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Purdue Master Gardener Pgm Seeks New Crop of Volunteers

If you want to sharpen your gardening skills and you have an interest in sharing your knowledge with others, Purdue University has a program for you.  

Beginning January 22, 2014, a Purdue Master Gardener Program training series will be offered for residents of Lake County and surrounding areas.  The Purdue Master Gardener Program is a volunteer training program that provides a learning framework for participants to increase their knowledge on a wide variety of horticultural subjects.  In turn, participants volunteer, representing Purdue University.  As volunteers, participants grow by sharing knowledge while providing leadership and service in educational gardening activities within their communities.

Training will be held on Wednesdays from 1:00-4:00 p.m. or 5:45-8:45 p.m. CST.  Participants will be exposed to a wide range of subjects including soil and plant science, diagnosis of plant problems, pesticide safety, and culture of vegetable, flower, landscape, and fruit plants.  

Materials and expenses for the series of classes cost $200.00 per participant. This expense fee covers such items as reference notebooks and supplies.  These materials all become part of the Master Gardener's personal collection.  

While the class will be encouraged to create new educational outreach programs, there are already plenty of opportunities for which volunteers are needed.  Some of these projects include the staffing information booths at gardening events, teaching public education classes, speaking to local clubs and organizations, and hand-on demonstration gardens.  

For questions about the program, contact Nikky Witkowski, 880 E. 99th Ct., Suite A, Crown Point, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 219-755-3240.  To download an application, go to http://www3.ag.purdue.edu/counties/lake/Documents/ANR/2014MGCLassLetterApplicaton.pdf

 

Master Recycler/Composter Pgm Offered in Porter Co

Porter County -- The Recycling & Waste Reduction District of Porter County invites Porter County residents and those who work in the county to participate in the new Master Recycler/Composter Program that is scheduled for the spring of 2014.

Participants will learn about waste prevention, recycling, and composting, and have the opportunity to meet others who have similar waste reduction and environmental interests in this extensive eight-week session.

The program will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays, Feb. 5 through March 26, in the meeting room at the Porter County Sheriff’s Department, 2755 State Rd. 49, Valparaiso. The course will feature guest speakers and field trips that will help students gain environmental knowledge beyond the blue bin.

Topics will include: waste prevention, recycling processes, household hazardous waste and alternatives, organics recycling and home composting. Registration is available on the District’s website, www.ItMeansTheWorld.org.

“Reducing the waste that goes into our landfills is much more than placing glass jars, plastics containers, aluminum cans and paper products at the curb,” said Therese Davis, executive director of the Recycling & Waste Reduction District of Porter County.  “By paying attention to what we do every day and rethinking our routines, we can further reduce waste and make a difference.”

A fee of $30 will help cover the cost of course materials and is due upon acceptance into the program. Class participants commit to 30 hours of volunteer time to educate and inspire others in their community to reduce waste in the home and at work.

The class is limited to 30 participants. Applicants that apply after the class is full will be placed on a waiting list and notified when the next course is scheduled.
     
“Volunteer work can include helping out at the Northwest Indiana Earth Day Celebration, teaching a local community group how to incorporate recycling at their special event, educating residents in an apartment or condo complex about recycling opportunities, working booths at special events and more,” Davis said. “We’re open to other great ideas they have about inspiring others to become knowledgeable about waste reduction.”

For more information, visit www.ItMeansTheWorld.org or call 465-3819.

 

Lake County Master Gardeners Scholarship Program 2014-2015

Crown Point, IN—The Lake County Master Gardeners are pleased to announce that they are continuing their scholarship program for the 2014-15 academic year. Scholarships will be awarded to undergraduate college & university students who are residents of Lake County. In addition to the majors of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, majors of Forestry, Botany (Horticulture Equivalent), Plant Pathology, Agricultural Education, and Entomology are eligible as well. Other majors that benefit consumer gardening may be considered if the applicant provides a one paragraph description of how they will use their major to promote the objectives of the Master Gardeners. The application deadline is February 18, 2014. Application forms are available from university departmental offices or by calling the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service, Lake County Office at 755-3240 or at http://www3.ag.purdue.edu/counties/lake/Documents/ANR/2014-15%20post_secon_scholarship%20app.pdf

The scholarships are funded by the proceeds of the Master Gardener annual plant sale, donations from the Illiana Garden Pond Society and other generous donors.

