Beat down those winter blahs and start getting ready for spring! The Seneca County Cornell Cooperative Extension (SCCCE) Master Gardeners have organized a day of speakers, food and gardening information to help you prepare for the 2019 gardening season.
The workshop will be held Saturday, March 2nd at the Ovid Fire Department, 2136 Brown Street (just off of Route 414/96) in Ovid from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Price for the workshop is only $30.00. There will be plenty of coffee, tea and refreshments for the morning break and a homemade buffet lunch at noon. Participants will also receive handouts, free seeds and valuable gardening information from some very knowledgeable speakers. There will also be a question and answer session with Master Gardener volunteers and door prizes.
Pollinators & Your Plate
Sarah Meyer Sarah Meyer is the Food Systems Program Manager at the Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith Colleges offering Green Thumb Thursday and Seed to Supper garden education programs in Geneva. She is a Master Gardener volunteer, beekeeper and the founder and owner of Worker’s Ransom honey and hive products. http://workersransom.com/
This presentation will explore the role pollinators play in our global, national, and local food system. Attendees will explore the world of beekeeping, garden practices, and eating local, as it relates to food and pollinators, and will assess their individual garden practices, personal nourishment and dietary choices with consideration for our dependence on pollinators, specifically honeybees.
Invasives: Spotted Lanternfly & Giant Hogweed
Patty Wakefield-Brown is the Invasives Species Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator at the Finger Lakes Institute and the Finger Lakes PRISM at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Her work primarily focuses on coordinating invasive species workshops, education/outreach, and delivering citizen science activities to municipalities, environmental groups, community members and students in the Finger Lakes and New York’s Great Lakes region.
Patty holds an A.A.S. in Natural Resource Conservation and an A.S. in Environmental Science both from Finger Lakes Community College, and a B.S. in Environmental Science with a concentration in Aquatic Ecology from The College at Brockport, State University of New York.
Spotted Lanternfly: A New Threat to Agriculture in New York State
SLF is an invasive pest from Asia that feeds on over 70+ plants including grapevine, hops, maple, walnut, fruit trees and others. This insect could have a huge negative impact on NYS forests as well as the agricultural and tourism industries.
Learn the history, control, look a-likes and how you can help the DEC’s efforts to find and eliminate this “Magnificent” yet federally noxious invasive plant.
Earlier Vegetable Yields and Later Harvests:
How to extend our gardening season
Steve Reiners is Professor and Chair of Horticulture at Cornell University and has specialized in vegetable production for the past 30 years. He has made hundreds of presentations over the years to commercial growers, educators, and home gardeners as well as to the classes he teaches at Cornell.
Commercial growers use greenhouses and high tunnels to extend their growing season but there’s lots of easy and low-cost tricks you can use as a home gardener to do the same thing. Mulches, row covers, cold frames, and low tunnels are just a few of the things that will be discussed that can have you harvesting tomatoes by the 4th of July and fresh spinach at Christmas.
The day concludes at 2 PM when Master Gardener volunteers will be available to answer any questions. There will also be free seeds and some very nice door prizes! All monies raised are used to support the Master Gardener program at SCCCE, a not-for-profit educational system. Interact with other gardeners and start preparing for your spring gardening projects.
Registration by March 1st is encouraged as space is limited. To register, call 315-539-9251 or register online: https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/letsgarden2019_245.
$30 per person
Ovid Fire Department
2136 Brown Street
Ovid, NY 14521