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It takes a lot to keep our organization moving. Here are some of the ways you can pitch in and help. (And get your service hours.)
Do you have skills in photography, video development and editing? Help with the Rogue Valley Gardening YouTube channel, helping provide the Rogue Valley community with online gardening advice. If you have the skills to help with the creation of these short gardening presentations, please email Marcia Harris.
The JCMGA website is looking for a few people to help out. This will be mostly uploading stories and updating things like the calendar. Training is provided. Knowledge of HTML is not needed. Contact Marcia Harris.
Beet and committee projects need photographers and graphic artists. Contact Marcia Harris.
Garden Beet needs writers. Possible stories include:
* How to start seeds.
* Pick a gardening problem and tell how to fix it.
* Good gardening practices.
*What’s your style of gardening?
* Coffee grounds in your garden?
*What would you like to read in the Beet? Write it! Contact the editors.
As JCMGA tries to recover from the COVID19 quarantine, supporting businesses that support Master Gardeners is crucial to our financial well-being.
As you shop, drop bottles or donate cars at these businesses, Jackson County Master Gardeners gets a contribution.
Here are ones you can shop at:
The Grange Co-Op rewards program is a real asset to JCMGA. Each time you purchase items at the Grange please ask that your purchase be APPLIED to the JCMGA. Our account # is 1533, or just say Jackson County Master Gardener Association. JCMGA earns 1 point for every dollar and that goes toward our account. Every 100 points are worth $1.00 in Grange Rewards. We are able to use this applied amount for purchases needed for Practicum needs and needs for the Demonstration Gardens. There are 5 locations in the Rogue Valley: two in Medford, and one each in Ashland, Central Point and White City.
Recycle your bottles and Jackson County Master Gardener Association gets the money. Bottle recycle bags are available Mon-Fri at the extension entry during operational hours. There are three drop off sites available: 1179 Stowe Ave. and Fred Meyer in Medford, and 2727 Ave G in White City. Note: You should be able to scan bag and drop, with no need to wait in line.
When you shop at Fred Meyer, you can now reward JCMGA at the same time as yourself, at no cost to you! Simply link your Fred Meyer Rewards card to the Jackson County Master Gardener Association (ID # KV787) and use it (or your digital number if ordering online) when you check out. Fred Meyer will make a donation to JCMGA based on the amount of your purchases. You can get a Fred Meyer Rewards card by stopping by a Fred Meyer customer service desk or create an online account.
Amazon will donate a portion of all you spend at AmazonSmile. Here’s a great way to support Master Gardeners: To get started go to smile.amazon.com and login the way you normally login to Amazon or Amazon Prime. Right under the box where you’d search for items to buy, click on the “Supporting:” button. Go down to “Pick your own charitable organization.” Type in Master Gardeners Association. This will bring up a list of similar programs. Make sure to select the one in Central Point! (Typing Jackson County Master Gardeners will bring up one in Texas!)
Donate your car or truck is an easy and convenient way to support us. You’ll get a tax write-off when you donate your used car, truck, SUV, motorcycle, RV, or boat on a trailer. Even a plane or farm tractor! And you’ll get a tax write-off to boot! Just complete the online car donation form or call 855-500-RIDE. They’ll need some basic information about you, your vehicle and where your vehicle needs to be picked up, then they’ll schedule a pickup time.
The OSU Extension MG program has adopted a new policy on recertification. Key to the policy is that at least 50% of the 20 required annual volunteer service hours must go to direct or indirect education efforts. Categories of volunteer service now reflect these changes and are in effect for the 2016 reporting year and subsequent years.
Because the mission of the OSU Extension Master Gardener Program, as well as the National Extension Master Gardener Program, focuses on educating others about sustainable gardening practices ~ Master Gardener Volunteer Service Hours which support this mission should be given highest priority. Direct and indirect educational hours should constitute at least 50% of a Master Gardener’s volunteer service hours in their initial year and 50% of a Master Gardener’s volunteer service hours in their recertification years.
Check out this blog post from the statewide Master Gardener Program office, where you’ll find answers to your questions about 2021 recertification and 2022 Master Gardener Program Training. In essence, Master Gardeners who were certified for the 2020 calendar year will maintain their certification in 2021 and into 2022. We understand that COVID has disrupted our lives in so many ways, including the ability to complete annual recertification requirements (a minimum of 20 hours of volunteer service and a minimum 10 hours of continuing education units per year). Even if you have not been able to complete annual recertification requirements, we encourage you to report any volunteer service hours and/or continuing education units that you have been able to complete.