Learn to raise your own food at Growing Groceries class

Do you dream of growing your own food but don’t know how to get started?

Well, you’re in luck.

Washington State University’s Snohomish County Extension Office, Monroe Public Schools and the Snohomish County Master Gardener Foundation will host their third annual Growing Groceries event from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 5 at Monroe High School, 17001 Tester Road, Monroe.

Experts, including Steve Smith of Sunnyside Nursery of Marysville, will talk about the best techniques for edible landscaping, school and community gardening, healthy soils, composting, weeds and pest management.

Admission is $10 per person or $20 per family (up to five people). Register at the event or print out a registration form (available in English and Spanish) at snohomish.wsu.edu/calendar.htm.

For more information or to volunteer, e-mail mg.help@wsu.edu or call 425-357-6010.

Get a grant

Are you planning a community garden or working to improve one this year?

Your project might be eligible for a grant from the Snohomish County Master Gardener Foundation.

Every year, the foundation sets aside $10,000 from its general fund for a grant program, now in its third year.

Any community garden, club, school or nonprofit agency in Snohomish County is eligible.

Applicants can apply for new funds (garden establishment) or existing gardens (garden enhancement or expansion).

Previous award recipients must wait one year from the original award before applying again.

Grants can go toward tools, seeds, plants and planting materials, but not salaries, property purchase or rental, permanent structures such as fences or tool sheds or expenses not directly related to the garden project.

Applications are available at www.snomgf.org or at Washington State University Snohomish County extension offices at 600 128th St. SE, Everett.

Call the master gardener hotline at 425-357-6010 with questions.

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