This month, the staff at Rockdale County’s Cooperative Extension Office honored some volunteers who have gone beyond the call of duty to keep gardens and other facilities in the county beautiful.
Each year, all “Master Gardener” extension volunteers are required to perform 25 hours of volunteer service to their community. At the end of May, cooperative extension staff honored volunteers who worked 100 hours or more. The volunteers are now officially a part of the office’s “100 Club.”
In 2013, the Rockdale County volunteer gardeners logged in 2,714.29 hours to help the community. They travelled 9,435.1 miles to provide these services.
You can see the volunteers’ work at Memorial Arboretum at the Georgia International Horse Park, the Vaughn Botanical Garden in Olde Town Conyers, Lighthouse Village and at the Nancy Guinn Memorial Library.
The volunteers also planted crops for the hungry, producing fresh produce for local food banks and held plant clinics at the Cherry Blossom Festival and the Agricultural Day at the Conyers Extension Office.
“Whether they are assisting with 4-H Projects such as the Insectival, hosting clinics at the Olde Town Festival, or simply answering the phones at the Extension Office to respond to community questions about gardening and other problems, we appreciate our volunteers so much and we know that they are critical in keeping all of our ideas and projects functioning correctly,” said Tausha Gibson, of the Rockdale Cooperative Extension Office. “You might see them helping at schools and other organizations with landscaping and gardening issues or speaking to organizations because they have been requested to discuss various horticulturist issues; and they really know their stuff.”
If you would like to sign up to be a volunteer with the cooperative extension office, call 770-278-7373.