Biweekly Update – October 29, 2020

New Announcements:

1.    “My Trees Count” app launched by VDOF – In order to keep track of trees planted in communities across the state, the Department of Forestry has launched a tree planting tracking application called “My Trees Count”. This will provide VDOF with valuable data about water quality in the state, as well as help track tree plantings as communities work towards their WIP Goals. Finally, it will allow us to recognize tree planting efforts. When submitted through the Trees Count Survey, we may share planting stories on the Community Tree Map or social media with #MyTreeCounts. The application can be found here: https://arcg.is/WryDG

2.    5th Annual Seed Swap, Central Rappahannock, January 23, 2021 – Save the Date and your Seeds for the Central Rappahannock Area Master Gardeners 5th Annual Seed Swap on January 23, 2021 from 10AM to 1PM in King George. The event is FREE and open to all. More info here.

3.    We're working on a comprehensive webinar page – The State Office is working on compiling local unit YouTube videos and webinars on our YouTube page. If you have YouTube videos, please email Devon dvj@vt.edu. If you have videos somewhere other than YouTube but would like to get them on YouTube, please also email Devon! Videos will be organized into playlists here: https://www.youtube.com/c/VirginiaCooperativeExtensionMasterGardener/playlists  (Check the “Hanover Home Gardening” playlist as an example)

4.    Soil management and soil health webinar series – Soil Management and Soil Health webinar series from VSU The Zoom webinar series will take place on November 2, 5, 9, 16 and 23, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. More info here.

5.    Garden Basics Workshop: “Water-Wise Gardening” – The Piedmont Master Gardeners will offer “Water-Wise Gardening,” a free Garden Basics workshop, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, November 21, via Zoom. Participants will learn how to manage water in the landscape efficiently; how to control erosion and runoff; and how to help plants survive in wet, dry and hot conditions. To receive an invitation to the virtual session, register by November 16 at https://piedmontmastergardeners.org/events/   |   More info here

 

Old Announcements

6.    Send us your COVID photos! If you have photos of EMG volunteer projects during COVID, such as masked volunteers working in a garden, please send them to us! Email them to Devon, dvj@vt.edu

7.    Call for presentations: Have you created a presentation you're proud of & would like to share with us? We are creating a presentation repository and need your presentations!

·      Repository will be available for EMGs and Agents/Coordinators to draw from for speaking requests, training, etc. Master gardeners and agents may submit. Presentations will undergo editing and formatting before being posted.

·      Email presentations to Kathleen reedka@vt.edu

8.    IMGC 2021 Tee Shirt Design Contest Results! Our winners are:

·      Linda Williams – Carroll/Grayson – “Dogwood”

·      Pat Machowsky – Greenspring – “Buttonbush”

·      Ruby Gardner – Gloucester – “Cardinal and Bee Balm

9.    Virginia Tech Plant Clinic's Plant Problem Image Gallery has been resurrected! This useful image gallery contains images of common Virginia plant diseases, provided by the VT Plant Disease clinic. Available at: https://apps.cals.vt.edu/ppig/

10. 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 (https://ext.vt.edu/covid-19updates.html) under “Administrative Documents and Updates.” It’s at the bottom of that list under “EMG Plant Sale Guidance.

11. Master Composter online course from Vermont – https://www.uvm.edu/extension/mastergardener/vermont-master-composter-course

12. EMG Coordinator webinar: CE opportunity! Food Safety and Master Gardener Volunteer Programs, before and after COVID-19 webinar recording: https://youtu.be/aK6g8NvpAok

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

·      More info: http://vmga.net/vmgaspeakersbureau.php

Old November Announcements:

14. 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 https://gobblerconnect.vt.edu/event/6384364)

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: https://mastergardener.ext.vt.edu/current-resources/communications-resources/

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

                                               i.     https://mastergardener.ext.vt.edu/webinar-archive/

  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.

