Tuesday, August 9, 2016

New Local Food Grant from Food Well Alliance

Food Well Alliance has scheduled an information session to be held at Cobb Extension about its next Local Food Grant.

The session will be Monday, August 23, 10:00 a.m., at Cobb Extension, 678 South Cobb Drive, Marietta, 30060, in the second floor classroom. This is in the white, metal, 2-story building that shares a parking lot with the Tag Office and is across the street from MNI Nurseries.

See the flyer below:


Thursday, May 26, 2016

Green Industry Update, June 9

A Green Industry Update is scheduled for Thursday, June 9, 2016 at Chattahoochee Tech. in Marietta, GA.

Re-certification Credits: Category 24 = 2 hours; ISA = 2 hours; Private = 1 hour

The program begins at 9:00 a.m. and features Dr. Alfredo Martinez speaking about Turfgrass Disease Management, Ben Copeland speaking about the New Bermudagrass 'TifTuf', and Brian Watters speaking about Irrigation Troubleshooting and Management.

The location is Room F-2147 (in building F) at Chattahoochee Technical College
980 South Cobb Drive
Marietta, GA 30060

The fee is $15, and can be paid in advance. To register, call Beth Horne at 770-228-7214, or email bhorne@uga.edu. You can also send payment (check made out to University of Georgia) and registration information including the name and date of the program, your address and contact information, and any dietary concerns or restrictions to the following address:

Center for Urban Agriculture
Attn; Beth Horne
1109 Experiment Street BAE #109
Griffin, GA 30223

Monday, April 18, 2016

School Garden Teacher Training Sessions Set

UGA is offering school garden teacher training sessions again this year to help teachers get the most out of their school gardens.

Two sessions, one in Cartersville (Thursday, June 16) and one in Savannah (Monday, June 13), will cover the basics of  healthy soil, planting for the school calendar, food safety, and pest management, along with lesson plans for use in the garden.

An additional session for teachers with more experience in the garden, to take place in Marietta (Tuesday, June 21st), will cover pollinator spaces, composting, more on food safety, grant writing, and advanced planting techniques.

All sessions include the following:

• Online education
• Learning experiments to be completed at home
• In person workshop taught by Extension professionals
• Participants will receive a certificate of completion
• Network with other educators and subject experts

 The $30 fee for each session includes the at-home learning package, lunch on the workshop day, and workshop materials.

Additional information about dates, times, and class content, and links for registration for the 3 training sessions is on the School Garden Teacher Training webpage of the UGA Center for Urban Agriculture.

NOTE: Georgia Organics is offering scholarships for each training location, for the first five teachers from schools that earned a Golden Radish award. If registering from a Golden Radish school, please contact Becky Griffin (beckygri@uga.edu ) prior to registering.


Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Master Gardener Plant Sale April 22-23

Looking for special plants and yard accessories to enhance your landscape, support pollinators, and/or provide delicious fruit? The Master Gardener Volunteers of Cobb County (MGVOCC) have set the date for this spring's plant sale and fair, and all of the above (and more!) will be offered.

In addition to proceeds from the "Through the Garden Gate" garden tour that is held the Saturday of Mother's Day weekend, the Garden Fair and Plant Sale provides funds that support MGVOCC projects across the county, including community and school gardens, demonstration and historic gardens, and educational speaker series.

The Garden Fair and Plant Sale will be held on Friday and Saturday, April 22-23, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Location will be the Equestrian Center at Jim Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Road, SW, Marietta, GA 30080. Admission is Free.

The basics:

Monarchs Across Georgia will be selling milkweed and other host and nectar plants for pollinators at this event.
 
This free event will feature hundreds of plants from the gardens of Cobb County Master Gardeners, as well as some wonderful offerings from our specialty vendors.  Featured items include ferns, hostas, fruit trees, native plants, perennials, annuals, herbs, compost, sod, rain barrels, yard art & sculptures, trellises, planters, birdhouses, botanical apparel and so much more. 

For additional information and a list of vendors, visit the website of the Master Gardener Volunteers of Cobb County.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Upcoming Events and Classes



A Few of My Favorite Things: Native and Non-Native Plants
Tuesday, March 8, 7:00 8:00 p.m. Presented by Master Gardener Carmen Cudd as part of the Gardeners Night Out series of Cobb Master Gardeners.  At Mountain View Regional Library, 3320 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta, GA, 30066.

Thyme to Read Book Club
Friday, March 11, 10:15 – 11:45 a.m. This month’s book is Grandma Gatewood’s Walk, by Ben Montgomery.  At the Training Room of the Cobb County Water Lab, 662 South Cobb Drive, Marietta, GA, 30060 (at the intersection with Atlanta Rd.).

Small is the New Big: Small Gardens with Impact
Friday, March 11, noon – 1:00 p.m. Presented by Pam Bohlander as part of the Lunch and Learn series of Cobb Master Gardeners.  At the Training Room of the Cobb County Water Lab, 662 South Cobb Drive, Marietta, GA, 30060 (at the intersection with Atlanta Rd.).

