Calendar of Events 2018

TUMGA Monthly meetings occur the 2nd Thursday of each month in the Fellowship Hall at Sharp United Methodist Church, Young Harris, GA January through December.   For more information: President Marty Dellinger  mg2016marty@gmail.com

TUMGA MEMBERS AND FRIENDS OF TUMGA –

FALL PERENNIAL PLANT SALE – Saturday, Sept 15 – 7:00AM-1:00PM

MG’s, we will be having a Perennial Plant Sale at the U.C. Farmer’s Market to raise funds for our upcoming projects.  My date choice is September 15th.  You will be needed on Friday, September 14th, after Trash and Treasure Sale is over, to help set up.   The plants are donations of our members, friends, etc. So, take a walk around your yard/garden.  Too many hostas, herbs, daylilies, irises, lilies of the valley and any other perennials that need division?  Do you have shrubs or trees you can take cuttings from (don’t forget your hydrangeas) that you can do NOW?  Do you have saved perennial seeds (or purchase a packet of seeds) that you can plant now?  We will have a small budget that mostly will pay for signs.  So we need pots of various sizes, fertilizer, soil, mulch, and compost.  If you can’t do the digging, I am sure we will help you.  Don’t forget to LABEL all your plants!  I use cut up vinyl blinds.  Perhaps you can help set up for the sale the day before, price plants, help transport plants, sell on Sale Day, give expert advice to our customers, carry plants out to customer’s cars, be a cashier, or clean up when the sale is over.

As you can see there is something for everyone to do!  Believe it or not it can be FUN!    Hoping for 100% participation! Plant Sale Director:  Pat Smith  patasmith1@gmail.com

Community Announcements are mixed in with the regular TUMGA Meetings. Friends of Master Gardeners and friends in the community, this is a list of events we thought you might be interested in:

Saturday, July 14th – Ask A Master Gardener at Union County Farmer’s Market
Time:  7:00 am – 1:00 pm 
If you have not signed up and wish to do so, please send an email directly to dcates02@msn.com.  Thank you very much,  Donna
For MG Full Schedule, please click here:  Farmers Market Schedule 2018

Saturday, July 14th – Towns County Farmers Market
Time: 9:00 am – noon.
We have a great selection of plants for sale, both annuals and perennials.   We also have fresh collards, kale, lettuce, jams and jellies and a variety of baked goods.  Our egg vendor should be there, too, with farm fresh eggs.  Thanks,  Sheleila

Monday, July 16th – Workday Pioneer House
Time: 9:00 AM
We need to spread sawdust on the paths around the house and to mulch some areas.  I will try to see if the fairgrounds crew will bring some sawdust up near the house to make things easier.  This date is only a few days before the fair starts so we really some volunteers to show up.  A couple of extra wheelbarrows would be helpful.  Let’s plan to start at 9 am.  Thanks,  Sheleila

Wednesday, July 18th – Community Council of GMREC Presents: Backyard Milk Goats
Time: 10:00 – 11:45 AM
Location: GMRE Center auditorium and grounds
Dreaming of raising your own dairy goats? The Community Council of the Georgia Mountain Research & Education Center invites you to a free seminar to learn more about keeping dairy goats in your backyard. This seminar will take place on Wednesday, July 18, at 10 A.M., in the auditorium of the GMRE Center. Please note the date change from our typical Friday seminar. The Center is located three miles south of Blairsville, on Hwy 19/129. The seminar is free and no pre-registration is necessary. However, seating is limited to the first 100 in attendance.
Owning and raising dairy goats can reward you with delicious and nutritious products. But like any endeavor, it can have its pitfalls if you aren’t well informed. For example, do you know which breeds thrive in this area? Do you know what they should eat, or have you been watching Saturday morning cartoons and assume they eat everything, including your shoes?
Our speaker, Pamela Berry is the owner of Hidden Creek Farm, a USDA Grade A Certified Dairy & Creamery in Union County. Hidden Creek Farm’s fresh goat cheeses won multiple awards including Reserve Best in Show at the 2017 American Dairy Goat National Cheese Competition. Ms. Berry will discuss what you need to know about raising goats for milk, including breeds, feeding, housing and routine care of dairy goats. She will present an overview of goat anatomy and physiology, how to care for and feed bucks, pregnant does and kids. Ms. Berry will offer advice on milk quality, quantity, storage and GDA pet milk standards. Following this presentation will be a short milking demonstration, and then information about cheese and yogurt making will be given.
This seminar is sponsored by the Community Council. Since the first class in 2004, more than 9,900 adults have benefited from these seminars. The operating budget of the Community Council is funded by gifts from friends through an annual campaign. Please visit our website at www.gmrec.uga.edu, or call 706-745-2655 for questions or to be put on our seminar email list.

Wednesday, July 18th – Food Preservation Workshop
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Tuesday, July 18th – Canning Green Beans & Potatoes
Time: 4:00 PM

Thursday July 19th – Sunday July 22 –  The Cullowhee Native Plant Conference Gain valuable knowledge from field trips, lectures and workshops about propagating and preserving native plant species. learn@wcu.edu 828-227-7397 Western Carolina University, 138 Cordelia Camp Building, Cullowhee, NC 28723

Saturday July 21st – Laurel Kays – Fire Wise – Moss Memorial Library
Time: 2:00 PM
Location:  Haysville
More Information:  
Bob Ray, Clay County’s Forest Service Ranger will present a program on tasks homeowners can do to protect their property and family from fires. Not only a frightening Forest Fire such as the one we had several years ago in Clay County, but also Safety measures in our homes. He will discuss the importance of fire alarms and the necessity of regularly checking they are still in working order. He will discuss the safety measures to take when burning trash. He will cover what we can burn, how to prevent hazards while burning and suggest other methods of dealing with waste.

