Office Information

WVU Extension Service
Kanawha County Office
4700 MacCorkle Avenue SE
Suite 101
Charleston, WV 25304

Phone: 304-720-9573
Fax: 304-205-7863
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00-4:00
Driving Directions

Volunteer Projects & Continuing Education

Make sure your certification stays current by getting your volunteer and continuing education hours. All current Extension Master Gardeners must complete 20 hours of volunteer service and 10 hours of continuing education credits each year. The Due Date is: September 1st.

Submit hours here.

All volunteers must go through a vetting process. If you haven’t completed a volunteer application form within the last year and completed a signed code of conduct , you must do so to continue as a Master Gardener.

A new “Code of Conduct” form is due for the new year!
Please complete the above form and email to: Bethhughes1@suddenlink.net


Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

To Submit a New Volunteer Project, Click HERE


To sign up for a work party or class that is being offered (CE or Volunteer), please follow these instructions:


1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on SignUp.com
2. Enter your email address (register an account on SignUp.com)
3. Sign up! Choose your spots – SignUp.com will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

Here are two helpful “how-to” YouTube videos to help you use SignUp.com:

How to Sign-Up on Sign-Up: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUFby8xIKTI

Accessing & Changing Spots: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=np49K4-OgAM


EXTENSION OFFICE VOLUNTEER
The front desk is now covered Monday through Thursday. If interested in volunteering on Fridays, someone will be needed from 9 to 3. Sign Up http://signup.com/go/kuiTf3 or call Extension at 304 720 9573; If you get any MG questions when answering the phone, here are links to Extension.
Link to all county offices: http://ext.wvu.edu/county_offices/
Kanawha Extension Staff: http://kanawha.ext.wvu.edu/home/faculty_staff

SOJOURNERS CLEANUP
April 1, 2017

Get your hand tools out of hibernation and spend a couple of hours Saturday, April 1 preparing the Sojourner’s gardens for spring. 10am to noon. Trim grasses and spent flowers. Prune shrubs. Clean-up limbs and leaves. Please tell us you are coming at Sign-Up: http://signup.com/go/KcUpFu Questions? Contact Carolee Felber felbercj@gmail.com

OUTDOOR CLASSROOM VOLUNTEERS
April 24-26, 2017

Volunteers will be needed for Outdoor Classroom at Camp Virgil Tate. April 24, 25, 26th. Time is 9:00 to 1:30 each day. Will need 2 to 3 people a day to help teach classes. (25 minutes) Pack a lunch. More information to come.

“SPRING INTO GARDENING
April 22, 2017

Coonskin Park Clubhouse
Keynote speaker: Donna Myles, Master Gardener, Greenbrier County: “Basic Garden Planning”
Morning sessions “Rock Your World”, (information on how to establish a rock garden), “Dividing Perennials”, “Everything You Wanted to Know About Tomatoes”, and “Gardening to Attract Pollinators”. This will be open to the public and we will have refreshments. Volunteer credit will be given for cookie bakers!

Download the REGISTRATION FORM Postmark Deadline: April 15th.

KCEMGA PLANT SALE
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Our plant sale is now an annual event and the date of May 20th has been set so mark your calendars. It will be held at Coonskin and we will need lots of plants. In order to have nice looking plants for the sale, we are asking that all plants that are donated to please be potted by at least by May 1st so they are not droopy at the sale. We have plenty of pots so just ask us if you need some! We are also asking as you start your seeds for your gardens that you start some extra for the plant sale. They would need to be a nice size to sell by May 20th.

PLANT DROP-OFFS will be held on the following dates from 9am to noon at the holding area (the old entrance to Coonskin park):

Saturday, April 1st
Saturday, April 15th
Saturday, April 29th

Invasive plants – please keep in mind that we do not take invasive plants. Here is a couple of links if you would like to check your plants:
http://www.wvdnr.gov/Wildlife/DirtyDozen.shtm
http://tinyurl.com/o29oxpt

If you have any questions, please email coordinator Shannon Watson at shawatson13@yahoo.com.

CE and VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
The CE Committee is attempting to build a series of online CE sessions that members can view at home for CE credit. We are working on topics but slowly. If you would like to earn up to two hours credit per topic that can be applied to either hour requirement, follow guidelines below:
  • Choose a topic(s) that interests you.
  • Submit topic to Sara Welch (sbwelch99@yahoo.com) for committee approval.
  • Once approved, research the topic, validate available info, gather URLs, write an approximate half-page summary of relevant information and submit your work to the CE committee.
  • If you have the capability, please develop a PowerPoint presentation for your topic. If not, submit without it.
  • Log time spent

UPCOMING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Festival: Saturday, June 24th Kanawha County Library.
Bridgefest, Tuesday, June 27th 6:00 to 9:30.


SEASONAL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

HARRY’S GARDEN – Coonskin Park
MANNA MEAL GARDEN – Rock Lake

If you need volunteer hours, both Harry’s Garden and Manna Meal’s Garden are a great way to get lots of hours and meet your fellow gardeners.


READ about the History of Harry's Garden

VIEW Photos of Harry's Garden

Manna Meal garden is located at the old Rock Lake Pool in Dunbar.
Contact Carolee Felber at felbercj@gmail.com for general questions or ask to be on the weekly email list jsmannameal@wirefire.com.

Upcoming CE Opportunities

Please note that a number of our CE opportunities require a minimum number of participants, so if you are planning to attend, please call now to register for these events so that they won’t be cancelled.
If class times vary from the announced schedule, please report actual time attended.
The CE Committee welcomes volunteers to join the group. If you are interested, please contact Sara Welch at sbwelch99@yahoo.com


SATURDAY, APRIL 8, 2017
GARDENING: CAN YOU DIG IT?
Boyd County Fairgrounds at Frank’s Building
Rush, Kentucky
The all day seminar on Gardening Basics and Landscaping Techniques includes your lunch and 5 presenters. The cost is $10.00 pre-register $15.00 at the door.

Make checks payable to:
Boyd County Master Gardeners
% Boyd County Extension Office
2420 Center Street
Catlettsburg, KY 41129

For more information call 606-739-5184 or 606-324-1123


BEEKEEPERS CONFERENCE
April 21-22, 2017
WV Beekeepers Association spring conference is schedule for April 21 and 22nd at Oglebay Resort, Wheeling, WV.
For more information visit www.tristatebeekeepers.com/spring_conference


WV URBAN AG CONFERENCE
April 28-29, 2017

The WV Urban Ag Conference will be held at Camp Virgil Tate this year on April 28th and 29th. The website to sign up is http://urbanagwv.com/ Attendance for one day is $45 and includes lunch. Attendance for both days is $80 and includes two lunches and dinner Friday night. The classes are always excellent and it a great way to get lots of CE hours. Volunteers will be needed.


Additional CE Opportunities

GARDENING DVD
A gardening DVD has been approved for CE credit: “An Introduction to Plant Propagation” 635 I61 is available from South Charleston Library and possibly other libraries as well.

WVEMGA_Conference

2017 West Virginia Extension Master Gardener Conference

March 24 – 26, 2017
Location: Stonewall Resort Park
Roanoke, West Virginia

2017 International Master Gardener Conference

Join us at the 2017 International Master Gardener Conference<http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/2017imgc/>, July 10-14, 2017 in Portland, OR.

Online CE Opportunities

Online eXtension webinars (recorded version) for CE credit (report actual time)

All Bugs, Good and Bad Webinar Series: click HERE

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A Great Spangled Fritillary butterfly benefits from the purple Coneflowers Echinacea purpurea growing at Harry’s Garden in Coonskin Park in July.