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The Next Meeting of the Master Gardener Executive Board is March 7

Posted by on Feb 22, 2018 in News and Events

The next meeting of the Master Gardener Executive Board is March 7 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm.  The Master Gardener Communications Meeting will start at 7:30 pm at the RCE, 300 North Avenue East, Westfield, NJ.

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The Next MG Communications Meeting is Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Posted by on Feb 22, 2018 in News and Events

The next meeting of all Committee Chairs and the Executive Board will be held at 7:30 pm, Wednesday, March 7, in the meeting room of the RCE, 300 North Avenue East, Westfield, NJ. Everyone is invited to attend and discuss any concerns.

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Monthly Meeting Feb 21 – Change in Topic: The Trailside Sensory Trail

Posted by on Feb 20, 2018 in Continuing Education, News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners,

We be having a different topic for our February 21 monthly meeting. Patty Bertch, the Director of Trailside Nature and Science Center, will be speaking about the new Sensory Trail at Trailside.    The new trail will feature sensory gardens, ADA accessible trails, a Braille Trail with guidelines, musical components and nature themed-sensory play areas.  1.5 CEU credits will be offered for this program.  Hope to see  you there!  The meeting will begin at 7:30 at the RCE office.

Madeline

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Reminder: February Continuing Education Meeting- Discovering Union County Parks

Posted by on Feb 19, 2018 in News and Events

Join us on Wednesday, February 21, 7:30-9 pm, on the second floor of the Colleen Fraser building.

Ronald Zuber, Director of Union County Parks, will be our guest speaker.

Union County Parks are among the most heavily used recreational areas in the region, whether it’s for a soccer match at Warinanco Park or a hike through the Watchung Reservation.

Maintaining these parks and preserving them for future generations involves managing the wildlife populations

Learn about how the parks system, along with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, seeks to maintain an environmental balance in the parks that is healthy, both for wildlife and the habitats.

Hear about new, interesting projects.

Join us on Wednesday, February 7th, 7:30-9 pm on the second floor of the Colleen Fraser building, 300 North Ave, Westfield.

You are welcome to bring a guest for this event

RSVP  by emailing Tina Helmstetter at TinaMac208@gmail.com  or calling (908) 654-9854, option 2.

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February Newsletter

Posted by on Feb 7, 2018 in News and Events, Newsletters and Bulletins

Hello Master Gardeners,

It’s a good day to sit down with a cup of hot chocolate and read our February Master Gardener newsletter:

FEBRUARY 2018

This month’s features: Welcome Tamisha Hopkins, our new RCE office manager; Call for Volunteer Hours;  The 2018 MG Executive Board; Feature Articles; Demo Garden and Spring Garden Fair Updates and Upcoming Horticulture Events.

Madeline

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Continuing Education Programs

Posted by on Feb 6, 2018 in Continuing Education, News and Events

Happy New Continuing Education Year!

One of the requirements for maintaining your status as an active Master Gardener is to attend 10 hours of continuing education over the calendar year, starting the January after you graduate from the MG class.  So, Master Gardeners who graduated in Spring of 2017, would start to keep track of their continuing education hours this 2018  calendar year.  MG students currently enrolled in the class, are not required to participate in continuing education programs until after January of 2019.   New class members are welcome at programs.

Many programs that are approved for continuing education credits are free of charge.  Please do not feel that you have to pay for continuing education credits.  Some examples of free programs are our monthly meetings, joining us for MG class on Tuesday mornings, and workshops at our demonstration garden.  Tina Helmstetter is our continuing education chair.  If you have a program you think may qualify for continuing education please provide Tina with the information such as date, time , place, speaker and program description to have it added to the list:   Tinamac208@gmail.com.  Tina collates a list of programs, Madeline assigns CEU credits.  Not all programs qualify for CEUs.

Here are some upcoming events in Feb/March and early spring you may be interested in. (Please not that not all programs are approved for CEU’s, but you might be interested in attending)

CEU Classes Feb-Mar 2018

Madeline

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February Continuing Education Meeting- Discovering Union County Parks

Posted by on Feb 6, 2018 in News and Events

Join us on Wednesday, February 21, 7:30-9 pm, on the second floor of the Colleen Fraser building.

Ronald Zuber, Director of Union County Parks, will be our guest speaker.

Union County Parks are among the most heavily used recreational areas in the region, whether it’s for a soccer match at Warinanco Park or a hike through the Watchung Reservation.

Maintaining these parks and preserving them for future generations involves managing the wildlife populations

Learn about how the parks system, along with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, seeks to maintain an environmental balance in the parks that is healthy, both for wildlife and the habitats.

Hear about new, interesting projects.

Join us on Wednesday, February 7th, 7:30-9 pm on the second floor of the Colleen Fraser building, 

300 North Ave, Westfield.

You are welcome to bring a guest for this event!  RSVP  by emailing Tina Helmstetter at TinaMac208@gmail.com  or calling (908) 654-9854, option 2.

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Welcome Tamisha Hopkins, RCE Office Manager

Posted by on Jan 31, 2018 in News and Events

Please extend a warm welcome to our new office manager, Tamisha Hopkins. Tamisha joined us in January and has been working with all our RCE departments, 4-H, Family and Community Health Sciences and of course Agriculture & Natural Resources/ the Master Gardener Program.  Tamisha was an Administrative Assistant with our SNAP-Ed program and most recently worked with the Union County Division of Human Services.

Tamisha’s contact information is:

Tamisha Hopkins

RCE of Union County

300 North Avenue East

Westfield, NJ 07090

Phone: 908-654-9854 ext 2

Fax: 908- 518-7925 (Please call to let Tamisha know you are faxing)

Email: thopkins@ucnj.org

Please send Tamisha your volunteer hours for 2017. If you have sent them to the office since September, Tamisha and I have already inputted them into the volunteer hour database, so she is ready to accept new volunteer hours!

We look forward to working with Tamisha !

Madeline

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Rutgers Home Gardeners School, March 17, 2018

Posted by on Dec 12, 2017 in News and Events

Here’s the link: https://tinyurl.com/ycjnv3gv

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Correction to the Ballot for the Executive Board

Posted by on Dec 7, 2017 in News and Events

Please note that the ballot should list that Indira Govindan is nominated for Corresponding Secretary.

Terry Gibbons, nominated for Treasurer, is from the class of 2014.

 

My apologies for these errors.

Richard Leister

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