Brown Bag Series 2019
The Brown Bag Gardening Series features short, information-packed sessions presented by Master Gardeners, are held at a public location so everyone is welcome to attend. They’re held on a Wednesday, noon to one, or 6 to 7 p.m. These lessons are presented during the non-gardening months of January through April, so we don’t compete with the gardening time for anyone. Many people even attend during their lunch break from work for a quick gardening session and a chance to talk with other gardeners. The cost is just $5 for each fun, relaxing session, taught by an experienced gardener.
Our plans are set for an exciting set of Brown Bag Gardening Educational Sessions for 2019 during the months of January through April. Thanks to the help of several volunteers, we have some great learning coming up. There will be more info about each of these events in the coming months, but here’s a brief rundown for now.
Session #1 Local Food-Have you ever wondered what the buzz is about local food? Why is it important to our communities? How can you find out who is knowledgeable about it and why it might be good for people? This panel will bring folks to you who are in the know and working on local food issues. Come hear from a local farmer growing food for local families, managers of a local farmer’s market, and representatives from the Northwest Indiana Food Council and the Pax Center of LaPorte all dedicated to putting local, nutritional food in the hands of the people. January 16, noon to 1:00 p.m. CST, LaPorte County Extension Office, 2857 W. State Road 2, LaPorte, Indiana.
Session #2 Attracting Wildlife-Two experienced speakers will share this event. Donna Pouzar will talk about the Wildlife Habitat Certification Program to make your home welcome to our wild friends. This is a program that defines the needs of wildlife and how you can earn certification for your own yard. Laura Henderson will speak on the benefits of planting native varietals to better welcome wildlife to your yard and make it easier to grow beautiful, enjoyable yards. Native varietal plantings benefit people and animals. February 13, 6 to 7pm. CDT Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. 4th St. Michigan City, Indiana.
Session #3 Gardening Through Handicaps-Whether you have arthritis, or other limitations on your abilities, or just lack the space to garden, Dennis Brittain and Karren Coplen will share ways to grow delicious edibles that anyone can do. There are as many ways to garden as there are gardeners, whether you have acreage, or just a bucket on the porch, you can satisfy that urge to grow something to enrich your life. We’ll show you how. March 6, Noon to 1:00 p.m. CST, Michigan City Senior Center, Washington Park, Michigan City, Indiana.
Session #4 Gardening with Kids-Bring the kids along for this discussion of the joys of introducing children to gardening. So many children today think potatoes only come from the supermarket, and Karen is dedicated to changing that. This will be a fun, hands on experience led by Karen Sarver, that should lead to many years of satisfaction and healthier lives. April 10, 6:00-7:00 p.m. CDT, LaPorte Public Library Meeting Room, 904 Indiana Avenue, LaPorte, Indiana.
Don’t forget to mark your calendars with dates, times and locations, so you don’t miss this exciting series. They do count as education hours for your Master Gardener hours, and the cost is only $5 for each session, or $15 for the entire series, if paid at the first event.
Coordinator: Karren Coplen