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Chicago Master Gardener

A blog for Chicago Master Gardeners providing information on volunteer opportunities, training, workshops and resources.

Horticulture Assistant Job Opportunity

Posted by Ron Wolford -

University of Illinois Extension Academic Hourly (part time) Cook County Extension Position Description Job Description Title: Horticulture Assistant : P...

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2007 Chicago Master Gardener Training Schedule

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Garfield Park Conservatory 300 North Central Park 9a.m.to 3 p.m. JANUARY 22 ORIENTATION AND BOTANY - Dr. Maurice Ogutu Extension Educator, Horticulture JANUARY 29 SOILS -...

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Pubs Plus Website Enhanced

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Farmers, home gardeners, and people needing information on money management or community development now have an enhanced outlet open 24 hours a day, seven days a week at a revised University of Illinois Extension website. PubsPlus can be found at: http://pubsplus.uiuc.edu . "Pubs Plus is a source for books, CDs, and other educational materials prepared...

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Cicadas in Illinois Website

Posted by Ron Wolford -

This is the year for the periodical cicada to appear in Northern Illinois. To prepare for this, a new website has been created -- Cicadas in Illinois . The site discusses the cicada's lifecycle, next emergence, and control issues....

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January Monthly Meeting

Posted by Ron Wolford -

On January 30 begin the new year with a real treat. Chicago Master Gardener Len Boral has arranged a slide show of beautiful spring and summer blooms. 6:30 p.m. - Pot Luck Dinner 6:50 p.m. - We will show you the results of the new Master Gardener database entries. You are going to be proud of what you have accomplished! 7:15 p.m. - Len...

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Fundamentals of Landscaping with Native Plants Class

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Fundamentals of landscaping with native plants is on the agenda for this month's meeting of the Wild Flower Preservation Society at the Lincoln Park Cultural Center, 2045 N. Lincoln Park West, 1:15 p.m., Thursday, February 1. Denise Sandoval, Good Natured Landscapes , Nape...

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How Do You Know if You are Chicago Master Gardener Material

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Chicago Master Gardener Coordinator Elizabeth Bruhns emailed me her version of "You Might Be a Master Gardener If..." that she uses with her new Chicago Master Gardener interns. How do you know if you are Chicago Master Gardener material?...

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Illinois Fruit and Vegetable News

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Do you have an interest in growing vegetables? The Illinois Fruit and Vegetable Newsletter is targeted towards commercial growers, but offers a lot of good information for the home gardener....

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Earthboxes at Crust Organic Restaurant

Posted by Ron Wolford -

We are moving forward with The Growing Connection (TGC)program. TGC uses the earthbox to connect students around the world through the growing of food. Currently, we are working with Chef's Michael Altenberg and Greg Kaminski. Michael and Greg are opening an organic based restaurant on the north side of Ch...

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Worm Composting at North/Kenwood Oakland School

Posted by Ron Wolford -

We are planning a "How to Build an Indoor Worm Bin" demonstration for the North Kenwood/Oakland pre-K to 5th grade school on February 6, 2007 at 10 a.m. The school is located at 46th and Woodlawn. We will be presenting to four classrooms. Students in each class will prepare the bedding for each worm bin. By the time we are finished each class will have...

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Keller Regional Gifted Center Garden

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Keller Regional Gifted Center is a school for elementary grade students, located right here in Mt. Greenwood. Elizabeth Bruhns and Nancy Kreith met with the principal and a devoted parent at the school on January 11, 2007. The school has developed a garden plan, which includes a hummingbird habitat; butterfly garden, small vegetable plot and outdoo...

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BUGS-Building Urban Gardening Classes

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Dear Urban Gardening enthusiast: Did you know that you can only enjoy BUGs-Building Urban Gardens-once a year? Now some of you are probably wondering what we mean when we say "enjoy bugs". Of course, it could also be the last thing on your mind. However, the kind of BUGs we're talking about is an organic gardening class offered by Ope...

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Larry Urbaniak Illness

Posted by Ron Wolford -

We have received news that Larry Urbaniak,Class of 2002, has suffered a stroke. He is reported to be resting and recovering in the hospital. Get well cards may be sent to: Larry Urbaniak 3340 W. 66th Place Chicago, IL 60629 Larry has been our "go to guy" for any type of volunteer work. He logged 238 volunteer hours in 2006! Just yesterday, he spent the...

