May 13: Rise & Shine: Gardening 101

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Rise & Shine: Gardening 101

Thursday, May 13
9:009:45 a.m.

Behrend Community Garden

Penn State Behrend's free webinar series for our alumni, retirees, and friends, Rise & Shine, shares exciting updates and provides educational information about programs and initiatives happening at the college.

In this session of Rise & Shine, a Penn State Master Gardener will provide some easy tips for managing a vegetable garden, as well as discuss how the Master Gardener members are supporting initiatives in Erie County. Whether you want to exercise your creativity or lead a healthier lifestyle, starting a garden from scratch is a fun way to accomplish these goals. Even if you don’t have a green thumb, our experts will show you how easy vegetable gardening can be.

Led by Penn State Behrend’s Sustainable Food Systems Program, we also will focus on the numerous projects in place that are helping to reduce food insecurity on and off-campus. Student-led organizations, such as LEAFs and Greener Behrend, support the Lion’s Pantry and Dobbins Dining Hall to provide produce grown in the campus gardens. These educational programs deliver more than just produce, they are leading the way in collaborative projects that offer connections to our community and real-world experiences for our students.

Penn State encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Andrea Myers at [email protected] or call 814-898-6089 at least two weeks prior to the start of the program to allow sufficient time to effectively meet your access needs.

Questions? Please contact Andrea Myers at [email protected] or by calling 814-898-6089.

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Meet Our Presenters

Katie Chriest
Sustainable Food Systems Program Coordinator

Katie Chriest is the sustainable food systems program coordinator for Penn State University's Commonwealth Campuses, based in Erie at Penn State Behrend. In connection with the Sustainability Institute and the Sustainable Food Systems Program at University Park, she has worked to build a community of practice across Commonwealth Campuses on food systems topics, with inspiration from the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. She also leads an energized team of interns at Penn State Behrend in managing an expanding campus garden, operating an on-campus Campus Supported Agriculture (CSA), and engaging with other local entities who work to increase food access, literacy, and justice throughout northwestern PA. Katie has a master’s in English and a certificate in Sustainable Food and Farming from UMass Amherst. She writes and edits for Edible Western New York and other publications, and she’s a musician, cyclist, and compulsive gardener who loves traveling to foreign farms.

Michael Bailey
Master Gardener

Michael Bailey, a retired health care worker and life gardener, has been a Master Gardener with Penn State Extension since 2014 and has been instrumental in the development of local gardens, including Emmaus Grove, SBEC Garden, and the gardens at St. Luke and Pfeiffer-Burleigh schools. He is the co-director of the Emmaus Grove Garden and Urban Farm and is co-founder of the BEST Neighborhood Garden. Mike also presents multiple vegetable garden educational activities, including in-person children and adult garden instruction, and is a Garden Hotline responder, garden club lecturer, and presents during Zoom and gardening radio spots.