Way to go on your article! I have been a WVU certified MG going on 3 years now and I am always learning something new, whether it be what weeds are bad weeds or good, how to prune grapevines correctly or how to keep tools sharp. Although volunteer and educational hours vary from program to program, since the MG program I am affiliated with is close to three other states, we offer an educational op every month so people can come and get their hours in, in addition to caring for a number of community gardens to get the volunteer hours in. It is interesting to see what other MG programs are doing, too, so that ours might find something new to try. Thank you for your article outlining the program and hopefully by this years' class (we do one a year) we'll have our newly updated 20 pound manual ready! Find our program at http://www.morgancounty-wv.org/MasterGardeners/MasterGardeners-Home.htm or www.myspace.com/MorganCoMasterGardeners !
Thank you so much for this wonderful aritcle describing the Master Gardener program. I have been a Master Gardener since 2003 and have enjoyed every minute. Our association provides an annual Workshop and Plant Sale in March for the public. The plants are cuttings from our own gardens which we propagate in a greenhouse loaned to us by our County Extension. This is quite a privilege as the extension does experimentation on crops of various types throughout the year. In the last several years our plant sale has included about 1000 annuals, perennials, tropicals and shrubs of different types. We also maintain the gardens on the Extension property. There are perennial, herb and vegetable gardens on the property. In the past years we have landscaped a Habitat Home and we also provid information at our local Farmers Market in the spring and fall, judge the 4-H tomato contest and the flower competition at our regional fair and many other volunteer projects. You are right that there may be one sour note in an organization, but most all MG's are more than willing to offer any help they can to the comminuty. Once again, Thank You, Linda B from SC