TUMGA Master Gardener Extension Volunteers – Class of 2016

TUMGA (Towns Union Master Gardener Association) welcomes our new friends – April 2016



It was an exciting day at North Georgia Technical College last week, as 32 participants completed their studies as Master Gardener Extension Volunteers. The new graduates each received an “I Survived” certificate, along with a new name tag identifying them as official Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Trainees. A special luncheon was provided by the local Master Gardener Associations from Towns/Union and Fannin counties. The course was conducted over an eleven week period and requires forty two hours of classroom instruction, a midterm and final exam. These new MGEV Trainees will fulfill the rest of their training over the next 12 months by accumulating 50 hours of approved volunteer service in their communities. The mission of this program is to assist the Cooperative Extension Service of the University of Georgia by training Master Gardener Extension Volunteers to provide unbiased horticultural information to the community.

The MGEV training program is a joint effort of Towns, Union, and Fannin counties, with participants from all three areas. There are many opportunities for the MGEV trainees to obtain the hours needed to complete their certification, and to become part of a unique and very important service community in their respective counties. The Master Gardener Program in Georgia is celebrating its 37th anniversary this year.
Written by Grace Howard, Master Gardener Extension Volunteer