At the end of 2019, 18 Master Gardener Volunteers reported 1,076 hours of volunteer service for an estimated value of $25,828 (Independent Sector). They also reported 222 hours of continuing education and reached an estimated 2,621 individuals with various outreach projects.
Answering Questions at County Fair
Master Gardener Volunteers served approximately 300 adults and youth by providing horticultural information and answered questions throughout the four day county fair. We also gave out free yard sticks with holes to assist in spacing when planting seeds. We were very busy throughout and received a wide variety of inquiries. Many noted that they make a point to stop by our booth every year and keep handouts in a folder for easy reference.
Educating the Community
Master Gardener Volunteers hosted a speaker for a morning on no till gardening which served approximately 45 members of the public. All who attended said that it they learned a great deal.
Gardening with 4-H
Master Gardener Volunteers teamed with 12 youth from the Blazing Stars 4-H group to work on two public gardens weekly throughout the growing season. The youth learned about planting and caring for annuals, perennials and shrubs including pruning techniques and different growing habits of specific plants. They also learned to plant and care for 3 mixed annuals in a pot at home for six weeks with awards given to ones who accomplished the best results.
Answering Questions at Senior Center Fair
Master Gardener Volunteers served approximately 75 adults by providing horticultural information and answering questions throughout the morning at the Senior Center Community Fair. Houseplants were given as door prizes along with information on their care.
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