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Old 02-22-2008, 10:46 AM
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Location: Central Coast, Ca
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The first year you volunteer a minimum of 50 hours (we have no requirement as to where the volunteer hours must be spent) and complete 12 hours of continuing education. After that you must volunteer at least 25 hrs and complete 12 hrs of CE per year to maintain your certification.

They do have a program with the local schools, clinics at the Farmers markets, helpline, local articles in the newspaper, newsletters and a variety of other community outreach programs. I just think this is so neat! My Father was the one who told me about the program, he has worked in the Forest Service for his career and is an avid gardener. I love to garden and so am looking forward to learning much much more.
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Old 02-28-2008, 03:37 PM
 
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I took the classes when I was pregnant but overestimated by ability to do the volunteer hours with a newborn. So, I never finished the committment and can't call myself a master gardener, but I did learn a lot.
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Old 02-29-2008, 06:40 AM
 
Location: NE Florida
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how are the classes going ?
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Old 02-29-2008, 10:59 AM
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They are going really good. We had our second class yesterday so we are just starting. Covering the basics of botany right now. We will also have to do a group presentation so we got into our groups and talked about what kind of presentation we will do. I am really enjoying the group of people that are involved in this, everyone is friendly and outgoing and eager to learn. Makes it really fun! We 'dissected' different plants yesterday and identified the 'parts'. I am already learning so much!

Thanks for asking, Karla
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Old 03-01-2008, 08:08 AM
 
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sound like it is going very well

when do you do "plant propagation" that was one of my favorite parts of the course

I missed our quarterly training yesterday they had a speaker on orchids
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Old 03-01-2008, 10:22 AM
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Plant propagation is our next study topic. We are going to have someone come in and do a demonstration on grafting, which I think will be really neat.

Karla, what made you decide to get involved with the MG program?
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Old 03-01-2008, 01:22 PM
 
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My sister finished the program and was going to get a job with those skills, but decided to move and just gardens in her own yard now.
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Old 03-02-2008, 05:23 AM
 
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I have been volunteering for 34 years and I love gardening so it was a perfect opportunity to do both
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Old 04-07-2008, 02:17 PM
 
Location: oregon
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Hi
I'm in the finishing stages of the mg program here in Marion County (salem) oregon and having real issues with them..the phone part is great and so much info and how to find it even at home but our MGs have some real our way or the highway atitudes that I simply don't like...Its like your whole life is to stop for them ..
I volunteer at another public garden and they don't even want to hear that you play in 80 acres on a weekly basis..Not sure I will complete the time needed.
To anyone thinking on taking this really think threw the time involved part and your life style....
Happy Gardening
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Old 04-07-2008, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Lake Country, Wisconsin
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I enjoyed it when I took it here. This year I did not renew my certification though as I did not have the time for the volunteer hours.
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