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Home Gardeners School @Home Presents

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Course Code: AH0201WA22

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Date & Time

February 26, 2022
8:00am - 1:00pm EST

Please join the online conference at 8:00am EST if you'd like to take part in the Garden Jeopardy! trivia game. Please be sure to join the conference no later than 8:15, to make sure you are ready to go for the first workshop session at 8:30.

Please Note: All workshop selections will made by selecting the Zoom breakout room of your choice during the event. You do not need to select workshops at the time of registration!

Description

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Photo courtesy of Jane Hurwitz

Home Gardeners School provides expert instruction in a variety of classic and innovative gardening and landscaping subjects!

Whether you are a Master Gardener or don't yet know the digging end of a trowel, the 2022 Home Gardeners School @Home has something for you! This year's online conference will be made up of 15 individual workshop sessions covering a wide array of horticulture topics and experience levels. This format allows you to select the workshops that are most relevant to your gardening interests and create your own customized schedule for a fun day of learning.

This year's speakers include some familiar faces as well as some new ones! We invited professionals in the horticultural, ecological and landscape design industry, faculty from Rutgers Cooperative Extension, and expert home gardeners with unique experience and skill sets. Their instruction will provide you with valuable tips that come from decades of academic studies, scientific research, and hands-on failures and successes in their own gardens.

The workshops are designed to inspire and prepare you for the growing season ahead. This year's topics include soil building and composting, vegetable garden planning and design, butterfly gardening, fruit for the small garden, community gardening, beneficial native plants, mushroom cultivation, pruning, and much more. You may have a hard time choosing which sessions to attend!

Don't worry; there is no need to decide which workshops you want to attend now. On the day of the event, you can pick one workshop for each of the three time slots by selecting the Zoom breakout room of your choice. Plus, there is no concern for any topic filling up.

For a greener thumb, register today!


See What's New for 2022!


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Author, Editor, Radio/TV Host Mike McGrath to Give Keynote Address and Teach New Workshop


We are excited to announce that Mike McGrath, the renowned radio/TV host and gardening guru, will be at the Home Gardeners School this year! He will deliver an entertaining and informative keynote speech titled "Vegetable Gardening: My 50/50 Theory." Mike will also be teaching a new workshop, "Bending is for Chumps: Ergonomic Tips for Seniors (and whoever is tired of back pain)." Learn more about Mike and his show, You Bet Your Garden.


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Garden Jeopardy! with Steve Kristoph


During the initial log-in period between 8:00 and 8:30, we will play Garden Jeopardy! to quiz your gardening knowledge! High scorers will receive small prizes and big satisfaction. If you do not intend to play Garden Jeopardy!, please log in to the conference no later than 8:15.


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Break Session Added to Schedule of Events


New for this year, we are adding in a "break" session to the schedule, so that attendees may get up from their computers to take a breather from Zoom, or alternatively, take part in an interactive discussion with other gardeners on a topic of interest.

 




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Workshop "Rooms" Organized by Level of Gardening Expertise


Each workshop is presented in a virtual "room." While attendees are welcome to select any workshops they want, Room A is a designated Beginner room, where topics presented would be suitable for a new gardener. Room E will have topics more suited for gardeners with some experience already who are interested in exploring more advanced topics. The workshops presented in Rooms B, C, and D would be of interest to beginning and experienced gardeners alike!


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Home Gardeners School Schedule of Events

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8:00 AM - 8:30 AM - Log In, Garden Jeopardy, Tech Help and Instructions

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM - Workshop Session #1

Session 1 Workshop Choices include the following. Scroll down this page for full descriptions and speaker bios.

  • Beyond Beauty: An Introduction to Multifaceted Perennial Garden Plants
  • Current Status of Emerald Ash Borer and Spotted Lanternfly in NJ
  • Fruits for the Small Garden
  • Trees and Shrubs for the Discerning Gardener
  • Planning Your Vegetable Garden for a Season Long Harvest

9:40 – 10:10 AM - Keynote Speech by Mike McGrath - "Vegetable Gardening: My 50/50 Theory"

10:20 – 11:20 AM - Workshop Session #2

Session 2 Workshop Choices include the following. Scroll down this page for full descriptions and speaker bios.

