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2021 Webinar Schedule
May 20, 10:00 am | 4TheSoil: The Virginia Soil Health Coalition envisions a thriving and diverse agricultural landscape in Virginia that is profitable, sustainable and resilient now and for future generations. The Coalition facilitates communication and collaboration among a network of partners across the Commonwealth to support farmers, leverage resources, and advance strategies that improve soil health and understanding of the many benefits of healthy soils and landscapes. We are excited to discuss the Coalition and the 4TheSoil awareness campaign with Virginia Master Gardeners and explore opportunities for engagement and collaboration.
- Register in advance for this meeting: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIpd-igqj4pGNeSKq43cu1eog5PMuzicGQs?_x_zm_rtaid=PINWIh2mR0einC52W10fqw.1618422491560.252b6e548f4b6e97456e8bb15ac39b06&_x_zm_rhtaid=658
oin Fairfax EMGs as they discuss their switch to online training for new EMGs, what lessons they’ve learned, and share recommendations for other units taking on virtual training. This session will focus on the use of Canvas.
Why & How to Graft Your Own Transplants with Josh Kardos of VT SPES. Dr. Kardos has also provided this demo video of vegetable grafting, click here.
This webinar focuses on the importance of mentoring programs and how you can build one for your unit.
IDs and Diagnoses Series (view YouTube playlist):
This webinar provides guidance on submitting a good digital sample to the Plant Disease Clinic. It also details some useful resources on the Plant Disease Clinic website that can help Master Gardeners gain familiarity with common diseases and abiotic problems diagnosed in the Plant Disease Clinic.
Wykle Greene and Michael Flessner of the Virginia Weed Identification Clinic share their process for IDing samples and tips for submitting good samples.
Eric Day of the Insect ID Lab provides basic information on Entomology and an overview of their lab.
Steve Heckendorn from Virginia Tech’s soil testing lab shares information on their lab processes and how you can more effectively use the resources they offer.
State Office staff describes upcoming program changes, including the transition away from the VMS and a new task force.
Extension agents Kirsten Conrad, Ashley Apling, and Ed Olsen share their tips for creating and presenting PowerPoint presentations.
Learn the basics of tree risk assessment with Joel Koci of VSU.
Josh Kardos, Virginia Tech, discusses hydrangea science and troubleshooting.
Includes the following sessions:
- Dr. Leonard Githinji, VSU – How to create and maintain a productive raised bed garden in your backyard
- Alex Hessler, VT SPES – Successful seeding and transplanting in the home garden”
- Ed Olsen – Container Gardening
- Dr. Marcus comer, Gardening Beyond the Backyard
- Michelle Prysby, Gardening For Wildlife
- Joel Koci, Intro to woody plants
- Chris Epes, Watering
- Evan O’Niell, Tomatoes
- Laura Maxey Nay, garden insects
- Susan Cheek, cut flowers
- Adria Bordas – Disease
- Amy – Garden safety
- Jayesh Samtani -Small fruits
- Josh Kardos – Hydrangeas
- Gaylynn Johnson – Fall garden
- Dawn Barnes – Processing: canning, water bath
- Sandy Stoneman – Processing: canning, pressure
- Susan Prillaman – Processing: freezing
- Dave Close – Firewise landscaping
- Mark Reiter – Cover Crops
- Chris Mullins – Season extenders
- Kathleen Reed – Succulents and propagation
Virginia Tech arborist Jamie King discusses the community benefits of urban forestry.
Mark Sutphin of Frederick VCE provides an update on the invasive spotted lanternfly in Virginia.
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!
Pam Bennett of Ohio State University describes different gardening smartphone apps and tips for using them.
Andrea Davis, Extension agent Virginia Beach, joins the state office to discuss school garden projects.
Dave Close and new EMG Coordinator Kathleen Reed in conversation with Dr. Holly Scoggins as she prepares to retire in 2020.
Dave Close and John Freeborn provide updates on EMG College 2019 which will be held in Norfolk VA, including keynote speakers confirmed, location information, and venue information
The Leadership, Volunteerism, and Civic Engagement Program Team invites you to this 50 minute webinar with Dave Close as he discusses working through the unavoidable conflict that we all encounter in our work.
Join Michelle Prysby for a presention on how volunteer programs often can be strengthened by having volunteers serve in leadership roles. How do you move volunteers from simply showing up for a volunteer activity to taking on greater responsibilities? What leadership skills are important to cultivate in volunteers? What are common challenges with volunteer leadership and how can they be overcome? We will discuss these ideas and more, and we welcome your own stories of volunteer leadership triumphs and disasters.
- Presentation PDF
- Fuller, J. M. and Friedel, C. R. 2017. Developing volunteer leaders: Let their intentions guide the way. Journal of Leadership Education 16(3): 45-66. DOI: 10.12806/V16/I3/R2
- Lockett, L. L. and Boyd, B. 2012. Enhancing leadership skills in volunteers. Journal of Leadership Education 11(1): 233-244. DOI: 10.12806/V11/I1/AB2
- The Lockett paper is also available as an Extension publication from Texas AgriLife Extension, but it’s pretty much the same as the peer-reviewed journal article.
Scott’s presentation covers “Interstate Interventions”, exploring possible improvements that could be implemented within the planted shoulders and medians along the Interstates in Illinois. His work includes a review of The Ray, an 18-mile section of Interstate 85 in southwest Georgia that serves as a testing ground for new ideas and technologies to transform transportation infrastructure.
- Additional Resources:
- Presentation PDF
Michelle Prysby, Director of the Master Naturalist Program, discusses techniques for retaining and engaging volunteers.
Special guest Mary Ann Hansen, Extension Plant Pathologist with the Virginia Tech Plant Disease Clinic, provides an update on Boxwood Blight in Virginia. Mary Ann discusses what is currently known about the disease and its spread in Virginia, and shares resources on best management practices for preventing or managing Boxwood Blight in home landscapes.
More information on Boxwood Blight, including VCE factsheets: Boxwood Blight Task Force
Special guest Dr. Holly Scoggins provides information and recommendations for garden flowers, including recommendations for early-flowering varieties and unusual flowers you may not know about!
2016 – 2017 Webinars
EMG State Office Staff provide program updates including highlights from the communication survey, an update on the webinar series, and an update on the coordinator handbook.
Ag. and Environmental Series Seminars – an interdisciplinary seminar series co-sponsored by the departments of Horiculture, Entomology, CSES, and PPWS. Thanks to Mark Summer and Megan O’Rourke for their efforts in the recordings.
Dr. Alex Niemiera presents a 50 minute lecture on his chapter on woody plants in the EMG handbook. This talk expands on some of the topics covered in the chapter, including plant size, hardiness, plant sex, and right plants for the right places.
This session is based on the new chapter in the EMG handbook and provides an overview of vegetative and structural components of habitat gardening, including plant choices, plant layering to mimic natural systems, and examples of popular wildlife gardens.
Special Series: Turf Management
As fall approaches, now is the time to be thinking about new lawn establishment, recovery and renovation options (aeration / overseeding) from summer damage, fall fertility options, and “what are my best weed control options?”