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

Biweekly Update – October 14, 2020

New Announcements:

1.    October 15, 2020, 1:00 pm – Leadership development training – Still time to register!

·      Programming Pivots: New Program Development during the Pandemic-Join us to hear about three different programs throughout the state that were developed in the midst of the pandemic and our need for virtual programming. Panelists will share about their programs and lessons they learned along the way. After a Q&A session with our panelists, we invite session participants to share new and innovative programming that their unit took on in the past months (no more than 5 minutes).”

·      Register here: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0lcO2rqD0iHtCrvGoyCaiLPpl1YptA2eV3 (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: https://mastergardener.ext.vt.edu/current-resources/leadership/

2.    October state office webinar:

·      October 15, 10:00 am | 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: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/331193942

3.    Call for presentations: Have you created a presentation you’re proud of & would like to share with us? We are creating a presentation repository and need your presentations!

·      Repository will be available for EMGs and Agents/Coordinators to draw from for speaking requests, training, etc. Extension Master Gardeners and Agents may submit presentations. Presentations will undergo editing and formatting before being posted for EMG use.

·      Email presentations to Kathleen, reedka@vt.edu

4.    IMGC 2021 Tee Shirt Design Contest Results! Our winners are:

·      Linda Williams – Carroll/Grayson – “Dogwood”

·      Pat Machowsky – Greenspring – “Buttonbush”

·      Ruby Gardner – Gloucester – “Cardinal and Bee Balm”

5.    Send us your COVID photos! If you have photos of EMG volunteer projects during COVID, such as masked volunteers working in a garden, please send them to us! Email them to Devon, dvj@vt.edu

6.    Virginia Tech Plant Clinic’s Plant Problem Image Gallery has been resurrected! This useful image gallery contains images of common Virginia plant diseases, provided by the VT Plant Disease clinic. Available at: https://apps.cals.vt.edu/ppig/

7.    October is Urban Ag month!

·      “Urban Agriculture Month will shine a spotlight on the significant role urban agriculture plays in our regional and local food system. The events will also highlight our local urban agriculture response to the COVID-19 pandemic.” Join MGNV and their partners for a variety of different events throughout the month!

·      https://mgnv.org/2020/10/01/urban-agriculture-month/

Old October Announcements

8.    Registration Now Open for the 2020 Virtual Chesapeake Watershed Forum! https://www.allianceforthebay.org/our-work/key-program-focuses/networking-education/chesapeake-watershed-forum/

Old November Announcements:

9.    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 https://gobblerconnect.vt.edu/event/6384364)

Old Announcements:

10. 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 (https://ext.vt.edu/covid-19updates.html) under “Administrative Documents and Updates.” It’s at the bottom of that list under “EMG Plant Sale Guidance.

11. Master Composter online course from Vermont – https://www.uvm.edu/extension/mastergardener/vermont-master-composter-course

12. EMG Coordinator webinar: CE opportunity! Food Safety and Master Gardener Volunteer Programs, before and after COVID-19 webinar recording: https://youtu.be/aK6g8NvpAok

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

·      More info: http://vmga.net/vmgaspeakersbureau.php

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: https://mastergardener.ext.vt.edu/current-resources/communications-resources/

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

                                               i.     https://mastergardener.ext.vt.edu/webinar-archive/

  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.

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

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: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0lcO2rqD0iHtCrvGoyCaiLPpl1YptA2eV3 (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: https://mastergardener.ext.vt.edu/current-resources/leadership/

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: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/331193942

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

·      More info: http://vmga.net/vmgaspeakersbureau.php

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: http://careers.pageuppeople.com/968/cw/en-us/job/514256/master-gardener-coordinator-albemarle-county

·      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: https://vce.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4UbixoUhRNG6Rxj

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 https://gobblerconnect.vt.edu/event/6384364)

Old October Announcements

7.    Registration Now Open for the 2020 Virtual Chesapeake Watershed Forum! https://www.allianceforthebay.org/our-work/key-program-focuses/networking-education/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 (https://ext.vt.edu/covid-19updates.html) 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 – https://www.uvm.edu/extension/mastergardener/vermont-master-composter-course

