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April Home & Garden Show

Visit our booth at the Annual Home & Garden Show. We’ll be answering your gardening questions and providing information on pollinators, our upcoming plant sale on May 13th, and on a Master Gardener Training Course this Fall! As always, there will be an activity for the kids!

The Annual Home & Garden Show is sponsored by The Salem Leader and is located at the Washington County Fairgrounds, 118 N Fair Street, Salem IN 47167. Hours are Friday, April 27th, 5 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., and Saturday, April 28th, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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Attend a meeting to win big!

Good Earth Master Gardener meetings are held the second Thursday of every month and if you attend, you will have a chance to be one of our monthly winners!

Meetings are open to the public!

Join us for a FREE training presentation and stay for a short meeting, and you will be eligible for our monthly end-of-meeting drawing for great, new gardening related items.

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Our first winner, Suzanne Bundy!

 

* For upcoming dates and presenters, see our “Members” page.

 


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Grafting Presentation

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Photo credit: sazanka.org/grafting

Be sure to join us on Thursday evening, 6:30 p.m., in the County Extension classroom as West Washington High School student, Griffin Packwood presents on “Grafting.”

Training is open to the public and we especially encourage those interested in becoming a Master Gardener to meet and learn with us.

Thursday’s training will be followed by our monthly business meeting and refreshments.

Grafting

“Grafting or graftage is a horticultural technique whereby tissues from one plant are inserted into those of another so that the two sets of vascular tissues may join together. This vascular joining is called inosculation. The technique is most commonly used in asexual propagation of commercially grown plants for the horticultural and agricultural trades.” ~ https://www.bing.com/search?q=grafting&pc=MOZI&form=MOZTSB
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Coming in February: Kim Bryant Presentation

Kim Bryant, Photo Credit: Amanda Field Photography

Kim Bryant, Photo Credit: Amanda Field Photography

For members, the February 12th meeting will feature Kim Bryant, owner/operator of Bryant Farm in Ellettsville, Indiana.  Kim will be discussing vegetable production from seed, as well as management of her farm-to-market operation.

The farm produces: arugula, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, Chinese greens, cucumber, eggplant, green beans, green onions, chile peppers, lettuce, potatoes, pumpkins, salad greens, spinach, summer squash, tomatoes, turnips, winter squash

Make time to join us as this is sure to be a great addition to your annual education hours!

Bryant Farm … produces organically certified fruits and vegetables. Owned by Rex and Kim Bryant, Bryant Farm is almost completely family-run, with their intern Sasha helping out.  The farm covers 11 acres and grows everything from eggplant to green beans. Rex is a electrician and Kim worked in a factory as they were raising their three daughters. Kim started growing a few items in the backyard for the family. As it continued to grow, they both made the decision for Kim to leave her job and farm full-time.”  — State House Market

“About Bryant Farm: We are a family owned and operated farm, located in Ellettsville. At Saturday markets you’ll find myself, Kim, daughters Jessica, Jade, and Katie, and son Michael. We started attending the Bloomington market in 2003. This is our 11th season. With each year we have been able to offer more vegetables each season. Along with the Bloomington markets on Saturdays we also attend the original Farmers Market on Wednesday, and the Statehouse Market on Thursdays each week in Indianapolis. Each vegetable we offer is started at the farm from seed. The feeding program we follow is the Fox Farm schedule. As far as pest and fungi control we use Neem Oil. Both of these practices are OMRI approved. My favorite crops to grow are cauliflower, because it is challenging, and eggplants because they are beautiful. Come see us at the Saturday Farmers’ Market!” — City of Bloomington, Indiana

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If you are not currently a Master Gardener but are interested in the program, contact your local county extension office, as each state manages their own program.  For residents of Washington County, Indiana, see our “About Us” page to find contact information.


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