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Along with Whole Foods Market, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Orchard will be hosting an Apricot Festival on May 15. This is your chance to purchase home-grown fruit—fresh from the garden. There will also be freezing and drying demonstrations and information on canning apricots. The Festival–from 11 3 p.m.—will be at Whole Foods Market, 8855 W. Charleston Blvd., LV 89117. Read all the details.


Food for Thoughts Logo

The Food for Thoughts program is designed to help teachers to use the outdoor environment for their classroom.  Children and teachers can grow to love the outdoor classroom together with a school garden. When students grow something outside, they learn to care about their school, and to eat what they grow. Students get exercise, teachers get an alternative to the normal lesson plan and everyone benefits!  Taking education outside helps students gain new perspectives, better attitudes and builds a desire for learning. Science, math, journal writing, art and storytelling are just some of the lessons which can be incorporated into a school garden. The options for learning outdoors are limited only by your imagination. Visit the Food for Thoughts website for more information.

Worms and Seed Planging

Students analyze worms and plant seeds

Cooperative Extension is holding information and registration sessions for the upcoming Fall 2010 Master Gardener Training on Wednesday, May 12 or June 9 from 9-10 a.m. at the UNCE Lifelong Learning Center. The fall training class begins in September. Classes will be held from 9 a.m. – Noon on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings.  There are twenty-four classes.   

Master Gardener LogoThe Master Gardener program teaches sustainable desert gardening practices, including proper plant selection and care, disease and pest management and water-efficient gardening.  To become a Master Gardener, an individual must complete 72 hours of horticultural instruction and volunteer 50 hours on community projects each year. Click here for details.

Apple TreeLean how to grow lots of fruit in small landscape spaces this Sunday, May 2, from 9 a.m. to Noon. The objectives of the workshop are to prolong the season-long harvest of tree-ripe fruit from small spaces; to plant multiple trees in a single space; and to keep fruit trees small through proper management. The workshop will be held at Doug Taylor’s Residence, 1504 Crestwood (west and north of Eastern and Oakey). For more information, contact Bob Morris.