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Go from a Brown Thumb to a Green Thumb in Three Easy Classes

April 23, 2013

[FERNDALE] – The first of three free hands-on instructional trainings to help support and encourage volunteers to be comfortable doing gardening tasks will be held on Wednesday, May 1.

Sullivan Renaissance is holding the classes to assist individuals who want to volunteer with Renaissance projects in their hometowns but aren’t sure what to do. 

Individuals will learn the basics of caring for a garden from start to finish – and be able to roll up their sleeves and help at a nearby community gardening project.  Attendees who successfully complete all three classes and make a volunteer pledge will receive a completion certificate and a special gift from Sullivan Renaissance.

“Soil, Water & Sun!” is on May 1; “Weeds, Shoots & Flowers!” on June 5; and “Designing, Digging & Delegating!” on July 10.

All classes will be held from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Wednesdays at Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County in the teaching garden located at 64 Ferndale-Loomis Road in Liberty.

Sullivan Renaissance will announce funding for gardening projects in 41 communities on April 25.  Each of the organizations receiving a grant will rely entirely on volunteer support to meet its goals.  All of them can use additional help.

Training space is limited and pre-registration is requested for all three classes.  Refreshments will be provided.  For more information or to register, contact Sullivan Renaissance at 845-295-2445 or

Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.  Sponsors include Bold Gold Media Group/Thunder 102, FisherMears Associates, Kristt Company, Large Media, Robert Green Dealerships, Sullivan County Democrat, The River Reporter and WSUL/WVOS.