In 1972, a very bright Washington State Extension
Service Educator had the idea that well trained volunteers could answer
many of the routine questions asked by homeowners. This would free him
for more challenging and technical problems. So, he selected, trained
and certified volunteers as 'Master Gardeners". They soon exceeded all
expectations! Since that time, it is estimated that at least 60,000
people have been trained as Master Gardeners in over 1000 programs in
all 50 states and 4 Canadian provinces.
The Oklahoma program began right here in Oklahoma County in 1978 by
Bill Geer (recently retired Oklahoma County Extension Director). It
is estimated that more than 2200 people have gone through Master
Gardener training right here on North Portland in Oklahoma City.
As of this writing, Master Gardeners of Oklahoma County have nearly
500,000 service hours to the Extension and the community of
Master Gardeners are recruited and trained to:
1) improve the overall efficiency in providing one-on-one service to the
horticulture clientele in the county
2) provide group learning and teaching activities
3) allow Extension Educators time to develop proactive Extension
4) form a group of Extension volunteers to support additional
So, our mission is to help support the Extension and their mission of
bringing the University to the Community by educating ourselves so we
can educate others.
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