Get ready for the growing season courtesy of Master Gardeners’ Brown Bag Series

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Folks are invited to bring their “brown bag” lunch and learn a little about gardening during four sessions presented by La Porte County Master Gardeners. The sessions will focus on aspects of gardening from local food, attracting pollinators, landscape design, and potager gardens.

At the first session in the Brown Bag Gardening Series on Wednesday, Jan. 15, a panel of local food growers will be here. One of the important markers of a successful community is convenient access to reasonably priced fresh food.   The La Porte County area is lucky enough to have many people working on that goal, and some of the movers and shakers are coming together for a panel discussion.

This panel will be made up of community people dedicated to growing and providing sustainable food. Members of the panel will include: Angela Rose, co-director of La Porte County Farmers Market; Becca Tuholski, co-owner of Tuholski Produce in La Porte County; Jason Clemons, director of The Pax Center in La Porte; and Dominique Edwards, a board member and food procurement specialist with the NWI Food Council. By popular demand, this year’s panel will be offered as a 2-hour Brown Bag session following the request for more time from last years’ attendees.  Each speaker will have time to talk about their special focus and plans for this year, followed by Q and A time.  The public is invited.

Gardening is one of America’s most popular hobbies. According to a recent National Gardening Association report, 42 million households in the U.S. (35%) grew their own food in a garden.  That’s an increase of 17% over the past five years, with most of that growth coming from younger households.

Get a “jump-start” on gardening this year by participating in one or all of the sessions in the award-winning Brown Bag Gardening Series, sponsored by the La Porte County Master Gardener Association. In 2015, the series won a statewide Search for Excellence Award for educational service conducted by Purdue Master Gardeners.

Sessions will be held as follows:

  • Wednesday, Jan. 15, noon to 2 p.m., “Why is Local Food So Important to a Community?”  At the La Porte County Extension Office, 2857 W. Ind. 2, La Porte.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 12, noon to 1 p.m., “Attracting Pollinators,” at Star Center, 22 Franklin St., Michigan City, IN.
  • Wednesday, March 11, noon to 1 p.m., “Landscape Design for People Living with Dementia,” at Luhr County Park, 3178 S. County Road 150 W, La Porte, IN.
  • Wednesday, April 15, noon to 1 p.m., “The Potager Garden,’ at La Porte County Extension Office, 2857 W. Ind. 2, La Porte, IN.

All sessions will be Central time.

Folks are invited to bring their lunch and join in for one or more sessions on these gardening topics. The fee is just $5 for each session, which includes informational handouts, or $15 for all four sessions. No need to pre-register; just show up.

For more information about the sessions in the Brown Bag Gardening Series, please call Purdue Extension – La Porte County at 219-324-9407.  You may also download a flyer at www.extension.purdue.edu/laporte; click on the “Garden” heading at top of the web page or go to the La Porte County Master Gardener website: http://www.lpmastergardener.com/.

The La Porte County Master Gardener Association is one of the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service programs and helps fulfill the state motto of “Helping Others Grow” by training volunteers to promote good gardening and horticultural practices.  The association accomplishes this through its volunteers conducting educational activities and projects in the community throughout the year.  For more information about the Purdue Master Gardener Program or about becoming a Master Gardener, please contact the La Porte County Extension Office at 219-324-9407 or visit www.extension.purdue.edu/laporte and link to “Master Gardeners” under “Garden.”

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