10. EMG Coordinator webinar: CE opportunity! Food Safety and Master Gardener Volunteer Programs, before and after COVID-19 webinar recording: https://youtu.be/aK6g8NvpAok

 

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: https://mastergardener.ext.vt.edu/current-resources/communications-resources/

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

                                               i.     https://mastergardener.ext.vt.edu/webinar-archive/

  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 

Biweekly Update – September 16, 2020

New Announcements:

1.    August state office webinars:

·      September 17 | 10 am – Tree risk assessment – Joel Koci of VSU provides an introduction to tree risk assessment. – Register in advance: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/91920717871 

·      October 15 | 10 am – Urban Agriculture – Join Dr. Leonard Githinji from Virginia State University as he talks about urban agriculture, why it's important, and where it intersects with volunteerism. Pre-registration: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/meeting/register/vpcsduCrpz8oATVOvOhaatpGl7kTqVIpQA

2.    Turf and Landscape plan writing school (part of nutrient management certification, learn more):

·      From DCR If you have an interest in becoming a certified as a turf & landscape nutrient management planner, you can sign up for this course now, and take the Soil Science, Soil Fertility, and Turf Production School when it is offered again as a webinar or in person sometime in the near future. With the uncertainty of being able to hold face-to-face events in the near future, we may not be able to offer another Plan Writing School before the next exam which will be held Friday, February 5, 2021.”

·      https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Ut5mgySBwZBD8EqNtI8Gu_9if7i6nwjv/view?usp=sharing

3.    Social media training webinars provided by VT College of Ag and Life Sciences (CALS) and VSU:

·      Sept. 23, 2020, 3 p.m.
ZOOM LINK: General Best Practices for Social Media
Deanna Sumners & Erica Shambley

·      Sept. 30, 2020, 3 p.m.
ZOOM LINK: VCE social media policy
Deanna Sumners & Erica Shambley

 

Old September Announcements

4.    Waynesboro tree workshop webinar series – Every Wednesday in the month of September there will be an hour-long webinar on various topics including tree ring analysis and urban canopy cover. Provided jointly by VDOF and VCE

·      Info and registration links here: https://myemail.constantcontact.com/Register-Today—2020-Waynesboro-Tree-Webinar-Series-.html?soid=1129998786860&aid=GI79-Lqov14

Old October Announcements

5.    Registration Now Open for the 2020 Virtual Chesapeake Watershed Forum! https://www.allianceforthebay.org/our-work/key-program-focuses/networking-education/chesapeake-watershed-forum/

Old Announcements:

6.    Facebook Live “Get Gardening” Series – Thursdays through the summer

·      Thursday September 17: Kathleen Reed, Succulent Propagation and Care

·      Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/226756471734154/

7.    Plant sale guidance available – Extension 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 (https://ext.vt.edu/covid-19updates.html) under “Administrative Documents and Updates.” It’s at the bottom of that list under “EMG Plant Sale Guidance.

8.    Master Composter online course from Vermont – https://www.uvm.edu/extension/mastergardener/vermont-master-composter-course

9.    EMG Coordinator webinar: CE opportunity! Food Safety and Master Gardener Volunteer Programs, before and after COVID-19 webinar recording: https://youtu.be/aK6g8NvpAok

 

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: https://mastergardener.ext.vt.edu/current-resources/communications-resources/

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

                                               i.     https://mastergardener.ext.vt.edu/webinar-archive/

  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.

