Extension Master Gardeners Recognized & Awarded
North Carolina Cooperative Extension recently recognized twenty local volunteers as newly certified Extension Master Gardeners and fifty-eight local volunteers as re-certified Extension Master Gardeners at the 2012 Chowan, Gates & Perquimans County Extension Master Gardener Banquet.
The recognitions follow completion of the Extension Master Gardener program requirements as set by North Carolina Cooperative Extension. To become certified, participants must complete a 40-hour, 14-week horticulture training program, pass an examination, and volunteer a minimum of 40 hours in one year through the local Cooperative Extension office. To continue certification, participants must volunteer a minimum of 20 per year and receive at least six hours of advanced horticulture training.
The following participants were recognized as newly certified Extension Master Gardeners: Jill Anderson, Carol Billek, Jimmy Cochrane, Peggy DiMartino, Joanne Eddy, Traude Faircloth, Becky Howe, Sally Francis Kehayes, Linda Kruegel, Joyce Mazur, Susan Nolton, Amelle O’Leary, Nadine Ridley, Mila Rose, Robbi Salak, Martha Smith, Cathie Thompson, Dotti Wahlers, Anne White, and Virginia Wood.
The following participants were recognized as re-certified Extension Master Gardeners: Candy Abbey, Tom Abbott, Judy Adams, Sharon Adams, Jacki Arrowood, Wayne Ashley, Brenda Atkins, Julie Austin, Rhonda Bates, Maureen Berry, Amelia Bond, Linda Calabro, Joy Caron, Mary Kay Coyle, Judy Cudworth, Nancy Dougherty, Jack Drage, Anne Easterling, Angela Ermi, Heather Gillespie, Sandy Granger, Elaine Grosjean, Edna Harvey, Carolyn Hess, Frances Inglis, Joyce Jordan, Sherry Jordan, Jean Kane, Lee Kapleau, Patti Kersey, Pam Lowney, Arlene Mackay, Chris McClung, Carole Medford, Sande Miles, Rose Monroe, Dotti Morrow, Barb Mullin, Joanne Muzzulin, Anne O’Hara, Jean Oaks, Cris Oman, Betty Onufrak, James Parks, Sandra Parks, Steve Pomp, Carlette Pruden, Marjorie Rayburn, Velvet Sanford, Anne Scudder, Pat Simmons, Nancy Sorensen, Jan Todd, Betty Tynch, Mildred Vanterpool, Cynthia Wagoner, Mary Ann Warmack, and Amy Ziolkowski.
The award for Master Gardener of the Year was presented to Linda Calabro for the more than 190 hours she volunteered in 2012. The majority of Linda’s work centered on the annual Albemarle Master Gardener Spring Show where she helped create an interactive and educational children’s activity corner. In addition to her volunteer time, Linda received an additional six hours of advanced training.
The Extension Master Gardener Program was established in Chowan, Gates and Perquimans counties in 2004. Volunteers provide unbiased, research based educational assistance and programs in horticulture and environmental issues to the gardening public. In 2012, this outstanding group of volunteers contributed over 3,560 hours of service to the community. The next Chowan, Gates & Perquimans County Extension Master Gardener training begins in September. For more information, contact coordinator Katy Shook at 482-6585.