Sunday, October 16, 2011

The Master Gardeners Return!

Photo by Master Gardener  Ade Onaolapo
The UCCE LA County Master Gardeners are back with seeds, seedlings and advice to give away at the Market on Sunday 10/23.

In addition to their usual giveaways of plants and seeds, this month, the UCCE/LA County Master Gardeners will be joined by Lynn Sanderson, Communications Specialist for the Citrus Research Board, who will bring materials to help you identify a deadly pest and disease that could wipe out our citrus trees, the Citrus Psyllid. While the plant nursery world is aware of and taking preventive actions, it's the backyard gardener who will be the vanguard in preventing its spread from one tree to the next. So come, get educated, and let's keep our area safe for citrus.

While you're there, ask them about the award winning Seed Library of Los Angeles - see this article in the LA Times!

Since 1978, UC Cooperative Extension's Common Ground Program has made gardening possible for many Los Angeles County residents, particularly low-income and traditionally underrepresented families. The program goals are to improve nutrition; increase access to fresh, low-cost produce; offer gardening education; build bridges between neighbors and communities; help create employment opportunities; and encourage a cleaner, greener Los Angeles. We are thrilled to have them as our guest at the booth on the 4th Sunday of every month! Families learn how to garden, grow their own food and prepare it in a healthful manner. In addition, the program trains community volunteers and Master Gardeners, who in turn, volunteer their time to community and school gardens. This is a wonderful program - you may even want to explore signing up for the Master Gardener volunteer training program!

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