2019 Extension Gardener Workshop Series

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Interested in gardening? Learn about sustainable, science-based gardening practices from the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service.

Extension Master Gardener℠ training classes are a series of FREE 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 the use of fertilizers and pesticides, protecting water quality, increasing landscape biodiversity, and other goals.

Classes are offered each week for a period of seven weeks. Participants will have access to online printed resources from NC State Extension.

Classes are taught by Horticulture Agent Shannon Newton with support from the Master Gardener℠ volunteers (MGVs) of Hoke County. Shannon has been a horticultural professional for many years with both hands on and classroom experience. The Hoke EMGs are passionate gardeners from diverse backgrounds who have been trained by N.C. Cooperative Extension staff to help Hoke County residents with their gardening challenges.

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

Classes are taught at the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Hoke County Center (116 W Prospect Ave, Raeford, NC)

Class Schedule

Extension Gardener Class Date Time
Growing Vegetables from Seed March 21, 2019 10 a.m. to noon
Easy-to-Grow Fruits and Berries March 28, 2019 10 a.m. to noon
Sustainable Vegetable Gardening April 4, 2019 10 a.m. to noon
Growing and Preserving Culinary Herbs April 11, 2019 10 a.m. to noon
Plants for Living Landscapes including Natives- Perennials April 18, 2019 110 a.m. to noon
Plants for Living Landscapes including Natives – Trees and Shrubs April 25, 2019 10 a.m. to noon
Sustainable Lawns and Lawn Alternatives May 2, 2019 10 a.m. to noon

Register for the classes by calling the N.C. Cooperative Extension of Hoke County office at 910-875-3461.

Extension Master Gardener training classes are also a part of the Extension Master Gardener volunteer training program. For more information about the EMG program in Hoke County, or to learn how to become a Master Gardener, contact shannon_newton@ncsu.edu or call the N.C. Cooperative Extension of Hoke County at 910-875-3461.