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  •   Guest post by Rebecca Brightwell, Associate Director / Public Service Faculty, University of Georgia, College of Family & Consumer Sciences, Institute on Human Development & Disability   Farmers markets are hotter than ever before.   A recent U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) report to Congress shares that local and regional food sales in the U.S. totaled $6.1 billion in 2012—an increase…

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  • Gardens for Giving

    The Plant-A-Row for the Hungry project (PAR) in Fayette is a community service project run by Master Gardener Extension Volunteers (MGEVs). It began in 2000 after MGEVs heard of the national program (https://www.doinggoodtogether.org/bhf/plant-a-row-for-the-hungry/). Volunteers spend countless hours preparing the site, planting, harvesting, and managing the garden to give back to those in need in Fayette…

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  • a guest post by Robert Westerfield, Extension Consumer Horticulturist, Extension Coordinator It’s hard to believe that fall is here (finally!), and school is back in session, while we still suffer from maximum degree temperatures. But it won’t be long before county offices start to get request for school or community gardens. Oftentimes, Master Gardeners are tapped for…

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  • (originally printed in The Volunteer Vine, Volume 9, November 2014, page 4) Are you in that end-of-year reflecting mode, as 2014 comes to a close? Are you taking a look at your projects that you worked on this year? Thinking about what 2015 might hold? Is the plant sale committee already churning out plant labels and…

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  • Junior Gardeners

    The Junior Master Gardener (JMG) Program is present in counties around the state. The program, created by Texas A&M, gives Master Gardener Extension Volunteers the tools to educate, inspire, and influence children through hands-on horticultural experiences. Through this program, MGEVs not only contribute to the development of a love for gardening but also encourage youth…

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  • Making History

    Not only do MGEVs garden to bring horticulture education to local communities, but they also offer a historical perspective through their lively education centers full of produce or heirloom roses. Through the installation and maintenance of gardens at historical sites, MGEVs are able to use their skills to bring multiple layers of education to the…

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  • Around the state, MGEVs have found valuable ways to benefit members of their communities through horticulture venues. One of those valuable ways is community and demonstration gardens that provide a place of education, a source of produce, and a welcoming area for children and adults to gather. The Healthy Life Community Garden in Spalding County…

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  • As a Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteer, you have partnered with UGA Cooperative Extension as a community volunteer educator. So, what’s one of your many outlets that can be used to extend research-based horticulture knowledge into the community? Speakers’ Bureau! This project was addressed in the June Facebook Fest on the Georgia Master Gardener Program…

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  • What is a plant clinic or a Master Gardener help desk? At their core, these are public assistant stations staffed by volunteers armed with gardening and horticulture knowledge imparted to them by UGA Extension. A plant clinic was the very first Master Gardener project in Washington state in 1974. Extension agents concocted the idea to…

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  • Pollinator gardens are valuable community gardens, education centers for all ages, and unique outdoor laboratories. They educate visitors about pollinators, their life cycles, and their food preferences at each life stage. Not only are they diverse in their plant life and the pollinators they attract, but they also function to attract audiences of all ages.…

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