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A beautiful day for “You Just Have to Look”

It couldn’t have been a nicer day for 59 registrants who attended You Just Have To Look, a family friendly Master Gardener workshop!  Before outside explorations, Master Gardener Brent Marsh provided workshop attendees with an orientation of the wonders of insect life in the garden.  One of the highlights was how different mature insects look from baby insects, how insects change and transform, and what is the difference between a good or “beneficial” insect and pest insects that eat crops!

With 10X triplet loupes in hand (children got to take theirs home) everyone went out to the Sussex County Master Garden Demonstration Garden for an afternoon of family, learning, color and exploration.

“You Just Have to Take a Look” at these photos!

“You just have to look” – Sussex Master Gardeners offer an insect workshop June 26. 2012

The Sussex County Master Gardeners are pleased to invite the public to a presentation titled “You Just Have to Look” to be held on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at 1 p.m.

The insects in our backyard are just as exciting as the wild animals in the jungle, but because they are so mall, you just have to look. Grownups, kids and grandkids will enjoy this lively presentation. We’ll end up with a safari outside to our Demonstration Garden. Bring the kids and grandkids or come by yourself.

Brent Marsh will be presenting this workshop at the Carvel Research and Education Center – Sussex County Cooperative Extension in Meeting Room 3. The workshop is free. Please pre-register by contacting Tammy Schirmer at (302) 856-2585 x 544 or by email: tammys@udel.edu.

Master Gardeners are working volunteers and are supported by the Delaware Cooperative Extension through the University of Delaware and the Delaware State University Extension offices. It is the Delaware Cooperative Extension’s policy that no person shall be subjected to discrimination on the grounds of race, creed, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran or handicap status. If you have special needs that need to be accommodated, please contact the office two weeks prior to the event.

Sussex Master Gardener to hold garden photography workshop

Tuesday, June 19, 2012, 2:00 p.m., Carvel Research and Education Center
16483 County Seat Highway
Georgetown, Del. 19947

(Route 9, one quarter mile past Sussex Tech High Schol)
Meeting Room 3

Presented by Bobbie Ranney, Master Gardener

The Demonstration Garden designed and maintained by Sussex County Master Gardeners provides many vignettes of color to capture the beauty of flora and fauna

Whether you want to document development of your own garden, capture the essence of gardens you visit in your travels, or take close-up pictures of your favorite flowers, this workshop will help you will gain insights that will enable you to take garden photos that look like they were taken by a professional. Bring your camera and we will go out to the Demonstration Garden to practice.

To register contact Tammy Schirmer at (302) 856-2585 ext 544.

How NOT to grow your grapes!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012. 7 p.m. at the Carvel REC Meeting Room 2.

Dixie Gildon  has been growing grapes for 20 years! That’s a lot of grapes! Get the goods on grapes from this volunteer Sussex County Master Gardener!

This workshop is free, as most workshops are!  But we appreciate preregistration. You can register online for this and the remaining spring Sussex County Master Gardener workshops!

Or you may visit the Sussex Master Gardener website and view all workshop descriptions and download the brochure in PDF

Master Gardeners are working volunteers and are supported by Delaware Cooperative Extension through the University of Delaware and Delaware State University Extension offices.

In 2010 Sussex County Master Gardeners provided outreach to 5, 315 participants via 59 workshops.  Collectively, in 2010 Master Gardeners donated 5,631 hours of expertise to local Sussex communities.

Sussex Master Gardeners announce early 2012 workshop schedule

Sussex County Master Gardeners are pleased to announce their early 2012 (Winter/Spring) series of gardening workshops. Pre-registration is required for all Master Gardener workshops and the public may register online or contact Tammy Schirmer at 856-2585 x 544.

Master Gardeners are working volunteers and are supported by Delaware Cooperative Extension through the University of Delaware and Delaware State University Extension offices. In 2010 Sussex County Master Gardeners provided outreach to 5, 315 participants via 59 workshops.  Collectively, in 2010 Master Gardeners donated 5,631 hours of expertise to local Sussex communities.

 

 

 

Workshop Schedule

(location subject to change)

‘Starting Plants from Seeds‘, Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 2:00 p.m., Meeting Room 3

Presented by Ila Myers.  Learn the basics of seed starting including types of containers, timing, lighting, temperature, moisture, and soil.  At little cost, you can increase the variety and quantity of your plants by using seeds.

