Message from Jacob Williams Towns/Union Extension Agent

8/24/2020

We enjoyed being able to celebrate our new graduates at our last meeting. We are all looking forward to the contributions that these new Master Gardeners will continue to bring to the program. We also were able to donate $2000 in scholarships to North Georgia Technical College for their agriculture and horticulture programs. These funds are designated for students that are from Towns or Union counties. Nancy and I were able to go on a tour of the facilities while there. We were both impressed by the facilities they have and the commitment of the instructors to their students. I believe that the scholarship will have a very positive impact on the students that utilize it.

We are working on resuming monthly meetings. For the next couple of months they will be held in open air pavilions with social distancing, as long as weather permits. I urge Master Gardeners to take the proper steps to make sure that they stay safe. If you feel like volunteering is something that you can’t do at this time because of COVID-19 that is fine. For this year I’d rather you stay healthy if you feel like the risks are too great, than try to get your 25 hours of volunteer time. Risk Management Training is still required. If you haven’t completed your Risk Management Training by October 1st you will be moved to inactive status. If you need assistance with the Risk Management Training please let me know.

Jacob Williams

Towns/Union County Agent

Jacob.Williams@uga.edu

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4/13/2020 – To all MGEVs,

I would like to take a moment to congratulate our trainees on graduating to full Master Gardener status. We had originally scheduled a graduation for them on April 22. However, as we will not be able to celebrate with them then, I wanted to congratulate them here. Congrats to the Towns/Union Master Gardener Training Class of 2019! Jacob Williams

Earlier message from Jacob:

I am cancelling all Master Gardener committee meetings, board meetings, and work days of 10 or more people through May 2. As you may know, many other organizations and agencies have cancelled events for a similar timeframe. I encourage everyone to conduct meetings either by phone or by email. In situations where garden work needs to be done please maintain at least 6 feet between people, and have less than 10 people present. This also means that the Master Gardener Trainee graduation is cancelled. We will try to reschedule the graduation to a future date, but at this time I don’t know when that will be. United Community Bank has cancelled Tomato Day, so we will not have a booth there. At this time I am not concerned with Master Gardener hours, and if people come up short of the 25 hour mark because of these cancellations, or the educational hours requirement, it will be overlooked this year. I am concerned with your health, and that is more important to me than accumulating hours. The Towns County Extension Office is currently closed. I am working out of the Union County Extension Office because it is still open. Don’t hesitate to call or email me if you need anything. Please, everyone stay safe and wash your hands.

Jacob Williams

Towns/Union County Agent

jacob.williams@uga.edu