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

Biweekly Update – September 3, 2020

New Announcements:

1.    August state office webinars:

· September 17 | 10 am – Tree risk assessment – Joel Koci of VSU provides an introduction to tree risk assessment. – Register in advance: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/91920717871 

·   October 15 | 10 am – Urban Agriculture – Join Dr. Leonard Githinji from Virginia State University as he talks about urban agriculture, why it’s important, and where it intersects with volunteerism. Pre-registration: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/meeting/register/vpcsduCrpz8oATVOvOhaatpGl7kTqVIpQA

2.  IMGC 2021 Tee Shirt design contest – Draw a plant & submit it for our IMGC 2021 tee shirt design! Info here DEADLINE SEPTERMBER 7: https://www.internationalmastergardener.com/2020/05/18/design-contest/

3.    EMG Coordinator webinar: CE opportunity! Food Safety and Master Gardener Volunteer Programs, before and after COVID-19 webinar recording: https://youtu.be/aK6g8NvpAok

4.    Registration Now Open for the 2020 Virtual Chesapeake Watershed Forum! https://www.allianceforthebay.org/our-work/key-program-focuses/networking-education/chesapeake-watershed-forum/

5.    FULL Piedmont Master Gardeners: Garden Basics Workshop

·      Master Gardeners will offer practical advice on spring-planted bulbs for summer and fall drama, fall-planted bulbs for spectacular spring color, and bulbs for winter forcing. Registration by September 14 is required. Email your name to info@piedmontmastergardeners.org. An invitation to the Zoom session will follow.

·      Year-Round Beauty with Bulbs 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, September 19

·      Bring in the Birds!” 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, October 17

·      Water-Wise Gardening 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, November 21

6.    Greensville/Emporia Master Gardeners: Native Tree ID Walk

·      During this walk, Bob Glennon, forester and consultant with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, will lead the group in identifying native trees. A copy of the Common Native of Virginia- Tree Identification Guide is included in the class fee of $12.00. Payment is due at the time of registration. Register and pay with a credit card here: https://register.ext.vt.edu , select programs, then click agriculture and scroll to select this course; C-02-0033. Or, register and pay with cash or check at the Greensville/Emporia extension office no later than September 7, 2020. Direct link to destiny one registration page: https://register.ext.vt.edu/search/publicCourseSearchDetails.do?

7.    Newport News Master Gardeners: Go Green EXPO: “A 20/20 Vision for Our Community”

·      Go Green Expo serves the citizens of Hampton Roads and beyond with a free, family-friendly event that informs on green and sustainable practices for the whole family.” Due to the Covid-19 pandemic our Go Green Expo 2020 scheduled for September 12th will all be online this year. We will include videos of vermiculture and rain barrel workshops along with a wide variety of other horticulture and natural resource-related topics. By popular demand, there will be a couple of videos that will show you how to assemble your vermiculture and rain barrels kits which are still for sale through Newport News Master Gardeners Association. All of this year’s Go Green activities will be shown on our Facebook page as well as on a dedicated YouTube channel. Visit this site, https://www.nngogreenexpo.org/, and our main website, https:nnmastergardener.org/, for updates. These are trying times for all of us, but we will try to make Go Green Expo 2020 a meaningful event using a course of action that will be beneficial for us all. With your continued support, we can make Go Green Expo 2021 better than ever! The Peninsula Master Gardeners again thank you for your help and wish you, your families and friends good health!

Old September Announcements

1.    Waynesboro tree workshop webinar series – Every Wednesday in the month of September there will be an hour-long webinar on various topics including tree ring analysis and urban canopy cover. Provided jointly by VDOF and VCE

·      Info and registration links here: https://myemail.constantcontact.com/Register-Today—2020-Waynesboro-Tree-Webinar-Series-.html?soid=1129998786860&aid=GI79-Lqov14

Old Announcements:

1.    Facebook Live “Get Gardening” Series – Thursdays through the summer

·      Thursday September 10: Chris Mullins, Season Extenders

·      Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/226756471734154/

2.    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 (https://ext.vt.edu/covid-19updates.html) under “Administrative Documents and Updates.” It’s at the bottom of that list under “EMG Plant Sale Guidance.

