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Assistance from Master Gardener Volunteers

Posted by gardener_sandy z7 VA (My Page) on
Fri, Mar 4, 11 at 20:43

A question that repeatedly comes up is along the lines of "Will a Master Gardener come to my home and help me with..." As part of their volunteer activities, MGs usually do not do this sort of thing. However, each locality may have different policies about informing their MGs about requests of this kind. So, the answer to the questions should always be, contact your local Cooperative Extension Office and ask someone there if their policy will allow the kind of activity you are suggesting.

As an example, our group has a number of MGs that are trained Urban Tree Specialists. In certain circumstances we will be asked to visit a property to look at a tree with problems. We also have a program that sends a volunteer out to take soil samples and evaluate a lawn. But we don't help with gardening or other activities of that nature.

It would be interesting to hear what activities of this type your group offers.


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RE: Assistance from Master Gardener Volunteers

We do not do field trips to offer advice except in the case of projects like school gardens or senior living housing. We did at one time, but found it is not the mission of the MG program and tended to dilute the MG volunteer force. Al

RE: Assistance from Master Gardener Volunteers

Thanks for your response, Al. One reason we participate in the lawns program is because we are in the Chesapeake Bay watershed and one of our goals is to help people use less fertilizer and other chemicals in their yards. Every pound of nitrogen or phosphorus we can prevent from washing into the creeks and rivers is a small step in the direction of Bay restoration. The program was started years ago with a grant from a water conservation group and has kept going. Our group does around 400 lawns a year. With the number of volunteers we have it is a good number for us without taking away from the other MG programs. We do have a small charge for it that covers the cost of the admin part, newsletters and such that go to the homeowners quarterly for a year.


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