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MS Master Gardener Volunteer

Selection Criteria for Volunteers

Individuals accepted into the program will be asked to sign a Memorandum of Agreement that outlines the training and volunteer expectations.

Qualifications

  • Previous volunteer experience
  • Gardening experience and expertise
  • Communication skills (listening, talking, writing)
  • Ability and desire to learn
  • Interest in helping people
  • Willingness to provide unbiased, research-based information
  • Training facility limitations

Responsibilities

  • Enhance county home horticulture on behalf of, and under the supervision of, the Mississippi State University Extension Service, through volunteer work.
  • Represent the Mississippi State University Extension Service in a professional manner.
  • Adhere to the policies of the Mississippi Master Gardeners program.

Examples of Volunteer Service

Upon completing the 40 volunteer hours commitment, volunteers will become certified Master Gardeners. Volunteers are expected to keep a record of their volunteer activities, hours, and contacts.

The 40 hours of volunteer work are to be completed within one year following the last core training class.

  • 4-H presentation coach
  • Answering telephone hotline
  • Exhibits at fair/malls/shows
  • Demonstration/teaching gardens
  • Newsletter editor
  • Master Gardener Volunteer personnel records
  • School gardens
  • Plant clinics
  • Speakers bureau
  • Office work
  • New class coordinator

Possible Projects

  • Staffing plant clinics in the Extension office or other locations
  • Developing, setting up, and staffing educational exhibits
  • Planting and maintaining demonstration areas (turf, flowers, vegetables, water conservation, native plants, etc.)
  • Serving as 4-H horticulture project leaders
  • Teaching 4-H horticulture enrichment units in local schools
  • Speaking to civic groups and garden clubs
  • Conducting horticulture tours
  • Answering horticulture questions that come to the county Extension office by phone, office visitor, and letter
  • Conducting horticulture therapy programs at nursing homes
  • Judging horticulture exhibits or school science fair projects
  • Judging 4-H horticulture demonstrations or illustrated talks
  • Mailing newsletters, publications, and bulletins to noncommercial horticultural clientele
  • Appearing on television or radio programs to discuss home horticulture topics

Individual Activity Report Form - PDF

 

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News

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Filed Under: Master Gardener, Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens, Landscape Architecture, Landscape Management, Trees October 27, 2020

Video by Michaela Parker 

The year is winding down. The weather is finally cooling off and the leaves are slowly, but surely, changing colors. Cooler weather means fewer things to do in your garden. (Are you rejoicing or feeling bummed?) Before we wrap up the year, however, complete a few tasks in your lawn and garden to be ready for the spring! Here are four tasks to do in November:

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Filed Under: Master Gardener, Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens, Landscape Architecture, Soil Testing September 28, 2020

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We’ve finally made it to fall! The temperatures are dropping, the leaves are changing colors, and I can’t wait to purchase pumpkins and mums for my front porch! 

If you’re trying to stay on top of what tasks you should be doing in your yard and garden, check out these four for the month of October.

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Filed Under: Master Gardener, Lawn and Garden, Cut Flowers and Houseplants, Flower Gardens, Landscape Architecture, Turfgrass and Lawn Management, Vegetable Gardens, Weed Control for Lawn and Garden August 28, 2020

And just like that, we’re three-fourths through the year! Cooler temperatures will be here before we know it, hopefully sooner rather than later. Even though we all know the heat will stay around a little longer, it’s time to start preparing for fall and winter.

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Filed Under: Master Gardener, Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens, Landscape Architecture July 30, 2020

Whew. It’s hot outside! Just a trip to the mailbox makes me break into a sweat. As you’re outside working in your lawn and garden, remember to stay hydrated and come inside if you start feeling overheated Here are four tasks to complete in your yard for the month of August: 

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Filed Under: Master Gardener, Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens, Landscape Architecture, Vegetable Gardens June 22, 2020

And just like that, we’re over halfway through the year. How is that possible? I have spent more time at my home over the past few months than I have in a long time!

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After a conversation with a fellow volunteer at St. Dominic’s Hospital in Jackson, John Malanchak decided to follow his heart.

“I’d always wanted to work with special needs individuals,” explains Malanchak, a retired geologist. “But I didn’t know what I could offer them.”

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