What Master Gardeners Do – Our Office

Extension Master Gardeners staff an office at 721 Foster Street to help homeowners with gardening questions.  Pictured below, Master Gardeners work with Extension Horticultural Agent Michelle Wallace to diagnose tomato problems brought in by a Durham resident.IMG_0473

The office is an interesting place to volunteer, since you never know what kinds of questions you’ll hear. Sometimes there are are easy answers, while other problems require research and collaboration.

Are you interested in becoming a Extension Master Gardener Volunteer in 2015? Please plan to attend one of our information sessions to be held at 721 Foster St. 

• September 9th, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
• September 18th, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
• September 23rd, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
• October 2nd, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
• October 7th, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon

Call 919-560-0525 to register for an information session.

What Master Gardeners Do – Media Edition

Are you interested in becoming a Extension Master Gardener Volunteer in 2015? Please plan to attend one of our information sessions to be held at 721 Foster St. 

• September 9th, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
• September 18th, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
• September 23rd, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
• October 2nd, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
• October 7th, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon

Master Gardeners do more than just answer questions in person. Our volunteers use various media outlets to share information. Here are a few:

Durham Master Gardeners who enjoy writing can submit articles to our wonderful newsletter. Each month, editors Kit Flynn and Barbara Goodman collect submissions, write, and put together an interesting publication. The September 2014 issue can be found here.

In addition, this blog accepts submissions and suggestions from volunteers. We welcome short, research-based articles of general interest to anyone growing plants in the Triangle area.

Master Gardener Volunteers have a weekly radio show, Getting Dirty with the Durham County Extension Master Gardeners. The show airs every Tuesday at 2 PM on WCOM 103.5 FM. The Getting Dirty team of Lise Jenkins, Harold Johnson, and Charles Murphy, discuss a variety of topics each week. In this photo, Harold is at the mic.

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Durham Master Gardeners also create videos. In this YouTube channel, Durham County volunteers produced these videos for the Soil Solutions curriculum for teachers. Our volunteers have also produced video content for the NC A&T Community Gardens channel on YouTube.

There are many exciting ways to get involved with the community as an Extension Master Gardener Volunteer!

What Master Gardeners Do: Presentations

Extension Master Gardeners conduct information sessions and give presentations to the public on a range of gardening topics. Our Speakers’ Bureau can discuss topics in formats suitable for large or small groups, and for adult audiences or children. Many presentations and seminars have hands-on components.

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If you would like a Master Gardener Volunteer to present to your group, please email or call the Master Gardener Office – contact information is located in the sidebar of this blog.

Are you interested in becoming a Extension Master Gardener Volunteer in 2015? Please plan to attend one of our information sessions to be held at 721 Foster St. 

• September 9th, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
• September 18th, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
• September 23rd, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
• October 2nd, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
• October 7th, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon

Photos: Lise Jenkins, Leanna Murphy Dono

What We Do – Growing Edition

Are you interested in becoming a Extension Master Gardener Volunteer in 2015? Please plan to attend one of our information sessions to be held at 721 Foster St. 

• September 9th, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
• September 18th, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
• September 23rd, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
• October 2nd, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
• October 7th, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon

We do more than answering questions. There are plenty of opportunities to get your hands dirty as a Master Gardener Volunteer! Durham Extension Master Gardener Volunteers volunteer to help maintain the community garden at Briggs Avenue.  Pictured below, Master Gardeners work to install an irrigation system at the Briggs Ave Garden.

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Members Margaret Lee, Gregory Farrington, Barbara Goodman, Wanda Crutchfield, Sara Parsons, and Jean Findley are shown below after spreading mulch at the Demonstration Garden located at the Cooperative Extension office building at 721 Foster Street. The Demonstration Garden includes shade beds, an herb garden, dry sunny areas, and more. All are labeled and maintained by volunteers.

 

 

 

 

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Thanks to Lise Jenkins and Wanda Crutchfield for the photos.

Farmers’ Market Week

Have you visited one of the Farmers’ Markets in Durham? This week is Farmers’ Market Week, so why not make a trip? Support local agriculture and add some delicious items to your menu. A list of some Farmers’ Markets can be found on the official Durham website, or check the Growing Small Farms site to search for growers-only farmers’ markets in surrounding counties. At two Durham markets, the Ask a Master Gardener booth operates at certain times each month.

Durham Farmers’ Market

Master Gardener Volunteers are available to answer questions at The Durham Farmers Market on the 3rd Saturday of each month from April-November between 8 am and noon.  During June, July and August, we are at the Wednesday market 3:30-6:30 pm
The market is located at 501 Foster Street Durham, NC 27701
(just 2 blocks from the extension office

South Durham Farmers’ Market

Master Gardeners are also available at the South Durham Farmers Market on the last Saturday of the month between 8 am -12.  South Durham Farmers Market is located in Greenwood Commons Shopping Center, corner of NC 55 and Sedwick Road.

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In these photos, Master Gardener Volunteers Jennifer Corser and Maggie Dolbow are ready to provide information and answers to visitors to the South Durham Farmers’ Market. The Ask a Master Gardener booth is stocked with seasonally relevant handouts (check out our Fall Gardening resources this month) and soil test kits. Bring your questions – we are happy to help.

Are you interested in becoming a Extension Master Gardener Volunteer in 2015? Please plan to attend one of our information sessions to be held at 721 Foster St. 

• September 9th, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
• September 18th, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
• September 23rd, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
• October 2nd, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
• October 7th, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon

-Ann Barnes

Thanks to Sharon Campen for the photos