The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked both an increased interest in gardening and an explosion of online creativity. Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County has been connecting with the community virtually whenever possible and we are still educating gardeners of all skill levels. A recent class held on the Zoom platform, “Using Your Cell Phone as a Gardening Tool,” attracted 20 attendees from multiple New York counties and Pennsylvania. In this interactive Zoom class, the group explored ways to use a cell phone in the garden. Attendees explored features of their Apple and Android phones to improve gardening skills, document plant growth, and learn about Apps that are useful to gardeners.
For more information on other upcoming gardening classes around NY state, check out our blog called Gardening in Orange County New York (https://blogs.cornell.edu/master-gardeners-cce-oc/) or subscribe to our newsletter Gardening in Orange County (http://cceorangecounty.org/gardening).
And if your newly planted garden needs some support, please contact our Garden Helpline Service to ask any gardening questions. The Helpline is staffed by Master Gardener Volunteers from April through November, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, from 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM. Call us at (845) 343-0664. If you are unable to call while we are open, you can always leave a message or e-mail the Garden Helpline at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cornell Cooperative Extension and its partnerships provide programs for Orange County residents on youth and family development; nutrition, health, and food safety; community and economic vitality; and agricultural sustainability through Cornell based research. Committed to Orange County, we design programs to meet local needs to enable people to improve their lives and communities. For more information call Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County at 845-344-1234 or visit our website at www.CCEOrangeCounty.org.