‘Using the Web to Plan and Design Your Garden’, Tuesday, February 28, 2012, 11:00 a.m., Meeting Room 3

Presented by Darrell Hagar.  Learn to use several websites that provide garden planning software to layout a vegetable garden.  These sites create plans that can be printed and saved to aid in future planning and proper crop rotation.

‘Weeds, Identification & Control’, Tuesday, March 13, 2012, 7:00 p.m., Meeting Room 3

Presented by Jay Windsor.  Not sure if it’s a weed or flower?  Learn the difference and how to control (eliminate?) those pesky weeds.

‘How Not To Grow Your Grapes’, Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 7:00 p.m., Meeting Room 2

Presented by Dixie Gildon.  Learn about growing grapes from a gardener who has grown them for 20 years.

Garden Smart, Garden Easy’, Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 7:00 p.m., Meeting Room 3

Presented by Bob Williams.  Think all gardening tools are the same?  Learn what tools and techniques are available for the gardener as we age or develop mobility issues. Tools and techniques which can help make gardening enjoyable again.

‘Planning/Journaling in the Garden’, Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 11:00 a.m., Meeting Room 3

Presented by Jessica Clark.  A garden journal can add to your gardening success and enhance your enjoyment of your gardening activities.   Discover how creative you can be with the written word. Weather permitting; we will explore the Demonstration Garden for inspiration.  You can feel free to share your writings or write only for your benefit.   Bring a notebook, some photos of your garden and some ideas.

‘Children Planting the Children’s Garden’, Saturday, May 19, 2012, 10:00 a.m., Held in the Demonstration Garden. 

Presented by Chris Henderson.  Children will work with the Master Gardeners to plant seeds and seedlings in the Children’s Garden area and learn about theme gardens.  Ages 5-11, accompanied by an adult, limit 20 children.

‘Five- Minute Flower Arranging’, Tuesday, May 22, 2012, 1:00 p.m., Meeting Room 3

Presented by Lisa Arni. Watch our instructor make flower arrangements in 5minutes — no rules, just fun with flowers! Several quick and easy flower arrangements will be demonstrated (no hands-on) using flowers and other elements from the garden.

‘Photographing Your Garden’, Tuesday, June 19, 2012, 2:00 p.m., Meeting Room 3

Presented by Bobbie Ranney.  Whether you want to document development of your own garden, capture the essence of gardens you visit in your travels or take close-up pictures of your favorite flowers, you will gain insights that will enable you to take garden photos that look like they were taken by a professional.  Bring your camera and we will go out to the Demonstration Garden to practice.

You Just Have to Look! ’, Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 1:00 p.m., Meeting Room 3

Presented by Brent Marsh.   The insects in your backyard are just as exciting as the wild animals in the jungle, but because they’re so small, you just have to look. Grownups, kids, and grandkids will enjoy this lively presentation.  We’ll end up with a safari outside to our Demonstration Garden.  Bring the kids and grandkids, or come by yourself.

 

Delaware Cooperative Extension awards excellence at annual conference

Mary Argo, 2011 Director Spirit of Extension Award

Cooperative Extension professionals from University of Delaware and Delaware State University met on Tues. Oct. 18, for their annual conference in Dover, to celebrate their unique partnership and excellence in Extension outreach programing that serves Delaware’s families and agricultural constituents.

The conference’s keynote speaker was Linda Kay Benning, executive director of Northeast Cooperative Extension Director and associate director for Extension and Outreach at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, located in Washington D.C. Benning remarked on Extension’s rich history, the value of its current programming and the future of Extension funding at regional and national levels in the 21st century. Benning addressed the importance in raising awareness of the diverse programming that Cooperative Extension delivers to families, farmers, businesses and industry.

In recognition of Delaware’s Extension contribution the past year, the 2011 Cooperative Extension Awards of Excellence were announced:

Integration of Extension and Research Award:

  •  Gordon Johnson, Maggie Moor-Orth, Richard Taylor, Phillip Sylvester, Rose Ogutu, Brigid McCrea, Megan, John Clendaniel, Dahlia O’Brien, Mike Wasylkowski, Lakhe Paudel, and Joann Walston.

Positively Outrageous Service Award for Innovative Marketing of Extension – Individual:

  •   Carol Scott – 4-H Educator Afterschool program “Moving Youth Ahead.”
  •   Mary Argo – 4-H Educator in Sussex County.

