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Reminder: Get your hours in by Dec. 31
Volunteer and continuing ed hours are due online by Dec. 31. Any hours not online by then will not be counted. If you need help, please contact your county coordinator, volunteer coordinator, or a fellow MG to help you. The state office does not have the capacity to enter hours, so please work together on this. Thank you!
What's happening in the state office?
Dave, Bridget and I continue to work with the State Advisory Board, county coordinators and volunteers to develop new tools for you, better processes, and better communication amongst everyone. Sometimes it works, sometimes it needs .... tweaking.We are fortunate to have great support from our EFANS and CFANS staff (Extension and our college).
Here are some of projects we are working on at this time that may interest you:
- Improvements to the online reporting tools - drop-down menus, better descriptions, demographics. Due: Jan 1, 2010
- New website design - more comprehensive, a better resources for volunteers, more publicity about volunteer activities and people, more dynamic. Goal: Jan 15, 2010
- Core course 2010 - editing booklets, updating website, scheduling. First class session (online) Jan 11, 2010
- MG Summer School 2010 - new education day for MGs; 3 locations; summer 2010. Watch for details!
- Tutoring MGs on how to enter hours - Bridget has been busy on the phone and by email, walking people through the process.
- Traveling and talking - Dave has been traveling to areas of MN to work with MGs on new infrastructure to help groups operate smoothly - even without county support.
- New MG flyer for recruitment - rewriting, re-designing. Goal: Feb 2010
- New MG banner design. Goal: Feb 2010
New: Creating a Period Garden Gunda Luss, garden designer and Master Gardener in Hennepin Cty, has a new website that includes her presentation entitled Creating a Period Garden. Gunda presented this at our 2008 annual state conference in Hutchinson. In addition to being an excellent designer, Gunda is also an accomplished artist (I loved to correct her landscape designs! They were works of art!). I think you will all enjoy this site. Gunda also has her presentation available for download and encourages her fellow Master Gardeners to feel free to make this presentation as part of their volunteer hours (me too!) Thank you, Gunda, for this wonderful resource and for sharing it with all of us!
Interested in Apples?
Who isn't? Here are some great websites our department head, Emily Hoover, gave me to help you with your questions on apples:
Fruit Production for the Home Gardner: Pome Fruits
The Virginia Fruit Website: Apples IPM
While some of the selections listed here are not appropriate for MN, the insect and maintenance info is great!
Another interesting, more commentary-type site is a collaborative site between Jeff Gillman and a few other professors called Garden Professor. Check it out: