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EXTENSION CORNER: Master Gardeners present Gardening Matters

The Chronicle Express

An educational resource for the at-home gardener

PENN YAN -- Regardless of what Punxsutawney Phil predicted, it is never too early to start reflecting on your goals and plans for your 2021 garden. Believe it or not, winter is a great time for garden planning, and the Yates County Master Gardener Volunteers have just the right resource for you. We are happy to announce that the Gardening Matters newsletter is heading into its third year of publication, starting with the Winter 2021 issue.

What is Gardening Matters?

Gardening Matters is a newsletter published four times a year in spring, summer, fall, and winter, and is put together by the Yates County Master Gardener Program. Our goal behind this is to be an educational resource for the home gardener. For $10 per subscription, readers get:

• Four issues with seasonally relevant tips and tricks to ensure your garden stays its best.

• Up-to-date information from Master Gardener Volunteers from all over the USA

• The opportunity to submit your questions or "gardening hacks" for a chance to be published in the future.

Complimentary copies of the Winter 2021 issue of Gardening Matters are available at the CCE-Yates County Office. For more information (or to view previous issues), visit our website at http://yates.cce.cornell.edu/gardening/gardening-matters-newsletter, or call 315-536-5123. CCE Yates County has daily office coverage, with 50% working in-person, and 50% working remotely. This includes work within the community (agriculture, gardening, natural resources, youth, and families) using social distancing protocols.

The Master Gardener Program is a national program of trained volunteers who work in partnership with their county Cooperative Extension offices to extend gardening information to the local community. Over 1,500 volunteer Master Gardeners in New York State contribute educational services to meet the outreach mission of Cornell, influencing many thousands of consumers on horticultural issues. Up to their elbows in dirt, Master Gardeners see soil as the base for germination of seeds destined to become beautiful plants, blooming in their maturity.

Cornell Cooperative Extension actively supports equal educational and employment opportunities No person shall be denied admission to any educational program or activity or be denied employment on the basis of any legally prohibited discrimination involving, but not limited to, such factors as race, color, religion, political beliefs, national or ethnic origin, sex, gender/gender identity, transgender status, sexual orientation, age, marital or family status, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. Cornell Cooperative Extension is committed to the maintenance of affirmative action programs that will assure the continuation of such equality of opportunity.