3.    Master Composter online course from Vermont – https://www.uvm.edu/extension/mastergardener/vermont-master-composter-course

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: https://mastergardener.ext.vt.edu/current-resources/communications-resources/

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

  i.    https://mastergardener.ext.vt.edu/webinar-archive/

  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.

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

Biweekly Update – August 5, 2020

New Announcements:

1.    Master Gardener College registration reopens for recording access – If you missed EMGC 2020, you can now register to view our recording library

·      You can find the program for MG College with a list of topics and speakers here: https://mastergardener.ext.vt.edu/college/registration/ 

·      To register: https://tinyurl.com/2020MGCollege

2.    August state office webinars:

·      August 20 | 10 am – How to get the most from your hydrangeas with Josh Kardos, Instructor in the School of Plant and Environmental Sciences at Virginia Tech – Register in advance:  https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/96539583973 

·      September 17 | 10 am – Tree risk assessment – Joel Koci of VSU provides an introduction to tree risk assessment. – Register in advance: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/91920717871 

3.    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: https://mastergardener.ext.vt.edu/current-resources/communications-resources/

4.    IMGC 2021 Tee Shirt design contest – Draw a plant & submit it for our IMGC 2021 tee shirt design! Info here: https://www.internationalmastergardener.com/2020/05/18/design-contest/

5.    Waynesboro tree workshop webinar series – Every Wednesday in the month of September there will be an hour-long webinar on various topics including tree ring analysis and urban canopy cover. Provided jointly by VDOF and VCE

·      Info and registration links here: https://myemail.constantcontact.com/Register-Today—2020-Waynesboro-Tree-Webinar-Series-.html?soid=1129998786860&aid=GI79-Lqov14

6.    Master Composter online course from Vermont – https://www.uvm.edu/extension/mastergardener/vermont-master-composter-course

7.    Hahn Horticulture Garden plant sale fundraiser – If you live near Blacksburg, Hahn Horticulture Garden is holding a fall plant sale!

·      More information here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/197xM7GtD9ilZ_ViZ31_yxQ9kwE51Ru3tCkw1ud4atcU/edit?usp=sharing

·      Full plant list here: https://hahngarden.vt.edu/documents/HHG_Plantsale_Fall2020-fillable.pdf  

8.    Truffles in the Southeast ­– August 18, 6:30 pm VMN webinar featuring Dr. Jeanine Davis. Description and Zoom information here: https://www.oldragmasternaturalists.org/upcoming-events.html

 

Old Announcements:

1.    Facebook Live “Get Gardening” Series – Thursdays through the summer

·      Thursday July 23 – Hydrangea 101 with Josh Kardos, Virginia Tech School of Plant and Environmental Sciences

·      You can watch live or check our page later to view the recorded & saved video!

·      Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/226756471734154/

 

2.    Plant sale guidance available – Extension 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 (https://ext.vt.edu/covid-19updates.html) under “Administrative Documents and Updates.” It’s at the bottom of that list under “EMG Plant Sale Guidance.

 

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.

  1. Follow the State Office on social media: Facebook | Instagram | YouTube
  2. Subscribe to In Season, our quarterly newsletter

3.    View our most recent webinar

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

https://mastergardener.ext.vt.edu/webinar-archive/

 

  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.

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

Biweekly Update.- July 21, 2020

New 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. State Office Webinar – July 23 | 10 am – Urban Forestry is a Public Service Join Jamie King, University Arborist at Virginia Tech, as he talks about the whys and hows of urban forestry. (Rescheduled from July 16.) Register in advance: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwtcO6vrT4oHtd2fAEcsCSQ1D7ZEc5TIqa8

 

·      How to get the most from your hydrangeas – Josh Kardos, Virginia Tech – August 20, 10am https://virginiatech.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIodOCtpjgjHdef-M0F1vPp9RKzdrAo5Cqt

 

·      Tree Risk Assessment – Joel Koci, VSU – Sept. 17, 10am https://virginiatech.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUkdemvrzwiHdXROklX-zRSwdCntxsXfNni

 

3.    Facebook Live “Get Gardening” Series – Thursdays through the summer

·      Thursday July 23 – Hydrangea 101 with Josh Kardos, Virginia Tech School of Plant and Environmental Sciences

·      You can watch live or check our page later to view the recorded & saved video!

