The Northeast Tennessee Master Gardener Association is group of trained volunteers who assist the University of Tennessee Extension in the counties of Hawkins, Sullivan, Washington, Carter and Unicoi. They provide education in home horticulture for the community members. The volunteers also organize and maintain garden projects throughout the region. The Master Gardener volunteer program allows individuals to dedicate their time and talents to enhancing the quality of life for citizens in the region using the science and art of horticulture.
NETMGA General Meeting
Monday, June 5
New Extension Building
140 Spurgeon Lane, Blountville
6:00 Networking – Feel free to bring a covered dish to share.
6:30 Program begins
Our speaker will be Camille Cody, presenting the program
“Cut Flower Gardening.” Camille is the farm operations manager at Serenity Knoll Farm in Jonesborough. The farm grows almost 50 varieties of cut flowers for arrangements and bouquets. The farm also participates in a Community Supported Agricultural program. Flowers and produce are available at some local farmer’s markets.
NEW Sullivan County Extension Location
Chris Ramsey and the Extension Office staff are now located in their new offices at 140 Spurgeon Lane, Blountville TN 37617. The new telephone number is 423-574-1919.
Do you want to become a Master Gardener?
Mark your calendar! New classes will begin in September.
The fall classes will be offered Tuesday and Thursday mornings beginning September 5 and ending October 31. They will be held in Blountville at the new Extension Office Building.
For more details, or to get your name on the list, contact Chris Ramsey.
Changes for Reporting Hours
Starting in 2017, Master Gardeners should combine the ACT categories into one Service Hour category. There is no need to tally Administration, Community Service, and Teaching hours as separate categories. The required number of Service Hours (formerly ACT hours) remains the same: 40 for interns and 25 for Certified Master Gardeners. The CEU requirement will remain at 8 hours for Interns and Certified Master Gardeners.
Lifetime Master Gardeners will now be required to invest 15 hours per year in Service Hours and/or CEUs. Note these three examples: (1) 15 Service Hours and no CEUs, or (2) a combination of Service Hours and CEUs totaling 15 or (3) no Service Hours and 15 CEUs. (Of course, more hours in either category are encouraged and appreciated, and should be reported!) Lifetime Master Gardeners will begin recognition of service at 10 years, with additional recognition at the 15, 20, and 25 year levels.
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