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Many of our summer classes are held in Novi at the Tollgate Education Center gardens.

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January 22 - April 30, 2015 :  Master Gardener Program
This class series will be held on Thursday evenings, 6:00-10:00 pm at the Oakland County Executive Office Building in Waterford.  Cost of the 13-week program is $300, which includes the 1,000 page training manual.  Master Gardener volunteers start by completing a 13-session practical curriculum ground in university research. This training consists of approximately 45 hours of training with classes on plant science, soil science, integrated pest management, diagnostics, annuals and perennials, woody ornamentals, lawns, vegetables, small fruits, tree fruits, household and nuisance pests and gardening practices to protect water quality.  After completing the training, Master Gardener trainees must complete 40 hours of horticulture-related service within one year to earn their Master Gardener certification. Click for further information and to register   Contact:  Cathy Morris at 248-858-0887.

February 7, 2015:  Michigan Garden Travelogue - West
This travelogue, held at the Oakland County Executive Office Building in Waterford, will feature two gardens at Michigan State University, the Cooley Gardens, the Grand Ideas Garden, Meijer Garden and Walter's Gardens.  We will discuss:
 
  • formal and informal design concepts
  • the importance of pathways in the garden
  • how to incorporate a water feature into the garden

We will also look at several great plant combinations.  Advance registration required by February 2, 2015.  Contact Cathy Morris, 248-858-0887, if you have questions.


February 9-March 16-April 13, 2015:  Michigan Pesticide Applicator Exams
Michigan Department of Agriculture pesticide applicator examinations will be held in Oakland County at 8:30 a.m.on February 9, March 16 and April 13, 2015.  Exam sessions generally run 9am-12pm.  The location is the Oakland County Service Center Executive Office Building Conference Center in Waterford.  Go to https://secure1.state.mi.us/opes/  for more information and to register.  Advance registration is required.

1) Only money orders or checks made payable to the State of Michigan are accepted.
2) Applicants must bring a picture ID, pen, pencil, and if renewing, their certification card and renewal paperwork.
3) We do not take walk-ins; all applicants must schedule an appointment.
4) We generally begin processing applicant paperwork at 8:30 am.  Please  arrive at that time and no later.  If you have a unique work situation and cannot arrive at the required time, please contact Molly Mott at 248-521-0501 (for this situation only).
March 7, 2015:  Michigan Garden Travelogue - North
This travelogue, held at the Oakland County Executive Office Building in Waterford, will feature the McLaren Healing Garden, several gardens in Frankenmuth, Dow Gardens and Dahlia Hill.  We will explore:
 
  • ways to create a garden for healing and renewal
  • how to extend your garden into the "hell strip"
  • how annuals can add extended beauty to the garden

Advance registration required by March 2, 2015.  Contact Cathy Morris, 248-858-0887, if you have questions.


March 21, 2015:  Urban Farmer Tune-Up
This class is good for anyone interested in growing produce.  You do a good job of producing fresh, quality, wholesome produce, but there's always that one crop that doesn't always grow like it should.  Or no matter what you change or how to you fertilize, one area of your field always grows poorly.  Those are the situations that the Urban Farmer Tune-Up will address.  You'll find practical information that can have a real difference on your bottom line.


Online Learning

January 7, 2015- March 25, 2015: 2015 Great Lakes School of Turfgrass Science Online – This 12 week certificate program aims to provide participants with thorough and practical continuing education in turfgrass management.


January 26 - April 29, 2015: Beginning Farmer Webinar Series

Attention beginning farmers!  The MSU Extension 2015 Beginning Farmer Webinar Series is available for you to gain knowledge needed to plan your start-up farming operation, or add a new enterprise to an existing farm.  A series of twenty, 2-hour evening webinars covering a wide variety of farm- related topics is available, including: 

“Getting started with….”
…Small Grain Production, Jan. 26 
...Cover Crops in Organic Vegetable Crop Rotations, Feb. 2
…Integrated Pest Management, Feb. 4
…Manure Storage, Handling and Mortality Management on Small Farms, Feb. 11
…Beekeeping for Pollination and Honey, Feb 13
…Value-Added Agriculture, Feb. 18
…Farm Food Safety, Feb 23
…Sheep and Goat Management, March 2
…USDA Organic Certification, March 9
…Hop Production, March 11
…Season Extension, March 16
…Marketing, March 18
…Small Fruit Production, March 23
…Beef Cow-Calf Production, March 25
…Direct Marketing, March 30
…Managing Soil, Irrigation and Fertilization Interactions, April 1
…Cover Crops in Field Crop Rotations, April 6
…Poultry Production, April 20
…Small Farm Equipment, April 27
…Beef Feedlot Management, April 29
 
A fee of $10 per webinar is required, or you can register for the entire series for $100.  Webinar recordings will be provided to all registered participants.  Participate from the comfort and convenience of your own home or office.  Registration, a brochure containing details on each individual program, and on-line or mailed payment options can be found at http://events.anr.msu.edu/beginningfarmerwebinars/.
 
Each program begins at 7pm Eastern time and will last about 2 hours.  A  high-speed internet connection is required.  You will receive webinar connection information after you register.
 
Contact the Alger County MSU Extension office at 906-387-2530 or isleibj@anr.msu.edu for more information.
 
 
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Academy Online
Looking to learn more about integrated pest management (IPM)?  Then check out the Integrated Pest Management Academy Online.  These series of on-demand webinars, created by Michigan State University Extension, are designed to help Michigan growers identify pest management resources and understand IPM basics.  Registration is not required and they are available for free.  Simply visit http://bit.ly/ipmwebinars at your convenience and view one or all of the prerecorded webinars.  Viewers can earn up to four pesticide recertification credits.  A computer with Internet connectivity, a web browser and speakers are required.
For further information about gardening classes and activities, please contact MSU Extension-Oakland County, 248-858-0887.