By Staff Reports
(Hesperia)– Sustainable Landscaping is the focus of the Sustainable Landscapes Workshops planned for the City of Hesperia Library on Saturday, March 28, 2015. The workshops, which will include gardening presentations and representatives from the Mojave Water Agency, 4-H, and EFNEP (Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program), are organized by the University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program. This free event runs from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Keynote speaker Dona Jenkins, UCCE San Bernardino County Master Gardener Program Coordinator will kick off the program at 10:00 a.m., speaking on the topic of How to Become a Master Gardener and an Introduction to the UCCE San Bernardino County Programs. Presentations on “Water Management during Drought”, “Attracting Wildlife”, “Plant Selection”, and “Making and Using Compost” will follow throughout the day.
“High Desert home gardeners are faced with severe drought conditions and the workshop on water management during drought addresses how to use water efficiently in their gardens,” said Jenkins. “Also, composting, plant selection, and attracting wildlife are current popular gardening topic activities. Practicing these activities, High Desert home gardeners can more effectively develop sustainable landscapes.”
Master Gardeners are community volunteers who join with the University of California Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) with a mission “to extend research based knowledge and information on home horticulture, pest management, and sustainable landscape practices to the residents of California.” Master Gardeners have given over two million hours of volunteer time since the program’s inception in California in 1980.
University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) has been helping people solve their agricultural and horticultural problems since 1913 when Extension Agents (now Farm Advisors) supervised “Victory” gardens during World War I and II. They have helped agriculturalists and home and community gardeners ever since. In addition to serving the needs of agricultural industry, UCCE also supports research and education in the areas of youth development and family and consumer sciences, using thousands of volunteers to extend the research based information and knowledge to its California clientele. This is accomplished through partnerships with growers and others in the agriculture industry, with nutrition education programs, with 4-H Youth Development programs, and with various certificate programs such as California Naturalist, Master Food Preserver, and Master Gardener programs.
For more information on the UCCE San Bernardino County Master Gardener Program, feel free to visit the following social media links: