Hello Gardeners! we're all about what's green and growing in Mecklenburg County and the greater Charlotte, NC region - your hometown, gardening website is filled with research-based, how-to garden information presented by Extension Master Gardeners. Let's talk about your Garden! We are celebrating the 100th year of Cooperative Extension this year!!
Learn More in the Sustainable Living Series
If you are new to the region or need a brush-up on gardening or living skills - here is the place to start! Attend the Sustainable Living programs during the noon hours and get smart! You'll be excited to see the midday/midweek program is expanded with new topics: gardening, healthy eating, nature, nutrition and more.
Come at noon, bring your own lunch and join us here at Extension offices, near Central Piedmont Community College. Registration is open now. View Sustainable Living classes coming up here.
From Kitchen Scraps to Garden Gold: Wednesday, July 9, 2014. 12 noon - 1:30 pm. Worm composting is a cost-effective, eco-friendly way of turning your kitchen scraps into rich organic nutrients for your garden. Extension Master Gardeners offers a step-by-step demonstration on creating a worm bin. Free. Hands on demonstrations - learn by doing! FREE. Register in advance. And find ALL Sustainable Living classes here.
Preserving Jams, Jellies and Fruit Spreads: Friday, July 25, 2014. 10am - 2pm. Come jam with us as we learn the basics to preserving jams, jellies and other fruit spreads in a fun and interactive format. Kristin Davis, Extension Agent teaches how to prepare a fruit spreads through a hands-on class format. Each participant will take home a canned item and canning booklet including recipes and step-by-step instructions. $18. All fee-based workshops require preregistration including payment prior to the class. Onsite registration is not available. Registration can be completed by downloading this form and submitting payment, or paying by credit card over the phone at 704.336.2082. Early registration is required, as canning classes fill quickly. And find ALL Sustainable Living classes here.
Pickling Your Garden Harvest: Friday, August 15, 2014. 10am - 2pm. Nothing says summer like fresh homemade pickles! Kristin Davis, Extension Agent teaches the basics of pickling fruits and veggies in a fun and interactive format. Each participant will complete a hands-on process of preparing bread and butter pickles and receive a canning booklet including recipes and step-by-step instructions. $18. All fee-based workshops require preregistration including payment prior to the class. Onsite registration is not available. Registration can be completed by downloading this form and submitting payment, or paying by credit card over the phone at 704.336.2082. Early registration is required, as canning classes fill quickly. And find ALL Sustainable Living classes here.
The Mecklenburg Cooperative Extension Sustainable Living Series is a collaboration of Mecklenburg Family and Consumer Sciences and Mecklenburg Extension Master Gardeners to provide citizens with education to incorporate sustainable practices into their lifestyle.
From gardening to canning, the Sustainable Living Series connects families with nature, nutrition and sustainability in a practical and fun way! Join in now and find your noontime enhanced with these many learning opportunities starting in February and running through December, a year-long stream of sustainable living!
And find ALL Sustainable Living classes here.
Mecklenburg Cooperative Extension Training Facility
12:00 NOON – 1:30 PM Register in advance. And find ALL Sustainable Living classes here.
Got Questions? Get Answers! Master Gardeners will be talking about YOUR garden with you at the Davidson Farmers Market on July 26, August 30, September 27 and October 25. See You there! Have gardening questions right now? Please call our hotline at 704-366-4011 or send us an email.
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LISTEN, Look and Learn for our littlest nature-loving-gardeners on Sundays through the summer. Coming up: May 25th, June 29th, July 27 more....
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A series of outdoor educational adventure programs offering children ages 4-5 the opportunity to experience and enjoy the wonders of nature. Each program begins with story time, which sets the stage for a guided walk in the Freedom Park Demonstration Garden and into the surrounding park. Children will be encouraged to explore the story’s theme by interacting with nature.
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In 2014, we celebrate the Cooperative Extension Service, a unique educational partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the nation’s land-grant universities that extends research-based knowledge through a state-by-state network of extension educators. For 100 years, Extension has stimulated innovative research and vital educational programs for youth and adults through progressive information delivery systems that improved lives and shaped a nation. Join us as we celebrate 100 years of extending knowledge and changing lives.