Local Extension Master Gardeners Celebrate Success
Despite the challenges of 2020, the Extension Master Gardener℠ program of Chowan, Gates, and Perquimans Counties continued the mission of helping gardeners put knowledge to work. Over 60 volunteers were involved in the program and in 2020 there were 11 newly certified Master Gardener℠ volunteers. To complete certification, volunteers must complete a 40-hour training program and a 40-hour volunteer internship through North Carolina State University. To recertify, volunteers must complete a minimum of 10 hours of advanced training and 20 hours of volunteer service. The newly certified Master Gardener volunteers are Elizabeth Coleman, Cheryl Fultz-Messinger, Deanna Klingel, Kathy Miller, Rick Murphy, Julie Murphy, Susan Rothchild, Rita Rountree, Heidi Shoup, Sam Showalter, and Pat Snider.
In 2020, the Extension Master Gardener program of Chowan, Gates, and Perquimans Counties contributed over 450 hours of volunteer service to the local community. Projects focused on horticulture education and included community gardens, helplines, youth programs and scholarships, and adult education programs. In addition to volunteering, program participants received over 375 hours of advanced training. Lilly Bunch was the 2020 winner of the Katherine G Shook Master Gardener Scholarship.
The award for Master Gardener℠ Volunteer of the Year in Chowan, Gates, and Perquimans Counties was presented to Linda Kruegel (pictured), a Perquimans County resident. Linda has served as the program president since 2019 and has been active in the program since completing the training in 2011. “Linda is one of the main reasons we were successful in 2020. She was committed to our goals despite the challenges,” says Katy Shook, program coordinator.
For more information about the local Extension Master Gardener℠ program of Chowan County, contact (252) 482-6585.