As mentioned in the last eNews, The annual Master Gardener training starts in February, and is available Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, at different locations in the Metro area. As active Master Gardeners, these classes are free to you, and provide re-certification credit. Most importantly, however, they offer a chance to refresh your knowledge on topics of interest to most gardeners.  Best guess is that 126 folks will attend the trainings, with half (63) coming to the Friday Multnomah County classes. If you go, be sure to sign in on the veterans log, and consider offering your help to the volunteers at the site. This is also an opportunity to meet and encourage trainees - folks who we hope will join our Chapter. Making those connections can help turn a trainee into a committed veteran. Let them know they are wanted!

Week 1 - February 6, 8. & 9
Morning Session - Overview and Introduction to Vegetable Gardening - Miller
Afternoon Session - Soils and Fertilizers - Groth

Week 2 - February 13, 15, & 16
Morning Session - Entomology - Natter
Afternoon Session - Integrated Pest Management - Groth

Week 3 - February 20, 22,& 23
Morning Session - Landscape plant care and pruning - Miller
Afternoon Session - Plant Identification - Gorski

Week 4 - February 27, March 1 & 2
Morning Session - Plant problem diagnostic theory - Natter
Afternoon Session - Berries - Collier

Week 5 - March 6, 8 & 9
Morning Session - Fruit trees - Maggio
Afternoon Session - Weed Management - Bubl

Week 6 - March 13, 15 & 16
Morning Session - Volunteer orientation: How to be an MG - Miller
Afternoon Session - Resource fair and networking - MG team

Week 7 - March 20, 22 & 23
Morning Session - Vegetable gardening - Aron
Afternoon Session - Household pests: Plant problem diagnosis & practice - Natter, Collier