NC State’s ‘Extension Gardener’
Here’s the Winter edition of North Carolina Cooperative Extension’s online publication, “Extension Gardener”:
Durham County Master Gardeners radio show
Did you know that the Master Gardeners from the Durham County Cooperative Extension have a radio show? It’s called “Getting Dirty in Your Garden,” and here’s the latest episode, where Master Gardener volunteer Charles Murphy interviews Byron Schermerhorn, a wildlife consultant, about helping our neighborhood birds survive the harsh winter.
Keep Durham Beautiful’s community grant program
It’s that time again—time to apply for Keep Durham Beautiful’s winter Community Grant Program. KDB is looking for individuals, community groups, businesses, and others who don’t mind volunteering to come up with and put into action projects/activities with a focus on litter prevention, recycling/waste reduction, beautification, and/or community greening.
Grants of up to $500 are available (or a reimbursement basis) for each project. While you prepare your grant application, keep these terms in mind, to help them see the value of your project and increase the chance of being chosen: Impact on the community, community/volunteer involvement, partnerships of neighbors and organizations, environmental sustainability (such as recycling, using native plants, etc), innovation/creativity, community building, project maintenance (making sure the project continues to look nice throughout the year), and matching (getting organizations, neighbors, and businesses to help fund the project; the funds will be reimbursed by the grant).
The grant application deadline is Wednesday, January 31. The decisions will be made in mid-March and projects are expected to be implemented between March and July. Call 919-354-2729, send email to email@example.com, or click here for more info.
Duke Gardens workshops
SARAH P DUKE GARDENS, 426 Anderson St, Durham,
919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu; gardening workshops are held in the Doris Duke Center; call 919-668-1707 or 1708 to reserve your spot. Register online or ask questions by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org. Here’s the link to the fall/winter seminars and workshops (note that parking is free after 5pm):
Digging Durham Seed Library
A creative partnership of the Durham County Library, SEEDS, the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, NC Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners, and the Durham Library Foundation has resulted in the Digging Durham Seed Library. Now you have a place to donate extra seeds from your garden and choose get flower, vegetable, herb, and open-pollinated (heirloom) seeds to take home. (You don’t have to give in order to receive.) The South Regional, East Regional, North Regional, and Southwest Regional libraries have seed libraries. Contact Margaret Anderson at 919-560-8598 or email@example.com for more details.
Tell us your success story about planting a garden using seeds from the Digging Durham Seed Library:
Main Library—300 N Roxboro St, 919-560-0100 [closed; under renovation]
South Regional—4505 S Alston Ave, 919-560-7409
East Regional—211 Lick Creek Ln, 919-560-0203
North Regional—221 Milton Rd, 919-560-0231
Southwest Regional—3605 Shannon Rd, 919-560-8590.