Rudi Hempe, Agricultural Experiment Station Facilities Manager for the Master Gardener Program at East Farm, concentrates on research projects such as the effort to develop a blight resistant American Chestnut Tree. This endeavor, known as the Chestnut Orchard Research Project, started locally in 2009. Rudi will discuss the latest developments and findings in this ongoing research project to help save the American Chestnut.
Rudi is a retired journalist who spent more than 40 years in newspapers such as the Providence Journal but mostly as editor of the North Kingstown Standard-Times. He also spent several years as an adjunct professor of journalism at URI. He is free-lance writer and serves as vice chair of the Southern RI Conservation District.
A resident of Narragansett, he finally had time in his schedule to take the URI Master Gardener Program training class in 1999 and has remained active with that organization to this day, logging more than 15,000 volunteer hours, believed to be the highest total among Master Gardeners nationwide. You may know Rudi as a Founding Member of Rudi’s Rangers!
The Beechwood Lecture Series, offered to the public, free of charge, is a joint effort of the URI Master Gardener Program and the RI Wild Plant Society. Master Gardeners receive education credits for attending.
Upcoming 2017 Beechwood Lectures
3/22/17 Bees in the Garden, Ken Oles, URI Master Gardener
5/24/17 Herb Gardening and Uses, Glen and Mary Cory, Farmacy Herbs, Providence, RI
7/19/17 Cooking with Native Produce, Chef Brandon Read, The Celestial Café, Exeter, RI
9/20/17 Creating Pollinator Habitat, Vanessa Venturini, State Program Leader, URI Master Gardener Program
11/15/17 Designing the Ecological Landscape, Kevin M. Alverson Landscape Architecture