Positively Outrageous Service Aware for Innovative Marketing of Extension – Team:

  • Tracy Wootten, Maggi Moor-Orth, and Sussex County Master Gardeners:  Brent Marsh, Jessica Clark, Jane Casazza, Susan Trone, Tracy Mulvaney, Mary Perkins, Mary Noel, Mary Hall, Marge Lewis and Linda Peters for:  “Peter Rabbit’s Adventure in Farmer McGregor’s Vegetable Garden,” a mobile theatrical presentation for children.

Outstanding Programming Award:

Bill's program, The Resourceful Leader, was recognized as an Outstanding Extension Program

  • Tracy Wootten, Laurie Wolinski, and Maria Pippidis – for “Annie’s Project” which supports and empowers women in agriculture.
  •  Maggie Moor-Orth, Tracy Wootten, and Brian Kunkel – “How Do You Like Me Now – Insects and Their Damage” and;
  • Gordon Johnson, Maria Pippidis, Kathleen Splane, Phillip Sylvester, Anne Camasso, Tracy Wootten, and Cory Whaley – “Food Safety on the Farm”
  • Karen Johnston, Michelle Ernst, and Amelia Uffelman – “4-H Health Rocks Program – Youth tobacco prevention program.”
  • Bill McGowan, “The Resourceful Leader”-Community development and economic gardening initiative.

 

 

 

 

Recipients of the Director’s Spirit of Extension Awards: Ernesto López, Rhonda Martell, Kathleen Splane and Albert Essel.

Ernie Lopez recipient of the 2011 Director's Spirit of Extension Award and Dr. Jan Seitz

Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP) the association of Extension professionals presented the following awards:

  • Adult Outstanding Volunteer Award- Hetty Francke.
  • Youth Outstanding Volunteer Award- Terra Tatman.
  • Group Outstanding Volunteer Award- Emerson Farms.
  • Friend of Extension- Agilent Technologies.
  • Meritorious Support Service Award- Sharon Webb.

Delaware State University recognized two Extension professionals:

  • Brigid McCrea – “1890 Administrator’s Award” for Extension Agriculture and Youth. Development.
  • Andy Wetherhill – “1890 Administrator’s Award for Diversity” in Agricultural Extension programs.

Earlier in the morning, the conference’s 100 attendees separated into agriculture, family and consumer science and 4-H youth development groups and discussed initiatives and exchanged new ideas on how to effectively reach their constituents’ future needs.

The ag group focused on how to enhance an $8 billion agriculture industry given current economic challenges.  Items of note included the ability to understand and anticipate the needs of the ag community, the capacity to engage those needs in a timely fashion and development, and implementation of a strategy that creates an understanding and support for the value of Cooperative Extension.

Family and consumer science and EFNEP agents discussed what they see as emerging issues in nutrition, food safety, financial management and family well-being and how best to effectively communicate revised guidelines and research to local constituencies.

Through their diverse programming, 4-H reaffirmed that effective outreach to Delaware’s youth must rest on eight principles: a positive relationship with a caring adult, a safe emotional and physical environment, an inclusive environment, engagement in learning, opportunity for mastery, opportunity to see oneself as an active participant in the future, opportunity for self-determination and opportunity to value and practice service to others.

Tuesday’s gathering marked the last Extension Conference under the tenure of Associate Dean and Director of Cooperative Extension, Janice Seitz, who is retiring in the spring, 2012. The ninth conference however, will not be Seitz last. In 2003, Seitz established the Lighthouse Award as a special honor bestowed to an Extension professional who “lights the way for others.” Each year, the holder of the Extension beacon has the sole responsibility to pass the award onto a deserving colleague. Doug Crouse, 2010 recipient, carefully considered his many options, but concluded on one obvious choice, Dr. Jan Seitz, the founder of the award.

The award assures Seitz’s  return to next year’s conference to once again confer the award. But Seitz’s future participation with Delaware Extension was never in doubt.  Though stepping out of her leadership role, Seitz plans to lend support and resources whenever needed.   “This is the greatest job I have ever had,” Seitz said. “I love Extension so much.”

 

Images of the conference are available on UD Flickr site:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/carvel/sets/72157627800614733/

Extension cultivates a new crop of Master Gardener volunteer experts

September is often associated with going back to school and at the Kent and Sussex Cooperative Extension locations, 28 individuals from a variety of backgrounds and communities are opening their study materials, taking notes and being attentive students of the Master Gardener Class of 2011. Under the tutelage of Extension staff and scientists from the University of Delaware and Delaware State University, Master Gardener candidates undergo seven weeks of training, and receive more than 80 hours of instruction in the process.

