Also, an environmental expert will speak at the Mid-Atlantic Renewable Energy Association in Breinigsville.
Written by Reading Eagle
Penn State Extension Master Gardeners are offering a Winter Gardening Series on four consecutive Thursday evenings at the Berks County Agricultural Center in Bern Township. All classes will be held in the Berks County Ag Center Auditorium from 7 to 9 p.m.
�There’s no better cure for cabin fever than planning for spring gardening,� says Beth Finlay, Coordinator for the Master Gardener Program in Berks County. �The Winter Gardening Series is a chance to jump-start the garden season, hone skills, learn new techniques and lay plans for your healthiest, most enjoyable gardens ever.�
On Jan. 31, Master Gardener Jan Carlson will present �Taking the Mystery Out of Seed-Starting.� This class will demonstrate how to start vegetable, herb, and flower seeds in preparation for planting outdoors. Register online: https://extension.psu.edu/taking-the-mystery-out-of-seed-starting.
On Feb. 7, Doug Reigle and Martey Costello will present �What Do Peanuts, Ethiopian Tomatoes and Jicamas Have in Common?� on growing unusual fruits, vegetables and herbs. Register online: https://extension.psu.edu/peanuts-ethiopian-tomatoes-and-jicamas.
On Feb. 14, Master Gardeners Sue Seisler and Margaret Yevics will present �Birds, Bees, Flowers, and Trees,� about adding native plants into backyard habitats. Register online: https://extension.psu.edu/birds-bees-flowers-and-trees.
On Feb. 21, Penn State educator Don Siefrit will teach �Tree Fruit, A Worthwhile Commitment?� Class will include how to select the best cultivars, proper planting, appropriate pesticide scheduling and application and proper fertilization and pruning. Register online: https://extension.psu.edu/tree-fruit-a-worthwhile-commitment.
Choose individual classes or register for the whole series. Class fee is $10 per class. Register online or by phone 1-877-345-0691.
Environmental expert to give talk Tuesday
Delaware Riverkeeper and attorney Maya van Rossum will lead off the 13th annual speaker series of the Mid-Atlantic Renewable Energy Association on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at TEKPark, 9999 Hamilton Blvd., Breinigsville.
She will look at how environmental laws have failed to protect communities from pollution, and how a state constitutional amendment can provide safeguards. According to her group’s website, www.forthegenerations.org, Pennsylvania and Montana are the only states with green amendments.
Van Rossum is director of the Delaware Riverkeeper Network for the four states of the Delaware River watershed. She is an environmental attorney and adjunct professor and director of the Environmental Law Clinic at Temple Beasley School of Law.
The meeting is free and open to the public. Light snacks will be served.
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