Published on 03/08/07

Series brings lunch, gardening together

University of Georgia

Whether you have buds poking their heads through last year’s leaves or a perfectly groomed yard, the University of Georgia Center for Urban Agriculture has classes for you. And you don’t even have to drive to Griffin, Ga.

The center will be hosting a lunch-and-learn seminar series from noon to 12:45 p.m. March 15, 22 and 29. The classes will be broadcast live via the Internet to county Extension offices throughout Georgia.

“Are you ready to get outdoors and garden this year?” said Todd Hurt, the training coordinator at the Center for Urban Agriculture. “If so, bring a sack lunch, sit back and relax as a live Internet broadcast brings the experts directly to you. Bring all your gardening questions and have them answered via this unique, interactive seminar series.”

The classes are as follows:

* March 15: “Cutting up on your lunch break: have your pruning questions answered,” by Frank Funderburk, the UGA Cooperative Extension coordinator in Peach County, Ga.

* March 22: “Organic alternatives for the home garden,” by Bob Westerfield, UGA Extension consumer horticulturist in Griffin.

* March 29: “Uninvited guests: Common landscape weeds and latest controls,” by Hurt.

“So far, we’ve got about 20 counties signed up, from Savannah to Catoosa County in north Georgia,” Hurt said.

County Extension offices currently participating are Bibb, Catoosa, Chatham, Cherokee, Clayton, Clarke, Cobb, Dougherty, Douglas, Fayette, Floyd, Fulton, Harris, Houston, Muscogee, Pickens, Walker and Walton. Other counties may be added.

For more information, contact your local UGA Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1. The classes are sponsored by the Center for Urban Agriculture Landscape Turf Issue Team.

Stephanie Schupska is the communications coordinator with the University of Georgia Honors College.