AGRICULTURE

Backyard Biodiversity in Garden Education Webinar – April 9

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BROOKINGS — The 2014 Backyard Biodiversity project and how to make it work for a youth garden, is the topic for this month’s garden-based education webinar April 9 from 4 to 4:30 p.m. CDT or 3 to 3:30 p.m. MDT.

The program, presented by Amanda Bachmann, SDSU Extension Consumer Horticulture Field Specialist, will feature the South Dakota citizen science program, Backyard Biodiversity which focuses on observing and recording pollinator activity of bees, butterflies, and other insects. This session will guide educators on how to incorporate the program into the classroom and garden.

To participate

Garden-based Education webinars are scheduled on the second Wednesday of each month. To participate in the Webinar, visit www.iGrow.org/events and click the link within the event posting. Participants are encouraged to log in within 15 minutes of the specified time, especially when participating for the first time.

School teachers, afterschool and summer garden program leaders and helpers are all encouraged to participate. This is the third season of SDSU Extension’s webinar programs targeting teaching garden educators.

Save the date for these upcoming sessions:

• May 14, 4 to 4:30 p.m. CDT: “Organic Methods for a Learning Garden,” presented by Mary Roduner, SDSU Extension Consumer Horticulture Field Specialist.

• June 11, 4 to 4:30 p.m. CDT: “Safety in the Garden,” presented by Chris Zdorovtsov, SDSU Extension Community Development Field Specialist.

If you would like to receive more information on trainings and grant opportunities related to youth gardening programs or to exchanging questions and ideas with others involved in similar projects, e-mail Chris Zdorovtsov at Christina.Zdorovtsov@sdstate.edu to be added to the SDSU Youth Gardening LISTSERV.