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Penn State Master Gardeners Offers Free Online Earth Day Workshops



April 22, 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day.

Wednesday April 22, 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day.

If you need an incentive to get out of the house and enjoy the great outdoors this Earth Day, Newswatch 16 has come up with a few ideas involving free gardening resources.

Newswatch 16 wanted to help you celebrate by offering several free resources started by the master gardeners of Penn State.

Normally, people had to pay for live webinars, but due to COVID-19, Penn State wanted to give back by giving people free virtual resources. They tackle everything from maintaining several acres of land to creating a garden, much like many Americans did when our country faced another crisis decades ago.

Back in the days when our brave servicemen were fighting in World War I and WWII, many across the country did their part in the war effort by planting what was called a victory garden. This is a piece of land in their garden where Americans grew their own fruits and vegetables. Today, as our country faces a major health crisis, the idea of ​​planting a Victory Garden is back.

“We have a series of programs going on right now. One is Victory Garden Reinvented,” Vinnie Cotrone said.

Cotrone is an urban forester with the Penn State Cooperative Extension in West Pittston.

He is encouraging people to get out of their homes during this pandemic and to do some gardening.

“Today we’re all locked inside. Get out and exercise, get some fresh air and just convert a little piece of your garden. It can really be done anywhere,” Cotrone said. .

Penn State currently offers many FREE resources, such as online webinars, hosted by volunteer expert gardeners. They are all to help you get started with your garden, even if you know next to nothing about planting.

“What the webinars do provides this information and, again, lots of downloadable resources. Should we go out and plant our tomatoes now? How do we prepare this soil? What about fertility? Said Cotrone.

Cotrone adds that now is the perfect time to start your garden. He said, “You have a lot of time right now. Some things have to be started on the inside. “

Free Gardening Webinar Resources

This is how the Penn State extension website works: It is designed for people to create an account and put things in their baskets (even though they are free webinars, an online account is created). Then, links to each live webinar are emailed to attendees.

On the site, you can search for the following: Victory Garden Reinvented. If the live webinars fill up, the recordings will also be available for free.

You can also register for the “Living on a Few Acres” webinar. There are several of these types of webinars.

People can also call the Penn State Extension Registration Office by phone at 1-877-345-0691 and register for the program.

If you have any other problems trying to register, contact Vinnie Cotrone by email at [email protected]