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Since 1979 North Carolina Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteers have been guiding homeowners in making environmentally sound decisions in their gardens, lawns and landscapes. Extension Master Gardener volunteers work with NC Cooperative Extension to provide gardeners with unbiased, research based information on gardens, lawns and landscapes. Under the guidance of Extension agents, volunteers complete a 40 hour training program, pass an examination, and complete a 40 hour internship. To remain active in the program volunteers must log a minimum of 20 hours of volunteer service and 12 hours of continuing education each year. Seventy three counties offer the Extension Master Gardener program and there are currently over 4,000 active Extension Master Gardener volunteers.   Go to NCEMGV.org for information on how EMGVs can help you, how you can become and NC EMGV, and how you can support the program.

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Food residuals make
up 21% of waste. Instead of throwing it way, compost it into a valuable amendment for your soil.

Image by Danny Lauderdale[/caption] Food scraps and yard debris comprise 28 percent of the solid waste generated in the United States (U.S. EPA, 2011). Many people are surprised that the largest category of waste being thrown away is food residuals--over 21 percent of the total! Instead of discarding food waste down sink drains or in the garbage, you can easily turn it into a valuable soil amendment for your landscape, garden and lawn. (Excerpt from the Extension Gardener Manual, Composting Chapter by Rhonda Sherman.) For more information see http://www.bae.ncsu.edu/topic/composting/backyard/

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Harold Johnson is the host of Getting Dirty with Master Gardeners radio show and podcast[/caption] Extension Master Gardener Volunteers produce an award-winning syndicated radio show and podcast. Our stories explore gardening in our region, the intersection of horticulture and innovation, and the people who are leading the way. Follow to our website –for an e-mail alert when a new episode is posted. Subscribe to our podcast to download the show and listen anytime, anywhere. Follow us on Twitter Friend us on FaceBook Donate!

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Meet a Flower Farmer

Chapel Hill native, Stephanie Hall, shares her experience of learning her land and how to successfully raise cut flowers for our local market.  Listen to her interview with NC State Extension Master Gardener MORE »


Growing Strawberries at Home

Check out this webinar recording on Growing Strawberries at Home. Features a horticulturist, and plant pathologist and an entomologist. Great Information, Great Images, Fast Paced but easy to follow. Full of recommendations for MORE »

Leah Cook

Meet a Farmer – Leah Cook

NC State Horticulture alum, Leah Cook, is an established flower farmer.  She shares her insights about our local food and flower market and the challenges younger farmers face entering the market.  You can MORE »

Black Eyed Susan

Get to Know the Mason Farm Biological Reserve popular

NC State Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Harold Johnson visits the Mason Farm Biological Reserve, part of the NC Botanical Garden with Director of Conservation Johnny Randall.  Listen to Harold’s visit on the Master Gardener radio MORE »

NC DOT Wildflower Program

Flowers at 65 MPH popular

On Getting Dirty with Master Gardeners radio show, NC State Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Lise Jenkins meets some of the people who care for more than 300,000 acres of plantings on our state’s MORE »

Boxwood Blight Active Again

After a lull of several months, samples of suspected boxwood blight have been coming to the NCSU Plant Disease and Insect Clinic (PDIC) over the course of the last month. Just this week …

– from the   PDIC blog
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Growing Heirloom Tomatoes WorkshopMon Oct 19, 2015
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Where:
Silk Hope, NC
— 2 weeks away
Minimizing Deer Damage in LandscapesTue Oct 20, 2015
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
65 East Chatham St., Pittsboro
— 2 weeks away
13th Annual Natural Learning Initiative Design Institute, Raleigh, NCWed Oct 21, 2015
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Where:
North Carolina Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC 27607, United States
— 2 weeks away
Minimizing Deer Damage in LandscapesWed Oct 21, 2015
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Where:
65 E. Chatham St., Pittsboro
— 2 weeks away
Pollinator Garden TourWed Oct 21, 2015
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Where:
480 Hillsboro St, Pittsboro, NC 27312, USA
— 2 weeks away
13th Annual Natural Learning Initiative Design Institute, Raleigh, NCThu Oct 22, 2015
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Where:
North Carolina Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC 27607, United States
— 2 weeks away
Small-to-Large Scale Composting, Vermicomposting, and Tea Brewing: How to Do It and Use the ProductsThu Oct 29, 2015
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
J. Edward Booth Field Learning Lab, 4000 Chi Road, Raleigh, NC 27603
— 3 weeks away
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