Master Gardeners continue to add to quality of life locally

Wednesday, December 22, 2021
Celebrating their certification as Putnam County Master Gardeners recently are (from left) Anita Johnson, John Craney, Becky Samsel, Pat Johnson and (not pictured) Judi Bundza.
Courtesy Purdue Extension

Purdue Extension Master Gardener volunteers contribute significantly to the lives of Indiana residents and local communities each year.

In 2021, the Putnam County Master Gardeners volunteered more than 1,110 hours in Putnam County by hosting horticulture-related events, working at the Putnam County Fair and raising funds for two horticulture/agricultural scholarships.

During the December Putnam County Master Gardener Association meeting, several local residents received a new Master Gardener certification.

To earn Purdue Master Gardener certifications, volunteers must complete horticultural training conducted by Purdue Extension county offices and engage in volunteer service that has been approved by Master Gardener county coordinators and performed in Indiana communities.

Judi Bundza received her Master Gardener certification (35 cumulative volunteer hours and 35 cumulative education hours). Those receiving their Advanced Master Gardener certification (60 cumulative volunteer hours and 45 cumulative education hours) include John Craney, Anita Johnson, Pat Johnson and Becky Samsel.

Join Purdue Extension in congratulating all of the Purdue Extension Master Gardeners who received a new certification.

The main objective of the Purdue Extension Master Gardener (EMG) Program is to train volunteers to assist Purdue Extension with home horticulture education in local communities. For spring 2022, there will be a Statewide Virtual Purdue EMG Basic Training on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:30 p.m. from Feb. 1 through May 32. The local county connection hour will be on Wednesdays from 6-7 p.m. each week.

To complete the course, persons must attend both the statewide virtual sessions and the local county connection hours.

If you would like to know more about the Purdue Extension Master Gardener Program or would like to sign up for the 2022 course, contact the Putnam County Extension Office at 653-8411.

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