Certified green thumbs

Thirteen interns graduated from the Kauai Master Gardeners Program on June 26.

The newest class of graduates will continue to volunteer their time and share information with island gardeners on how to prepare, plant, and care for their gardens in an environmentally friendly way.

“Our 35 volunteer members have put in over 2,000 hours this year, working in school gardens and community beautification projects,” said Pat Fallbeck, Master Gardener president. “They are a popular addition to the annual Garden Fair, the Agricultural Awareness Day, and the Kauai County Farm Bureau Fair. And on a frequent basis, they are called upon by friends and neighbors to answer gardening questions. Master Gardeners are good for Kauai.”

The new Certified Master Gardeners are Vic Allen, Rachelle Bachran, Gary Chock, Kathleen Dehne, Candace Firth, Megan Pittsley Fox, Alexandria Hinnebusch, Keone Kealoha, Eben Manini, Lorna Poe, Kim Rowley, Dianne Ventura and Joanne Woltmon.

Three new Master Gardener Emeritus recipients were named: Amy Christmas, Keith Holdeman and Ruth Montalbano. The three volunteers have completed five years of volunteering as certified Master Gardeners.

The newest class of graduates will continue to volunteer their time and share information with island gardeners on how to prepare, plant, and care for their gardens in an environmentally friendly way.

The graduates received Certificates of Completion, a shirt and name badge.

Each graduate completed 42 hours of classroom training and continuing education and logged at least 50 hours of volunteer time in their communities. Master Gardeners have several opportunities to volunteer. Some collect excess fruit to donate to the Village Harvest, which provides healthy snacks to after-school programs and other recipients.

The Master Gardener Program is a 16-week educational horticulture program, administered by the University of Hawaii’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources Cooperative Extension Service. The next Master Gardener program will be offered in the spring of 2016.

Info: KauaiMasterGardeners@gmail.com

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