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Community Gardening Series

Posted by on May 22, 2020 in News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners,

Rutgers Cooperative Extension is having a Community Gardening Lunch and Learn Series on Wednesdays May 27 – July 1 from noon to 1 pm.

Here is a flyer about the event with registration information:

Lunch and Learn Series Flyer

Hope you can join us!

Madeline

 

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Up Coming On-Line Continuing Education Opportunities

Posted by on May 22, 2020 in Continuing Education, News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners:

Here are some webinars you might be interested in virtually attending.   They can count for continuing ed units. Rutgers has waived the volunteer hour/continuing ed requirements for 2020, but you are more then welcome to attend.

If you have trouble with a link, please copy and paste it into your browser.

Rutgers Home Gardens School @ Home Edition

http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/HGSatHome/

Herbs for a Butterfly Garden

Date and Time: May 27, 2020; 1:00PM – 2:00PM

Instructor: Caren White

Registration Fee: $25.00 per person

Sustainable Beekeeping

Date and Time: June 9, 2020; 6:30PM – 7:30PM

Instructor: Mike Haberland

Registration Fee: $35.00 per person

 

Small Scale Queen Rearing

Date and Time: June 16, 2020; 6:30PM – 7:30PM

Instructor: Mike Haberland

Registration Fee: $35.00 per person

 

Earth Day at Home free webinar series is every Monday at 6:30pm. https://envirostewards.rutgers.edu/EarthDayatHome2020.html

Upcoming Schedule:

5/26/20 (Tuesday)- Reducing Plastic Waste- Casey Lippincott

6/1/20- Plant This Not That – Avoiding Invasives in Your Yard. Michele Bakacs

6/8/20- Exploring Your Watershed from Home- Sal Mangiafico

6/15/20- Backyard Composting 101 Michele Bakacs

6/22/20- Ticks and Lyme Disease Amy Rowe

6/29/20- Understanding the 2019 Harmful Algae Blooms in NJ Michael Haberland

 

RU Ready 2 Garden

Free events are listed at RCE of Middlesex County

http://www.middlesexcountynj.gov and on the NJAES Calendar

https://events.rutgers.edu/njaes/

 

RCE of Ocean County’s In the Know To Grow free series- Tuesdays evenings

Events are listed at https://ocean.njaes.rutgers.edu and on the NJAES Calendar https://events.rutgers.edu/njaes/

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 @ 6:00pm – 7:00pm -“Growing Vegetables in Containers”- Gene Cranmer, RMG

Click here to register:

https://rutgers.webex.com/rutgers/onstage/g.php?MTID=e3775cf683a2e3af806449cecbe7963c5

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 @ 6:30pm – 7:30pm- “The Best Deer Resistant Plants for Your Garden”- Irene Wanat, RMG

Click here to register:

https://rutgers.webex.com/rutgers/onstage/g.php?MTID=ee14cdeb903e138afbb9da394fd8358c4

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 @ 6:30pm – 7:30pm-“So, You Found an Orphaned or Injured Wild animal, What to Do Next”- Amelia Valente- 4-H Program Associate.

Click here to register:

https://rutgers.webex.com/rutgers/onstage/g.php?MTID=ee0d1c68426a759cd1b940fdc18a09688

Enjoy!

Madeline

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Better Impact

Posted by on May 21, 2020 in News and Events

Hi Master Gardeners,

Just an additional note about the Better Impact sign up process, once you submit your application you will receive an email saying it was submitted. Once I approve your application you will be able to log in your volunteer hours.

Thanks!

Madeline

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Better Impact

Posted by on May 20, 2020 in News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners,

The topic of our May Monthly meeting was “How to Use Better Impact” the volunteer management software Master Gardeners through-out the state are using to record their hours and sign up for volunteer activities.

We are asking all of our volunteers to sign up for the Better Impact program and complete an updated application form.  I have attached a PDF copy of  the presentation from our meeting. I will be offering additional training opportunities.

Better Impact Training Union

Please take some time to complete the  application for active Master Gardeners (not the new class application)  and you can input any volunteer hours you have not submitted to Tamisha.  Once we return to our regular office hours, Tamisha will be able to help you and will also be adding your historic hours once you complete the application.   If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at mflahive@ucnj.org.

The class of 2019 and 2020 are already existing users in Better Impact.  You can click on “forgot user name or password” if you need that information.  Tamisha has inputted the class of 2019 hours as of September 2019.

Ready to go?

Please COPY  this short URL address into your browser:  http://bttr.im/ropbw

When we are permitted to gradually return to our in person volunteer opportunities, the scheduling activities options will be added.  We will let you know by our internal MG website announcements.

Thanks for all you do as Master Gardeners!

Madeline

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May Monthly Meeting “How to Use Better Impact” Wed May 20 7:30 pm

Posted by on May 18, 2020 in Continuing Education, News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners,

Our May monthly meeting will be about “How to Use Better Impact” a program that Master Gardeners through-out the state have been using to record their volunteer hours and schedule signing up for volunteer activities.   The meeting will be held via WebEx Training.  You will not need to pre-register – please follow the instructions below to join us via your computer or phone.

