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Let's Talk About Our Church Community Gardens

Updated: Aug 10, 2021

Many people have talked about developing The UUCBV Church Community Gardens on our new church site. If we develop this, the UUCBV Church Community Gardens would act as a an environmentally focused educational program and a community service. The new, upcoming Youth Group may want to become involved in this. Starting small may be the best way to go. Attending this educational School Gardening Seminar could be a starting point. So, if you are interested in becoming involved, let's start talking.

Texas A&M AgriLand Extension is having a School Gardening Seminar, July 24th, 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM Online for people thinking about school gardens. To Sign Up, Go To: -tickets-161129571887

*************************************************************************** Welcome Teachers! Join Brazos County Horticulture Agent, Skip Richter, to learn what you need to do to set up and grow a successful school garden. We will cover:

  • Vegetable Gardening Tips for Success! - Learn tips and techniques for creating a productive school or home garden area while minimizing time and effort.

  • Creating Insectary Gardens - Insectary gardens attract beneficial insects and are a wonderful teaching tool. Learn how to make one at school or home, and how to use it for an insect safari or even indoor educational projects.

  • Plant Propagation 101 - Plant propagation is a world of wonder for youth education. Learn how to grow healthy, stocky transplants from seed, and simple techniques for rooting cuttings to make new plants that you can use in the classroom.

  • Junior Master Gardener Program - JMG has a wealth of activities and resources to take your youth gardening education to the next level! Find out all that is available and you’ll leave excited to get your youth involved!

We thank you for your interest and look forward to seeing you there! Robert "Skip" Richter - County Extension Agent - Horticulture Skip received his master’s degree in Horticulture from Texas A&M University, “the source of all earthly knowledge.” He has been with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service for 30 years in Montgomery, Travis, Harris, and Brazos County where he currently serves as a County Extension Agent in Horticulture. Skip has gardened in the brush country of south Texas, the rocky hills of the Missouri Ozarks, the acid sands of the East Texas piney woods, the semi-arid climate and high pH soils of central Texas, and the humid, hot climate and black clays of southeast Texas. He is an enthusiastic student and teacher of natural gardening techniques. He helped develop Extension's "Don't Bag It" yard waste recycling programs, the "Composting for Kids" educational web page, and the Grow Green environmental education program which educates Austin area residents on landscaping practices that protect water quality. Skip is a popular speaker for garden clubs, Master Gardener programs, and other gardening events across Texas. He has written a bi-weekly internet column for the National Gardening Association and has written numerous other newspaper and magazine articles on gardening. He also writes a weekly gardening column for The Eagle newspaper in Bryan/College Station. His “Gardening with Skip” YouTube channel features over 120 brief gardening videos. Skip has served as the National Gardening Association’s regional horticulturist for the southeastern U.S. and is a contributing editor to Texas Gardener magazine. He is the host of the Gardening Success radio show in College Station, which is also available by podcast online. His book, Texas Month-by-Month Gardening provides guidance on planting and caring for your garden and landscape every month of the year.

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