  • Soil Health for the Home Garden
  • Bending is for Chumps: Ergonomic Tips for Seniors (and whoever is tired of back pain)
  • Pruning Fruit Trees, Shrubs, and Vines
  • Great NJ Native Perennials for Pollinators
  • Color Throughout the Year

11:30 AM – 11:50 AM - Break/Exhibitor Breakout/Discussion Breakout "Tables"

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - Workshop Session #3

Session 3 Workshop Choices include the following. Scroll down this page for full descriptions and speaker bios.

  • The Basics of Butterfly Gardening
  • Tomatoes from Start to Finish
  • The Adventure Begins: Growing Mushrooms At Home
  • Growing Gardeners: One Town's Community Garden Story
  • Advanced Composting and Soil Building Techniques
Home Gardeners School Workshop Choices

Click on any workshop title to view the description and speaker information.

Each attendee will be able to attend their choice of three (3) workshops – one during Session #1, one during Session #2, and one during Session #3. Workshop selections will be made on the day of the event.

Session #1 - 8:30am - 9:30am

Photo collage representing gardening workshops presented in Session 1
Session 1, Room A: Beyond Beauty - An Introduction to Multifaceted Perennial Garden Plants

Workshop Description:

While a lush perennial garden in bloom may be primarily recognized for its visual appeal, many plant selections can also provide benefits beyond aesthetics. Join Lauren Errickson as she shares the ecological, edible, and traditional medicinal uses of some of her favorite perennial garden plants. You might just find yourself making room to include them in your own garden this spring!

Instructor: Lauren Errickson – Director, Rutgers Gardens, Rutgers University

Lauren Errickson, Home Gardeners School @Home Workshop InstructorLauren Errickson is the newly appointed Director of Rutgers Gardens, the university’s 180-acre botanic garden, where she looks forward to engaging with people, plants, and ecology to further the Rutgers land grant mission of teaching, research, and service in the 21st Century. Previously, Lauren served as a Senior Program Administrator with Rutgers Cooperative Extension. Her responsibilities included coordinating initiatives focused on improving healthy food access and increasing urban green space through community gardens.

Together with her husband Bill Errickson, Lauren operated a horse-powered vegetable, fruit, flower, and herb farm in rural Maine, where she co-founded a farmers market and local foods cooperative before joining RCE. Lauren has also worked in the non-profit sector coordinating ecological and agricultural education programs. She holds a M.S. degree in Natural Resources from the University of New Hampshire and a B.S. degree in Environmental Studies from Stockton University, and is nearing completion of her Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences at Rutgers University.

Session 1, Room B: Current Status of Emerald Ash Borer and Spotted Lanternfly in NJ

Workshop Description:

The Emerald Ash Borer and Spotted Lanternfly are two invasive insects in a long list of invasive pests that have established themselves here in the Garden State. Dr. Hamilton’s talk will provide a brief history of their introduction into the United States and information on their status here in New Jersey. He will also discuss the impact they are having in the state and ways being used to manage each pest.

Instructor: Dr. George Hamilton – Dept. of Entomology, Rutgers University

Dr. George Hamilton, Home Gardeners School @Home Workshop InstructorDr. Hamilton received his Ph.D. in Entomology in 1985 from Rutgers University and immediately joined the Rutgers faculty as an extension specialist in pest management to coordinate New Jersey's Pesticide Applicator Training and Pesticide Impact Assessment Programs. In 1998, Dr. Hamilton became the statewide IPM coordinator for New Jersey and was involved in reorganizing that program. He is currently the chair of the Department of Entomology at Rutgers. During his thirty-year career, Dr. Hamilton has authored over 200 extension and research publications that include numerous pesticide safety related fact sheets, chapters in state based pesticide recommendation guides and pesticide training manuals used by private and commercial applicators to prepare for state based pesticide licensing exams.

