How time flies. It seems like yesterday since the first GIEI gardening class of 2014 but somehow we’ve completed another nine month Grow It Eat It program year, delivering great programs and receiving great feedback from our customers. We asked ourselves back in January if the snow and cold would ever diminish and let us execute on the promised eight weekly (sixteen topic) gardening classes to our faithful attendees.
We averaged just over 50 visitors each week who learned about Getting started in the Garden and Raised Bed Gardening; Knowing your Soil; Seed Saving; Cucurbits; Herbs; Container Gardening; Square Foot Gardening; IPM (pest and disease management); Pollination and Pollinators; the Good, the Bad and the Ugly bugs; Extending the Gardening Season; Backyard Greenhouses; Kitchen gardens; CSAs (community supported agriculture); Small fruits and Tree fruits. We concluded our class room discussions with a session on Companion planting. During each session we treated our attendees with a great treat and cooking demonstration.
By mid March we were busy planning our monthly Twilight Meetings. Beginning April and continuing the third Monday evening of each month, we delivered six well attended gardening programs to interested public. Our topics included Pruning; Tomatoes
and Vertical Gardening; Drip Irrigation; Composting and Garden Diseases; Seed Saving; Cover Crops and Winterizing the Garden. In total, we delivered 1720 hours of learning to our customers. We often hear reference to “it takes a community” to be successful.
Our community is a dedicated group of Master Gardeners who make up a fantastic team. We focus on our mission then plan and deliver while having fun at the same time. I”m proud to be part of such a dedicated group of volunteers. Now it’s off to begin planning another fantastic Grow It Eat It program for 2015. See you there. Butch Willard