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BRUNSWICK COUNTY EXTENSION MASTER GARDENERsm VOLUNTEER PROGRAM 2015 COURSE  The Brunswick County Center of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service will offer the Extension Master Gardenersm Volunteer Training beginning September 14, 2015.  The Extension Master Gardenersm Volunteer Program is designed to teach home gardeners research-based information on the basics of horticulture for coastal North Carolina. Course participants will receive over 40 hours of training from Horticulture Extension Staff in a variety of subjects such as coastal soils, composting, fertilizers, adjusting soil pH, lawn care,  landscape plants, fruit and vegetable gardening, indoor plant care, insect and pest management, plant disease management, integrated pest management, and safe pesticide use. Following successful completion of course, participants will be certified as Extension Master Gardenersm Volunteers by the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service.  As a certified Extension Master Gardener, volunteers are required to complete 40 hours of volunteer service. 20 of those hours are spent at the Plant Clinic, where Extension Master Gardener Volunteers provide research-based home gardening and landscape information to Brunswick County residents.  40 hours of service must be completed within 12 months of completing the training course.  Volunteer time takes place during normal business hours Monday through Friday. Classes will meet 9 a.m. – 12 noon every Monday and Wednesday beginning September 14th through November 14th at the Brunswick County Extension Center located in the Government Complex in Bolivia.  The cost of the course is $160, which covers the cost of an Extension Master Gardenersm Volunteer Reference Notebook and other class materials and expenses. An application must be completed and returned to the Cooperative Extension Service by Thursday, July 2, 2015 to apply for the course.  For an application form, contact the Cooperative Extension Service at (910) 253-2610 and ask for Gina Britton.  The application is also available on line at www.brunswick.ces.ncsu.edu under the Lawn and Garden section. Class size is limited to 20 due to space, activities, and the need for interactive sessions.  Applicants will interview with the Horticulture Agent, Master Gardener Coordinator, and Extension Master Gardener Volunteers in July.  Applicants will be notified of their acceptance into the program in by August 3rd.  Ability to volunteer during normal business hours will be a key component for selection.    The course is ideal for beginners as well as advanced gardeners who want to enhance their gardening skills and use this knowledge to serve their community. Applications can be mailed/e-mailed  to:  Master Gardener Class 2015, Post Office Box 109, Bolivia, NC 28422, attention Gina Britton. (gina_britton@ncsu.edu) To learn more about other consumer horticultural programs contact Sam Marshall, Horticultural Agent,  at  wsmarsh2@ncsu.edu.  You can call the Cooperative Extension office at 910-253-2610.  Visit the Extension website at http://brunswick.ces.ncsu.edu/

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Brunswick Brief
Farmer's Market

New vendors and high community attendance have boosted the growth of The Bolivia Brief Farmers Market for this 2015 season. Since the opening of the market in April, the addition of four new vendors has brought about more variety in produce, plants, eggs, and baked goods. Market managers are grateful for the new contributions and are excited for how the market is growing in their third year of operation. “This market is different from a lot of other markets because vendors have to sell food in order to sell other products,” says Mark Blevins, one of the market managers. “So if you’re looking for local foods and a chance to get to know your farmer, check out The Bolivia Brief Farmers Market.” Every Thursday from 11am-2pm market vendors set up tents and tables to display their local produce, honey, eggs, baked goods, herbs, cut flowers, and more at the Government Complex in Bolivia. Employees from the complex as well as community members in the county come out to purchase locally and help support their neighborhood farmers. Buying local has many benefits including more flavor and nutrients in the food, support of the local economy and environment, and promotion of a safer food supply. One of the best parts of buying at a farmers market is getting to meet the person growing your food. Many people get overwhelmed or intimidated at markets but one thing they should know is that the farmers and vendors are happy to talk with them about what they are selling, how and where it was grown, and even give ideas on how to use a food in a new recipe. A market is a great place to learn about new ways of preparing produce and to experiment with new varieties of produce. Brunswick County is flourishing with local foods and farmers markets with five open this year: The Bolivia Brief Farmers Market, Waterfront Market in Downtown Southport, Oak Island Farmers Market, Shallotte Farmers Market, and the newest – Boiling Spring Lakes Farmers Market. Location and schedule for each of these markets can be found on the Feast Down East website.


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Brunswick Gardener

Need home-gardening advice and tips for growing better plants in Brunswick County?  Sign up for The Brunswick Gardener and receive an electronic copy of our quarterly newsletter.  This is a free publication from North Carolina Cooperative Extension and will cover a wide variety of gardening-related topics, written by extension staff and extension master gardeners. To join the listserv, send an e-mail to sam_marshall@ncsu.edu with “signup for brunswickhomehort” as the subject.  You will be added and will receive the first edition this Friday, June 28th.

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