Dr. Hamilton's research interests have included working with Colorado potato beetle and alternative ways to control this pest, the use of hymenopteran parasitoids for the control of euonymus scale and the use of companion flower plantings to attract natural enemies for control purposes. His current research program centers on the biology, ecology and management of the brown marmorated stink bug, which he has worked on since 2004 and the spread of spotted lanternfly in New Jersey. Visit https://entomology.rutgers.edu/personnel/george-hamilton.html to learn more.

Session 1, Room C: Fruits for the Small Garden

Workshop Description:

Gardens are smaller these days, but - as Europeans have known for centuries - a small garden is no impediment to fruit growing. Lowbush blueberries, currants, gooseberries, and super dwarf apples are among the fruits that visually and proportionally fit well into small gardens. This lecture will present the fruits and growing techniques needed to reap delectable rewards from spaces as small as a balcony to as "large" as a small suburban yard.

Instructor: Dr. Lee Reich – Author, Educator, and Consultant

Dr. Lee Reich, Home Gardeners School @Home Workshop InstructorLee Reich, PhD is an avid farmdener (more than a gardener, less than a farmer) with graduate degrees in soil science and horticulture. After working in plant and soil research with the USDA and Cornell University, he shifted gears and turned to writing, lecturing, and consulting. His books include A Northeast Gardener's Year, The Pruning Book, Weedless Gardening, Uncommon Fruits for Every Garden, Landscaping With Fruit, and Grow Fruit Naturally. He writes regularly for a number of gardening magazines and his syndicated gardening column for Associated Press appears biweekly from coast to coast. His farmden has been featured in such publications as the New York Times and Martha Stewart Living, has won awards from National Gardening and Organic Gardening magazines, and has been included in "Open Days" tours of the Garden Conservancy. Visit https://www.leereich.com to learn more.

Session 1, Room D: Trees and Shrubs for the Discerning Gardener

Workshop Description:

If you're looking for something unique and special to fill in that one (or two) spots in your garden, this is the lecture for you. Steven will highlight those plants with the "wow" factor that will add beauty and interest to your garden, making it stand out amongst all others!

Instructor: Steven Kristoph, Steven Kristoph Nursery and P. Steven Kristoph Garden Design

Steven Kristoph, Home Gardeners School @Home Workshop InstructorSteven Kristoph received his Bachelor and Master's degrees in horticulture from Rutgers University. He owns and operates a nursery in Millstone Township of Monmouth County NJ where he grows many types of ornamental trees, shrubs and herbaceous perennials. He has also been an adjunct instructor at Rutgers for over 40 years. Steve is passionate about plants and likes to share this with others. Plant walks with him are always an adventure. Taking time to smell all the roses is important to him and you can bet if there's indumentum on a rhododendron leaf close by, it's likely to get a gentle caress.

Visit http://www.pstevenkristoph.com to learn more.


Session 1, Room E: Planning Your Vegetable Garden for a Season Long Harvest

Workshop Description:

Many of us have the traditional New Jersey summer vegetable gardens of tomatoes, peppers and eggplant from May to September, but with a little bit of planning you can be harvesting produce from April through December! Find out how to plan you garden so you can add cool weather crops to your rotation in spring and fall, extending your harvest by many months!

Instructor: Virginia Lamb, Groundwork Education and Consulting

Virginia Lamb, Home Gardeners School @Home Workshop InstructorVirginia Lamb, Groundwork Education and Consulting, is an Environmental Educator with over 25 years' experience in recycling, composting, soil health, and organic gardening. She has a BA in Environmental Studies from Stockton University and an MS in Soil Science from UMass Amherst. Virginia worked as recycling coordinator for many years for Galloway Township and Monmouth County NJ, and has been a freelance educator/consultant since 2000, working with schools, companies, governments, environmental/community groups, and garden clubs/community gardens throughout the region.

A long time gardener and composter, Virginia is passionate about sustainably produced food and the power it has to transform health and communities. She is a board member of the NJ Composting Council's Organics Recycling Foundation (NJORF), as well as a member of their Education and Outreach Committee. Virginia also serves on the NRCS Soil Health Technical Advisory Committee for NJ and on the NJ Climate Change Alliance Organics Working Group. Visit https://www.groundworkec.com to learn more.


