Photo by Kate Halstead, WSU Extension

EVERETT, Wash. – Gardeners tend to be lifelong students – always seeking ways to improve. Advanced training for food gardeners will be available 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, from the Washington State University Snohomish County Extension Growing Groceries program.

The event will be at the extension Cougar Auditorium in McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE, Everett. Bring your own lunch.

Topics to be covered include:

* Growing heirloom vegetables, with Carol Bello, master gardener;

* Pest prevention, with Sharon Collman, extension horticulturist;

* Best varieties for your garden, panel discussion with Growing Groceries mentors;

* How to conduct variety trials, with Sharon Collman, extension horticulturist.

Cost is $25 per person and pre-registration is required. Register online at Or download the form at and mail with a check.

For registration information, contact Karie Christensen at 425-357-6039 or e-mail



Sharon Collman, WSU Snohomish County extension educator, 425-357-6025,

Kate Halstead, WSU Extension, 360-794-6081,