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March 2011 Archives

P1070355.JPGMaster Naturalist Annual Conference
May 20-22, 2011
Northwestern College
St. Paul, MN

Interested in learning more about the environment? The Master Naturalist Program? Water quality? Wildlife? Native Plants?  Here's your chance! Attend the 2011 Master Naturalist Annual Conference. Speakers will be featured from the University, the DNR, the Bell Museum, and the Will Steger Foundation, to name a few. Even I will be speaking at this event on winter interest and my backyard renovation.

As a Master Gardener, you can also accumulate CE hours for the classes you attend at this conference.

For details and registration:
Master Naturalist Registration Booklet.pdf
Master Naturalist Registration Form - Volunteers Guests - Writeable.pdf

Join in the Master Naturalists ONLINE Silent Auction!

All items included in the auction have been donated by businesses or individuals.  Proceeds will be used to support the Minnesota Master Naturalist Program in the areas of scholarships, speakers, training opportunities, etc.

Log in to view and bid on the items.  RedSquirrel.JPG
(Be sure to include the final slash!)

You will need to set up an account to bid. Once you have submitted the form you will receive an email confirming your account. After you verify your acceptance, you will then be able to bid on the merchandise.

Items on the online auction include jewelry, hand-painted tiles, pottery, photographs, gift certificates, original paintings, books, a digital camera, and many other items.

The auction closes on April 15.  Invite your friends, relatives, co-workers, Facebook friends, etc. to bid!

Would you like to learn how to....

● Write blog posts for the national Extension Master Gardener blog
( to share news, resources,
and stories of volunteering?

● Use social media such as Twitter and Facebook to engage audiences?

A new training series and resource site is available for you and Master Gardeners you'd like to refer
to this opportunity @:

Be one of the first Extension Master Gardener coordinators or Extension
Master Gardeners to shape the future of the EMG blog
. Participate in the live
trainings and discussions:

Come April 6th to start with the training series

1) April 6: What is eXtension and the Extension Master Gardener Blog?
2) April 13: Blogging Best Practices
3) May 11: How to use WordPress to post to the national EMG Blog

Time: 3 pm ET, 2pm CT, 1 pm MT, 12 noon PT
Location: (The trainings
will also be recorded for later viewing).

Instructions for attending:

Just slightly before the times listed (no more
than 10 minutes prior), go to our on-line meeting space at

Enter as a guest, and fill in your name and state.

When you are in the system you will see instructions for having the system call your phone (or you may need to place a call to the system if your phone is on a line extension--instructions are provided as well as a help number if you encounter problems).

Questions? Contact Karen Jeannette,

Due to the great response from Master Gardeners, and their positive comments about our courses, IPM3 will again be offering a 16% Master Gardener Discount for the following 4 courses this spring:

  •  IPM Core Concepts Module - Coupon code X243
  •  Pest Biology - Weeds - Coupon code X238
  • Pest Biology - Plant Pathology - Coupon code X244
  • Invasive Species Specialty Module - Coupon code X237
For class descriptions: UMN IPM3 Continuing Ed Classes.pdf

  1. Go to
  2. Use the "At A Glance" section to select a course.
  3. After creating an account and / or logging in, save the base tuition.
  4. Insert the appropriate Coupon Code found at UMN IPM3 Continuing Ed Classes.pdf
  5. The discount will be reflected on the next page.
  6. Select the payment option and Continue.

Fun web resource!

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Here's a collection of web resources that are fun for any gardener to use:

Continuing Education Opportunity for Master Gardeners and the gardening public:

Classes Without Quizzes
Saturday, April 2, 2011
8:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
McNeal Hall, St. Paul Campus

Register online at

Keynote Address: Health and Diversity of Bee Pollinators
Honey bees. Promoting the health of bee pollinators is beneficial inour environment.  This can begin as an individual or local endeavor; however, one thing is clear, we need to support the health and diversity of bee pollinators.  But why?
Session I
Gardening. A) Truth About Garden Remedies
Garden gurus tell us how to solve our gardening woes: baking soda for blackspot, sugar for feeding your plants, or eggshells to stop slugs. But which remedies work? Horticultural science associate professor Jeff Gillman will take a closer look.
Whole grain bread. B) Kids Actually Like Whole Grain Foods?
Children are not eating enough whole grains, but will they eat healthy food? Department of food science and nutrition associate professor Len Marquart discusses efforts to gradually introduce whole-grain foods into school-age children's diets.
Two people walking. C) Who Pays taxes?
Amid both the state budget debate and income tax season, Laura Kalambokidis, associate professor of applied economics, will tackle perennial questions about government and who pays for it, and how those structures could change in the future.
Lake. D) Water in the Land of Lakes
Water Resources Center co-director Faye Sleeper will present information on the quality of Minnesota's waters, the regulatory framework for protection and restoration of polluted waters, and the role of citizens in the process.
Session II
Lawn. E) Creating Sustainable Lawns
Eric Watkins, assistant professor of horticultural science, will explain which species of turfgrass provide excellent lawns with a minimum of water, nutrients and time.

