2019 Extension Gardener Workshop Series

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Interested in gardening?

Learn about sustainable, science-based gardening practices from N.C. Cooperative Extension

Extension Gardener classes are a series of lectures and hands-on workshops for home and community gardeners about how to grow vegetables, fruits, herbs, flowers, trees, shrubs, and more. Using the latest research in applied horticultural science from NC State Extension and other land grant institutions, participants will learn how to grow food sustainably and learn how to incorporate native plants into their landscape to support beneficial insects, birds, and other wildlife.

Classes emphasize environmentally-friendly practices, including improving soil health, reducing use of fertilizers and pesticides, protecting water quality, increasing landscape biodiversity, and other goals aligned with the Chatham County Comprehensive Plan.

Most classes are offered twice: once during the weekday, and again in the evening or on Saturdays. Each session costs $6 or $10, which includes light refreshments and covers costs associated with teaching and demonstration materials. Participants will have access to online and printed resources from NC State Extension.

Classes are taught by Horticulture Extension Agent Matt Jones, with support from the Extension Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) of Chatham County. Matt has a broad background in both horticulture and botany, and is an enthusiastic biology nerd. The Chatham MGVs are passionate gardeners from diverse backgrounds who have been trained by N.C. Cooperative Extension to help Chatham County residents with their gardening challenges.

While the information is researched-based, N.C. Cooperative Extension exists specifically to transfer knowledge to the citizens of North Carolina in a manner that is practical and easy to understand.

Classes are taught at the Chatham County Agriculture and Conference Center (1192 US 64 W Business in Pittsboro).

Class Schedule

Click on the name of the class for more information and how to register.

Extension Gardener Class Date (2019) Time Cost

Growing Vegetables from Seed

Feb. 6 10:00-12:30 $10

Growing Vegetables from Seed

Feb. 9 10:00-12:30 $10

Easy-to-Grow Fruits and Berries

Feb. 11 10:00-12:00 $6

Easy-to-Grow Fruits and Berries

Feb. 13 6:30-8:30 p.m. $6

Sustainable Vegetable Gardening

Feb. 16 9:00-12:00 $10

Sustainable Vegetable Gardening

Feb. 18 9:00-12:00 $10

Growing & Preserving Culinary Herbs

Mar. 11 10:00-12:00 $6

Growing & Preserving Culinary Herbs

Mar. 14 6:30-8:30 p.m. $6

Sustainable Lawns & Lawn Alternatives

Apr. 2 10:00-12:00 $6

Sustainable Lawns & Lawn Alternatives

Apr. 4 6:30-8:30 p.m. $6

Landscaping for Wildlife with Native Perennials

Apr. 16 10:00-12:00 $6

Landscaping for Wildlife with Native Perennials

Apr. 18 6:30-8:30 p.m. $6

Landscaping for Wildlife with Native Trees & Shrubs

Apr. 30 10:00-12:00 $10

Landscaping for Wildlife with Native Trees & Shrubs

May 2 6:30-8:30 p.m. $10

Fundamentals of Composting

Nov. 2 10:00-12:30 $6

Extension Gardener classes are also a part of the Extension Master Gardener Volunteer (SM) Training Program.

For questions, contact Matt Jones

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