Cooperative Extension offers classes for landscapers, nursery workers
The University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, in collaboration with the Nevada Department of Agriculture, will offer a series of eight classes for those in the green industry beginning Feb. 1.
The classes are geared for landscapers, nursery workers, groundskeepers and others in the green industry to learn science-based, sustainable horticulture practices to help them manage plants and landscapes.
The trainings will be held 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Feb.1 – 27, with an optional, no-cost exam day on March 1. Classes are taught by Cooperative Extension and Nevada Department of Agriculture staff and industry professionals, and are held at the Washoe County Cooperative Extension office in Reno at 4955 Energy Way.
Class topics include:
Feb. 1: Plant Disease Basics
Feb. 6: Pruning Landscape Plants
Feb. 8: IPM and Pesticide Safety
Feb. 13: Soils, Potting Mixes and Fertilizers
Feb. 15: Sustainable Turfgrass Maintenance
Feb. 20: Landscape Water Management
Feb. 22: Insect Identification
Feb. 27: Noxious Weeds and Weed Law
Classes are $15 each or $80 for all eight. Further discounts are available to organizations enrolling multiple employees. Fees include course materials, certificates of attendance, refreshments and International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and Pesticide Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Course fees also support the Green Industry Continuing Education Series and Trees and Drought sessions, which are held year-round as needed.
Register online at the Green Industry Training website, http://www.growyourownnevada.com/horticulture-programs/green-industry-training/. For more information on classes or certification, contact Melody Hefner at email@example.com or 775-336-0247.
Heather Ashbridge, who started with Nevada State Development Corporation in 2008, previously served in several roles with the organization, including assistant vice president and loan officer. She is based in NSDC’s Reno office.