Welcome to the 2017 Master Gardener Class

— Written By Sarah Watts and last updated by

The Currituck County Extension Master Gardeners would like to welcome nine new Master Gardener Interns to the county and state volunteer organization. The new interns are: Pam West of Currituck, Mac Kolar of Moyock, Lynne Crosett Flynn of Moyock, Nancy Goblinger of Aydlett, Dr. Cheryl Lewis of Elizabeth City, Sherri Reagan-Smith of Moyock, Rusty Elliott of Poplar Branch, Maryann Smith of Currituck, and Cindy Kleis of Jarvisburg. They have all completed their 13-week training course, passed a final exam, and may have already been seen out and about in the community serving as Master Gardener Intern Volunteers. They will be serving the community alongside the certified Master Gardeners delivering hands on training and honing their skills in landscaping, horticulture, backyard gardening, integrated pest management, and other educational programming. Once their hands on training hours have been reached they will be designated fully Certified Extension Master Gardeners.

The Currituck County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program is the county chapter of the North Carolina Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program sponsored by the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service. Certified Extension Master Gardeners are trained to be highly effective community educators providing unbiased, research-based, environmentally sound information about growing lawns, fruits, vegetables, trees, and ornamentals. Extension Master Gardeners focus specifically on urban and residential horticulture issues of importance in their local communities and expand Extension’s capacity to meet the needs of the gardening public. Extension Master Gardener volunteers are motivated by the opportunity to participate in a quality horticultural course, receive answers to their own gardening questions, interact with people who have common interests, help others expand their gardening knowledge, and make a difference in their community.

For more information on the volunteer program or how to become a certified Extension Master Gardener with Currituck County, please contact Sarah Watts at the Currituck County Extension Office by calling 252-232-2262 or by email at sewatts@ncsu.edu.

volunteers holding their certificates

Caption: 2017 Currituck Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Course Graduates: (left to right) Cheryl Lewis, Mac Kolar, Nancy Goblinger, Lynne Crosett-Flynn, Cindy Kleis, and Pam West. Graduates not pictured include: Rusty Elliott, Maryann Smith, and Sherri Reagan-Smith.

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