Biweekly Update – September 30, 2020

New Announcements:

1.    October 1, 2020, 1:00 pm – Leadership development training: Volunteer Engagement in a Virtual World – Still time to register!

·      Volunteer Engagement in a Virtual World “As trainings and meetings are moved to a virtual platform, how can volunteers build and sustain meaningful relationships within their unit and the greater community? The State EMG Office will facilitate a discussion focused around how units throughout the state are staying engaged in a virtual world. There will be small group breakout rooms for more in depth discussions and brainstorming between participants.”

·      Register here: (Registration link will remain active until the beginning of the session, however please register in advance so we have an accurate headcount)

·      Learn more about all of our leadership trainings here:

2.    October state office webinar:

·      October 10 | Urban AgricultureJoin Dr. Leonard Githinji from Virginia State University as he talks about urban agriculture, why it's important, and where it intersects with volunteerism. Register:

3.    VMGA speaker’s bureau list now available, contact Erica Jones 540 544 7359

·      More info:

4.    Accepting applications for PMG Coordinator:  The Charlottesville-Albemarle VCE office is officially seeking applicants for a new Master Gardener Coordinator.

·      The details are all provided at this site:

·      Please share this job listing with anyone you think might be interested! The application will close on October 15th.

5.    IMGC 2021 Tee Shirt Design Contest voting open! Vote here:

6.    Accessible Communications Considerations:This workshop will present participants with tangible ideas to make communication, particularly in marketing, more accessible, how to avoid common accessibility mistakes, and more. The session will cover topics such as using accessibility features on social media, describing different types of images, language to use when describing disability, and more.”

·      Opportunity offered by VTEngage: Tuesday, November 10, 12 – 1:15 (Sign up at

Old October Announcements

7.    Registration Now Open for the 2020 Virtual Chesapeake Watershed Forum!

Old Announcements:

8.    Plant sale guidance availableExtension Leadership has released guidelines for Extension Master Gardener Plant Sales in light of the current steps toward reopening. You can find that information on the VCE COVID-19 page ( under “Administrative Documents and Updates.” It’s at the bottom of that list under “EMG Plant Sale Guidance.

9.    Master Composter online course from Vermont –

10. EMG Coordinator webinar: CE opportunity! Food Safety and Master Gardener Volunteer Programs, before and after COVID-19 webinar recording:


Other Announcements:

1.    Send us your announcements! Have you converted educational programs to an online format? You can still submit those announcements for the biweekly email! Submit an item for the biweekly update here.

2.    Updated Facebook event guidance – When scheduling Facebook events for your unit symposiums, seminars, talks, etc, please add the state office page as a co-host! More info here:

3.    Follow the State Office on social media: Facebook | Instagram | YouTube

4.    Subscribe to In Season, our quarterly newsletter

5.    View our most recent webinar

a.    View a recording of our most recent state office webinar – Jamie King on urban forestry


  1.  Resources for fertilization of lawns and for those involved with Healthy Virginia Lawns programming  
  2. Do you have questions coming in to your Extension Master Gardener program and need to find some answers? Extension Search Resources for EMG Questions
  3. Every Kid in a Park Program
  4. Basil Downy Mildew: Occurrence Monitoring and Info Website for Gardeners
    1. A new website, created by Margaret McGrath and the School of Integrative Plant Science at Cornell University, on monitoring occurrence of downy mildew on basil in the US and Canada:

                                               i.     It maps occurrences and replaces them into a GoogleDocs spreadsheet since 2009. There is information about BDM at the website that is geared for gardeners. Gardeners have been the primary and most important reporters in helping with monitoring this disease.

A handout for gardeners about reporting occurrences of BDM and 2 other important diseases: late blight and cucurbit downy 

Posted in biweekly update.

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