·      Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/226756471734154/

 

4.    Plant sale guidance available – Extension 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 (https://ext.vt.edu/covid-19updates.html) under “Administrative Documents and Updates.” It’s at the bottom of that list under “EMG Plant Sale Guidance.

 

5.    Milestones – Due to delays in both our office mailing and our pin distributor, we expect to mail milestone certificates in early September. We apologize for the delay!

Other Announcements:

  1. Follow the State Office on social media: Facebook | Instagram | YouTube
  2. Subscribe to In Season, our quarterly newsletter

3.    View our most recent webinar

a.     View a recording of our most recent state office webinar – Mark Sutphin with a spotted lanternfly update:

https://mastergardener.ext.vt.edu/webinar-archive/

 

  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.

    1. A handout for gardeners about reporting occurrences of BDM and 2 other important diseases: late blight and cucurbit downy mildew.
  1. Biweekly Update Submission form – Please use this form for submitting future biweekly update items. 

Biweekly Update – May 29, 2020

New 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.    Online CE opportunities

a.    We have put together a list of online CE opportunities volunteers can take advantage of while at home: https://mastergardener.ext.vt.edu/ce

 

3.    College 2020 goes online – June 25-28, 2020

a.    We have been blown away by interest in EMGC 2020 with more than 500 registered so far. Registration is open until June 19—we hope you will join us!

b.    Check out our program here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/13jB1axqp2X-ZpntQEM9x5-qGe7dk9512/view All sessions will be recorded and available for viewing later.

c.     Learn more & register here: https://mastergardener.ext.vt.edu/college/

 

4.    Submit a digital brag board for College 2020 – Deadline: June 1, 2020

a.    Submit a digital brag board to show off your unit’s activity! Brag boards will be displayed digitally during College 2020. For guidelines and to submit your brag board: https://forms.gle/E9BqHGii7djarXfq7

 

5.    Facebook Live “Get Gardening” Series – Thursdays through the spring

a.    Join us Thursdays through this spring and early summer as we invite VCE professionals to join us via Facebook live for short sessions on beginning gardening!

b.    You can watch live or check our page later to view the recorded & saved video!

c.     Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/226756471734154/

 

6.    VT Pesticide programs quarterly newsletter: https://vtpp.ento.vt.edu/content/dam/vtpp_ento_vt_edu/VTPP%20Quarterly%20Spring%202020%201-1-RT.pdf

 

New June Announcements:

1.    June 5, 10am – 11 am– Effective Environmental Outreach strategies webinar series from Penn State

a.     More info and register: https://www.cvent.com/events/effective-environmental-outreach-strategies-webinar/event-summary-7d17f36278514cc39f1cba076f9d9ed9.aspx?i=fef15d88-3fb0-417d-a8d0-e0168576b436

2.    June 12, 10 am – 3 pm – Southeastern Plant Symposium at home

a.    Hosted by the JC Raulston Arboretum and Juniper Level Botanic Garden

b.    Register and learn more: https://jcra.ncsu.edu/events/details.php?ID=2343

New July Announcements:

1.    July 16, 10 am – State Office Webinar Series Urban Forestry is a Public Service

a.    Join Jamie King, University Arborist at Virginia Tech, as he talks about the whys and hows of urban forestry.

b.    Register in advance: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwtcO6vrT4oHtd2fAEcsCSQ1D7ZEc5TIqa8

Other Announcements:

  1. Follow the State Office on social media: Facebook | Instagram | YouTube
  2. Subscribe to In Season, our quarterly newsletter

3.    View our most recent webinar

a.     View a recording of our most recent state office webinar – Mark Sutphin with a spotted lanternfly update:

https://mastergardener.ext.vt.edu/webinar-archive/

 

  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.

