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Gypsy Moth Outbreak Webinar-Summer 2021
Click here to watch the webinar on the Gypsy Moth Outbreak with Dr. Margaret Skinner and Dr. Ann Hazelrigg.
Creating a Biodiverse Garden Webinar-May 20, 2021
Vermont gardeners interested in learning what they can do to improve their soil are invited to attend "Creating a Biodiverse Garden for Ecological Resilience," a free Zoom webinar on May 20.
Dr. Wendy Sue Harper, a Vermont soil scientist, will discuss why soil biodiversity is essential for healthy plants and describe soil-based practices for healthy, resilient soil. Her presentation will run from 6:30-8 p.m. and include a 30-minute Q&A session.
Harper has taught classes for the University of Vermont (UVM) Extension Master Gardener program since 1994, and for the UVM Extension Master Composter program since 2003. She is an associate faculty member at Prescott College in Arizona where she teaches courses in ecological approaches to agriculture, biodiversity conservation and soil science for its online Master of Science in sustainable food systems.
The webinar is sponsored by the Northwest chapter of the UVM Extension Master Gardener program. To learn more or to request a disability-related accommodation to participate, contact Jonathan Trefry at firstname.lastname@example.org or (802) 598-0855.
Free Vegetable Gardening Series Offered Weekly-Spring 2021
UVM Extension Community Horticulture Film & Speaker Series via ZOOM-Winter 2021
Friday, Feb. 26 - Kiss the Ground
Using compelling graphics and visuals, along with striking NASA and NOAA footage, the Kiss the Ground artfully illustrates how, by drawing down atmospheric carbon, soil is the missing piece of the climate puzzle. Free link available for an unlimited time.
Friday, March 5 - Fantastic Fungi (w/Ann Hazelrigg Discussion)
Through the eyes of renowned scientists and mycologists like Paul Stamets and best-selling author Michael Pollan, we become aware of the beauty, intelligence and solutions the fungi kingdom offers us in response to some of our most pressing medical, therapeutic, and environmental challenges. Free link available for 72 hours.
Friday, March 12 - The Biggest Little Farm
Through dogged perseverance and embracing the opportunity provided by nature's conflicts, the Chesters unlock and uncover a biodiverse design for living that exists far beyond their farm, its seasons, and our wildest imagination. Free link not available.
Friday, March 19 - The Pollinators
Director Peter Nelson talks to farmers, scientists, chefs, and academics to give a broad perspective about the threats to honey bees, what it means to our food security and how we can improve it. Free link available for an unlimited time.
Friday, March 26 - Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf
This film immerses viewers in Oudolf’s work and takes us inside his creative process, from his beautifully abstract sketches, to theories on beauty, to the ecological implications of his ideas. Free link available for 14 days.
Friday, April 2 - The Nature of Oaks (Talk by Doug Tallamy)
Oaks are superior landscape trees throughout most of the U.S. because of their many ecological and aesthetic attributes. Using activity on the oaks in his yard, Tallamy will compares oak species to other popular shade trees in terms of their ability to support animal diversity, protect watersheds, and sequester carbon dioxide. Free link to recording available for an unlimited time.
Friday, April 9 - Biodiversity at Great Dixter
Fergus Garret, Head Gardener, gives the background to the biodiversity audit at Great Dixter, explains the process followed and explores the reasons for such high diversity, especially in an intensively managed flower garden. Free link not available.
Friday, April 16 - Biomimicry Strategies to Improve Soil Function (Talk by Ray Ashuletta)
Drawing on his 30 + years of experience teaching soil health to diverse audiences, Archuleta presents the essentials of what “living soil” means for gardeners and farmers. Free link to recording available for an unlimited time.
DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed in these films do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the University of Vermont Community Horticulture program.
Creating Pollinator Friendly Landscapes in Vermont-Self-Paced Online Course!
Instructors: Cheryl Frank-Sullivan, (Entomology) Sarah Kingsley-Richards, (Integrated pest management) and Jane Sorensen (Pollinator habitat and plants).
Learn to use Integrated Pest Management strategies to attract pollinators and reduce pesticide use in your garden! This is a self-paced course for small landowners and home gardeners in Vermont.
By taking this course, students will learn:
- Integrated Pest Management as a strategy for pollinator protection.
- Positive changes to enhance and protect pollinators. Such as providing bee habitat, avoidance of pesticides, or choice of bee-friendly plants and pesticides on land or garden.
Here's how it works:
- Pollination and how to support pollinators
- Habitat Enhancement
- Managing Pests while Protecting Pollinators
For each module you will:
- The module outline
- Assigned readings
- The pre-recorded lecture (s)
Once you are finished with the above:
- The final course survey. This will unlock your certificate of completion
- Your certificate of completion
The fee for this course is $30.
To purchase and enroll in the course, click the following button: