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

Spring After-School & Summer Camp Garden Teacher Needed

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Attention 'GREEN' Teachers! Do you love children, gardening, vegetables, and the sun? Common Threads is a non-profit organization that educates children about nutrition, physical well-being, and cultural diversity. We are seeking a seasonal, part-time instructor to teach hands-on classes to 8-12 year olds during our spring after-school session and summer camp. Classes are held...

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Last Chance-Macy's Spring Flower Show

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Master Gardeners, if you want to be part of this year's "Dreaming in Color" Spring Flower Show at Macy's , contact Sue Gasper by Saturday, January 31. You can volunteer as a researcher, or as a docent. Please indicate your preference. The show begins April 4 and continues through April 19. No need to reply a second time if you have already done so. Sue Gasper:...

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Cont. Ed. Op.-Spring Gardening Classes-Oak Park

Posted by Ron Wolford -

For more details or to register online, visit www.oakparkparks.com . To register in-person visit 218 Madison or...

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2009 Chicago GreenNet Mini-Grant

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Just a note to let you know that the GreenNet mini-grant application is available. What is needed to qualify for a grant? Projects must be located in Chicago in a schoolyard, community garden, or other community greening project. Applicants: • must own or have permission to use the land • must represent a group such as a block cl...

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Continuing Ed Op: Drawing from Nature Class: Matteson

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Good evening Chicago Master Gardeners and Interns, Just a note about a class being offered by Nancy Pollard. Sounds like a great class that will bring out your hidden artistic abilities. Greetings: Please send this GREAT continuing education class on to your Master Gardeners. Thanks, Nancy Pollard WHAT: Drawing from Nature 1 series for MG's...

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New U of I Web Site: Food Fun from Apples to Zucchini

Posted by Ron Wolford -

We are pleased to launch today -- Food Fun from Apples to Zucchini. This website is designed to teach elementary students about fresh produce -- many they may not know. It can serve as an excellent resource to encourage healthy eating and to the USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program for schools as well as other childhood obesity programs. The site includes information about 37 differen...

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NYT Article: How Green is Your Garden?

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Just a note about an article I recently saw in the New York Times about an effort by the American Society of Landscape Architects , the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and the...

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New Extension Hort Web Sites

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Good evening Chicago Master Gardeners, Just a note to let you know about two new Hort web sites on this very cold winter night! Successful Container Gardens - How to Select, Plant and Maintain. This extensive website discusses choosing a container, selecting soil mixes, choosing and combining plants, fertilizing, watering and grooming basics. It also include...

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Cont. Ed. Op.-Hot Frame Workshop-January 24

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Good evening Chicago Master Gardeners, Just a note to let you know about a workshop on building a hot frame. If you are serious about growing food here in Chicago, season extension is a requirement to prolong how long you can harvest fresh vegetables. With some material (plastic or something that light can penetrate through) covering in-ground crops, greens can often be grown th...

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Cont. Ed. Op.- Outdoor Living Extravaganza- Barrington, IL

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Good evening Chicago Master Gardeners, Just a note to let you know about the upcoming Outdoor Living Extravaganza ( http://web.extension.uiuc.edu/cook/downloads/15340.pdf ) in Barrington, IL on March 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Makray Memorial Golf Club (...

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