Learning Resources

Extension One Search

Extension One Search allows you to search the resources provided by your Cooperative Extension Service using a Google Custom Search Engine that includes many of the Cooperative Extension websites provided by your Land-Grant institutions.

If you have a specific question and cannot find appropriate resources on the Virginia Cooperative Extension website, Extension One Search allows you to search many other states’ Extension websites at once.

Extension Search Resources for EMG Questions

Web Resources:

Extension One Search: Easily search all University Extension websites for a particular topic.

https://search.extension.org/

Virginia Cooperative Extension Publications page: View and search all Virginia Cooperative Extension publications.

http://pubs.ext.vt.edu

2019 Pest Management Guide: Updated every year and appropriate for making recommendations on controlling home insect pests.

http://pubs.ext.vt.edu/456/456-018/456-018.html

Other University Extension sites:

UMD: https://extension.umd.edu/

NC State: https://www.ces.ncsu.edu/

WVU: https://extension.wvu.edu/

Clemson: https://www.clemson.edu/extension/

UKY: https://extension.ca.uky.edu/

Penn State: https://extension.psu.edu/

Print Resources:

EMG Training Handbook: Sections on horticulture topics are useful to consult in answering questions. Content in the EMG training manual has undergone review and is appropriate to reference if it will be helpful in answering someone’s question. Note material in the handbook is copyrighted. Do not provide copies of the handbook to anyone and please do not copy and distribute pages.

View and download a printer-friendly version of the Extension search tools handout in Google Docs here

Online Learning Opportunities

Soil Health Information Page

Virginia Cooperative Extension

  • A wealth of information regarding soil health.  Includes information on soil as a living ecosystem, soil management to protect habitat, minimizing soil disturbance, soil covers, diversifying plant and animal communities and more.

Soil Information Program

Virginia Cooperative Extension

  • Webinar series in basic soils plus links to additional resources and publications.

IPM Training Modules for Master Gardeners

University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener Program

  • Modules created to inform Master Gardeners about newly emerging pest and disease problems.

Webinar Portal for Conservation of Natural Resources

USDA NRCS

  • Live and on-demand webinars on a variety of subjects, including urban forestry, conservation, organic agriculture, soil health, nutrient and pesticide application, wildlife habitat and more.  Certificates of Attendance are available through the registration process.

Spotted Lanternfly Resources

Virginia Cooperative Extension Spotted lanternfly page 

Northeastern IPM webinars – Spotted lanternfly information focused on growers, but may also be helpful to Master Gardeners interested in learning more about the SLF

Other Useful Links

Benefits of Farm to School research

Vegetable Varieties for Gardeners from Cornell Extension

“Plants Do that” infographics  from the National Initiative for Consumer Horticulture

Other State Master Gardener Programs