Continuing education (CE) is informal instruction on a gardening or related topic.
It keeps the MGEV informed and knowledgeable about the latest gardening topics and research. Continuing education tends to be informal education events, such as an organized class, workshop, or seminar, where the MGEV is the student. Appropriate events should have some structure, like a speaker, defined time and place, and a specific topic.
Examples include presentations given by speakers at the meetings of horticultural organizations, including MGEV organizations; national and international conferences; Extension workshops and presentations; and classes at Georgia public gardens.
There are lots of opportunities to acquire continuing education. Some topics are specific to the MGEV role. Some topics are more horticulturally focused, like how to prune Japanese maples, the “good bugs/bad bugs” series, or presentations about conifers. Other training topics may be more specific to the MGEV role, such as how to use MGLOG or about risk management training for working with youth. All of these topics are legitimate for expanding the MGEV knowledge base and staying up-to-date.
MGEVs are encouraged to seek at least 6 hours of continuing education each year and report it within MGLOG. It is the responsibility of the individual to accurately and punctually report training hours within MGLOG. Attendance at events where the MGEV is the student should not be reported as volunteer service.
2018 Continuing Education Opportunities
Thoughtful Thursdays Webinar Series
Time: 11:00 am – 11:30 am
Dates & Topics:
March 8, 2018 | Conifers for the Landscape with Dr. John Ruter
April 12, 2018 | Spring Green-Up of Turf with Dr. Clint Waltz
May 10, 2018 | Troubleshooting Vegetables and Trap Cropping with Bob Westerfield
*more dates to be added!
American Community Garden Association Conference in Atlanta – September 14th-16th
This year’s conference is in Atlanta! More details will be coming but definitely put those dates on your calendar.
Small Engine Maintenance and Repair Workshop presented by UGA Horticulture Department | Friday, February 23, 2018 | UGA Griffin Campus
Pruning Workshop presented by UGA Horticulture Department | Friday, March 16, 2018 | UGA Griffin Campus