Madeline Flahive Di Nardo invites you to participate as an attendee in the following online training session:

Topic: Master Gardener Monthly Meeting

Host: Madeline Flahive Di Nardo

Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Time: 7:30 pm, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)

Session number: 191 314 276

Session password: 3PbSEMN44zY

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To join the training session

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  1. Go to https://rutgers.webex.com/rutgers/k2/j.php?MTID=tda4029cda29696a6b87cb37a5546ffcf
  2. Enter your name and email address.
  3. Enter the session password: 3PbSEMN44zY
  4. Click “Join Now”.
  5. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen.

To view in other time zones or languages, please click the link

https://rutgers.webex.com/rutgers/k2/j.php?MTID=t255fc99bb8f5951832a687f73e841a1a

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To join the session by phone only

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To receive a call back, provide your phone number when you join the training session, or call the number below and enter the access code.

USA Toll:+1-650-429-3300

Global call-in numbers: https://rutgers.webex.com/rutgers/globalcallin.php?MTID=t09bc8be4f884b02d808a900894193e9f

Access code: 191 314 276

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For assistance

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Can’t join the training session?

https://collaborationhelp.cisco.com/article/qg8vzfb

To add this session to your calendar program (for example Microsoft Outlook), click this link:

https://rutgers.webex.com/rutgers/k2/j.php?MTID=ta122fc85057e98749904c4b161c5bc1e

https://www.webex.com

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Message from Madeline

Posted by on May 17, 2020 in News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners,

Today would have been our annual Spring Garden Fair.  I always look forward to the fair, because for me it’s like a big family reunion.  Just wanted to let you know I am thinking of all of you today, and everyday.   Hope you, your family and friends are all doing well.

All the best,

Madeline

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The Executive Board is Seeking Nominations for the Wesley Philo Award

Posted by on May 9, 2020 in News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners,

The Executive Board is currently accepting nominations for our Wesley Philo Award for volunteer excellence. This award is named in honor of our first MG President, Wesley Philo. Wes Philo, was an active volunteer and leader with many organizations, in addition to the Master Gardeners of Union County.

In 2009 the Union County Executive Board created this award to recognize one individual in our Master Gardener organization. Presented annually, to a volunteer who best exemplifies excellence in volunteerism, and dedication to the Master Gardeners of Union County through their actions, commitment, and loyalty.

Nominees must exemplify the spirit of community service, demonstrate exceptional commitment, service or leadership, and serve as role models for others in their community and “Inspire By Example.”

Eligibility: Certified active master Gardener
with a minimum of 500 volunteer hours to the MG program. The list of eligible MGers with 500 hours of service is at the end of this article.

Previous recipients were: 2009 thru 2019
2009 Walter Pommnitz, 2010 Larry Verdicchio, 2011 Joanne Krueger, 2012 Katherine Sabatino, 2013 Cindy Coppa , 2014 Caryl Hannemann,2015 TJ Karns, 2016 James Keane, 2017 Ruth Yablonsky, 2018 Mary Krauss, 2019 Norma Cohen

Nomination Process: Any fellow Master Gardener in good standing, Master Gardener Committee Heads, Executive Board Members, RCE staff, or the County Agent, may submit nominations.
To nominate an individual, please complete a “Wesley Philo Award for Volunteer Excellence Nomination Form.” Fill out a separate form for each volunteer nominated. Please be sure to provide all information requested.

Please click on the link for Wesley Philo Nomination Form:

Nomination-Form-Wesley-Philo-Award

Deadline for Submissions:
Please send your completed forms by May 31, 2020
To Althea Llewellyn, Master Gardeners of Union County-President
by email – AltheaL746@gmail.com

Eligible Master Gardeners:
DOLORES BATZ-CULP
MARGARET BEACH
DEBORAH BERMAN
RICHARD BOTTINO
MARLENE BOYD
DORIS CHAMBERLAIN
CHRISTINE DEC
KATHRYN DEFILLIPO
DEBORAH DI MAGGIO
STACEY DRAPER
SHIRLEY DREW
BARBARA GIGON
RENATE GORDON
JOANN GORNOWSKI
IRENE GREENSTEIN
RICHARD GREENSTEIN
IRENE GROTTANO
ERIC HAMBERG
ALFRED HANNEMANN
NANCY HAYES
TINA HELMSTETTER
LINDA HENRY
WILLIAM HOPKINS
JOAN HORN
KENNETH ILGAVIZIS
JEAN KAHAN
MARY KENT
JOYCE LAUDISE
RICHARD LEISTER
PATRICIA LEONARD
HELEN LUECKE
ROBERT MAISANO
JANE MANNIELLO
CAROL MARQUARDT
CHARLOTTE MELING
TERTIA MOORE
BRIDGET MRACEK
KAREN MULVIHILL
DEBRA NAHA
DR. JANE NORTON
SHARON PRYOR
DAVID REGAL
MARY ROBERTS
DENISE ROTHSTEIN
ROSEMARY SHIRE
SERENA SMITH
MARY STEWART
DEAN TALCOTT
FRED TAYLOR
SUSAN THOMSON
CAROL WALCZUK
LORRAINE WALLACE
LAURIE WESTRA
JANICE WHITNEY
JOAN WITTERSCHEIN

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May Newsletter

Posted by on May 5, 2020 in News and Events, Newsletters and Bulletins

Hello Master Gardeners !

Here is our May Newsletter:

May 2020 MG Newsletter (1)

This month features:

  • Virtual Learning Opportunities
  • Updates on the Trex Program and the Demonstration Garden
  • Interesting Articles
  • Social Distancing Tips from the Birds!

Enjoy!

Madeline

 

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