Vegetable Garden Seminar
Saturday, March 12, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Joint presentation by Extension offices of Douglas and Cobb counties and the Douglas County Master Gardeners will cover plant selection and seed starting for the vegetable garden. Lithia Springs United Methodist Church, in the Fellowship Hall, 3711 Temple St, Lithia Springs, GA 30122. $6 fee.

Bluebird Trail Walk
Saturday, March 19, 10:00 a.m. – noon. Learn about bluebird conservation with trail founder and Cobb Master Gardener Jim Bearden, in association with the Atlanta Science Festival. On the 2.3-mile Bluebird Trail at Green Meadow Preserve Park, at 3780 Dallas Hwy., Powder Springs, GA, 30127.

Cherokee Medicinal Plants
Saturday, March 19, 1:30 2:30 p.m. Learn about traditional Cherokee uses of plants in medicine with Cobb Master Gardener and garden founder Tony Harris, in association with the Atlanta Science Festival. At the Cherokee Garden at Green Meadow Preserve Park, at 3780 Dallas Hwy., Powder Springs, GA, 30127.

Grow Your Own Food: From the Ground Up
Tuesday, March 29, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Presented by UGA horticulturist Bob Westerfield. This is the first class of a four-part series. Class Fee for series is $35. Preregistration by March 15 is required. All classes to be held in the second floor classroom at UGA Extension/Cobb County, 678 South Cobb Drive, Marietta, GA, 30060. For information call 770-528-4070.
 
Grow Your Own Food: What to Plant When
Tuesday, April 5, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Second class of a four-part series. Presented by Amy Whitney, Cobb Extension staff member and Cobb Master Gardener. Class Fee for series is $35. Preregistration required by March 15. All classes to be held in the second floor classroom at UGA Extension/Cobb County, 678 South Cobb Drive, Marietta, GA, 30060. For information call 770-528-4070.

Tomatoes 101: From the Turtle to the Table
Thursday, April 7, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Presented by Renae Lemon, Cobb Extension staff member and Cobb Master Gardener, at Kemp Memorial Library, 4029 Due West Rd NW, Marietta, GA 30064.

Thyme to Read Book Club
Friday, April 8, 10:15 – 11:45 a.m. This month’s book is Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life, by Marta McDowell. At the Training Room of the Cobb County Water Lab, 662 South Cobb Drive, Marietta, GA, 30060 (at the intersection with Atlanta Rd.).

Sow Now, Reap Later: Spring Garden Planning
Friday, April 8, noon – 1:00 p.m. Presented by Amy Whitney, Cobb Extension staff member and Cobb Master Gardener, as part of the Lunch and Learn series of Cobb Master Gardeners.  At the Training Room of the Cobb County Water Lab, 662 South Cobb Drive. Marietta, GA, 30060 (at the intersection with Atlanta Rd.).

Planning Your Spring Vegetable Garden
Tuesday, April 12, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Presented by Master Gardener Sandra Moore as part of the Gardeners Night Out series of Cobb Master Gardeners.  At South Cobb Regional Library, 805 Clay Road, Mableton, 30126.

Grow Your Own Food: When Bad Things Happen to Good Plants
Tuesday, April 19, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Third class of a four-part series. Presented by Kim Toal, Fayette County Extension agent. Class Fee for series is $35. Preregistration required by March 15. All classes to be held in the second floor classroom at UGA Extension/Cobb County, 678 South Cobb Drive, Marietta, GA, 30060.  (Final session, "Into the Kitchen," will be held on May 3, same time and place.) For information call 770-528-4070.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Upcoming Events and Classes


Suburban Home Vegetable Garden
Tuesday, February 9, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Master Gardener Vicki Baroni will tell how families can grow vegetables and some fruits with ease. Part of the Gardeners Night Out series of Cobb Master Gardeners.  At West Cobb Regional Library, 1750 Dennis Kemp Lane NW, Kennesaw, 30152.

Thyme to Read Book Club
Friday, February 12, 10:15 – 11:30 a.m. This month’s book is The Scent of Scandal: Greed, Betrayal, and the World’s Most Beautiful Orchid, by Craig Pittman. In the Training Room of the Cobb County Water Lab, 662 South Cobb Drive (at the intersection with Atlanta Rd.).

Compost and Soil Amendments
Friday, February 12, noon – 1:00 p.m. Learn how poor soil can be turned into plant-friendly soil with Master Gardener Eddie Rhoades. Part of the Lunch and Learn series of Cobb Master Gardeners.  In the Training Room of the Cobb County Water Lab, 662 South Cobb Drive (at the intersection with Atlanta Rd.).

Seed Starting Workshop
Tuesday, February 23, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Learn how to start vegetable garden transplants from seeds, with Master Gardener and Cobb Extension staff member Amy WhitneyIn the second floor classroom at UGA Extension/Cobb County, 678 South Cobb Drive, Marietta, GA, 30060.

North Georgia Gardening Symposium
Thursday, February 25, 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For homeowners, Master Gardeners, and landscape professionals. Re-certification credits available: 3 hours for category 24, 1 hour for Private pesticide applicators, 5 CEUs for ISA Arborist (A) and Municipal (M). Chattahoochee Technical College, North Metro Campus, Building D, Room 400, 5198 Ross Rd., Acworth, GA, 30102. Program cost $35 includes lunch and breaks. Register by February 22 at 770-528-4550, or online.

