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Mutsu apples

 The Mutsu apples are ripe and ready! It is a large, green apple from Japan. They have a unique flavor and taste great in pies and as a snack. The trees also provided some excellent Asian pears—like the Chojiro, Shinko and Shinseiki.

Master Gardeners are always available for questions about your garden or landscape.

Also, this Saturday, August 15 at 8am Tamara Wynne will present a workshop on Helpful Fungi, Helpful Bacteria at the Research Center & Demonstration Orchard. The Center is located at 4600 Horse Drive, NLV 89131.


Available at the fruit tables:
◦Apples $2/lb.
◦Asian Pear $2/lb.
◦Okra (very few) $2/lb.
◦Apricots $2/lb.
◦Peaches (few) $2/lb.
◦Tomatoes (few) $2/lb.
◦Emerald Beauty Plums (some) $2/lb.
◦Yellow squash $1.50/lb.
•Zucchini $1.50/lb.
•Herbs—Basil, Parsley, Rosemary, Thyme, Oregano, Lavender, Fennel, Sage, Echinacea $2/handful

The Center is open Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 8am-12pm. The gates will be open at 7am due to the heat. 

Connecting Kids with Coverage LogoKids across the country are getting ready to go back to school—let’s make sure they start the year with health coverage!

Pencils? Check. Backpacks? Check. Haircut? Check.

This year, remind families to add health insurance to their Back-to-School to-do list. Help eligible kids and teens enroll.

University trained Master Gardeners assist and educate the community

Joy Mandekic tends to gardens

Master Gardener Joy Mandekic tends the Nathan Adelson Hospice Healing Gardens

Community volunteerism is the foundation for University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardener program. Individuals participate in a lengthy training process to become certified Master Gardeners. After training they are required to volunteer a minimum of 50 hours each year on community projects.

Three hundred fifty active Master Gardeners assist and educate the community via community projects throughout the valley. One such volunteer, Joy Mandekic, and project, the Nathan Adelson Hospice Healing Gardens, is a hidden gem.

Built in 2002, Master Gardener Mandekic was involved in the design and planning stages of the Hospice garden area. Water features, designed with water conservation in mind, were included as calming features. Each hospice room opens to a healing garden area.

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Carol Bishop, Northeast Clark County Extension Educator

Recently, Carol Bishop became the first of her cohort to achieve tenure status as University faculty. Bishop participated in the first group of McNair Scholars in 2004 and as of July 2015 became tenured as an Extension Educator in Northeast Clark County for the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension.

“Finding the McNair Scholars Program was a blessing,” added Bishop. McNair participants are either first-generation college students with financial need, or members of a group that is traditionally underrepresented in graduate education.”

The purpose of the program is to increase the diversity of academic and administrative faculty on college campuses. As a first generation, low-income, non-traditional (mature) college student, the McNair program exposed Bishop to a different world, one she had never experienced before. Bishop found it eye-opening that there is a whole world that comes with the benefits of a higher income level attained through higher educational degrees. Read about Carol’s journey!