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Master Gardeners Abuzz for National Pollinator Week
National Pollinator Week this year was June 20 through 26. Master Gardeners of “all stripes” took the opportunity to dress up as their favorite pollinator and take wing at the Recycled Arts Festival. Twelve intrepid volunteers came out of the woodwork when the song Flight of the Bumblebee began to play over the loudspeaker around 12:30 on Saturday, June 25. After visiting colorful pinwheel flowers and handing out wildflower seed packets and children’s activities, the group “swarmed” into position for a short Conga line! The pollinators then headed up on stage where a few of them introduced themselves and they shared tips about pollinator conservation. A fun time was had by all!
Master Gardener Foundation of Clark County Mothers Day Plant Sale a Success!
Congratulations to the Master Gardener Foundation on another fantastic Mother’s Day Plant Sale on Saturday and Sunday, May 7th and 8th. Proceeds from the Master Gardener Foundation Plant sale support the WSU Extension Clark County Master Gardener program and food and garden education programs in Clark County.
Shannon Atchison of Tillamook, Ore., from left, Joyce Hollingsworth of Vancouver and Clare Atchison, 14, of Tillamook pose Sunday for a Mother’s Day photo at a plant sale at the 78th Street Heritage Farm. The Mother’s Day-weekend sale is a fundraiser for the Master Gardener Foundation. (Steve Dipaola for The Columbian)
Read all about it in The Columbian Newspaper: http://www.columbian.com/news/2016/may/08/master-gardener-foundation-annual-plant-sale-growing-a-mothers-day-tradition/
Master Gardener volunteers visited Hough Elementary’s Brianna Meucii and Amelia Peachy’s second grade students to present on pollinators – the bees, butterflies, beetles, and other critters essential in the pollination of many of our food crops and other important plants. Volunteers helped students to create wings which the children wore to the June 9 County Councilor’s meeting. Students accepted a proclamation for Pollinator Week, which urges citizens to work to support and protect pollinator populations and the habitat on which they depend.
Congratulations to the 252 Master Gardeners who provided 19,277 hours of service to the community in 2014, at a value of over $500,000! Their outreach included 14,160 contacts; teaching children garden and healthy eating in classrooms and school gardens, workshop presentations, outreach at community events, and more. This award:
- acknowledges special efforts and extraordinary contributions.
- encourages others and illustrate the range of volunteer opportunities.
- shows that volunteers help the county be more responsive, efficient and cost effective.
Click here to view the video. Thanks, Master Gardeners – you are awesome!
Check out the 2014 WSU Extension State Master Gardener Program Impact Report.
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1919 NE 78th Street
Vancouver, WA 98665
360-397-6060 Ext. 5738