In today’s (Almost) Wordless Wednesday post, you’ll see examples of how some Master Gardeners from across the United States are volunteering or being recognized this National Volunteer Week 2013.
As Terry Straub mentioned last year in his Well-Educated Volunteer article, while volunteer recognition is definitely appreciated, so are meaningful, and life-long learning opportunities. Thus, you’ll see examples of Master Gardeners participating in meaningful and fun volunteer events and also how Master Gardeners are being recognized in programs across the U.S during National Volunteer Week 2013!
This is just a beginning. We’d like to know: How are Master Gardeners volunteering or being recognized in your program this week? (Let us know in the comments section).
Educating Youth via the Junior Master Gardener Program
University of MN Extension Master Gardeners – Hennepin County
Instructing youth on how to measure plants
Phenology Day Walk
Pima County Master Gardeners, University of Arizona
Master Gardeners were part of the 25 people plus 15 volunteers who collected data at 6 sites along our Tucson Phenology Trail
Master Gardeners and other volunteers participate in Saturday’s phenology celebration via the Tucson Phenology Trail
Get the latest on Master Gardeners and Nature’s Notebook
Find more about Master Gardeners and Citizen Science Opportunities
Answering Gardening Questions
Answering Infoline Questions
North Carolina Extension/Guilford County Master Gardeners
April 24 (date photo taken)
Dana and Jim on Infoline
Betty & Anita- Answering the Infoline
Annual Plant Sales
Prep for Annual Master Gardener Plant Sale
UNCE Master Gardeners
April 20, 2013
UNCE Master Gardener and Katie from Hungry Mother Organics starting seeds to prep for annual MG plant sale.
Left to Right Mark, Walt, Katie, Joyce, Sadie, Celia.
Photo by Bill Kositzky
UNL Spring Plant Affair Plant Sale
Nebraska Master Gardeners
Photos from 2012
Plants Sale is April 27
Nebraska Master Gardeners at Spring Plant Sale
‘Plant Sitter’ Station keeps Spring Affair purchased plants so people can attend talks and educational events.
Propagation Team Propagates for Plant Sale
Lafayette Parish Master Gardeners
Propagation team, propagating usual plants to raise funds for outreach programs.
See more about Spring Master Gardener Plant Sales
Volunteer Recognition and Awards
Appreciation for Answering Horticulture Questions
Hillsborough County Master Gardener Program, University of Florida
April 21st – April 27th is National Volunteer Week. National Volunteer Week honors the people who dedicate themselves to taking action and solving problems in their communities.
I want to personally thank each one of you [Master Gardeners] for all that you do to make the Hillsborough County Master Gardener Program a success. You give your time, talents, and creativity, and provide science-based, research information that improves the natural environment and the lives of our adult and youth citizens. THANK YOU!!!
Thank You Volunteers!
Somerset County, Rutger Master Gardener Program
“Here in Somerset County, NJ we honor all our Extension program area volunteers with a County Proclamation recognizing their efforts”
-Nicholas Polanin, Associate Professor, County Agent II, State Coordinator, Rutgers Master Gardener Program
Rutger Program Recogntion
Volunteer of the Year
Sacramento County MG program
Tuesday, April 23
University of California Lifetime Master Gardener Farmer Fred Hoffman was honored as Master Gardener “Volunteer of the Year” for 2012 by the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday (April 23). Fred hosts two popular Northern California gardening radio shows each week and spreads extension information via numerous social media platforms, his website, blogs and newspaper columns. Next to Fred and dressed in green, is Sacramento County MG program coordinator Judy McClure.
Sacramento-Volunteer of the Year
UNCE Master Gardener, Washoe County
Master Gardener Volunteer Dale Hildebrandt’s volunteer service was acknowledged on Monday at the Washoe County Commissioners meeting. She is pictured here with the other volunteers recognized, she’s in the center of the third row, to the left of the Nevada flag and to the right of the uniformed gentleman in the third row.
Master Gardener Volunteer, Dale Hildebrandt with other Washoe County, Nevada Volunteers
NC Cooperative Extension/Guilford County Center
We held an Awards Breakfast last Wednesday, during which our Horticulture Agent, Karen Neill, presented County Commissioner Linda
Shaw with a “check” for $368,854.26, representing the volunteer contribution of Guilford County’s EMGs to the residents of the County.
During the Breakfast, Jeanne Aller was presented the award for Veteran of the Year for 2012, honoring in part her contribution of more than 500 hours to the program; Intern Ken Bastion, who put in more than 180 hours as well as signing on as Co-Chair of our Demo Garden Committee during his trainee year, is shown accepting his Rookie of the Year award.
-Linda Brandon, Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Coordinator
NC Cooperative Extension/Guilford County Center