2nd Place Winner
Edible Webinar Series
UF/IFAS Manatee County Master Gardener Volunteer Program
Our in-person classes and workshops on vegetable gardening, backyard fruit trees and growing herbs have always been very popular with Manatee County residents. We did not want to give up these classes when the COVID-19 pandemic made in-person teaching impossible; in fact, the stresses of an uncertain future, concerns about food security, and social isolation and boredom associated with the pandemic made growing your own food more relevant than ever.
Three three-part webinars were developed by MG Volunteers targeting Central Florida residents interested in growing vegetables, fruit trees and herbs. Each webinar was approximately one hour long and was webcast via ZOOM to a live, pre-registered audience and via recorded and live links on ZOOM, Facebook and YouTube. Our goals were to educate and change horticultural behaviors for a more rewarding, more Florida-friendly approach to gardening which includes appropriate and efficient use of fertilizers, pesticides, irrigation and recycling materials such as composting.
Each webinar series was held a week apart:
The “Backyard Fruit Tree”series (selection, planting and care) by MG Volunteer John Dawson:
The “Herbs” series (selection, maintenance and harvesting) by MG Volunteers Becky Moreland and John Dawson
The “Vegetable Gardening” series (preparing, planting, care and scouting for pests and disease.)
Switching from in-person teaching to online webinars opened up new and different opportunities for us in terms of our educational mission.