This past month our social media team was inspired to investigate where some of their favorite holiday foods come from, how to help storm damaged communities and landscapes, and what other EMGs were doing across the country.
We have also learned of a number of available online courses, blogs, and webinars that might interest you or a gardening friend. Read below to review new resources and opportunities that have become available for avid and Extension Master Gardeners in the past month.
Exploring the “Where does our food come from?”
We kicked off Thanksgiving week with Fun Vegetable Food Facts for Thanksgiving. However, that was just a start! Our EMG blogging team ‘dug’ to find the full scoop on some favorite holiday fruits and vegetables:
- Cranberries! Mary-Jean Grimes became investigative reporter for her blog post What’s Behind the Cranberry Harvest in Northern Pacific County (Washington) and gave us the inside photo scoop on how local growers use the Fuford Picker to dry harvest cranberries.
- What is in that Pumpkin pie? Here, Foy Spicer shares a little “oh, wow, I did not know that” tidbit about pumpkin pie filling.
- Sweet Potato: Naturally Sweet, Naturally Delicious – Connie Schulz shares about sweet potato nutrition and recipes, and clears up the difference between potato, sweet potato, and yam. Equally enjoyable was learning how the sweet potato became her state vegetable (leave it up to a 4th grade class to get things done!).
A special thanks goes to Extension Master Gardeners Debbie Courson Smith, MG Boise, Idaho, and Carl Wayne Hardeman, MG Shelby County, Tennessee, for providing some much needed photos (at the last minute) for our Fun Vegetable Food Facts blog posts!
Hurricane Sandy: Storm Damaged Trees, Landscapes, and Public Gardens
During Hurricane Sandy, our hearts went out to all those effected by the storm’s damage. Concerned by both the short and long-term impacts of downed trees and damage to gardens and nearby communities, Foy Spicer reported on Public and Botanical Gardens after Sandy, and suggested ways to help from near or far.
As the Hurricane Sandy recovery process begins, we have slowly been able to celebrate some new trees being planted through our Facebook page, but we know the work is far from over.
Extension Master Gardeners in Action
EMGs in the News
Here, we enjoyed reading these two articles in the news by fellow Extension Master Gardeners in different parts of the country:
- Walker County (Texas) Master Gardeners Offer Top Ten List for Gardening. Members of our EMG Facebook page sure liked this top-ten. We thought it was well-said, too!
- Creating Your Own Wildlife Corridors, written by Faith Peterson, Penn State Master Gardener, Adams County. Do these tips or ideas apply where you live, too? Why or why not?
EMG Volunteer Projects
Looking for project inspiration? Extension Master Gardeners in Florida and Alabama share some successful projects underway you might like to view:
- Mobile County (Alabama) Master Gardeners and Junior Master Gardeners work together
- Success Story: Therapy Garden for Veterans (University of Florida, Palm Beach Master Gardeners)
Newly Available Online Learning and Resources
Looking for some online learning opportunities? Here are a few you may want to explore or share with a gardening friend this month!
- Intro to Houseplants Online Course through ISU – Starts January 14th. Register by Dec. 14th, 2012 to get a free Indoor Houseplants book.
- Upcoming Webinars: Free online webinars from the People’s Garden Project (runs 11/29/12 – 12/13/2012), including: Engaging volunteers, Going native, Composting, and Best practices in Starting and Sustaining a School Garden.
- Webinar Recording: How to search academic databases for gardening information, Linda Chalker-Scott, WSU Extension
- The Garden Professors blog and Facebook page– Participate in discussions with these University Extension professors, avid gardeners, and horticulturists to help sort out garden science facts from science-fiction!
We’ve just shared Wordless Wednesday: Getting the Garden Ready for the Holidays, but stay tuned next month for more December inspired blog posts!
….And please let us know either in the comments section or by email: email@example.com if you or your EMG program have a story or opportunity to share with other Extension Master Gardeners or join us at:
eXtension Consumer Horticulture Coordinator
Linda Brandon, Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Coordinator
NC Cooperative Extension/Guilford County Center