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

Biweekly Update Submission form – Please use this form for submitting future biweekly update items. 

Update – Hours Requirements for 2020

Agents and Coordinators,

 

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent restrictions imposed by our Governor’s Executive Orders and directives from VCE executive leadership, we are uncertain about when Extension Master Gardeners (EMG) will be able to start volunteering again. As a result, the State EMG Office has put the following policies into place for 2020: 

 

  • For 2020 only, we are suspending the 20 volunteer hour requirement for Extension Master Gardeners.
    • For any active Extension Master Gardener who does not complete their 20 hour requirement in 2020, their status as an EMG will not be affected for 2021.

 

  • For 2020 only, we are extending the timeframe for Extension Master Gardener Interns to complete their required 50 volunteer hours.
    • For any Intern who does not complete their 50 hour requirement in 2020, they should be given an extra 6 – 12 months in 2021 to complete their remaining hours
    • The local VCE unit office should determine the length of the extension based on when their EMG training took place in 2019 or 2020. The local office should also factor in other extenuating circumstances on a case by case basis.

 

  • The 8 hour requirement for continuing education will remain in place in 2020. 
    • There are a number of online sources for continuing education our volunteers can make use of, including this list on the EMG website: https://mastergardener.ext.vt.edu/ce/
    • Master Gardener College will be held online this year and will be another good education opportunity for our volunteers. Registration will open in early May and College will run from June 25 – 28, 2020. All sessions will be recorded and available for later viewing by registrants.

 

We know these are unusual times and want to ensure that our volunteers are kept safe and healthy during the pandemic. We know that Governor Northam and Drs. Jones and McKinnie are exercising their best judgement in the decisions they are making in order to keep all of our citizens, including Extension faculty, staff, and volunteers, safe and healthy to the extent they can. Likewise, our team wants to ensure the health and safety of our EMG volunteers and the clients you serve to the extent we can. Thank you for your understanding and flexibility. Stay safe and healthy. And as always, our sincerest gratitude for all you do on behalf of VCE and the Extension Master Gardener Program.

 

Best, 
The EMG State Office

Biweekly Update – April 10th, 2020

New Announcements:

 

1.    College 2020 goes online – June 25-28, 2020

a.     Master Gardener College this year will be held online rather than in person in Blacksburg. Please continue to hold the same dates, June 25 – 28.

b.    We are working on the logistics of Virtual Master Gardener College now and hope to have more information and registration details out soon. Please expect an email in the coming week.

 

2.    State Office Webinar Series – April 16, 2020

a.     April 16 | 10 am – Interpreting Soil Test Results with Scott Baker

b.    Join us for a practical how-to for reading and interpreting soil test results. Learn how to use those lab results to give recommendations to homeowners – and be able to amend your own lawn or garden too!

c.     Register in advance: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/meeting/register/vJIqdu6urDMvK1zsj7wMfFsKm6bAt0VTbg

 

3.    Submit a digital brag board for College 2020 – Deadline: June 1, 2020

a.     Submit a digital brag board to show off your unit’s activity! Brag boards will be displayed digitally during College 2020. For guidelines and to submit your brag board:

b. Use this link to upload your brag board (requires you be signed into a Google account) OR email your brag board to Devon at dvj@vt.edu

 

4.    Facebook Live “Get Gardening” Series – Thursdays through the spring

a.     Join us Thursdays through this spring and early summer as we invite VCE professionals to join us via Facebook live for short sessions on beginning gardening!

b.    You can watch live or check our page later to view the recorded & saved video!

c.     Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/226756471734154/ UPDATE: Chris Mullins’s “Beginning Gardening” event has been RESCHEDULED FOR MONDAY APRIL 13 AT 2 PM – PLEASE JOIN US ON FACEBOOK!

