Yard & Garden Classes & Activities
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Yard & Garden Classes & Activities

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

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May 9, 2015:  Spice Up Your Garden with Herbs 
Join us for an educational and enjoyable morning workshop on growing herbs in your garden.  In addition to the culture and use of many of the herbs commonly grown here,  we will delve into the interesting folklore surrounding them.  Your herbal appetite will be whet, just as the growing season starts!  

May 14, 2015:  2015 Master Gardener Volunteer Recognition Banquet
Please join your fellow Oakland County Master Gardeners at the 2015 Volunteer Recognition Banquet for a celebration to honor our great volunteers!
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:  Cathy Morris at 248-858-0887. Click here to register


Online Learning

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.  Remaining webinars are: 

“Getting started with….”
…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.