greener, Keep Water Cleaner” contest will be announced at the Carson River Film Festival 6:00-7:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Carson City Sheriff’s Building at 911 E. Musser St.

The student films that have been entered in the annual competition are available for viewing here. The public is invited to view the videos and to “like” their favorites. read more

UNCE Offers Growing and Composting in Small Places Class

Contact: Ashley Andrews
Phone: 775-336-0231
Email: andrewsa@unce.unr.edu

For Immediate Release

UNCE OFFERS GROWING AND COMPOSTING IN SMALL PLACES CLASS

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s “Grow Your Own!” series provides low-cost training for Nevadans interested in growing healthy food at home.

horiz.colorUniversity of Nevada Cooperative Extension staff will lecture on the basics of growing healthy food and composting kitchen waste in small places at this “Grow Your Own!” series class. Class is held Oct. 25 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Participants may attend the presentation live at 4955 Energy Way in Reno for a cost of $15. The class is available to outlying areas of Nevada via videoconference. read more

Grow Your Own! A Back-to-Basic Guide to Great Harvests in Nevada Class

Contact: Ashley Andrews
Phone: 775-336-0231
Email: andrewsa@unce.unr.edu

For Immediate Release

GROW YOUR OWN! A BACK-TO-BASICS GUIDE TO GREAT HARVESTS IN NEVADA CLASS.

OFFERED STATEWIDE. TUESDAYS, SEPTEMBER THROUGH NOVEMBER, 6-8 P.M.

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s “Grow Your Own!” series provides low-cost training for Nevadans interested in growing healthy food at home.

horiz.colorUniversity of Nevada Cooperative Extension staff and Certified Master Gardeners lecture on the basics of growing healthy food at home at UNCE’s “Grow Your Own!” series. Classes begin on September 20th and are held Tuesdays from 6-8 p.m. Grow Your Own! will be presented live in Reno (4955 Energy Way) and via videoconference statewide (Carson City, Duck Valley, Elko, Ely, Fallon, Las Vegas, Lovelock, Winnemucca, Tonopah and Yerington). read more

Free Tree Risk Assessment Class offered in Reno/Carson City

Contact: Ashley Andrews
Phone: 775-336-0231
Email: andrewsa@unce.unr.edu  

For Immediate Release

FREE TREE RISK ASSESSMENT CLASS OFFERED IN RENO/CARSON CITY, NOON-1 P.M. ON JULY 13th

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Green Industry Continuing Education Series supports local professionals with free on-going professional development training classes.

horiz.colorDale Carlon, International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist, will guest-lecture on Tree Risk Assessment at University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Green Industry Continuing Education Series class held July 13th from noon- 1 p.m. The class will be presented live in Reno (4955 Energy Way) and via videoconference in Carson City (2621 Northgate Ln., Ste. 15). read more

2011 Master Gardener of the Year Award Recipients Honored

Contact: Ashley Andrews
Phone: 775-336-0231
Email: andrewsa@unce.unr.edu

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2011 MASTER GARDENER OF THE YEAR AWARD RECIPIENTS HONORED.

Three outstanding volunteer Master Gardeners recognized for their community service and University outreach in Washoe, Douglas and Storey counties.

horiz.colorThree outstanding volunteer Master Gardeners were awarded the 2011 Master Gardener of the Year Award on Saturday, June 18th. Master Gardner Program Coordinator Wendy Hanson Mazet recognized Beverly Depew, Barbara Bardecker and Sue Jones for their contribution to the communities in which they live. Beverly Depew has been the anchor of the Western Area/Washoe County office, answering phone calls, emails and helping walk-in clients with their horticulture questions. Barbara Bardecker is a staple volunteer in Carson City. Sue Jones runs University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s soil testing program, testing soil from all over the state to help people grow healthier gardens and training other Master Gardeners to be able to do the same. read more

New Gardening and Landscaping Classes for a New Year

PUBLISHED IN THE RENO GAZETTE JOURNAL

horiz.colorA new growing season is beginning. Winter-long dreams of warmer weather and the recent seed catalog parade in our mailboxes have whetted our appetites for gardening. Another resource to help ready you for the upcoming growing season is University of Nevada Cooperative Extension. We have four gardening and landscaping events planned, from basic entry-level classes to more advanced. We invite you to attend them all. These classes will help every gardener and green industry professional answer the question “how does your garden grow?” For those of you who answered “it didn’t” in 2010, we’ve got the help you need to try again for a great harvest in 2011. read more

Educational Opportunities on the Horizon at Cooperative Extension

SUBMITTED TO EDIBLE-RENO TAHOE MAGAZINE

Although as write this, I’m bundled up against the cold of early-January days, I can see warmer spring temperatures on the horizon. Spring brings not only warmer fingers and toes, but an opportunity to beautify the world around us and feed our families through gardening. To help you experience the satisfaction of a happy home garden, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension is holding several educational events this spring.

Courses for Professionals:

Plant Industry Training read more

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