Thursday, January 29, 2009

Woo Hoo! Florida Master Gardener Program is 30 Years Old!

Congratulations to the Florida Master Gardener Program! 2009 marks the 30th anniversary for the program. In three decades, Master Gardeners have made a huge difference in Florida. Since 1979, Master Gardeners have donated more than 5.4 million hours, which is worth some $83 million!

Noteworthy statistics:
- more than 80 percent of counties adopted the program within its first two decades
- fifty-eight of Florida's sixty-seven counties have active Master Gardener programs
- the average lifespan of county programs is twelve years
- each county has an average of seventy-three trained volunteers
- more than 82 percent of counties train one new class of Master Gardeners each year

Read more about the program's success here.


Janet, The Queen of Seaford said...

I am proud to a part of the York County Virginia Master Gardeners. Each unit has its own unique flair, but it all boils down to sharing research based sound horticultural practices to the community within a volunteer organization. Couldn't ask for a better group of folks!

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