You're Invited

Did you recently move to North GA as a certified Master Gardener from elsewhere? Ready to plug back in with like-minded folks? The Headwaters Master Gardeners (White, Rabun and Habersham counties) welcomes you to our volunteer group! We meet the 3rd Thursday of every month with the site varying by month. Just check with the extension agent in your county to learn about how to complete the process. Visit our webpage at www.headwatersmastergardeners for details on our group and learn more about our efforts! Hope to see you at the next meeting on Thursday, February 21st, Saint James Episcopal Church, 260 Warwoman Road, Clayton GA.. Social at 9:30 am, meeting at 10.

Upcoming meeting dates:

March 21 - Lunch and Learn - Faith Lutheran Church, Cleveland, GA

April 17 - AG Center - Clarkesville, GA

May 16 - Special Garden - Victory Home, Tallulah Falls, GA

Become a Master Gardener

Always wanted to become a Master Gardener?  Now is your chance! 

Classes begin March 5th for residents of White, Habersham and Rabun County.  Classes held at the Extension office in Clarkesville, GA, from March 5th - May 28th, 2019, 8:30-11:45 am.  Additional learning classes available in free afternoon sessions.

Register by next week to get your book on time!  Get full info by contacting the Habersham County UGA Extension office at 706/839-0255 or http://extension.uga.edu/county-offices/habersham.html.

The program is a 12 week program hosted at the local  Extension Office from 8:30‐12:00. Each week you’ll receive instruction from Extension Specialists, County Agents, and Master Gardeners on a variety of topics. The intent of the course is to make yo aware of the resources available through Extension to answer gardening questions and to make you a better gardener.

The focus of the Master Gardener program is to provide volunteer support for local projects in our local community. Master Gardeners are very active in projects at our local libraries, the farmers market, Habitat for Humanity landscapes, Lunch & Learn programs, plant sales, and scholarships. Their time and effort makes a difference for others. If you are interested in taking the course, please be aware of the required volunteer component.

All interns accepted to the program must complete a background screening to become a volunteer with UGA. From there, new interns are required to submit 50 hours of community service work before the year ends. Each year after that, the requirement drops to 25 hours. For most, who are actively involved, getting the required hours isn’t difficult. All it takes is caring about others and a willingness to give back. Participants of the program will receive a Georgia Master Gardener Handbook, a Georgia Pest Management Handbook, and name badge. They will be given their first year membership to our local Headwaters Master Gardeners chapter. Cost of the program is $125.00 per person. If you would like to sign up, please email  stevep@uga.edu. The course runs from 3/5 to 5/28 on Tuesdays from 8:30 – Noon.

For more information about the program check out the following  sites: https://www.headwatersmastergardeners.org/ and  http://extension.uga.edu/programs‐services/georgia‐master‐gardener‐extension‐ volunteer‐program.html and https://georgiamastergardeners.org/. Steven Patrick UGA Extension - Northeast District - Habersham County Agriculture & Natural Resources / County Extension Coordinator 555 Monroe St, Unit 50, Box 13 Clarkesville, GA 30523

Announcements

If you would like to become a Master Gardener, Call your county extension office and someone can tell you how to get involved, when the next classes will be, etc.  If you enjoy gardening either flowers, vegetables, trees, shrubs, this is the place to come.  Besides, great conversations with other gardeners.