Maggie Moor-Orth, right, passes out some questions to the 2011 class of Master Gardeners. The new class meets alternatively in Dover and Georgetown.

Although there is no tuition per se, Master Gardener applicants undergo a review process and must commit to serving a minimum of 45 hours of community service their first year as horticulture volunteers.  In subsequent years they are required to serve approximately 35 hours.  It’s turned out to be a good bargain for Delaware and Cooperative Extension. Gardeners are known for their generosity and Master Gardeners relish giving back.  In 2010,  Kent County and Sussex County Master Gardeners provided a combined a total of 10,172 hours of unpaid services to their communities that included operating garden hotlines, establishing a presence at local fairs and festivals, talking to local civic groups, presenting workshops on specific topics, and working with youth groups and school children.

Each member of the new class contributes a unique curiosity and enthusiasm. The native and adopted Delawareans offer a variety of active and retired professions, which include a Washington D.C. police lieutenant, nurse, professor, aerospace engineer, house builder, a farmer’s daughter, reporter, editor and pastor. Many have a specific area of interest, such as roses.  Others admire English gardens – all struggle with weeds (don’t we all!) and each has a curiosity and respect for the many styles, themes and mysteries that can comprise a garden.  The breadth of their experiences and observations is just what Cooperative Extension is looking for says Tracy Wootten, Sussex County’s horticulture agent.

“In Master Gardeners, we are looking for people who are problem solvers, enjoy teaching others and who will help advise the gardening public here in Delaware,” says Wootten. “Maggie Moor-Orth (DSU) and I are enjoying the enthusiasm of this new class.”

Master Gardener students take notes as UD's Extension Specialist Gordon Johnson reviews the basics of botany.

While in session, as questions are answered and experiences shared, the student Master Gardeners learn to access the unbiased resources that have been the hallmark of Cooperative Extension. The  agriculture-based research from the University of Delaware and Delaware State University is delivered to Master Gardeners via a variety of methods; a network of Extension publications, internal fact sheets, field research and personal instruction. During the seven week instruction program, students are taught by the experts and have the opportunity to form professional relationships that will support them in their volunteer career. Veteran Master Gardeners contribute to the training and join UD and DSU experts  in covering diverse topics such as the elements of botany, plant identification, turn management and weed control, diagnosing plant problems, pesticide safety, integrated pest management, house plants, vegetable gardening, annuals and perennials, backyard composting and much more.

After they finish class instruction and log in their initial 45 volunteer hours, the 2011 class of 28 students will officially join the ranks of more than 200 active Delaware Master Gardeners who impact Delaware’s environment and provide valuable economic services to Delaware gardeners. Instruction for new Master Gardeners are scheduled every other year with Extension offices trading locations. The next session for Master Gardener training will be in 2013 in New Castle County.

“Without these wonderful volunteers, Cooperative Extension would not be able to provide the impressive amount of outreach that is being offered to local Delaware communities,” says Wootten.

For more information about the Sussex County Master Gardener program please visit their SC Master Gardener website or call (302) 856-7303.

Sussex Master Gardeners all a flutter for August 9th workshop and garden walk

Sussex Master Gardeners invite the public to explore their butterfly garden

 

A Black Swallow Tail Butterfly enjoys a Verbena. Photo by MG Bobbie Ranney

The Sussex County Master Gardeners are pleased to invite the public to a presentation on Butterfly Gardening followed by our Second Annual Butterfly Walk at the Master Gardeners’ Demonstration Garden on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011

Linda Peters will be presenting the Butterfly Gardening workshop at 1 p.m. at the Carvel Research and Education Center- Sussex County Cooperative Extension, Meeting Room 3. Please pre-register for this workshop by contacting Tammy Schirmer at (302)856-2585, ext. 544 or tammys@udel.edu.

Following the workshop the Master Gardeners will host the Butterfly Walk in the demonstration garden from 2 – 4 p.m.    The garden is located behind the Carvel REC, 16483 County Seat Highway, Georgetown. The event is free.

Master Gardeners will feature a look at an August garden filled with flowers and butterflies.  In addition to enjoying the garden and butterflies, a number of Master Gardeners will be available to provide information and help on a wide variety of gardening topics.

Master Gardeners are working volunteers and are supported by Delaware Cooperative Extension through the University of Delaware and Delaware State University Extension offices. It is Delaware Cooperative Extension’s policy that that no person shall be subjected to discrimination on the grounds of race, creed, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran or handicap status. If you have special needs that need to be accommodated, please contact the office two weeks prior to the event.

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