Cutting meat. F) The Meat We Eat
Meat is a nutrient-dense part of a healthy human diet, but how do you know which cuts are best? Animal Science associate professor Ryan Cox will discuss how to choose the best cuts as well as addressing "meat myths."
Stem rust. G) Stem Rust Affects Everyone
A new race of stem rust, Ug99, has been detected in eastern Africa. What will its impact be locally, regionaly and globally? Wheat breeding experts Jim Anderson and Matthew Rouse will co-present on efforts to improve wheat for resistance to Ug99 and the urgent need to reduce the vulnerability of wheat worldwide.
Green globe. H) At Least It Says So on the Package
What does "green" really mean? How can private businesses engage in solving today and tomorrow's environmental problems? Tim Smith, associate professor of bioproducts/biosystems engineering, will discuss the challenges of sustainability.
Kid and Family Sessions
Insect in hand. Kid sessions include reptiles and amphibians, and the secret lives of honeybees.  New this year is a combined family session!  Family session topics include: dead leaves, decomposers and detritivores, the passage into spring, and creepy crawly insects.

We had some changes to the schedule for the MG core course classes in Morris. For the new updated schedule: 2011 MG Core Course - Morris schedule.xls

According to UniversUntitled-1.jpgity of Minnesota Climatologist, Mark Seely, has provided an update on the flooding situation in Minnesota this coming spring. Click to earn about the critical flood potential for Minnesota communities.

From HORT 1003 student Yazdaan Juma:

Hi Julie
I wanted to spread the word about community garden grants.

I am vice chair of the Richfield Advisory Board of Health. Our group promotes health living through various developments and activities as well as policies.  Recently the three cities of Richfield, Bloomington, and Edina were awarded with money (in the millions) to promote healthy living in their cities.

Since gardening is healthy by promoting physical active as well as promoting (healthy eating) the growing of vegetables in vegetable gardens.  There is a sum of money currently that citizens of Richfield, Bloomington or Edina can apply for for build community gardens.  I am hoping that I have classmates that are from any of the three cities.  If there are students from these cities, they can apply for these grants and be awarded grant money ($2000) to create amazing gardens. The only criteria is that you have to be a citizen of one of the 3 cities (richfield, bloomington or edina) and at the end of the growing season 20% of the vegetables grown should be donated to a food shelf for impoverished families.

Here is a link with more information   

Yazdaan Juma
Vvice chair of the Richfield Advisory Board of Health

An increasing number of urban groups and organizations are attracted to the idea of Ribes Pixwell fruit1.JPGharvesting apples, strawberries, raspberries, grapes, blueberries and cherries in a
backyard, schoolyard, churchyard, or community center. Before you dig a row of holes and start planting your vision of an urban orchard, ensure satisfaction and success by learning what you can and should do in your setting.

Growing fruit in your community is the focus of The Community Orchard: Growing Fruit in the City Symposium. During the symposium you will address key questions about growing fruit, including: Is your location suitable for growing fruit? How much work and how long will it take to cultivate a sustainable orchard? What varieties are best for your site? Should you grow one type of fruit or multiple kinds? Where can you get plants? How do you grow them? Can they be grown organically? And just how much could you pick?

Bring a team from your organization, and by the end of the symposium, you will have the
information needed to create a viable and reasonable plan for your setting. The information offered during the symposium will also be appropriate for homeowners. Educators can receive continuing education hours for the symposium.


Emily Hoover, Ph.D., an expert in sustainable fruit production and Professor and Head of the Department of Horticultural Science at the University of Minnesota

Emily Tepe, Research Associate at the University of Minnesota and author of the UM Edible Landscape Blog

Kirsten Saylor, Executive Director of Gardening Matters.

April 23, 2011
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Morning calories, caffeine & registration at 8:30 AM
$30 members / $35 non-members

By phone: 952-443-1422
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