Session #2 - 10:20am - 11:20am

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Session 2, Room A: Soil Health for the Home Garden

Workshop Description:

Soil health is defined as the continued capacity of soil to function as a vital living ecosystem that sustains plants, animals, and humans. Maintaining soil health is an essential component of a productive and thriving garden that is more resistant to disease and abiotic stress. This presentation will highlight the important ecological roles of soil organisms as they relate to the physical and chemical properties of soil in the home garden. Topics will include proper methods of soil testing, optimizing soil fertility, and practices to support soil organism biodiversity through increasing soil organic matter.

Instructor: Bill Errickson – Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent, Monmouth County, Rutgers Cooperative Extension

Bill Errickson, Home Gardeners School @Home Workshop InstructorBill Errickson is the Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent for Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Monmouth County. Bill holds a Master's degree in Soil Science from the University of New Hampshire and is completing a Doctoral degree in Plant Biology from Rutgers University. He has led courses focused on sustainable soil management for commercial growers, home gardeners, and college students throughout New Jersey and New England. Before joining Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Bill co-owned and operated a certified organic, horse-powered vegetable farm and nursery in coastal Maine. His current programmatic areas include supporting the NJ nursery and landscape industries in their efforts to promote native plants and ecological landscaping practices, and helping to educate the next generation of growers through the RU Ready to Farm: Beginner Farmer Training Program.

Session 2, Room B: Bending is for Chumps - Ergonomic Tips for Seniors (and whoever is tired of back pain)

Workshop Description:

As we get older (or just plain smarter), we become more and more aware that bending and kneeling to care for smallish plants in raised beds takes some of the fun out of gardening (and our lower back, knees, hips…). So reserve those in-ground beds for garlic and tomato growing and learn the benefits of growing plants like herbs, peppers, eggplant, etc. at a height you can handle!

Instructor: Mike McGrath – Author, Editor, Radio/TV Host

Cartoon image of Mike McGrath, Home Gardeners School @Home Workshop InstructorMike McGrath is host of the Nationally Syndicated Public Radio and Television show (and podcast!), You Bet Your Garden. An hour of "chemical-free horticultural hijinks," this lively program has been presented by Lehigh Valley Public Media since 2018, following a 20 year run on WHYY in Philadelphia. Mike’s popular "Question of the Week" feature appears in print every week at the Gardens Alive! website.

From 1993 through 1997, Mike was the regular gardening expert on the weekend edition of The Today Show, Saturday mornings on NBC. He has also appeared on Nova, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, PBS Healthweek, CNN, FOX, and as a regular contributor on the weekly PBS TV series Your Organic Garden and the Discovery Channel's Home Matters. He won four Consecutive "Best of Show" awards at the Philadelphia Flower Show in the mid-nineties and now appears there in some shape or form every year.

Mike is the former Editor-in-Chief of Organic Gardening magazine, a contributing editor and columnist for Greenprints magazine, and author of various gardening books, including The Kitchen Garden Box: Save & Sow Seeds of Your Favorite Vegetables, Mike McGrath's Book of Compost, Kitchen Garden A to Z, You Bet Your Tomatoes!, and the brand new Mini Book of Raised Beds and Composting.

In his {cough; ahem} 'spare time', he grows garlic, tomatoes, peppers, salad greens, more cane fruits than you might suspect exist. and a pair of Birds of Paradise he has managed to keep alive since they were exhibited at the 1997 Philadelphia Flower Show. He loves pinball, follows baseball (Go Phillies!), and will not eat lima beans.

Session 2, Room C: Pruning Fruit Trees, Shrubs, and Vines

Workshop Description:

Correct and timely pruning is the key to keeping apples, peaches, grapes, blueberries, and other fruiting plants healthy and productive and bearing the tastiest fruits. Learn the how and—importantly—the why of pruning these plants in their young, developing stage and then as they mature and bear fruits. We'll also go over how to bring a neglected, old plant back to its former, luscious glory.

