Last December, Master Gardener Extension Volunteers (MGEVs) were invited to UGA Griffin for a unique workshop. They were asked to provide design insight for the horticultural and gardening elements of a public learning garden planned for the UGA Tifton Campus, the Farm & Garden Learning Station. Focusing on adaptive farming and gardening techniques, the garden and farm demonstration area is being developed by UGA’s Institute on Human Development and Disability that, along with UGA Extension, provides leadership for Georgia’s Agrability program (http://www.fcs.uga.edu/ihdd/employment-agrability).
The Learning Station is planned to spotlight gardening styles in units that visitors can explore, learning through signage and interactive activities. The Learning Station will be a collection of demonstration gardens with an open area for farm equipment and an area for presentations and workshops. Universal design concepts will be used throughout the garden so that it is accessible by most individuals. The ultimate goal of the Station is to educate the public and professionals about entrepreneurial opportunities and sustainable gardening concepts for veterans, individuals with physical limitations, and gardeners of all ages and abilities.
As promised, next steps are in the works! Another hands-on workshop is planned for June 16, 2017, in the Macon area. We’ll be sharing registration information in early May.
In the meantime, do you need some more information? If so, you are in luck! Becky Brightwell, project director from UGA’s Institute on Human Development & Disability, is hosting a free webinar on May 2, 2017, at 10 am. In this webinar, we will go over the goals for the Learning Station, review outcomes of December’s brainstorming retreat with MGEVs, and invite you to another in-person session in June.
To register for the May 2 webinar, click this link. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Hope you will consider contributing to this exciting project!