Master Gardener in Residence

SCMGA is partnering with UNH’s Child Study and Development Center (CSDC) to provide children and families with gardening knowledge and experiences.

UNH Child Study and Development Center is located at 22 O’Kane Road, Durham, NH, 03824. (On the UNH Campus near the Equine Facilities.)

Photo Credit: UNH

Photo Credit: UNH CSDC

We will also help the staff, parents and children with garden management by helping them create weekly to-do lists as well as demonstrate garden practices. The program is called Master Gardener in Residence.

There are 120 children who attend the programs at CSDC, 20 staff, 50 interns and more than 100 assorted parents and siblings.  CSDC is hoping to better integrate families and children into their extensive gardens. They are also committed to growing more of the food they serve to the children.

Master Gardeners will be on hand two to three mornings and one afternoon a month at CSDC (in Durham near the UNH horse barns on the UNH campus) to lead a garden based activity for families, staff, interns and interested children.

  • May – seed starting
  • June – planting
  • July – composting
  • August – pest & diseases
  • September – season extension and dividing perennials
  • October seed saving and putting your garden to bed

Necessary supplies and curriculum materials that may be needed including handouts will be coordinated, but MG volunteers are needed.

This first year will be our “learn as we grow” year. Master Gardeners who decide to volunteer need to have a desire to garden with very young children, feel comfortable with less obvious structure and be interested in helping manage a very large production garden.

Volunteers are needed for these May and June dates:

May 11, 8:00 to 10:00 – seed starting
May 18, 3:30 to 5:00 – seed starting
May 25, 8:00 to 10:00 – seed starting
June 1, 8:00 to 10:00 – seedling planting
June 8, 8:00 to 10:00 – seedling planting
June 15, 3:30 to 5:00 – seedling planting

Please contact me if you have any questions or if you would like to participate.

Submitted by: Jacqueline B., MG since 2001

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About SCMGA

Strafford County Master Gardener Association, part of the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension, sixty+ gardeners strong, educating through gardening in Strafford County New Hampshire.
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