Level Up To Three!

Level Up To Three!
by Elizabeth Waddington

Every other summer, you have a chance to level up from two to three by spending an August weekend in Bozeman with fellow Master Gardners. While the dates have not been set for 2020, according to Dara Palmer, the Montana Master Gardener Coordinator, the basics will include Integrated Pest Management sessions, Real Colors training, and tours/demonstrations.

From the state website: The Level 3 Master Gardener course is an intensive training offered on the campus of Montana State University – Bozeman. There will be approximately 30 hours of class time and a minimum 40 hour volunteer commitment. The Level 3 Master Gardener course will emphasize a hands-on curriculum focusing on volunteer management training, plant diagnosis and insect identification. To be eligible for Level 3 Master Gardener, students must be a certified Level 2 Master Gardener and be nominated by their county or reservation Extension agent or Master Gardener Coordinator. Space for this class is limited to 24, please be aware there may be a waiting list.

To entice you to consider this extra training, several folks who have recently been through the training shared their “top 5 reasons”. Here are a few of them:

  • Access to the insect collection at MSU, once in a lifetime opportunity.
  • Real colors, Personality test – understand yourself and others.
  • Another level of information from individual presentations.
  • Gallatin Valley Farmers Market visit.
  • Hands on practical training.
  • Exposure to gardeners from other parts of the state and their problems and solutions.
  • Learn to research topics.
  • Learn more to contribute more to the community and Master Gardner program.
  • Working knowledge of Schutter Diagnostic lab.
  • Network with like-minded individuals.
  • Awesome food.
  • And, drumroll please… a Cool Purple Shirt.

A huge benefit is “expanding your knowledge base” to the point that others (especially outside the master gardener group) feel comfortable approaching you for input into their gardening practices or directing them to information that they may not know is readily available.

More details and dates to come but don’t delay, when you hear it is open, register right away!

Gardener’s Market at South Park

Sponsored by Riverstone Health, this Thursday afternoon market is small enough to be kid friendly and big enough to have a good variety of produce, crafts, and flowers. Master Gardeners this year gave away free vegetable and flower seed packets as well as information. There was also a children’s activity each week with the favorite being to sit a spell and color fun garden themed pictures – can you find a puppy hiding in the vegetables? If you didn’t have a chance to work this event, consider it for next year or at least stop by to support these small-scale growers who are sharing their bounty. What’s not to love about a little girl selling posies?

Submitted by Elizabeth Waddington

Originally posted in the Oct/Nov/Dec issue of the newsletter. Webmaster apologizes for the late posting – check on this for summer 2019!

The Zoo still needs you

Zoo Montana needs you! The Botanical Society at Zoo Montana maintains all the gardens at Zoo Montana. We need all the help we can get as we have reclaimed many areas that are just waiting for maintenance during the upcoming season!

There will be an evening work time this summer as well, the evening is yet to be determined. During the spring we will clear, clean, and amend the soil. After Memorial Day we plant, maintain, and watch the beautiful gardens blossom into magical areas.

Please consider helping us out not only to get your hours but join us as a permanent member! Contact: Teresa Bessette tetontess@hotmail.com 969-3477 Linda Buckingham buckingham.dbresnan.net 248-4735

Billings Flower Show

The annual Billings Flower Show, which is scheduled for August 31-Sept. 1, 2018 in downtown Billings, is open to any amateur gardener or floral designer and is an opportunity for Master Gardeners to earn volunteer hours by assisting with the show and by exhibiting. By entering the show with your horticulture or floral design, you will receive one (1) hour of volunteer credit. The purpose of the show is to educate the public, stimulate interest in horticulture and floral design, and to provide an outlet for creative expression. Contact Mary Davis oboe3555@gmail.com, or 669-3329, if you would like more information on how to participate in some way.

Moss Mansion News

Moss Mansion Features Summer 2018 Farm to Table Exhibit

Family diaries are among the interesting documents to be found in the archives at the Moss Mansion in Billings. Though Melville’s are the most numerous, she wasn’t big on painting detailed pictures with her writing. Even so, it is clear she enjoyed baking, and together with several cookbooks and recipe boxes it’s clear that food was a central part of many family traditions. After exploring the subject for the last couple of years, staff at the Moss have developed the material for this year’s summer exhibit – FARM TO TABLE: Family and Food in the Yellowstone Valley.

The exhibit explores the concepts of farming, agriculture, cooking, sustainability, and tradition in Montana over the last 150 years in the Yellowstone Valley. For the Moss family, like all of Billings, local agriculture and food traditions were integral to daily life.

In this exhibit visitors will find original farm equipment used on the agricultural land owned and developed by PB Moss, Moss family recipes, and insight into PB’s entrepreneurial spirit and success that was deeply tied to local agriculture. Stories will be shared from local families and tribes about their own experiences and food traditions that have developed in the local area.

Visitors can also expect to learn about contemporary producers and how local agriculture continues to be part of the fabric of Yellowstone Valley life in 2018. We have partnered with Yellowstone Valley Citizens Council’s Food Hub to connect our community with those local producers. Watch our calendar for upcoming dates for food and agriculture events related to this exhibit in 2018.

Moss Mansion 2

FARM TO TABLE: Family and Food in Montana is an accompanying art exhibit to the Moss Mansion’s 2018 exhibit. The art exhibit explores farming, agriculture, cooking, sustainability, and tradition in Montana over the last 150 years. Twodimensional works in a variety of media and styles are included in the exhibition which will be on view to a local, national, and international population from May 2018 – September 2018.

~ Written by Jennette Rasch, submitted by Corinna Sinclair

Calendar Items for Spring

APRIL 13 ~BLGS LIBRARY~ FAMILY MYSTERY NIGHT 6:30 PM

APRIL 28 ~ GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP DAY ~ 36 N 23rd, Billings ~ 9 AM

MAY 1 ~ ARBOR DAY ~ LAUREL, MURRY PARK ~ 10:30 – 3

MAY 3 ~ ARBOR DAY ~ BILLINGS OPTIMIST PARK ~ 7:30 – 1

MAY 5 ~ GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP DAY ~ 707 W 3RD, LAUREL

May 8 ~ BLGS LIBRARY ~ BEE TALK ~ 3:30 – 5:00

MAY 19 ~ GERANIUM FEST ~ ZOO MONTANA ~ 10 – 4