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Farm and Ranch News May 5, 2009  RSS feed

Leon County Texas Master Gardeners honored at State Conference!!!!

Texas Agrilife Extension Service Leon County Master Gardeners Vonda Nicholson, Mary Sue Watson, Charlene Manning, Cheryl Loftin, Carole Huebner, Dorris Pittman, and Leminda Coker, pause with award. Texas Agrilife Extension Service Leon County Master Gardeners Vonda Nicholson, Mary Sue Watson, Charlene Manning, Cheryl Loftin, Carole Huebner, Dorris Pittman, and Leminda Coker, pause with award. A record breaking 157 entries were received and put in the hands of the judges from nine different states. Congrats to the Leon County group that received 3rd place award in the Educational project area with their annual Pumpkin Patch activities. An Educational Program is a teaching opportunity presented by Master Gardeners to a group providing educational information about a horticultural topic, ie. lecture, talk, info booth etc. To qualify for this award, the program must have Two (2) or more certified Master Gardeners involved in planning, development and implementation. The program may be ongoing, however the award will be based on accomplishments during the award year. Only the portion of the Program that has educational value and impact/benefit on the community is judged. This year Leon County was recognized for their efforts with the "Pumpkin Patch". In October, Leon County Master Gardeners present a group of educational activities collectively called the "Pumpkin Patch". They receive delivery of a truckload of pumpkins obtained from New Mexico, to the lawn of the Methodist Church in Centerville. Sales, however, are an incidental part of the event. Two educational activities are central. The first is the designing, producing and marketing of Scarecrow displays for area businesses. The second is a week of educational presentations to county elementary schools. Schoolchildren, grades pre-k through four, rotate through stations that include reading/hearing storybooks about pumpkins, participating in interactive storytelling reminiscent of the Native American tale of the Three Sisters, learning to plant seeds, doing a pumpkin math activity, enjoying facepainting, and building a scarecrow. All activities have a harvest theme, and students enjoy refreshments and receive a mini-pumpkin of their own as they depart. The weeklong "Pumpkin Patch Day" school presentations meet a need for a wholesome educational field-trip experience for area schoolchildren without requiring long distance travel. This need was identified by area teachers and administrators, and is important as growing trip expenses and curriculum demands limit their options. In total, 30 out of our association's 41 active members were involved, and a total of 639.5 hours were given through this one event.

Back Row: Mike Port, Tyler Jacobs, Ben Reese, Louis Collins, Steve Myers, Marc Mcleod, Regan Robertson, Cassie Ferguson, Michael Morelock, Paige Eldridge, Calvin Young, Travis Eldridge, & Rion Ussery. Second Row: Austin Jacobs, Kyle Reeder, Leanna Gore, Nathaniel Young, Kyle Stout, Cameron Litchfield, Ron Morelock. Bottom Row: Payton Mulson, Morgan Mulson, Tony Maldonado, Logan Freeman, Faith Lipsey, Ross Bershears. Participants not pictured: Seth Fulsom, Kyle Simpson, Tobe Johnson, Andy Johnson, Gatlynn Johnson, Heath Williams, Kendal Dunn, Joshua Embry, Cullin Douget, Samantha Wogerer, Tori Neal, Pete Lipsey, Zachary Cournish, Darrel Easterling, & Britany Beggs. Back Row: Mike Port, Tyler Jacobs, Ben Reese, Louis Collins, Steve Myers, Marc Mcleod, Regan Robertson, Cassie Ferguson, Michael Morelock, Paige Eldridge, Calvin Young, Travis Eldridge, & Rion Ussery. Second Row: Austin Jacobs, Kyle Reeder, Leanna Gore, Nathaniel Young, Kyle Stout, Cameron Litchfield, Ron Morelock. Bottom Row: Payton Mulson, Morgan Mulson, Tony Maldonado, Logan Freeman, Faith Lipsey, Ross Bershears. Participants not pictured: Seth Fulsom, Kyle Simpson, Tobe Johnson, Andy Johnson, Gatlynn Johnson, Heath Williams, Kendal Dunn, Joshua Embry, Cullin Douget, Samantha Wogerer, Tori Neal, Pete Lipsey, Zachary Cournish, Darrel Easterling, & Britany Beggs.


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