In Virginia Beach, raising awareness in public schools about the importance of environmental sustainability is a city goal. With nearly 68,000 school-age children in Virginia Beach Public Schools and only one horticulture class offered in Virginia Beach Public Schools and one college Horticulture program regionally, it’s impossible to provide sustainable horticulture education to every student.
Virginia Beach Cooperative Extension sought to fill some of that gap, through five events that succeeded in reaching over 6,200 students.
First and second graders in public schools throughout Virginia Beach participated in Ready, Set, Grow, which taught the importance of plants and how they grow.
Junior Master Gardener Camp taught environmental awareness to underserved youth through Parks and Recreation’s Rehabilitation Program.
Farm Days, sponsored by the Virginia Dare Soil and Water Conservation District, taught students about beneficial insects and habitat preservation.
Applications for the 2017 New River Valley Master Gardener training program are due by Dec. 19.
Are you looking for a way to improve your community through volunteer service? Do you have an interest in horticulture? Do you enjoy sharing your knowledge? If the answer to all of these questions is yes, being a Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener may be right for you.
Applications that can be found online are now being accepted for the New River Valley Master Gardener training program and are due by Dec. 19. Applicants must be able to attend a 60-hour training course and complete 50 hours of volunteer service with Virginia Cooperative Extension during their first year.
The cost for the 60-hour course is $150, which covers the “Virginia Master Gardener Handbook” textbook and other training materials.
The training course will be held from March to May on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1– 4 p.m. at the Hahn Horticulture Pavilion at Virginia Tech. Students will get an equivalent of three college credits worth of knowledge from classes taught by Virginia Tech professors and Virginia Cooperative Extension agents.
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One of the many thank-you notes that Mike Andruczyk has received since launching a tree-planting program in Chesapeake.
If the drawing of the smiling girl standing in front of a rainbow and a tree weren’t enough to convey the impact of a Virginia Cooperative Extension program in the City of Chesapeake, then the writing underneath it did.
“Thank you for our katsura tree. You are awesome and great. I wish I was a tree planter like you,” a first-grader named Jenesis wrote in neat, tight handwriting. “Trees are beautiful to me!”
It was just one of the many thank-you notes that Extension Horticulture Agent Mike Andruczyk has received since launching the What is a Tree program that teaches students — many of who have never planted anything in their lives – about the value of trees.
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Classes offered at the Master Gardener College cover a wide range of topics from greenhouse propagation of bog plants to floral arrangements.
BLACKSBURG, Va., June 24, 2014 – Nearly 250 Master Gardeners from across Virginia will attend the 27th annual Master Gardener College at Virginia Tech June 25-29.
The conference, hosted by Virginia Cooperative Extension, offers continuing education for its more than 5,500 Master Gardener volunteers.
At first glance, Virginia Master Gardener College would appear to be a typical professional development conference with opportunities for Master Gardeners to gain recertification, increase their gardening knowledge, and network with other volunteers.
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BLACKSBURG, Va., Nov. 14, 2013 – The Bedford County Master Gardeners group placed third in the International Master Gardener Search for Excellence contest.
Their project, “Therapeutic Gardening,” won third place in the Special Needs Audiences category — one of seven project categories. Winners were announced in September at the 2013 International Master Gardener Conference in Alaska.
Virginia Master Gardeners are volunteer educators with Virginia Cooperative Extension who work within their communities to encourage and promote environmentally sound horticulture practices through sustainable landscape management education and training.
“It was very exciting to have the work we do recognized by this group,” said Phyllis Turner, a Master Gardener involved in the therapeutic gardening project.
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