Source:  Nikky Witkowski, Extension Educator, Agriculture & Natural Resources/Horticulture

Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service, Lake County, 880 E. 99th Ct., Suite A, Crown Point, IN  46307

219-755-3240, FAX 219-755-3251

Purdue Extension – Lake County Website:  http://www3.ag.purdue.edu/counties/lake/pages/default.aspx

Lake County Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Purdue-Extension-Lake-County/275041175876408

   

Master Gardeners Photography Contest

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Winning entries from past Gardening Show photography contest (photo provided)

Purdue University Cooperative Extension and its Porter County Master Gardeners invite the public to share their garden photography in a photo contest.  Winning entries will be displayed at the 11th Annual Gardening Show on Sat., Jan. 25, 2014, Porter County Expo Center, 215 E. Division Road, Valparaiso, Ind.  

Photographs may be mailed to Purdue University Cooperative Extension, Suite 301, 155 Indiana Avenue, Valparaiso, Ind., 46383 or delivered on weekdays between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.  All entries are due on or before Jan. 20, 2014.

Limit of three (3) photographs per person.  Nine categories include pictures of gardens in all seasons, flowers alone, flowers with something else (e.g., trellis, statue), bugs and insects, butterflies, birds, wildlife, fungus, or fruits and vegetables in the garden.  

Photographs will be judged on composition, use of color and aesthetic value. In addition to ribbons, winners will receive $5 for first place, $4 for second place, and $3 for third place.  Decisions of the judges are final.    

All photographs are to be 8 in. x 10 in. and mounted on a mounting board.   No framed or matted photographs will be accepted, nor photographs with people in them.  Name, address, telephone number, and entry category must be printed legibly on the back of each photograph submitted.  Info:  219-465-3555 or http://www.pcgarden.info/Photo_Contest.html .

 

Borrow Recycling Containers for Your Event

Porter County – Churches, schools, towns and anyone planning events in Porter County can encourage their guests to recycle aluminum cans and plastic bottles by using recycling event containers, provided free of charge by the Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County.

The district lends out ClearStream recycling collection containers that can be placed next to garbage cans in high traffic areas at events. The district even supplies the clear plastic bags that fit into the collection containers.

“When presented with the option to recycle their waste, most guests choose to do the right thing,” said Therese Davis, executive director of the district. “Organizations and individuals without a supply of recycling containers or the money to purchase them need only borrow ours.”

The containers are perfect to use at fundraisers, church functions, block parties, street fairs, picnics, baseball games and tournaments, open houses, and any gatherings that could potentially generate large amounts of waste. No event is too small to borrow containers. By allowing event guests to separate their waste, organizations can help prevent large amounts of waste from ending up in landfills. 

To borrow the containers, call the district, 219-465-3695, at least one week prior to the event to confirm the availability of the number of ClearStream containers necessary. Once reserved, renters can download a reservation agreement from the district’s website, www.ItMeansTheWorld.org , sign the form and return it into the district.  More information on the program is available on the district’s website, www. ItMeansTheWorld.org.

The Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County is a government agency dedicated to improving the environment and quality of life for Porter County residents by providing convenient, voluntary waste reduction programs. The district promotes environmental stewardship among individuals and businesses through education programs, waste reduction services and other outreach programs to meet the statutory waste reduction goals set by the State of Indiana.

Information from Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County

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NIRPC Announces 2013 Gas Can/Household Collection Events

The Lake Michigan Districts 2013 Household Waste Collection schedule is out.  There are several household hazardous waste events scheduled through October 26 in Lake, Porter and LaPorte Counties, and many of them offer the NIRPC Gas Can Exchange. Here's a link to this year's schedule:

http://www.nirpc.org/media/21703/gas_can_2013__read_only_.pdf

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Valpo Compost Site Off-Season Hours

News Release/Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County – The Valparaiso compost site, 2150 W. Lincolnway, will begin Saturday off-season hours Jan. 5, for Porter County residents to dispose of their once live Christmas trees, wreaths and other organic holiday decorations. The 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday hours will continue through April when the site will open for the season.

Ornaments and lights should be removed before disposal. Other organic materials accepted at this site include yard waste, leaves, garden clippings, household plants, brush, limbs, logs and firewood. No grass or treated wood or lumber will be accepted.

Residents who received new electronics for Christmas can also recycle their unwanted electronics and electrical items at the compost site. Accepted items include: computers, monitors, televisions, typewriters, copiers, PDAs, VCRs, fax machines, microwaves, scanners, gaming machines, and anything with an electrical cord or run by batteries. Christmas light strands are also accepted.

Besides electronics and organic materials, residents can recycle other items at the compost sites, including household batteries, fluorescent light bulbs (tubes and CFLs), toner cartridges, media (CDs, video cassettes, etc.) and cell phones.

The site is owned and operated by the City of Valparaiso with assistance from the Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County.

The Boone Grove compost site, 546 S. 400 W, will remain closed through April and is owned and operated by the District.

The Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County is an agency dedicated to improving the environment and quality of life for Porter County residents by providing convenient, voluntary waste reduction services.

For more information on the public compost sites, visit the District’s website, www.itmeanstheworld.org, or call 219-465-3694

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