Internal Education Projects

I1 Member Education   Hazel Braxton 757-229-6208

Plans and provides educational opportunities for MG members. The group schedules speakers for monthly meetings, organizes field trips and plans advanced workshops. This program is responsible for maintaining the calendar of events on the website. Responsible for providing educational training on topics that are requested by the membership and topics that focus on current trends in environmental and horticultural best practices. The committee is responsible for inviting project chairpersons to briefly present projects at monthly meetings.

I2 Master Gardener Training Program    Marty Oakes 757-585-2522 and Janet Smith: 804-557-3081

Trains and certifies new Master Gardeners by conducting a training program using curricula created by Virginia Cooperative Extension at Virginia Tech University. A class of 25 – 30 residents of James City and New Kent Counties and the City of Williamsburg attend class twice weekly from January to early April to learn horticultural skills. A required internship a 70 hours follows the classroom program. Interns are required to work at the help desk and in projects. Upon completion of the classroom program and the internship, they are eligible to be Master Gardeners. A mentor is assigned to assist each trainee to support the student during the program and to encourage active involvement as a Master Gardeners in our association and in the community . Fees cover training, administrative and educational costs for books and materials.