 

5.    Online CE opportunities

a.     Online Resources for MGs We have put together a list of online CE opportunities volunteers can take advantage of while at home: https://mastergardener.ext.vt.edu/ce

2021 Announcements:

1.    Virginia is hosting International Master Gardener Conference 2021 – Norfolk, VA – September 12-17, 2021

a.     Have you heard? Virginia is hosting IMGC 2021! IMGC is an opportunity to come together with other EMGs from across the nation for a week of tours, workshops, and speakers. Check out our keynote speakers and start planning your trip to Norfolk now: https://www.internationalmastergardener.com/

b.    Keep an eye out this fall for IMGC registration!

 

2.    IMGC 2021 Call for proposals – Norfolk, VA – September 12-17, 2021

a.     IMGC 2021 is soliciting speakers for concurrent sessions and workshops. If your unit has had a great guest speaker who might be interested in this opportunity, please forward them this info! If you or someone you know is interested, please fill out our application form here: https://vce.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_emTq59MEsXzf3XD

b.    Deadline for proposal submission is Friday, May 1, 2020

c.     Learn more: https://www.internationalmastergardener.com/2020/01/28/call-for-proposals/

Other Announcements:

1.    Follow the State Office on social media:

                                              i.     Facebook

                                             ii.     Instagram

                                           iii.     YouTube

2.    NC State Online Learning opportunities

a.     NC State is preparing to launch a 2020 Online Learning Program! Discounts available for Master Gardeners and Agents – please email Devon at DVJ@vt.edu for information on discount eligibility.

 

3.    View our most recent webinar

a.     View a recording of our most recent state office webinar – Pam Bennet on gardening with smartphone apps: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYWds9sP4Lw

b.    For a full archive of state office webinars, see: https://mastergardener.ext.vt.edu/webinar-archive/

 

4.    Home Gardening Mini- Course Lecture Series – Newport News, VA

a.     The Newport News Master Gardener Association announces our new Lecture Series, Home Gardening Mini-Course, a series of eight, free, monthly lectures covering a wide variety of horticultural topics.

b.    The Mini-Course is FREE and will be held at the Virginia Living Museum.

c.     Located at:

Virginia Living Museum,

524 Clyde Morris Blvd,

Newport News, VA 23601

d.    Pre-registration is required:

by calling the NN VCE office at: 757-591-4838.

e.     Lecture Schedule (Tentative):

                                              i.     5/28/20 Flowers We Love – MG Favorites

                                             ii.     6/18/20 Backyard Actions for a Cleaner Bay

                                           iii.     7/23/20 Tree and Shrub Pruning, A Hands-on Workshop in Riverview Farm Park

                                           iv.     8/27/20 Native Selections – Trees, Shrubs, and Perennials

 

5.     Resources for fertilization of lawns and for those involved with Healthy Virginia Lawns programming  

6.    Do you have questions coming in to your Extension Master Gardener program and need to find some answers? Extension Search Resources for EMG Questions

7.    Registration now open for online Plant Identification Classes by Longwood Gardens and NC State – Click Here

8.    Visit the VCE Lawn and Garden Calendar!

9.    Every Kid in a Park Program

10. Spotted Lanternfly, an invasive pest insect– found in Winchester, VA- January 2018

a.     For information regarding the quarantine please see attached link

11. Biennial 2018 EMG Summary – from the Extension Master Gardener National Committee

a.     Data collected indicates there are 86,076 EMG volunteers throughout the United States and Washington, D.C, contributing 5.6 million hours educating the public, providing youth programming, and facilitating produce donated to local food banks.

b.    While this is only the beginning of the value EMGs provide in their communities each year, 2018 efforts are estimated to have contributed 140 million dollars in value to the general public. Our volunteers reported over 8.6 million contacts and continue to be the front line of Extension’s consumer horticulture efforts. Forty-six states participated in this report.

 

12. Basil Downy Mildew: Occurrence Monitoring and Info Website for Gardeners

a.     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.

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

13. New VCE Master Gardener Photo Submission!

a.     Here at the Extension Master Gardener State Office, we want to showcase YOU