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

Habitat for Humanity

When I am asked what my favorite part of working with Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteers (MGEVs) is, I proceed to express how much I enjoy visiting Master Gardener projects around the state. I don’t just praise the beautiful demonstration gardens overflowing with colors, scents, and learning opportunities, thousands of…
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Cultivating Community

Joined by the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), The Atlanta Food Bank, and Kaiser Permanente, the City of Morrow established a plan for a Lifelong Community garden in Clayton County. The purpose of creating this community garden was to establish a community building unit that could be upheld as a Lifelong…
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Serving Seniors

In 2005, the Athens Community Council on Aging (ACCA), began a small garden on campus to address seniors’ access to healthy and affordable produce.  The clients of ACCA helped tend to the garden and were able to collectively enjoy the bounty.  In 2009, ACCA partnered with Professor David Berle, UGA…
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Sharing Seeds

In the fall of 2015, Cherokee County Extension Volunteers (MGEVs) began work on a unique project with Cherokee County Extension and the Sequoyah Library System. In March of 2016, the Cherokee County Seed Library was launched at Hickory Flat Library, with plans to open a second seed library location in…
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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…
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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…
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Spotlighting MGEV Projects

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…
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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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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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