Hickory – Join Dr. George Place, Catawba County Cooperative Extension Director for a presentation about how to maximize food production through vegetable gardening at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. Learn some of the techniques to improve your homestead production and ensure a steady food supply throughout the year. This presentation is part of our Advanced Gardener series designed to help both beginner and advanced gardeners enjoy all of the health, enjoyment, and learning that comes from managing the home landscape and growing some of your own produce. All presentations in the series are free and open to the public.

This year’s series offers two different certification programs. Advanced Gardener certification is available to participants that attend 9 of the 11 presentations and conduct 20 hours of community garden service or learning activities in 2018. There is no cost for Advanced Gardener certification. Master Gardener certification requirements include attending all 11 presentations, completing 10 hours of extension workshop education, completing on-line quizzes and exams, completing a weed collection project, completing a home landscape project, completing a 1000 foot garden design project, and completing 40 hours of community service in gardening activities. The cost for Master Gardener certification is $100.

The Vegetable Gardening for a Resilient Community presentation at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is free and open to the public. For more information, call 828-304-0500 ext. 7235. Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is located at 375 3rd Street NE on the SALT Block.