By Rebecca Krans MSU Extension Consumer Horticulture Educator TUSTIN\u00a0\u2014\u00a0Whether a seasoned vegetable gardener or just a beginner, the upcoming Smart Vegetable\u00a0Gardening Workshop to be held at the Kettunen Center in Tustin may be for local residents. The course is\u00a0offered by MSU Extension and will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 21. Smart\u00a0Gardening is focused on providing home gardeners Earth-friendly techniques that help reduce\u00a0pesticide use, build healthy soils and make use of organic fertilizer sources. Key messages focus\u00a0around smart soils, smart plants, smart lawns, smart vegetables and smart gardening for\u00a0pollinators. Smart Vegetable Gardening will be the focus of the all-day conference. Four different Michigan\u00a0State University Educators will provide presentations on the following Smart topics: Smart\u00a0Gardening for Healthy Soils, Season Extenders for Smart Gardening, Smart Vegetable Gardening for\u00a0Pollinators\/Beneficials, and Smart Nutrient Management for Vegetables. Visit\u00a0events.anr.msu.edu\/2016SGVegConfKett\/ to register. Only online registrations will be\u00a0accepted before the day of the conference.\u00a0Registration includes snacks, lunch, handouts, access to\u00a0Michigan State University Extension\u2019s Smart Gardening tip sheets and door prizes. You must allow 10\u00a0days for processing if paying by check, so checks are due to MSU ANR Events Services online by\u00a0May 10.\u00a0Those without internet access may register through the Wexford or Osceola County MSU\u00a0Extension Offices. To learn more about the Smart Gardening initiative, please visit the Gardening in\u00a0Michigan website at www.migarden.msu.edu. For those with specific questions about the conference,\u00a0contact Rebecca Krans, MSU Extension Consumer Horticulture\u00a0Educator, directly at (906) 875-0606 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.