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JUNIOR MASTER GARDENERS

Cooperative Extension Begins Gardening Series for Kids

May 15, 2014

[LIBERTY] – Families can foster a lifelong gardening interest with their children this summer by enrolling in a Junior Master Gardener program in Sullivan County.  Children ages 5 through 12 will experience the wonderful world of gardening under the supervision of Master Gardeners from Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Sullivan County. 

Classes will be held every third Wednesday from June through September between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. at the Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center teaching garden on Ferndale-Loomis Road in Liberty.  Up to 15 children will be accepted into the program. 

This four class series will prepare children to be Junior Master Gardeners and teach them about it.  A future program will instruct children how to become official Junior Master Gardeners.  Each class is $10.00 or the series is $30.00.  Healthy snacks are included.

           June 18 – Botany Workshop: Participants will plant a teepee, vegetable garden and make a “plant person” to take home.

           July 16 – Soil & Water Workshop: Youth can learn all about composting, the water cycle and make a woodland terrarium to take home.

           August 20 – Entomology Workshop: Children will learn all about insects, including beneficial and harmful, and make batik-art insect.

           September 17 – Harvest Workshop: Sun herbal tea and other herbal recipes will be enjoyed while making pressed flower art.

Pre-registration is required with non-refundable payment in advance. 

Cornell Cooperative Extension is a statewide educational organization funded by national, state and county governments – that helps New York residents put research-based knowledge to work. 

Begun in 1975 in New York State, the Master Gardener Program provides home and community gardeners with unbiased information based on research and experience gleaned through Cornell University. 

For more information and to register call CCE at 845-292-6180 or email Master Gardener Coordinator Susan Dollard at smd243@cornell.edu.