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Plant breeding research presented at Master Gardener meeting

Nov 8th, 2013 | Category: News

BELLINGHAM – The November meeting of the Whatcom Master Gardener Foundation will feature three guest speakers – Brook Brower, Colin Curiven-McAdams, and Louisa Winkler – all Ph.D. students of Dr. Stephen Jones in WWU’s plant breeding program at the Mount Vernon research center. The program helps local farmers by developing crop varieties suited to the local climate and markets. Their research helps to develop new crops, not previously grown in the area, to promote sustainability and resilience. Examples of such crops are winter oats for food and feed, and barley for food, feed, and malting. The presentation is free and open to the public and takes place Thursday, Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at 1000 North Forest St., Bellingham. A gathering and brief business meeting starts at 6:30 p.m.

In other news, anyone interested in being part of the Whatcom Master Gardener Program, applications are being accepted until Nov. 30.  The 10-week training begins Feb. 6 and meets weekly on Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. with occasional Saturday field trips. For complete details, visit http://whatcom.wsu.edu/ch/mgbecome.html.

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