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Extension Master Gardener Volunteers

Buncombe County

Extension Master Gardener Volunteers

Physical Address:
49 Mount Carmel Dr
Asheville, NC 28806

Phone: 828-255-5522

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County Agent: Alison Arnold

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last year
9,404 hours
131 volunteers
$78,504 in kind donations

Hands-on Gardening Education for Teachers and Students

There is nation-wide concern about childhood obesity as well as children's lack of participation in outdoor activities. Although school gardens can serve as a valuable resource to introduce children to the natural environment and increase interest in eating fresh vegetables, funding for such projects is a major impediment in many school systems. In response to this concern, Extension Master Gardener volunteers in Buncombe County have implemented a School Garden Grants program. The program uses funds from targeted fundraising activities to support gardening programs in schools by helping to fund the creation or expansion of school garden projects. In 2012 $3600 was distributed to 18 schools. Since 2007, $13,700 has been distributed to 29 schools. These gardens have been used by more than 300 school teachers to involve over 5,000 students in hands-on learning activities.

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