10:30 am - 11am Judith Coleman ~ Butterflies and their native host plants.
11am - 11:30am Gary White ~ TBD
11:30am - 12noon Judith Coleman ~ Planting natives for pollinators.
12noon - 1pm Orna Clum ~ All about bees.
1pm - 1:30pm Peter and Maureen Anania ~ International Master Gardener's award winning survey, PA Native Bee survey results.
1:30pm - 2pm Mary Ann Hogan and Gary Whiteh ~ PA Pepper Trials.Which were Good, Better, Best in 2023
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Gary has been a Penn State Master Gardener in Lackawanna County for 5 years. He has volunteered at various programs throughout Lackawanna County logging 50 plus hours on a yearly basis. Gary has a farming background in NEPA and has experience in growing all varieties of vegetables. His hands on experience and knowledge was greatly enhanced by the Penn St Master Gardener program. He has written several articles for local newspapers and developed presentations that were delivered at Lackawanna County libraries. He has worked extensively with The Gathering Place in Clarks Summit for 3 years where he has done presentations, written articles for their newsletter and partnered with their program “Gardening with Friends”. With this program for Special Needs Adults he oversaw community volunteers planting raised bed vegetable and flower gardens which aided in the restoration of a community pocket park.
Judy Maslar Coleman
Judy is beginning her 11th year as a Penn State Master Gardener. She has been a member of the steering committee at The Garden Project at the North Pocono Library since 2014 and was named Citizen of the Year for leadership in Support of Libraries for her work on this project. The project involves 25-30 volunteers and has donated over 7000 lbs. of food to the local food pantry. The project has been awarded the Master Gardener David Gibby Search for Excellence Award on both the state and international level with Judy representing The Garden Project each time. For the past four years Judy has received the Master Gardener Hemlock Award for giving over 100 hours of volunteer service. Judy educates children in many aspects of gardening through the Dig It Program in Moscow, the gardening program at the Scranton School for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired and with 7th grade students in the STEM garden at North Pocono Middle School..Judy has developed and presented numerous workshops and webinars on growing vegetables, growing tomatoes, composting, what is needed in a pollinator garden, putting your garden to bed (fall clean up) and most recently “winter sowing”. Judy is very proud of the fact that in 2020 her garden became one of seven in Lackawanna County to be named by Penn State as a Certified Pollinator Garden.
Ashlee is a Master Gardener in Wyoming County who's always excited to spread the word about the importance of planting natives! She runs The Posy Plot, a cut flower farm, on her property in Lake Winola. Ashlee strives to incorporate more native plants into her gardens each year. She loves to meet new butterflies and birds who find their favorite plants among the flowers and foliage on the farm. Ashlee hopes she can inspire you to add more natives to your own garden this year. Visit Ashlee at The Posy Plot stall to chat about her favorite subject and maybe buy some of her recommendations.
Brian is a self-taught mushroom cultivator and the dedicated owner of Mattson's Mushrooms. With a lifelong passion for horticulture, Brian has experience managing greenhouses, growing a wide variety of plants, and crafting ivy topiaries. In recent years, while holding a career in energy conservation, Brian dedicated his free time to learn about mushroom cultivation. As he began to learn more about mushroom cultivation, he became engrossed with the process and spent hours researching and experimenting with different growing techniques. Through trial and error, Brian became skilled at growing mushrooms. What started as a hobby has transitioned into a business that sells locally-grown at farmer's markets in the area.
Candice and Evan Mock are the founders of Patchwork Planting LLC, a flower and produce farm located in Noxen, PA. Going into their sixth season their business has evolved from just selling to florists to also offering flower subscriptions, buckets for events and weddings, a you-pick field, vegetable boxes, and more. They also have chickens, ducks, turkeys and guinea hens, the cat trio, and an elderly English Bulldog. Their two boys, Leeland (6) and Sully (3) are country boys through and through and are often a huge help on the farm. You can find them active on their social media pages, along with an up to date website with their offerings.
Facebook - www.facebook.com/pwplanting
Instagram - www.instagram.com/pwplanting
Orna and her husband, Jerry, have worked the one-acre hobby farm on their nine-acre property in Scott Township since 2006. In addition to growing vegetables and making maple syrup, The Clum Family Farm has become home to chickens, goats, dogs and various cats, ducks, turkeys, pigs and let’s not forget the all-important bees.
Orna grew up in Israel, and after finishing her military service at the age of 21, she came to the United States. After graduating East Stroudsburg University, she worked in hotel management and for H&R Block for nearly 10 years. Now, during winter months when the farm is a little more quiet, she runs her own tax preparation business. Orna is a volunteer at The Greenhouse Project in Nay Aug Park Scranton, and regularly gives talks there to educate people on the life cycle and importance of bees.