Instructor: Dr. Lee Reich – Author, Educator, and Consultant

Dr. Lee Reich, Home Gardeners School @Home Workshop InstructorLee Reich, PhD is an avid farmdener (more than a gardener, less than a farmer) with graduate degrees in soil science and horticulture. After working in plant and soil research with the USDA and Cornell University, he shifted gears and turned to writing, lecturing, and consulting. His books include A Northeast Gardener's Year, The Pruning Book, Weedless Gardening, Uncommon Fruits for Every Garden, Landscaping With Fruit, and Grow Fruit Naturally. He writes regularly for a number of gardening magazines and his syndicated gardening column for Associated Press appears biweekly from coast to coast. His farmden has been featured in such publications as the New York Times and Martha Stewart Living, has won awards from National Gardening and Organic Gardening magazines, and has been included in "Open Days" tours of the Garden Conservancy. Visit https://www.leereich.com to learn more.

Session 2, Room D: Great NJ Native Perennials for Pollinators

Workshop Description:

With the decline of native pollinators, native plants have never been more essential in your garden. Turn your landscape into a Pollinator Victory Garden with some exceptional NJ native perennials that are pollinator favorites. Learn which pollinators each plant attracts and the optimal site conditions for planting.

Instructor: Kim Eierman, Founder, EcoBeneficial LLC, Environmental Horticulturist and Ecological Landscape Designer, Author

Kim Eierman, Home Gardeners School @Home Workshop InstructorKim Eierman is the Founder of EcoBeneficial LLC. She is an environmental horticulturist and ecological landscape designer specializing in native plants. Based in New York, Kim teaches at the New York Botanical Garden, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, The Native Plant Center, Rutgers Home Gardeners School and several other institutions. Kim is an active speaker nationwide on many ecological landscape topics, presenting for industry conferences, "green events," Master Gardener groups, garden clubs, nature centers, Audubon Society chapters, beekeeping groups, and other organizations interested in environmental improvements. Kim also provides horticultural consulting and landscape design to homeowners and commercial clients.

In addition to being a Certified Horticulturist through the American Society for Horticultural Science, Kim is an Accredited Organic Landcare Professional, a Steering Committee member of The Native Plant Center, and a member of The Ecological Landscape Alliance and Garden Communicators International. Kim is the author of the new book, The Pollinator Victory Garden: Win the War on Pollinator Decline with Ecological Gardening. Visit https://www.ecobeneficial.com to learn more.

Session 2, Room E: Color Throughout the Year

Workshop Description:

Color is an integral part of every garden and landscape. Choosing an assortment of herbaceous and woody plants can provide color year-round. In this workshop intended for the experienced gardener, Steven will discuss a number of plant varieties that will provide color and dimension to your yard.

Instructor: Steven Kristoph, Steven Kristoph Nursery and P. Steven Kristoph Garden Design

Steven Kristoph, Home Gardeners School @Home Workshop InstructorSteven Kristoph received his Bachelor and Master's degrees in horticulture from Rutgers University. He owns and operates a nursery in Millstone Township of Monmouth County NJ where he grows many types of ornamental trees, shrubs and herbaceous perennials. He has also been an adjunct instructor at Rutgers for over 40 years. Steve is passionate about plants and likes to share this with others. Plant walks with him are always an adventure. Taking time to smell all the roses is important to him and you can bet if there's indumentum on a rhododendron leaf close by, it's likely to get a gentle caress.

Visit http://www.pstevenkristoph.com to learn more.


Session #3 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Photo collage representing gardening workshops presented in Session 3
Session 3, Room A: The Basics of Butterfly Gardening

Workshop Description:

With the decline of native pollinators, native plants have never been more essential in your garden. Turn your landscape into a Pollinator Victory Garden with some exceptional NJ native perennials that are pollinator favorites. Learn which pollinators each plant attracts and the optimal site conditions for planting.

Instructor: Jane Hurwitz – Author, Editor

Jane Hurwitz, Home Gardeners School @Home Workshop InstructorTrained as an agronomist and working for nearly two decades for the North American Butterfly Association (NABA), Jane Hurwitz has extensive experience observing and writing about the interface of gardens and insects, with a special interest in butterflies. In 2018, Princeton University Press published her most recent book, Butterfly Gardening: The North American Butterfly Association Guide, a lavishly illustrated volume which presents essential information on how to choose and cultivate plants that will attract a range of butterflies to your garden and help sustain all the stages of their life cycles. Jane is a frequent speaker on butterflies, native plants, and gardening. She was executive editor of the NABA periodical Butterfly Gardener from 2011 to 2020.

