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Success Stories

Success Stories

As an organization of volunteers we celebrate our successes; both individual and community success can be measured in a number of ways. We've chosen some stories we are especially proud of that we feel suggest the impact we have in our communities. Please enjoy and if you have a story to tell about North Carolina Extension Master Gardeners. Please use our Feedback Form to tell us about your experience.

The Amazing World of Butterflies

Chatham County Extension Master Gardener volunteers introduced over 100 second graders to the life cycle of Painted Lady butterflies maturing in their classrooms.
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Connecting Children with Nature
Extension Master Gardeners in Edgecombe County lead a four-week workshop providing first and second graders in two elementary schools with a hands-on introduction to plants, gardening, and seasonal changes.

Cultivating Environmental Stewardship
Extension Master Gardener volunteers in Haywood County provide programs on water conservation; water quality preservation; and composting, with over 5,000 tons of leaf compost being redirected from the landfill to gardens; and 124 people developing earth friendly lawn and turf management skills.

Bob Kellam, Wake County

Bob, the 2012 President of the Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association, sees the EMG program as an opportunity to practice the sustainable techniques he believes are key to the future. Even in a place as urban as Wake County, he says, Cooperative Extension and the Extension Master Gardener program are important and relevant to our past, our present and our future.
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4,000+ Extension Master Gardener volunteers help make N.C. a greener place

With spring on its way, Extension Master Gardener volunteers across the state are working in full gear, helping fellow gardeners - beginners and experts, young and old - enhance their landscapes, grow their own fruits and vegetables and learn about the science behind gardening.
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Pollinator Demonstration Gardens in Edgecombe County

Inspire and educate students and residents with the beauty of nature, the cycle of life, sustainable gardening practice, regionally viable plants and information.
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Amy Borsay, Onslow County Extension Master Gardener of the Year

Extension Master Gardener volunteer Onslow County
Amy Borsay, Extension Master Gardener volunteer of the Year, Onslow County improves the quality of answers provided at the gardening help desk.
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Ready-Garden-Grow: An Introduction to Vegetable Gardening -- an education package and class materials packed full of in-depth, research-based resources to help.
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Learning to Grow Food

Heirloom squash, cucumbers and tomato plants flourish
Thousands of pounds of fresh produce have been distributed to low-income, elderly and disabled individuals, as well as other families in the community
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Moore County Demonstration Garden

Demo garden to educate visitors about native, water wise plants
Over four hundred plants featuring forty-six native, water wise plants were planted, based on the latest trends in conscientious gardening.
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Add herbs, flowers, vegetables, berries & fruit to Landscape
Brunswick County Master Gardener volunteers created and maintain an edible landscape demonstration garden
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Beautiful, Edible High school Garden

Students in two life skills class grow food and flowers in raised beds
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Hands-on activities to preserve and prepare foods and beverages
Participants learn to grow, maintain, harvest, dry, and store home-grown herbs!
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Food, Beauty and Healing
Master Gardeners, on a bi-weekly garden day, show up with buckets, rakes, hoes, and clippers in hand to manage a healing garden for veterans.
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Cleveland County Demonstration Garden

Low Cost, Low Maintenance, and Easily Replicable
The demonstration garden includes plants that attract butterflies, a Japanese-style area with a dry creek bed numerous locally available shrubs and trees. The simple design also incorporates antique farm and garden implements.
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