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You Might be a Master Gardener if...

Posted by Ron Wolford -

As I was researching some information about other state Master Gardener programs on the Internet, I came across this "You might be a Master Gardener if..." sayings on the Michigan State University Extension web site. Check these out and see if any of them refer to you. Here are a few examples: " You might be...

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Thank You! Elizabeth and Nancy

Posted by Ron Wolford -

I want to thank Elizabeth Bruhns and Nancy Kreith for their work over the last few weeks to train Master Gardeners on how to use the new Master Gardener Database. Elizabeth held more than 15 training opportunities for Master Gardeners at both Garfield Park Conservatory and the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences. She also met with many Master Gardeners individually teaching them how t...

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Chicagoans Can Earn U of I Horticulture Degree on their Own Turf

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Like many college students, Matt Dingledein didn't follow a straight path academically to a career. "I started my undergraduate career as a music performance major at DePaul University," said. "Then I went on to complete an AAS in Ornamental Horticulture at the College of DuPage." After getting his associate's degree, Dingledein went into business for himself as owner and operator of a small la...

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Deadline for Reporting 2006 Volunteer Hours

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Monday, January 22 is the deadline for submitting volunteer hours for 2006. Elizabeth Bruhns will be working next week on our annual Chicago Master Gardener report to be submitted to the State Master Gardener program. To date, 7,101.25 volunteer hours have been submitte...

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2007 Green and Growing Fair

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Who: Open to the public, sponsored by GreenNet What: Green & Growing Fair When: Saturday, April 28, 2007 - 10 a.m. – 4.p.m. Where: Garfield Park Conservatory – 300 N. Central Park, Chicago, IL. 60624 University of Illinois Extension invites you to kick off the growing season with the 15 th Annu...

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Community Food Projects Grant

Posted by Ron Wolford -

The Request for Applications for 2007 is out! The Community Food Projects (CFP) Competitive Grants Program is a major funding source for community-based food and agriculture projects in the U.S. Approximately $4.6 million in funds will be available in 2007. The request for applications (RFA) was released on January 12. Initial letters of intent are due by February 13 (by emai...

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Science Fair Judges Needed

Posted by Ron Wolford -

The Chicago Public School's Area 15 Science Fair is in desperate need of science fair judges. They anticipate 60 students participating in the fair.Each exhibit needs to be judged 3 times. The Area 15 Science Fair is scheduled for Tuesday, January 23, 2007. The location is Pershing West Middle School , 3200 S. Calumet Avenue, C...

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Beekeeping Class at Garfield Park

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Happy New Year! Is it your resolution to learn something new this year? How about beekeeping! Limited space is still available. Come to this exciting and informative class teaching the A B C's of beekeeping. This is the perfect class for the beginning beekeeper; learn how to start your own beehive. Michael Thompson, renowned local beekeeper, will teach...

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Call for Volunteers for Chocolate Fest at Garfield Park

Posted by Ron Wolford -

The Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance is need of volunteers for Chocolate Fest 2007 . The event will take place on Saturday and Sunday, February 10 & 11, 2007 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you would be willing to volunteer please respond by e-mail by Wednesday, January 17, 2007. Denise Reed-Burbon Eve...

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Call for Plant Clinic Volunteers at Garfield

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Jackie Paine needs volunteers for the Garfield Park Conservatory Plant Clinic on the following dates from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. January - 20,27,28 February – 3,4,10,11,17,18,24,25 March - 3,4,10,11,17,18,24,25,31 Please call or email Jackie with selected dates following the format listed below. Name: Telephone # 1st choice dates...

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Cyanotype Photogram Class

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Hi Master Gardeners! It is supposed to get cold this weekend. If you want to come to a warm greenhouse and learn a new art, join us at Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse . Master Gardener, Lindsay Obermeyer will be leading a Cyanotype Photogram class tomorrow, Saturday morning. Her work is at the Master Gardeners Plant Clinic at Garfield Park Conservat...

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New Website for Gardeners

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Jane Scherer, Extension Specialist, Urban Programming/Web Coordination announced today the release of a new website -- Common Problems for Vegetable Crops . Developed by Jim Schuster, Extension Educator, Horticulture and Maurice Ogutu, Extension Educator, Horticulture, this site describes insect pest problems as well as disease...

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