Purdue Extension Corner
Typically, I am one of those people who loves to see it snow. I think the landscape in Indiana looks amazing when covered with fresh, undisturbed snow. Yet, this year, I am over it. I am ready to plant some flowers and watch them bloom and eat fresh vegetables produced in Indiana. For anyone looking for a way to get involved in with a gardening group, gain new knowledge, or sell stuff at a farmers’ market, then this newspaper column is for you.
This year’s Purdue Master Gardener Course started on February 10, however, we still have a few spots left. If anyone would like to increase their knowledge of horticulture, then consider signing up. This year’s program is being held on Mondays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Clay County Extension Office in Brazil. The cost of the program is $115. If a couple would like to take the class together and share a book, then the combined cost is $165. If you would like to find out more about the class or sign up, please call the Clay County Extension Office at 812-448-9041.
If you are looking for a way to make a difference in the community, then the newly-formed Brazil Community Garden is for you. The Brazil Community Garden started out as a dream that has turned into a reality for Hannah Asbury now that the Mayor of Brazil, the Clay County YMCA, Clay County SWCD and countless others have donated to the cause. The community garden is just in the starting stages, but they plan for it to be a not-for-profit where all the produce goes directly to the Clay County Food Pantry and Senior Center. Those involve meet on the second Wednesday of every month at 6:00 p.m. (February’s meeting is at the public library in Brazil on the 12th). Individuals of all ages are invited to attend the meetings and get involved. If you have questions about how to get involved, feel free to contact Hannah at 812-391-7196 or follow the group on Facebook (Brazil Community Garden).
The Owen County Garden Club is a very busy group that does numerous volunteer projects around Owen County including maintaining the flower beds at the “triangle” (intersection of U.S. 231 North and State Road 46 East) and Cooper Commons as well as over 20 flower pots around Spencer. Among its members are many Master Gardeners who are willing to lend a hand and share their knowledge to fellow club members and outsiders looking for advice. This spring and summer, they have numerous activities planned including a Coffee & Catalogs event, an Educational Meeting, a Club Meeting, their Annual Plant Sale, and a Garden Tour. If you want to know more about the Owen County Garden Club or would like to join, please call the Owen County Extension Office at 829-5020 and we will put you in contact with the club president.
In less than 14 weeks, the Owen County Farmers’ Market will open for the 2014 season. The board has already started meeting and making plans for the new season that will open on May 4th. It will run until October 11. This year the market will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays. To find out the latest information about the Owen County Farmers’ Market, go to http://owencountyfarmersmarket.com/ or visit their Facebook Page (Owen County Farmers Market)
This is just a quick look at the numerous ways to gain more knowledge about gardening, share your knowledge about gardening, and sell your produce this spring. Other ways would include joining the Best of Thyme Herb Club, joining the Perennial Exchange Club, attend monthly classes at the Owen County Public Library (starting March 10th) given by Purdue Extension, or attend gardening seminars in neighboring counties. If you want to find out more about any of these clubs or events, please contact your local Purdue Extension Office and consider signing up for our newsletter or check out our website.
As always, if you have any questions or would like information on any agriculture, horticulture, or natural resource topic, then please contact your local Purdue Extension Office at 812-448-9041 in Clay County, or 829-5020 in Owen County. You can also reach me directly via email at firstname.lastname@example.org Purdue University is an equal opportunity/ equal access/affirmative action institution.
Upcoming opportunities available to you through Purdue Extension include:
•February 19-20 – Midwest Women in Ag Conference, Jeffersonville.
•March 1 – Pruning Workshop, 10 a.m. to 12 noon, White Violet Center for Eco Justice.
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