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20th Anniversary Yearbook



CURRENT QUESTION:


  • What project(s) are your currently involved with? What types of things do you do? Why did you choose this project? Why do you keep going back? What makes this project special?

    EVERYONE should be able to contribute to this Life Story since we’re all working on projects! Don’t be shy…share an experience, situation, remembrance. Help create our history.

    TAKE A PHOTO next time you meet and send it in so we can document ALL our projects. See some photos to get you started below.


    E-mail your answer to Ann Edmunds


    (See previous questions below and click on the links to read what other Master Gardeners said.)



PROJECTS




PEOPLE



My How We’ve Grown!


The Master Gardener program will be celebrating its 20th anniversary in June 2012, and if you’ve ever been a Master Gardener in Southern Nevada, we need your help. We are compiling a yearbook of these eventful two decades that documents our growth from a program with just a handful of volunteers to one that has trained 1,000 Master Gardeners. Since 1992, our volunteers have contributed thousands of hours of their time and expertise per year in the community.


Any adult may get the training to become a Master Gardener—no experience required. A Certified Master Gardener has completed an intensive series of horticulture classes conducted by the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, passed a comprehensive exam, and volunteered a minimum of 50 hours per year on approved projects. Currently 303 volunteers are active in the program.


Partnering with Cooperative Extension’s Life Stories Nevada project, the Master Gardener program is collecting the stories of our history from those who have lived it—you, our Master Gardeners. Below you will find some questions. Choose one or more, write some of your recollections, and send them to us. Photos or articles are also welcome. You can e-mail them or we can scan them and then add them to the site.


We will post new questions every week and post selected answers as we receive them. Don’t worry about grammar or spelling. Our partners in the Life Stories Nevada program will take care of that. Also, we ensure confidentiality on the Life Stories Nevada website by leaving out last names and other personal identifying information. You can even use a pseudonym on the website (though we want to record your real name in the original version to ensure the accuracy of our in-house history).


E-mail your stories to Ann Edmunds at edmundsa@unce.unr.edu.  If you have questions, call Ann at 702-257-5587 or Life Stories Nevada at 702-940-5423 or normanj@unce.unr.edu.


Question 5

What project(s) are your currently involved with? What types of things do you do? Why did you choose this project? Why do you keep going back? What makes this project special?

EVERYONE should be able to contribute to this Life Story since we’re all working on projects! Don’t be shy…share an experience, situation, remembrance. Help create our history.

TAKE A PHOTO next time you meet. Email to Ann so we can document ALL our projects.

 

Here are a few photos to get you thinking:


Desert LandscapingGarden GuidesHelping HandsHostingAcacia Park


Click on photo to see larger version.  Click here for the answers.


Question 4

 

You’ve met lots of interesting people in the MG program – volunteers, staff, instructors, etc. Aggie Roberts, the Plant Lady, was a great friend of the MG program when it began until her passing in 2006. What do you remember most about Aggie Roberts? When did you work with her? What kinds of projects? Does anyone have photos of Aggie in her Bee or Ladybug costume?  Click here for the answers.


Question 3

Master Gardeners are famous for their pot lucks! MGs share their baking and culinary skills at projects, training classes and monthly meetings. Tell us about the MGs who have brightened your day by their dishes. Who, where, when? For instance…


• Do any projects have regular (and anticipated) "coffee breaks?"


• What about training classes? Were there memorable meals, themed buffets, elaborate desserts?


• Have the monthly meetings and graduations changed over the years? How did we celebrate when you graduated?


• Did you find new favorite recipes in the MG Cookbook? Which ones?


Click here for the answers



Question 2

What was the first project you volunteered on? When? What did you do? Who was the chairperson? Any memorable incidents or favorite times? What did you like most about this type of volunteer work?  Click here for the answers. 



Question 1

How did you feel when you walked into your first MG training class? When was it? Where was it located? How many classmates did you have? Who were your favorite instructors or classes?  Click here for the answers.