One of the nicest groups I get to work with is the Trumbull County Master Gardeners. They spend countless hours each year helping to educate the public about proper gardening practices.
I am pleased to announce we are taking applications for the 2014 Master Gardener training program. So if you have a strong interest in gardening and enjoy helping others, you are invited to apply.
To become an OSU Extension Master Garden volunteer, you must attend 10 training sessions held from February to May. Course topics include history of OSU Extension, plant physiology, soils, composting, fertilizers, herbs, houseplants and plant propagation.
The dates for this year's training program are Feb. 26; March 12, 19 and 26; April 9, 16, 23 and 30; and May 7 and 14. This class will be taught at the Trumbull County Agriculture Center, 20 W. Main St., Cortland. All courses are mandatory.
Upon the completion of the training program, each volunteer is asked volunteer 50 hours of horticultural service to the community through Extension educational programming. Such service could include teaching youth and adults about gardening, planting and maintaining Extension demonstration gardens, answering gardening questions from the public, judging flower and vegetable projects at local fairs, and assisting community garden participants.
Two informational meetings will be held for those interested in being selected for the 2014 training program. These meetings will be 9 to 10 a.m. today and 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. on Dec. 9 in general meeting room of the Trumbull County Ag Center. Specifics with regards to the application process, training schedule, course fee, and fingerprinting requirements will be shared at this meeting.
Enrollment in the class is limited and all applications are due by Jan. 3. Call 330-638-6783 for more information or for a complete application packet.
On another topic, farm accidents, cancer, disability, heart attacks, failing health and death are all words farmers do not like to hear.
Is your farm ready for the unexpected? Have you prepared the next generation to run your farm business after you are gone?
To help address the "ah-crap" moments caused by the unexpected, OSU Extension is pleased to be offering three webinar workshops and one live workshop, titled "Getting your Farm and Family Affairs in Order." Farm Families are encouraged to choose the one which works the best for their family.
The webinars will be held Dec. 14 and 18 and Jan. 9. Participants can choose which one they would like to attend. The live workshop will be held 10 to 11:30 a.m. Jan. 4 at the Ashtabula County Extension, 39 Wall St., Jefferson.
Learn how to develop an emergency contact list for your farm and how to develop letter of instructions to your their heirs regarding their financial matters. Learn how to consolidate all of your financial and personal information in one easy document. This will help you get a better handle on your finances and allow you to get a jump start on your estate plan.
Get your affairs in order so you can concentrate on your family, career, and bucket list.
No pre-registration is required for the webinars and participants can attend by logging onto carmenconnect.osu.edu/ ohioagmanager. There is also no registration fee for the live workshop; however pre-registrations are requested by calling the Ashtabula County Extension office at 440-576-9008.
Marrison is associate professor and extension educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Ohio State University Extension. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org