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YOUTH GARDENING SERIES

CCE Master Gardeners Host Gardening Series for Young People

May 29, 2015

LIBERTY – Families can foster a lifelong gardening interest with their children this summer in a four-part educational workshop series offered by the Master Gardener Volunteer program at Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCE).

All but one of these unique youth horticultural opportunities for children ages 5 to 12 will take place in the outdoor teaching gardens at the Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Road in Liberty.  One program will be held at the Fort Delaware Museum in Narrowsburg.

·         Veggie Gardening on June 11 at 5:30 p.m.: Start a vegetable garden and learn about companion planting in CCE outdoor classrooms.  

·         Fiber Arts at Fort Delaware on July 31 at 1:00 p.m.: Learn how fabric is made from wool and plants.  This class only will be held at Fort Delaware Museum in Narrowsburg.  The class fee includes admission to the fort.

·         Pollinator Gardening: Bees, Bats, & Butterflies on August 27 at 5:30 p.m.: Join popular folk singer Dar Williams to learn about pollinators in CCE outdoor teaching gardens.

·         Cooking the Harvest with Master Gardener Volunteers on September 24 at 5:30 p.m.: Help CCE volunteers and staff harvest the vegetables grown in CCE gardens and learn how to use them in delicious, easy to make meals.

Cost is $10.00 per youth per workshop or $30.00 for the entire series.  Registration with non-refundable payment is required in advance.  Only payment reserves a seat and can be made by cash, check, or credit in the office or online.  

Registration and more information can be obtained by calling 845-292-6180, emailing sullivan@cornell.edu, or visiting www.sullivancce.org.

The Master Gardener Volunteer program is a national corps of volunteers trained in the science and art of gardening that works in partnership with county Cooperative Extension office to expand educational outreach throughout the community by providing home gardeners with research-based information.  

For more information on the CCE Master Gardener Volunteer program, contact Susan Dollard, Community Horticulture Educator, at smd243@cornell.edu.

Sullivan Renaissance, which supports the Master Gardener Volunteer program, is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.