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1 Cuyahoga County Master Gardeners OSU Ext.

2 Master Gardeners Community Service Community Support A diverse group of people A diverse group of people Sharing knowledge Helping others Providing volunteer leadership and service

3 Our Vision – The OSU Extension Master Gardener Program is a premier statewide network of volunteer education and leadership development; as well as a consumer horticulture education delivery system that maximizes human, material, and natural resources, and values teamwork and excellence in educational programming. The OSU Extension Master Gardener Program is a premier statewide network of volunteer education and leadership development; as well as a consumer horticulture education delivery system that maximizes human, material, and natural resources, and values teamwork and excellence in educational programming.

4 Our Mission – To provide To provide horticultural education horticultural education develop leadership ability of volunteers develop leadership ability of volunteers

5 Back to the Beginnings When did the Master Program Begin? When did the Master Program Begin? Washington State Washington State The beginnings in Ohio The beginnings in Ohio In the 1970s In the 1970s Revitalized in Cuyahoga County in 1986 Revitalized in Cuyahoga County in 1986 Longest continuously running program in Ohio Longest continuously running program in Ohio 10 counties around the state in the 1990s 10 counties around the state in the 1990s ~35 counties in 2006 and over 900 volunteers ~35 counties in 2006 and over 900 volunteers

6 Brief history of the extension service Land grant colleges Land grant colleges Mission Mission outreach outreach Evidence based/best practices Evidence based/best practices Grassroots development Grassroots development Rural and community development Rural and community development

7 Part of larger picture Trained and supported by the Ohio State University Trained and supported by the Ohio State University With the staff and resources of the county extension service With the staff and resources of the county extension service

8 Volunteer Training 10 week intensive program 10 week intensive program Over 60 hours of classroom training Instruction provided by Staff of the OSU Extension office Other Master Gardeners Internship program 50 hours of additional training through participation in Master Gardener programs

9 Master Gardener Services & Activities Garden Hotline Garden Hotline Demonstration and test gardens Demonstration and test gardens Thursdays in the Garden programs are offered by the Master Gardeners throughout the growing season Volunteer booth at flower shows & fairs Volunteer booth at flower shows & fairs Horticultural therapy Horticultural therapy Educational programs Educational programs The Trumpet Vine newsletter The Trumpet Vine newsletter

10 Outreach to the community Informing the public Informing the public Home and garden show Home and garden show Bug Fest! Bug Fest! Plant sale Plant sale Speakers service Speakers service Library programs Library programs

11 Outreach to the community Educating the public Educating the public Demonstration gardens Demonstration gardens Experimental approaches to gardening practices Experimental approaches to gardening practices School programs School programs Senior education at Tri-C Senior education at Tri-C

12 Outreach to the community Assisting the community Assisting the community Nursing home programs Nursing home programs Hotline Hotline

13 Hotline! Answering telephone inquiries on horticulture topics (the Master Gardener Hotline) Answering telephone inquiries on horticulture topics (the Master Gardener Hotline) Phone volunteers Phone volunteers Backed up by University research Up to date library Supported by technology Computers for research support for gardening questions

14 Goverence of Master Gardeners Volunteer arm of extension Volunteer arm of extension Lifelong learning for volunteers Lifelong learning for volunteers Various committees and advisory groups Various committees and advisory groups Self supporting Self supporting Extension staff


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