Orchids 101
Thursday, March 3, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Presented by Master Gardener Sondra Nierenberg, this is the first of three presentations in an Orchid Care series. In the second floor classroom at UGA Extension/Cobb County, 678 South Cobb Drive, Marietta, GA, 30060. Second class is "Orchid Diseases" on March 10, same time; third class is "Re-potting Orchids", March 24, same time. Registration and $15 class fee (for 1 or all in series) are due to the Cobb Extension office by Feb. 20.

A Few of My Favorite Things: Native and Non-Native Plants
Tuesday, March 8, 7:00 8:00 p.m. Learn about favorite native and non-native plants for home landscapes with Master Gardener Carmen Cudd. Part of the Gardeners Night Out series of Cobb Master Gardeners.  At Mountain View Regional Library, 3320 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta, GA, 30066.

Orchid Diseases
Thursday, March 10, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Second of three presentations in the Orchid Care series. In the second floor classroom at UGA Extension/Cobb County, 678 South Cobb Drive, Marietta, GA, 30060.
Registration and $15 class fee (for 1 or all in series) are due to the Cobb Extension office by Feb. 20.

Thyme to Read Book Club
Friday, March 11, 10:15 – 11:45 a.m. This month’s book is Grandma Gatewood’s Walk, by Ben Montgomery.  In  the Training Room of the Cobb County Water Lab, 662 South Cobb Drive, Marietta, GA, 30060 (at the intersection with Atlanta Rd.).

Small is the New Big: Small Gardens with Impact
Friday, March 11, noon – 1:00 p.m. Learn how to have a home garden that lives large regardless of size with Master Gardener Pam Bohlander. Part of the Lunch and Learn series of Cobb Master Gardeners.  In  the Training Room of the Cobb County Water Lab, 662 South Cobb Drive, Marietta, GA, 30060 (at the intersection with Atlanta Rd.).

Vegetable Garden Seminar
Saturday, March 12, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Presented by Cobb and Douglas County Extension offices and Douglas County Master Gardeners, this seminar covers plant selection and seed starting for the vegetable garden. Lithia Springs United Methodist Church, in the Fellowship Hall, 3711 Temple St, Lithia Springs, GA 30122. Advance registration and $6 fee are requested. For information, call 770-948-5429.

Bluebird Trail Walk
Saturday, March 19, 10:00 a.m. – noon. Presented by Master Gardener Jim Bearden in association with the Atlanta Science Festival. On the 2.3-mile Bluebird Trail at Green Meadow Preserve Park, at 3780 Dallas Hwy., Powder Springs, GA, 30127.

Cherokee Medicinal Plants
Saturday, March 19, 1:30 2:30 p.m. Presented by Master Gardener Tony Harris in association with the Atlanta Science Festival. At the Cherokee Garden at Green Meadow Preserve Park, at 3780 Dallas Hwy., Powder Springs, GA, 30127.

Re-potting Orchids
Thursday, March 24, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Third of three presentations in the Orchid Care series. In the second floor classroom at UGA Extension/Cobb County, 678 South Cobb Drive, Marietta, GA, 30060.
Registration and $15 class fee (for 1 or all in series) are due to the Cobb Extension office by Feb. 20. 
Grow Your Own Food: From the Ground Up
Tuesday, March 29, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Taught by UGA Horticulture Specialist Bob Westerfield. This is the first class of a four-part series. Class Fee for series is $35. Preregistration and payment by March 15 are required. All classes to be held in the second floor classroom at UGA Extension/Cobb County, 678 South Cobb Drive, Marietta, GA, 30060. Call 770-528-4070 for information about the series.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Food History of African Americans in the South

In celebration of Black History Month, join Terri Carter, Cobb Extension Master Gardener and Family and Consumer Sciences staff member, in an exploration of the food contributions of early African Americans to cuisine of today. The exploration will include a closer look at the foods brought to America on slave ships and how the slaves survived on these foods after they arrived.  

The presentation, which includes a cooking demonstration, will take place at two locations in Cobb County, on different dates:

February 10
7:00-8:00 p.m.
Switzer Central Library
266 Roswell Street
Marietta, GA 30060

and

February 17 
7:00-8:00 p.m.   
South Cobb Regional Library
805 Clay Road
Mableton, GA 30126

Friday, January 8, 2016

Master Goat Farmer Training

 UGA's next Master Goat Farmer Certification Training for North Georgia is offered through Whitfield County's Extension Office.

Location: North Georgia Fairgrounds,  500 Legion Dr., Dalton, GA 30721
Dates: Thursdays,  January 28, February 4, 11 & 18
Times: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. on each date, with a meal served at 7:00 p.m.
Cost: $100. Includes study materials, manuals, meals, refreshments, door prizes and graduation certificate

Preregistration required by January 21, 2016
To register, contact the Whitfield County Extension Office at 706-278-8207.

For topics, presenters, and additional details, see information online linked here.