Master Gardener Extension Volunteer (MGEV)
The Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Program® is a UGA Extension volunteer training program offered through county offices. Through this program, individuals are trained and certified in home horticulture, gardening, and related areas.
These individuals, in turn, volunteer their expertise and services, under the direction of their County Extension Agent, to help others through educational projects that benefit the community. Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteers bring the latest horticultural information and practices from the world of research to their communities’ landscapes and gardens; making life better for Georgians.
Who are the Coweta County Master Gardener Extension Volunteers?
The Coweta County Master Gardener Extension Volunteers (MGEV's) are a group of volunteers who have attained Master Gardener status by completing a 50+ hour horticultural training through the University of Georgia. The volunteers have also dedicated themselves to assisting the Extension Agent and educating the public by volunteering a minimum of 25 hours per year. Most of the Coweta County MGEV's donate many more than the minimum and more than half donate over 100 hours per year.
Coweta County MGEV's provide research-based, reliable horticultural information to our local citizens. Some of the ways that we assist our friends and neighbors are by answering questions at the MGEV Help Desk at the Extension office, providing educational lectures like the monthly Backyard Association meetings, conducting hands-on workshops, providing speakers for local civic and church groups, teaching our youth about gardening, providing programs for our senior citizens, and awarding scholarships to area high school seniors and 4-H'ers attending camps.
MGEV's are currently involved in the James E. McGuffey Nature Center Trail Project, Newnan/Coweta Boys & Girls Club youth gardening program (I Can Garden Club), annual Spring & Fall Plant Sales, annual community Garden Tour, Ask a Master Gardener booth at Main Street Newnan, and much more.
Current Events & Activities
- The MGEV Speakers Bureau has a variety of presentations available for your next community meeting. See this brochure for more information about scheduling a volunteer to speak to your community group.
- Congratulations to the recipients of our 2017 MGEV Scholarships! Students received $1,500 each toward their continued education! These scholarships were awarded at each student's graduation ceremony. Again Congratulations!
- A heart-felt 'THANK YOU' goes out to our Coweta County Community who came out to support our 2017 MGEV Spring Plant Sale! Your generosity is appreciated!
How can I become a Master Gardener Extension Volunteer?
In Coweta County, the course is offered every even-numbered year, usually starting in January and ending in early April. It is a ten-week course that in recent years has been held on one day of the week from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. with an hour break for lunch.
Our 2018 Course is open to applicants at this time. We would love to see you at our informational session being held on Thursday, June 8th, 2017, or you may email questions to Karen Mansour at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is a fee for the course that covers the training manual, supplies and other associated costs.
We eagerly anticipate the start of this amazing program in January!
Are you currently a Coweta County MGEV?
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