Visit https://janehurwitz.com to learn more.

Session 3, Room B: Tomatoes from Start to Finish

Workshop Description:

The Tomato is an ancient plant that over the course of three centuries became the most beloved fruit of the American people. The story of how this non-descript vine from the Andean foothills of South America made its way into the hearts, minds, menus, and gardens of America and the world is a story of mythological proportions. The nonsensical beliefs that led Americans to be revolted by the fruit eventually dissipated because of the commitment of one man, the passion of another, and the great adventure of discovery that they and their friends shared. It is a story that is as captivating as the luscious fruit itself! This lecture will cover the secrets of successfully growing tomatoes from planting the seeds, to nurturing the vines, to fighting tomato pests and diseases, and finally to harvesting

Instructor: Barbara Melera – President, Harvesting History

Barbara Melera, Home Gardeners School @Home Workshop InstructorBarbara Melera is president of Harvesting History, a horticultural company founded in 2016 to provide its customers with the finest quality horticultural and agricultural products available today. Its horticultural and agricultural products are largely heirloom varieties that can be reliably offered to customers year after year or designs that have proven invaluable to gardeners for generations. Wherever possible, Harvesting History offers products Made in the USA.

For 13 years, Ms. Melera was president and CEO of The D. Landreth Seed Company, the oldest seedhouse in America, established in 1784, and the fourth oldest US corporation. Ms. Melera has dedicated time as a community volunteer holding the positions of trustee/director/officer of The Greater Baltimore Committee, The Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties Committee, The Maryland Science Center, The Baltimore Development Corporation, The University of Maryland Baltimore County Board of Advisors and The Maryland Bioprocessing Center.

Ms. Melera holds a S.B. in Mathematics and Soviet Studies from MIT, an S.M. in Finance and the Management of Technology from the MIT Sloan School of Business, and an M.Ed. with a Reading Specialist's Certification from Northeastern University. Visit https://harvesting-history.com to learn more.

Session 3, Room C: The Adventure Begins - Growing Mushrooms At Home

Workshop Description:

This presentation will cover the basic life cycle of mushrooms that are primary decomposers. We will introduce you to the three easiest species to get started with at home, as well as three different approaches that you could use, depending on your backyard resources. Our goal is to acquaint you with the basic techniques you'll need to grow your first mushrooms and provide you with additional references to draw upon as you start your adventure!

Instructors: Dr. Alex Ireland and Dr. Alison Grantham – Radiant Mushrooms

Alex Ireland and Alison Grantham, Home Gardeners School @Home Workshop InstructorAlex Ireland and Alison Grantham are trained ecologists, gardeners, and parents. They have been growing, foraging, and learning about mushrooms as hobbyists for about 6 years.

In 2020, they launched Radiant Mushrooms as a side business to explore the small farm dream and connect with their community around nutritious food.

Visit https://www.radiantmushrooms.com to learn more.



Session 3, Room D: Growing Gardeners - One Town's Community Garden Story

Workshop Description:

Join me as I share the story of how the Clinton Township Organic Community Garden was initiated in 2012 with 38 plots and an uncertain future, and how a group of committed gardeners worked together over the next ten years to turn it into a thriving community garden with over 120 plots, nearly 100 gardening families, a sturdy deer fence, a convenient watering system, storage sheds and tools for all, laying hens, honey bees, a children's educational garden, yoga classes, social events, and more. I will describe how we have been able to (generally) collaborate with our local government, find allies with local farmers and businesses to provide resources and donations, and coordinate the activities of hundreds of growers to create one of the most organized, well-managed, and beloved community gardens in the state.

Instructor: Nancy Slota – Garden Coordinator and Chairperson, Clinton Township Organic Community Garden

Nancy Slota, Home Gardeners School @Home Workshop InstructorMy journey to becoming the leader of a community garden happened quite by surprise. I had merely wanted to dig in the dirt and rediscover the sense of wonder that gardening brought me as a child. This hobby grew into a passion as I allowed opportunity to lead me in an unexpected direction. Along the way, with the support and help of others, I'm discovering purpose, making lifelong friends, and accomplishing something truly special for my community.








