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  • Camp Dirty Knees

    Ten years ago, Camp Dirty Knees was started to kick off the Carroll County Junior Master Gardener (JMG) program. A group of Master Gardener Extension Volunteers (MGEVs) who were also educators, started this project to address a need they noticed in the community. If children were exposed to horticulture education and gardening at a young…

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  • Natives

    A native plant garden positively impacts the environment as the use of native plants in the landscape can allow for decreased use of inputs like pesticides and fertilizer. In addition, these plants provide food and habitat for a variety of native wildlife. In Macon, GA, this type of beneficial garden evolved from a research garden…

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  • Last year, as Sarah and I worked on the annual report for Georgia’s MGEV Program, we wanted to include more information about how MGEVs educate the public. Since the project is the essence of MGEV outreach, we needed a way to learn more about MGEV projects.  I wanted examples of projects that were addressing our state initiatives,…

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  • When the MGEV program concept was developed more than 40 years ago in Washington, Extension agents were in dire need of volunteers to help answer plant and gardening questions that came to the Extension office. Plant clinics were also offered in area shopping malls. If you have worked the phones or office “help desk” or…

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  • The Bigger Picture

    Do you remember what the very first Master Gardener project was? It was a plant clinic, held at a shopping mall in Washington state. The project was birthed from Extension’s need to meet public demand for horticulture and gardening information. More than 300 people showed up that first day to get answers from that first…

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  • The Grass is Greener

     

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  •   I was asked to share some of my comments from yesterday’s MGEV Appreciation Picnic at UGA’s Research&Education Garden. Enjoy!   MGEVs are extraordinary people in my book. They understand the importance of horticulture and gardening to everyday life. They are motivated to do something in and for their communities through volunteer service. You put…

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  • Plant clinic shifts, presentations at libraries, speaking to students in classrooms, processing soil samples, preparing garden samples to send to specialists, writing newspaper columns, advising new homeowners how to take care of their landscape, answering the phone, leading garden tours, maintaining demonstration gardens, replacing garden signage, communicating with potential partners and stakeholders, and more… the…

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  • shared by Julie Aring, Coordinator for Clayton County’s Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Program Because MGEVs are knowledgeable and creative volunteers, Extension can put its research-based information out there to greet the public. Connie McDonald and Colleen Ammons, MGEVs in Clayton County, have been making the Extension office a welcoming place for eight years.  Every quarter, Connie…

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  • Thank you, MGEVs!

    This week, we celebrate National Volunteer Week with organizations across the country. In the midst of your community gardens, lecture series, school and youth garden projects, plant sales, and other events, we give Master Gardener Extension Volunteers (MGEVs) a special shout out! Hooray for MGEVs who partner with Extension to share research-based gardening information with…

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