Extension Master Gardener Volunteers Celebrate Success
Annie Nofsinger was recently awarded the 2019 Chowan, Gates, & Perquimans County Extension Master Gardener℠ Volunteer of the Year Award. Since completing the certification in 2016, Annie has volunteered in various community projects including the Boys & Girls Club Community Garden, the Grow to Eat food pantry project, and several historic demonstration gardens in Hertford and Edenton. Work with the Boys & Girls Club included establishing a bountiful summer garden project that incorporates hands-on science, nutrition, and horticulture lessons. Annie is part of the Extension Master Gardener℠ program of Chowan, Gates, & Perquimans Counties. Coordinated by Horticulture Agent Katy Shook, the volunteer program works to provide unbiased, research-based information that empowers residents to cultivate healthy gardens, landscapes, and ecosystems through safe, effective and sustainable gardening practices. Participants complete a 40-hour training program, pass an examination, and complete at least a 40-hour internship to become certified Master Gardener℠ volunteers. To remain active in the program, volunteers must complete a minimum of 20 hours of volunteer service and a minimum of 10 hours of continuing education each year. In 2019, over 50 volunteers contributed more than 1,800 hours of volunteer service to the local community. Projects included demonstration gardens, scholarship programs, plant sales, Junior Master Gardener® program of North Carolina events, program support, developing educational material, and Ask A Master Gardener events. The program also hosts the annual Albemarle Master Gardener℠ Volunteer Spring Garden Show. In 2019, over 650 attendees supported the free event that showcases vendors, educational exhibits, plant sales, children’s programming, a bake sale and more. Proceeds support an area scholarship for students. This year’s show is Saturday, April 18th at the Perquimans County Recreation Center in Hertford.
For more information about the Extension Master Gardener℠ program, contact Katy Shook at (252) 482-6585 or visit the website.
Photo: Extension Master Gardener℠ volunteer Annie Nofisinger (center) was recently awarded the 2019 Chowan, Gates & Perquimans County Master Gardener℠ Volunteer of the Year Award. Pictured with her are program coordinator Katy Shook (left) and program president Linda Kruegel (right).