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  1. Wine Grape Vineyard Establishment Conference registration open

    January 4, 2018, 5:00 PM - February 2, 2018, 12:00 AM @ Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research

    Michigan State University Extension is offering a hybrid webinar-live workshop broadcast at two locations (Benton Harbor & Traverse City) simultaneously for those interested in starting a wine grape vineyard in Michigan. Established and emerging fruit growers; agribusiness and agency partners should attend. Schedule includes soil fertility, wine grape varieties, site selection and preparation, planting, care and vine training, trellis construction, costs and resources. $30 Optional bulletin package includes the following: E-2889 A Pocket Guide for Grape IPM Scouting in the North Central & Eastern United States E-2644 Vineyard Establishment I: Preplant Decisions E-2645 Vineyard Establishment II: Planting and Early Care of Vineyards After January 19 a $50 cancellation fee will be assessed.

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  2. Registration now open - Become a Master Gardener with MSU Extension!

    January 23, 2018, 8:00 AM - February 22, 2018 @ Northwest MI Horticultural Research Center

    Extension Master Gardener volunteers start by completing a 14-session practical training course grounded in university research. This training consists of approximately 45 hours of training with classes on plant science, soil science, integrated pest management, diagnostics, annuals and perennials, woody ornamentals, lawns, vegetables, small fruits, tree fruits, household and nuisance pests, indoor plants and gardening practices to protect water quality. Participants must commit to attend all the training classes and complete all (open book) quizzes and final exam. After completing the training, Extension Master Gardener trainees must complete 40 hours of approved horticulture-related service within one year to earn their MSU Extension Master Gardener certification. Through these volunteer activities, trainees educate others in their local community on the science-based, environmentally sound gardening practices learned during their training.

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