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A blog for Chicago Master Gardeners providing information on volunteer opportunities, training, workshops and resources.
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Volunteer Opportunity: Smart Home: Green and Wired

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Master Gardeners, In spite of the wind chill factor today, Spring is coming, and you are invited to participate in one of the most exciting joint projects ever: The Smart Home: Green and Wired Exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry . It will open on May 8, bu...

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Volunteer at Macy's 2008 Flower Show

Posted by Ron Wolford -

We are looking for experienced Master Gardeners to take on a high-profile volunteer opportunity. We have been invited to be ambassadors for Macy's Flower Show from March 13-March 30 at their Loop location. This is a great opportunity to provide information to the public, and raise the profile of the Cook County/Chicago Master Gardener Program. The Flower Show display will be ope...

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Help with Insect Petting Zoo

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Hello Master Gardeners, Please consider volunteering for the following activity: What: Insect Petting Zoo - Showing off millipedes, Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches and a tarantula. When: Thursday, February 21, 2008 Time: 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Where: North Kenwood Oakland Elementary Charter Sc...

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Cook County Extension Science Volunteer

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Cook County Master Gardeners: Would you like to branch out into another area of science? The Cook County Extension science team is recruiting volunteers, and Dr. Oliver, our NE Region Director, and Dean of Urban Affairs suggested they look among the talented Master Gardeners for additional help. I know that will be o...

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Volunteer for Job Shadowing Program

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Master Gardeners: Please consider the following event. We would love to help out the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences. CHAS is still in need of positions for the Student Job Shadowing Program. If you are in a situation where you have a project for high school students to work on or perform hands-on activities during your work schedule, you would be perfect for thi...

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Volunteer at MSI Smart Home Garden

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What? Plant and maintain the sustainable vegetable garden and share your garden knowledge at the Smart Home: Green and Wired exhibit that opens on May 8, 2008 at the Museum of Science and Industry & runs through Jan. 2009. Voluntee...

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Volunteer at MELA Conference

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Master Gardeners, This is an excellent opportunity. After helping out our sister organization with preparation tasks you may also attend their wonderful conference. Elizabeth MELA, The Midwest Ecological Landscape Association , is seeking five volunteers to help with the annual conference to be held February 28th at the...

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Fiskars Project Green Thumb Grant

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Started in 2003, Project Orange Thumb is a grant program that provides community garden groups with the tools and materials they need to reach their goals for neighborhood beautification and horticulture education. During our inaugural year, we partnered with the Chicago Park District and the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance to provide tools, materials and support to three c...

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Volunteer at Mid-America Horticultural Trade Show

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Do you want to: Support MELA in a new way? Attend the Midwest's premier green industry trade show? Network in a greener way? Do all of the above at the same time? Then have we got the event for you! For the first time in our history, the Midwest Ecological Landscaping Association is...

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Oregon Banning the Butterfly Bush

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Did you hear the Oregon is trying to ban the butterfly bush? There are so many planted in the landscape and in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest that they are considered by some to be noxious weeds. More Information >>>...

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January Monthly Meeting

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Master Gardeners : Kick off the Master Gardener Activities for 2008 with the January monthly meeting. (Remember for each monthly meeting you attend you earn one hour of Volunteer Credit, and, usually, one hour of Continuing Education.) When: Tuesday, January 29 Where: Community Room of...

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Building Locally Based Food Systems Workshop

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If you are interested in expanding local foods work in your Unit, plan to attend Strategies for Building Locally Based Food Systems in Illinois Communities A one-day workshop for Extension Educators and County Directors, elected and appointed officials, agency staff and economic development directors . . . and anyone interested in strengthening their community and its economy...

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Online History of Horticulture Course

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Purdue University has a course called, "The History of Horticulture" taught by Jules Janick of the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture. A video and PowerPoint slide program of all 42 lectures are available online. You can view the video links in a media browser.The resolution is OK. Because image resolution is much better in the PowerPoint files the best way to view th...

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New Hort Answers Website

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We are pleased to release the new Hort Answers website. It is a comprehensive guide to help homeowners living in the USDA Hardiness Zones 4, 5 & 6. It provides localized information to help select and care for plants as well as identify and manage plant diseases, insects and other problems. The site was developed by Bruce Paulsrud, former Extension Specialist, PAT; Jim Schuster, Ex...

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