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Engaging Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteers in meaningful discussion about volunteering, outreach and community.

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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.

Considering a Help Desk?

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…
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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…
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MGEVs are Extraordinary People

  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…
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Can we say “thank you” again and again?

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…
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Thank you for a welcoming entrance!

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…
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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…
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Next Steps for the Farm&Garden Learning Station

Last December, Master Gardener Extension Volunteers (MGEVs) were invited to UGA Griffin for a unique workshop. They were asked to provide design insight for the horticultural and gardening elements of a public learning garden planned for the UGA Tifton Campus, the Farm & Garden Learning Station. Focusing on adaptive farming…
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