BI- STATE MASTER GARDENER PROGRAM: USING REGIONAL RESOURCES WISELY
County Extension Coordinator - Russell County
Alabama Cooperative Extension Sysytem
Muscogee County (Columbus), an urban center of over 175,000 residents, shares the Chattahoochee River with their Alabama neighbor, Russell County (Phenix City) with a population of 32,000 residents. Adding to this Muscogee County, GA is a much closer proximity to the campus of Auburn University than the University of Georgia campus in Athens, the partnership of UGA Extension and Alabama Cooperative Extension is mutually beneficial for our region. According to needs assessments, the Master Gardener Extension Volunteer program is desired in both communities mentioned. Combining our unique resources from the two county’s Extension offices, a bi-state Master Gardener program was offered in the fall of 2013. Eighteen participants graduated the program’s two-month class portion; 14 Muscogee County and 4 Russell County. The program participants have now volunteered in both states according to their respective requirements. Master Gardener Extension Volunteers are currently assisting with multiple volunteer projects that include, but are not limited to, afterschool garden programs, Junior Master Gardener and assisting with office administration and providing research-based horticultural advice within the county extension offices.
Poster has NOT been presented at any previous NACAA AM/PIC
This poster is being submitted for judging. It will be displayed at the AM/PIC if not selected as a State winner. The abstract will be published in the proceedings.
A poster file has not been provided
Authors: J. Davidson, K. P. Smith
Davidson, J. County Extension Coordinator, University of Georgia, Georgia, 31901
Smith, K. State Master Gardener Coordinator, Auburn University, Alabama, 36360