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"The worms were a big hit!" says one Master Gardener who helped organize the recent Gardener's Day. University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners organized the outstanding event held on March 24th in Jacksonville.
The program was presented by University of Illinois Extension staff in the Calhoun-Cass-Greene-Morgan-Scott Unit. Duane Friend taught the group how to control nuisance wildlife in their yard, where the discussion on moles was especially lively. Rhonda Ferree covered some basic weed identification as well as tips on how to battle weeds in the lawn, yard, and garden. Creeping Charlie was a common problem weed among the attendees. Michelle Berg-Vogel taught the basics of vermicomposting, including how to make a worm bin.
In addition to organizing the event, Master Gardeners provided tasty treats and secured door prizes that were distributed at the end of the program. Master Gardeners attending the event included Glenna Wright, Alice Dodson, Linda Sullivan, and Carolyn McCarry. Other active Master Gardeners in the Unit are Annette Kilver, Nell Ann Wooldridge, Lois Freeman, Dorothy Brooks, Anita Moody, and Janet Mitchell.
For more information about the Master Gardener program and upcoming gardening events, go to Calhoun-Cass-Greene-Morgan-Scott Website. Updates are also provided in the quarterly Horticulture Newsletter. To receive this free newsletter, call 217-243-7424 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 1, 2012
Eleven gardeners recently completed a University of Illinois Extension Master Composter training program. Trainees from the Calhoun-Cass-Greene-Morgan-Scott Extension Unit learned the science and art of composting. Classes were held on March 7th and 16th at the University of Illinois Extension office in Jacksonville.
Duane Friend, University of Illinois Extension Educator, covered the composting process, composting materials, containers, and managing the compost process. Program Coordinator Michelle Berg-Vogel taught the art of vermicomposting, which uses red worms to break down household waste in a small receptacle.
The training ended with a tour of a Cargill's commercial composting facility in Beardstown. The group was able to see different stages of the composting process. According to a website report, Cargill's composting project has decreased the amount of waste Cargill sends to limited landfill space in Illinois by 58% – or 2.7 million pounds per year.
Trainees are encouraged to share their training with others. Master Composter interns share with their local community what they learned in the classes. Volunteering can take the form of answering questions from homeowners at the local extension office, or helping with a community composting project. Some Master Composters speak at local programs or do media work. Many volunteer time with school programs or community gardens.
For more information or to talk to a Master Composter, call University of Illinois Extension at 217-243-7424.