The Ohio State University Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program provides intensive training in horticulture to interested Ohio residents, who then volunteer their time assisting with educational programs and activities for Ohio residents through their local OSU Extension county office. Volunteers are not required to have gardening skills or knowledge; but a passion for learning about gardening and sharing this knowledge with others is a must!
Working with county Extension personnel, Master Gardener Volunteers provide such educational services to their communities as: answering gardening questions from the public; conducting plant clinics; gardening activities with children, senior citizens, or disabled persons; beautifying the community; and developing community or demonstration gardens.
More information about state-level Master Gardener Volunteer programs and activities is available at http://mastergardener.osu.edu.
Locally, the Fairfield County Master Gardener Volunteer program trained its first class of volunteers in 1996. Since that time, 11 Master Gardener Volunteer trainings have been held with more than 135 volunteers trained. Educational efforts and opportunities exist for Master Gardener Volunteers (MGV’s) in Fairfield County at the Fairfield Medical Center’s Tranquility Garden, the Fairfield County Court House Project, the Sherman House Gardens and the Green Machine Gardeners at the Fairfield Board of Disabilities’ Opportunity Center.
Master Gardener Volunteer training was held jointly with Pickaway County in April 2015. For details on the next class, please contact Connie Smith, Master Gardener Volunteer coordinator at 740.652-7267 or firstname.lastname@example.org