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. The registration
deadline for this training class is August 4, 2015 for payment by check and August
18, 2015 for payment by credit card. Contact: Lynne Shull at
248-858-0887. Click here to register
September 8 - October 10, 2015: Conservation Stewards Program for Washtenaw and Kalamazoo Counties
The Michigan Conservation Stewards Program (CSP) is now enrolling students for its Washtenaw and Kalamazoo programs. Click here for more CSP class information and to register.
The Michigan CSP is a volunteer leader training program designed for
those interested in science-based ecosystem management principles and
sharing this knowledge with others to help restore and conserve
ecosystems throughout Michigan communities. For additional information,
please contact Shari Dann, MSU Extension Conservation Specialist, 517-432-0267 or Bindu Bhakta, MSU Extension Natural Resources Educator, or 248-858-5198.
September 10, 2015: How To's of Renovating a Perennial Bed
Perennials don’t last forever. Beds that are six or
seven years old benefit greatly from a partial or total renovation. If
some of your plants have gotten too large and others have disappeared or you’re
just tired of the looking at the same plants year after year, don’t miss this
class! Janet Macunovich will guide us with a step-by-step approach to
take apart what’s there, give old plants and soil new life, and change the
design to rekindle it’s faded glory. Registration deadline is September 1, 2015 (sorry, no walk-ins).
September 19 - Pressure canner dial gauge testing (Oakland County Farmers Market)
Attention all home canners! Oakland County MSU Extension will be checking pressure
canner gauges on Saturday, September 19 at the Oakland County Farmers Market, 2350
Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford from 10:00-11:00 am.
What you need to know before having your pressure canner gauge tested:
For more information, contact Robin
Danto at 248/858-0904 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Pressure canners have either a dial gauge or a weighted
gauge to indicate and regulate pressure.
- Weighted gauges rock gently or make a
jiggling noise to indicate they are maintaining the proper pressure. Weighted
gauges do not need testing for accuracy.
- Dial gauges, on the other hand, should
be tested for accuracy each year. Gauges that read high will lead to under-processed
products that may result in canned goods that are unsafe to eat. Low readings
cause over-processed foods with reduced quality. Pressure adjustments can be
made if the gauge reads up to 2 pounds off either way. Gauges that differ by
more than 2 pounds of pressure must be replaced.
September 19-20, 2015: Tollgate Fall Fair
Join us at MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center
on September 19th and 20th for the annual Fall Fair! This is a free
family-friendly event that includes children’s crafts, activities, and
educational presentations on site. Garden tours, hay rides, fishing,
and many more activities will be set up for the public to enjoy. Local
organizations and vendors will be present as well. MSU Tollgate’s
garden volunteers make this event possible, acting as guides, conducting
activities, offering refreshments, and sharing information. MSU
Tollgate Farm is open to the public Monday through Saturday from 8 am to
8 pm, but the Fall Fair is an opportunity to get a unique and guided
experience on the farm.
October 6 - November 18, 2015: Introduction to Lakes Online
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
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.