Bob is a native of Northeastern Ohio and earned his Forestry Degree form Ohio State University. After 19 years with the Florida Division of Forestry he transferred to Murphy, N.C. in 2003. In January of 2017 Bob joined us in Clay County. His office is located around the corner from the Clay County Soil and Water Department in the Extension Office Building. You may see him in many areas of Clay County in his Dark Green Fire Control Truck as he assists our residents with many different problems they may encounter.

Friday, August 3rd – All Bugs Good & Bad Webinar Series – Bees, Wasps & Hornets, Oh MY!
Time:  2:00 – 3:00 PM EST
Location: TBA
Late summer, picnics can become a battling ground with hornets, bees, and wasps. Before moving indoors, learn about the biology, identification, and practical control measures in this webinar presented by Lynn Braband, Community IPM Extension Area Educator, Cornell University and moderated by Hunter McBrayer and Taylor Vandiver, Regional Extension Agents, Alabama Extension. The link to the event will be added asap. Note: on August 3, the link to the live webinar opens about 15 minutes before the webinar. If you try to log in earlier, you will get an error message.
For more webinars in this series, see 2018 All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series. The webinars are brought to you by the following eXtension Communities of Practice: Ant Pests, and Urban IPM; and by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Clemson Cooperative Extension and University of Georgia Extension.

Saturday August 4th  – Georgann Schmalz – Bird Pollinators – Moss Memorial Library
Time: 2:00 PM
Location:  Haysville
More Information:  TBA  

Tuesday, August 21 – Canning Tomatoes
Time: 4:00 PM

Friday, September 7th – All Bugs Good & Bad Webinar Series – Winterizing Your Home to Keep Out Pests 
Time:  2:00 – 3:00 PM EST
Location: TBA
Unwanted visitors in the home often make us uncomfortable especially when the visitors are insects. We see them every year as it gets cold trying to come inside. Join Janet HurleyTexas A&M AgriLife Extension  as she discusses methods on winterizing are homes to keep these invaders out. Moderated by Dani Carroll and Sallie Lee, Regional Extension Agents, Alabama Extension. The link to the event will be added asap. Note: on September 8, the link to the live webinar opens about 15 minutes before the webinar. If you try to log in earlier, you will get an error message.
For more webinars in this series, see 2018 All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series. The webinars are brought to you by the following eXtension Communities of Practice: Ant Pests, and Urban IPM; and by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension ServiceClemson Cooperative Extension and University of Georgia Extension.

Saturday September 8th – Vernon Dixon – Climate Change -Moss Memorial Library
Time: 2:00 PM
Location:  Haysville
More Information:  TBA  

Saturday, September 15th – TUMGA Perennial Plant Sale
Time:  7:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location:  Union County Farmers Market

Tuesday, September 18th – Canning Apples
Time: 4:00 PM

Friday, October 5th – All Bugs Good & Bad Webinar Series –  Structural Misidentified Pests
Time:  2:00 – 3:00 PM EST
Location: TBA
Insect pests often inhabit our structures – homes, sheds, businesses. They can be difficult to control especially when they are not identified correctly. Join Elizabeth “Wizzie” BrownTexas A&M AgriLife  as she discusses the identification of often misidentified structural pests. Moderated by Lucy Edwards, and Rhonda Britton, Regional Extension Agents, Alabama Extension. The link to the event will be added asap. Note: on October 5, the link to the live webinar opens about 15 minutes before the webinar. If you try to log in earlier, you will get an error message.
For more webinars in this series, see 2018 All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series.  The webinars are brought to you by the following eXtension Communities of Practice: Ant Pests, and Urban IPM; and by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension ServiceClemson Cooperative Extension and University of Georgia Extension.

Thursday, October 11th – TUMGA Business Meeting
Time: 4:00 – 4:30 – Social Time/4:30 Meeting Begins
Location: Sharp Memorial Methodist Church, Young Harris

Tuesday, October 16th – Canning Greens & Dried Beans
Time: 4:00 PM

Tuesday, October 23rd – Community Council of GMREC Presents: Value Cuts from the Chuck – Seminar & Workshop
Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Location: Program will take place at the Union County Schools Agriscience Center, NOT the GMREC
Dr. Alexander Stelzleni, UGA Associate Professor, Animal and Dairy Science. One hour discussion of the numerous cuts of meat from an inexpensive Chuck Roll, to show the great quality inside. Optional Workshop to cut along with Dr. Stelzleni for those who can bring their own Chuck Roll, knife and cutting board. Registrations for the Workshop accepted after September 23. Please register only for the free Workshop by emailing the GMRE Center at gmrec@uga.edu. The Union County Schools Agriscience Center is located just off the Gainesville Hwy, 2 miles south of the Blairsville Square at: 255 Lovell Drive, Blairsville, GA 30512.

Saturday October 27th  – Donna Shearer – Saving Our Hemlocks – Moss Memorial Library
Time: 2:00 PM
Location:  Haysville
More Information:  TBA  

Friday, November 16th – Community Council of GMREC Presents: Bottle Painting Workshop
Time: 10:00 – 11:45 AM
Location: GMREC Auditorium
Freya Browning and Allyson McGraw, Local Artisans. Learn to paint on a glass bottle. Each participant will leave with their own painted bottle, lighting optional. Bottle or jar, paint and all other supplies provided. $20 fee. Limited to 15 participants. Registrations accepted after October 16. No early registrations. To register for the Bottle painting Workshop, please send us your name, phone, email address and a non-refundable check for $20.00 made payable to “Allyson McGraw” to the GMREC Center.