Session 3, Room E: Advanced Composting and Soil Building Techniques

Workshop Description:

Are you an experienced backyard composter looking to up your game? In this advanced class, we will go beyond the basics and talk about optimizing C:N ratio, methods and techniques to get compost more quickly, and testing options for finished compost. We will also go over other techniques for building soil health to promote healthy plants.

Instructor: Virginia Lamb, Groundwork Education and Consulting

Virginia Lamb, Home Gardeners School @Home Workshop InstructorVirginia Lamb, Groundwork Education and Consulting, is an Environmental Educator with over 25 years' experience in recycling, composting, soil health, and organic gardening. She has a BA in Environmental Studies from Stockton University and an MS in Soil Science from UMass Amherst. Virginia worked as recycling coordinator for many years for Galloway Township and Monmouth County NJ, and has been a freelance educator/consultant since 2000, working with schools, companies, governments, environmental/community groups, and garden clubs/community gardens throughout the region.

A long time gardener and composter, Virginia is passionate about sustainably produced food and the power it has to transform health and communities. She is a board member of the NJ Composting Council's Organics Recycling Foundation (NJORF), as well as a member of their Education and Outreach Committee. Virginia also serves on the NRCS Soil Health Technical Advisory Committee for NJ and on the NJ Climate Change Alliance Organics Working Group. Visit https://www.groundworkec.com to learn more.

Fees
Registration Fee $80.00  
Master Gardeners Discount Fee $75.00 Discount only offered to Master Gardeners. Email your certificate to registration@njaes.rutgers.edu when you register.
Cancellation Fee $35.00  

Substitutions are permitted. View cancellation policy.

Check/money order/purchase order payments should be made out to: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
And mailed to: Office of Continuing Professional Education
Attn: Registration Dept.
102 Ryders Ln, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8519

Meals

No meals will be provided at this course.

Accessing this Online Course (It's Easier Than You Think)

This conference will be delivered via Zoom. New to online learning? No problem! Taking an online course is more user-friendly than ever and we're here to help.

Registrants will receive an email with the Zoom link to access the conference by noon on Friday, February 25, 2022. They will also receive directions on downloading Zoom, Zoom functions, and accessing breakout rooms to participate in workshop sessions.

The day of the course, please log in to Zoom at 8:00am for a fun Garden Trivia game, announcements, directions on navigating to breakout rooms, and housekeeping details. Technical assistance will be on hand to help with any issues. The first workshop will begin promptly at 8:30am.

Equipment You Will Need to Access This Conference:

  • A computer, tablet, or smartphone
  • Microphone is optional, but not required. Having a microphone, however, will allow you to ask questions directly to the speakers, and to fully participate in the breakout discussion tables during the break. If you choose, you can use the "chat function" to type your questions and interact with the speakers.
  • Webcam is optional but not required
  • Speaker is optional but not required (you can listen to the presentation by dialing in on your phone if your computer does not have a speaker)

IMPORTANT: A UNIQUE EMAIL ADDRESS IS REQUIRED FOR EACH REGISTRANT TO ACCESS OUR ONLINE COURSES

  • If this is your first time registering with us, please provide your own unique email address when registering; do not provide an email address that you share with anyone else who will be registering for this course.

  • If you have previously taken classes with us and have used an email address that you share with others, your account must be updated with a unique email address. To do this, please send an email to registration@njaes.rutgers.edu stating that your email address needs to be changed and include:

    • Your full name
    • The shared email address that needs to be changed
    • Your unique email address
    • A phone number where you can be reached if we have any questions

Note: Pre-registration with payment is required.

We're Here to Help!

Please feel free to reach out to Amy Cook, program coordinator for this conference, at any time with questions! We want to make this a fun, informative, and interactive experience for all participants and are eager to help you in any way we can.

Email: ac1988@njaes.rutgers.edu
Phone: 848-932-7649

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