August 20-November 19, 2015: 2015 Fall Master Gardener Class
The Master Gardener Program
is a volunteer leader training program for people who are enthusiastic about
gardening, who wish to use what they learn to improve communities.
We’re pleased you are
interested in the MSU Extension Master Gardener Program (MGP) and trust it will
be a rich and rewarding experience for you. This class will be held on Thursdays
from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at MSU Tollgate Education Center, 28115 Meadowbrook Rd.,
Novi, Michigan 48317 running from August 20 to November 19, 2015. The cost of the
14-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. There are no other out-of-pocket costs. Contact: Lynne Shull at
Michigan is blessed with over 11,000 inland lakes, each
providing unique recreational, scenic, and environmental benefits. These inland
lakes are complex ecosystems, and are often negatively impacted by both the
people that live near them as well as the water that drains into them.
Introduction to Lakes is a six-week online course specially designed for
citizens and professionals alike that are interested in learning about inland
Enrollment is currently open through October 1, 2015.
This course begins October 6th and ends
on November 18th.
For more information click on; http://msue.anr.msu.edu/program/info/introduction_to_lakes_online
October 10-11, 2015: 2nd Annual PumpkinfestMark your calendar
for this year’s Michigan Agricultural Credit Conference, sponsored by the
Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, at MSU, 8:30 am to 3:15 pm at the Big Ten Room C - Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center - MSU. The Conference provides agricultural lenders,
agribusinesses, policy makers and other interested parties across the state
with updates on the economy and agricultural industries. Hear from experts
about credit cycles in agriculture, benchmarking farm financial performance,
commodity and dairy outlooks, and much more.
Tollgate Education Center and Farm, in partnership with VIBE Credit
Union and the Novi Public Library, is hosting our 2nd Annual Pumpkinfest
on October 10th and 11th from 11 am - 4 pm. Please join us for a
free-admission, family-oriented event that includes U-pick wagon rides
to the pumpkin patch, farm animals, straw maze for the little ones, food
concessions, music and more. Proceeds from Pumpkinfest help support
scholarships for children to participate in wholesome, place-based
educational programming at Tollgate. MSU Tollgate Farm, 28115
Meadowbrook Rd., Novi, MI 48377
October 26, 2015: Michigan Agricultural Credit Conference
Registration cost is $65.00 per person. The fee includes: continental breakfast, lunch, and breaks.
register as individuals or group registrations. To register online, go to: http://events.anr.msu.edu/MichiganAgriculturalCreditConf/.
October 27, 2015: The How To's of Renovating a Perennial Bed
Do your flower beds seem to be flowering less this
year? Do they look too crowded or overgrown? We are offering this
class a second time to accommodate everyone who did not register in time to
attend the first class in September 2015. Join us to hear Janet Macunovich give many
pointers on renovating your perennial flower beds. You’ll walk away with
lots of techniques you can use now to renovate the beds. Don’t
wait! Register today.
November 15, 2015: Novi Equestrian Expo 4-H Used Tack Sale
Oakland County 4-H Horse
Council will again be hosting the 4-H Used Tack Sale at the Novi
Equestrian Expo on Sunday, 11/15. All proceeds from the sale of tables
tack sale will support the Oakland County 4-H horse project area, so
your trailers, barns and basements! 4-H
members/clubs pay discounted rates for tables and each registration will
include 2 admission tickets to the Novi
Equestrian Expo! Please contact Debbie Morgan at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 248-858-0894 for more info.
The following nutrition program series are presented to community groups, organizations, and schools (age appropriate) by MSU Extension staff. Programs are offered in English, Spanish, Arabic or American Sign Language. Call 248-858-0897 for further information or to schedule these programs.
Cooking Matters for Adults is a nutrition program where participants will learn how to eat healthy, cook and grocery shop on a limited budget. The program consists of six lessons, lasting approximately two hours each. With the help of an experienced chef and nutrition educator, participants will gain the skills and confidence to make healthy, budget friendly meals for their family.
Each week, participants will receive take-home food, which they can use at home to practice a recipe they learned in class. The class series also includes:
- Participatory food preparation that provides cooking and food safety instruction
- Engaging nutrition activities and discussions
- Practice with food budgeting
- Interactive grocery store visit and $10 challenge
- Recipe book for use at home
- Certificate of completion
- Short physical activity component lasting 5 minutes or less
Class series are taught throughout the community, including but not limited to community centers, churches, schools and local
Extension offices. Group series are available if there are six to 15 people, and at least half of the group is
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) eligible.
This series is aimed at helping parents/caregivers make simple and tasty meals for their families that won't break their bank. MSU Extension-Oakland nutrition instructors will provide nutrition education, food demonstrations and take-home materials. The class series also includes a short physical activity component lastng 5 minutes or less.
This nutrition series consists of fun, interactive activities for 55-74 year olds designed to encourage older adults to increase fruit and vegetable consumption as well as physical activity.
Learn to stretch your food dollars to fit your meal plan, learn about food preservation and maintain a healthy weight with Eating Right is Basic from Michigan State University Extension. This eight to 10 week session can be offered in a variety of community settings. Participants will learn about goal setting, custom nutrition and physical activity to suite each person, eating more fruits and vegetables, portion sizes, becoming familiar with Dietary Guideline numbers, Food labels 101, healthy habits and fat facts. High school students and adults can participate in this series.Healthy Harvest
Growing your own vegetables has many benefits, including healthier
eating and reduced stress. The Healthy Harvest program is designed to
help participants learn basic gardening skills and use what they grow to
prepare healthy and tasty meals. The program is a partnership of MSU Extension’s health and nutrition and Master Gardener programs.
Show Me Nutrition
This 6-week program is aimed at an audience of pre-kindergarten through 8th grade. These lessons are interactive and appeal to a wide variety of learning styles. Many of the activities are hands-on and each lesson has a book that accompanies it to reinforce literacy. Each grade level is age-appropriate. Topics covered: food safety, positive body image, world hunger, physical activity and general nutrition.