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UPDATE: Some, Not All Counties Part of ProjectMapIt Yet

 

Though we have MGEV programs in nearly 60 counties, and more than 1400 active MGEV projects in MGLOG, only 26 counties are represented in the projects that have been shared. We want to be sure to hear from all county programs and their projects. If your county isn’t shown on the chart at the left, talk to your project coordinators. They can easily go to the mapping site and enter project information. The site will be live through the end of the year. We shared the details of how to map projects on this recent Trellis post.

 

 

 

One of the benefits of mapping our projects is the ability to describe how these projects contribute to consumer horticulture programming. We are able to group projects into similar themes so that we understand how MGEVs are teaching our neighbors about gardening. This fosters the development of new tools, such as timely publications, web tools, branded resources, and even projects. So far, we know that community projects dominate MGEV project offerings, followed by youth horticulture projects. It will be interesting to follow the patterns and trends in these projects as more are shared this fall.

 

GEORGIA MGEV PROJECTS


PROJECT TYPES

NO.

%

Extension Help Desk 8 7.2
Plant Clinic 3 2.7
Demonstration garden  16 14.4
Food gardens 14 12.6
Historic gardens 11 9.9
Horticultural Shows 4 3.6
Exhibits 2 1.8
Media projects 5 4.5
Youth Horticulture Projects 20 18.0
Community Projects 28 25.2
Total 111 100.0
*as reported at the ProjectMapIt! site as of 10/23/18

You are also identifying key issues addressed at your project sites. This will help us tie our work back to the critical issues facing landscapes and gardens and really put into perspective the valuable education you are providing. It is really important that I understand what issues MGEV projects are addressing so that resources are available to support local programming.

Key Emphasis of the Garden
24 Pollinator education
3 Water-wise
Composting
1 Native plants
5 Trees and shrubs for landscapes and gardens
1 Site use (i.e., slope, shade)
4 Growing vegetables
3 Perennials
1 Rain gardens
2 Other
*as reported at the ProjectMapIt! site as of 10/23/18

You are also sharing keys to success for many of these projects. Per your request, we have been sharing those tips during Thoughtful Thursdays in September and October (you can catch the archives via the links on your MGLOG homepage). We’ll have another project sharing session in December.

In the meantime, if your project hasn’t been mapped, be sure to add it to the project! We want to include it!

https://tinyurl.com/MGEVProjectMap

 

 

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sdorn

About sdorn

Sheri is the State Coordinator for the Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Program and Extension Specialist for Consumer Ornamentals. When she is not traveling about the state of Georgia admiring the work of Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteers, she spends time in her own (real and virtual) gardens.