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The University of Nebraska Lincoln and Nebraska Extension has mandated that all University sponsored in-person events be CANCELLED from now until March 29. Then, all University sponsored events from March 30 – May 9 are to only be delivered digitally (Skype, Zoom, etc). Nebraska Extension is fully committed to the health and well-being of Nebraskans. In a disease situation like COVID-19, the principle of social distancing is one of the main methods that can be used to help reduce the spread of the disease.

By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator in Dodge County

What really sets Nebraska Extension Master Gardeners apart from garden clubs is their dedication to learning Best Management Practices, the cornerstone of what the land grant university has to offer, whether it is an invasive insect, a tough weed to manage, or a proven plant variety to try. This dedication to learning shows in the enthusiasm Master Gardeners share with Nebraskans through direct education (the helpline and tabling events), growing food for the food insecure, and managing education gardens.

By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator in Dodge County

February, March and April are busy months for the Nebraska Extension Master Gardener program.  Master Gardener Interns are participating in classes, on their way to becoming certified Master Gardeners.  The classes are intensive, covering botany, plant diseases, landscape design, bug boot camp, and plant management.  Once coursework is complete, Master Gardener volunteers hit the ground running, providing expertise to community and child care gardens, answering questions via the horticulture helpline and “Ask the Master Gardener” tables, and caring for plants at educational gardens.

*DUE MARCH 2nd to Nebraska Extension Office by 4:30 p.m. 

Thank you for starting another program year or for some beginning your first year in the Dodge County 4-H Program!

Youth ages 8 to 18 years old as of January 1 of the current calendar year are welcome to enroll in the 4-H Program. Youth 5 to 7 as of January 1 of the current calendar year may enroll as a Clover Kid in the 4-H Program. In Dodge County there is a $10 fee when enrolling for the program year. 

4-H Enrollment is completed online. Both youth members and adult volunteers will need to complete their online enrollment, annually. 

In order to participate in 4-H contests and events, you must be enrolled online by June 15, 2020. 

By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator

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