MG Events October 2015

VCE Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia (Alexandria/Arlington) have scheduled the following events in October 2015. We hope you will be able to share this information widely with your organizations, neighbors and friends.

Saturday, October 3, 2015 VCE Urban Agriculture Symposium, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington 22206. Keynote speaker is Dr. Marcus Comer of the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Virginia State University. The symposium will open with a session on government-supported initiatives for urban agriculture. Several breakout sessions will follow, featuring panel discussions or presentations on community gardens, making the most of site conditions in small-space gardens, microgreens and mushroom production and growing food without soil, faith-based community gardening, how to increase tree canopy and grow edible fruit in urban gardens, ​and Love and Carrots, a business model for promoting home food production in small spaces. An advance registration fee of $10 covers materials, snacks and refreshments. The fee is $12 on the day of the symposium. Advance registration is requested. More information and a registration form are available at mgnv.org; click on the link http://bit.ly/urbanagsymposium. Questions? Call 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com.

Tuesday, Oct. 6, Simpson Gardens Stroll, 11 a.m. to noon, Simpson Park Gardens, 420 E. Monroe St., Alexandria 22301 (by the YMCA). This month Simpson Gardens focuses on plants that provide fall interest in the garden. Drop by ideas on how you can keep your garden going strong well into fall. VCE Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer gardening questions.

Tuesday, Oct. 6, Fall Composting Workshop, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington 22206. Learn how to turn fall leaves and kitchen waste into “black gold” that will enrich the soil in your garden. Sign up at mgnv.org. Questions? telephone 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com.

Wednesdays in the Garden, Oct. 7 and Oct. 14, 7 to 9 p.m., Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington  22201. This series of indoor and outdoor programs, taught by Arlington Food Assistance Center volunteers and VCE Master Gardeners, is designed to teach gardening skills to a wide audience. Topics by date: Oct. 7, Author Jeff Lowenfels on Teaming with Microbes andTeaming with Nutrients ( Second Floor Meeting Room); Oct. 14, Season in Review: What Worked, What Didn’t (Second Floor Meeting Room). No registration required. To confirm topic and room number, check the Arlington Library Events Calendar at http://library.arlingtonva.us or call the library at 703-228-5990.

Virginia Cooperative Extension http://www.ext.vt.edu is a joint program of Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and state and local governments. VCE programs and employment are open to all, regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; Jewel E. Hairston, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State, Petersburg.

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Arlington County office of Virginia Cooperative Extension at 703-228-6400/TDD/PC 1-800-1120 to discuss accommodations 5 days prior to the event.

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