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Become a SaddleBrooke/SaddleBrooke Ranch Master Gardener

To become a SaddleBrooke/SaddleBrooke Ranch Master Gardener, you must complete a training program and 50 hours of volunteer work.

The last SaddleBrooke/SaddleBrooke Ranch Master Gardeners Landscape and Garden Training Program was held September 2017 - January, 2018.

Want to be a Master Gardener?

Master Gardening Training Course

The Master Gardener Training Course will once again be offered TO ALL PINAL COUNTY RESIDENTS.  IT WILL BE HELD at SaddleBrooke on Thursdays from 8:00 am to noon beginning November 7, 2019 through February 13, 2020.  This is an intensive 13-week lecture series given by local Master Gardeners, guest lecturers from the University of Arizona and other professionals in various fields.  Some of the many topics to be covered include botany, soils, desert adapted plants, citrus, irrigation, plant pathology, pest management and cacti/succulents.  The course fee is $150.00 for individuals and $225.00 for couples, which includes all materials and the Master Gardener Manual from the University of Arizona cooperative extension.  

The mission of Master Gardeners is to provide research-based education to the public with regard to any and all gardening issues.  After completing the requirements for certification, Master Gardeners volunteer in their communities by providing lectures for local residents, helping their friends and neighbors with plant and landscape information and engaging in other educational horticultural projects.  Some Master Gardeners volunteer at the Mountain Vista Elementary School in the after school garden program. 

 If you are interested in expanding your knowledge of desert gardening, helping your community to have healthier and better acclimated plants and trees, please consider joining this program and becoming a certified Master Gardener.

 For more information or to enroll in this course, please contact Carol Crawford at mallow48@aol.com or 856-577-5431.  Please visit our website at:  http://saddlebrookemastergardeners.org/  for all up-to-date information and events for our SaddleBrooke/SaddleBrooke Ranch communities.

Other contacts:
Laurie Foster:  
lauriefoster123@yahoo.com

Karen Turcott:  
katurcott@aol.com

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MASTER GARDENER PROGRAM POLICY

Reviewed and Revised 01/03/2017

The Pinal County Master Gardener Program administered by The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, is a partnership between Cooperative Extension and volunteers enrolled in the program. Cooperative Extension trains, certifies, and supervises Master Gardener volunteers who help Cooperative Extension professionals provide to the public home horticulture information that is endorsed by The University of Arizona.

The Pinal County Master Gardener Program under a distributed leadership model, is composed of working

Mission Statement

The mission of the Pinal County Master Gardeners is to provide the public with research-based, home horticultural information through educational programs and projects.

The Pinal County Master Gardener Program under a distributed leadership model, is composed of working groups established throughout the county by the Agent. An Advisory Board will be formed for the purpose of assisting the Agent in developing county-wide policy and programs.

The Master Gardener Advisory Board operates under the guidance of the Agent and is:

1. Composed of a Senior Coordinator (facilitator), a Coordinator and an Assistant Coordinator representing each working group, and the Executive Assistant. All Coordinators are appointed by the Agent

2. The Coordinator/s attend all scheduled Advisory Board Meetings and lead their respective working group. In the event that neither are able to attend, they will send a working group member in their place.

3. Within their working groups, the Coordinator/s ensure compliance with University of Arizona Cooperative Extension rules, procedures and policies.

4. The Coordinator/s disseminate pertinent Master Gardener information back to their working group.

5. The Coordinator/s informs the Agent of working group activities and volunteer issues.

Certification and Recertification

Upon acceptance into the Master Gardener Volunteer training program, volunteers must:

1. Register and pay the designated tuition fee for course before receipt of class material.

2. Complete the Garden and Landscaping (Master Gardener training program) Short Course. Attend all classes (3 absences are allowed, but missed classes must under the direction of the working group chair).

3. Complete the Garden and Landscaping Short Course final exam.

4. Maintain a current Volunteer Information Sheet on file at the Extension office or the electronic volunteer profile on-line.

5. Maintain a signed Terms of Agreement on file at the Extension office.

6. Agree to familiarize themselves with, and abide by, the University of Arizona’s rules and policies regarding conduct, confidentiality, safety and welfare. They must understand that they may be subject to the same pre-employment screening and background checks as paid employees performing similar duties. If their duties include driving on University business, they understand that they must possess a valid driver’s license and that they may be subject to a Department of Motor Vehicle driver’s license background check.

7. Complete and document 50 hours of approved volunteer service by December 31st of the year following the completion of training. All 50 approved hours submitted for initial certification must be performed in Pinal County. All service hours performed outside of Pinal County must be pre- approved by the County Extension Agent. As of January 1, 2015, travel time is not counted towards certification or recertification.

8. Recording volunteer hours performed on an approved Extension report form or approved electronic document.

9. All Pinal County Master Gardener volunteers must be certified as DCC.

Upon completion of the 50 hours in the training phase of the Master Gardener Program the individual will then be eligible to be granted the status of Certified Master Gardener within Pinal County by the County Agent.

Volunteer Service

To maintain the Certified Master Gardener Volunteer status, each volunteer must:

1. Submit documentation of completion of 25 hours of approved volunteer service each year. All approved service hours submitted for ongoing certification must be performed in Pinal County. Service hours performed outside of Pinal County must be pre-approved by the County Extension Agent.

2. Show documentation of 6 hours of approved continuing education hours per calendar year.

3. Record volunteer hours performed on online tracking system or an approved Extension report form if unable to enter electronically.

4. Recording the volunteer hours on the online system or on a paper form should be done with a reasonable time afterward (such as once a month) and no later than the December 31 each calendar year.

5. Maintain a signed copy of the Volunteer Information Sheet and Terms of Agreement (current version) on file at the Extension office or the equivalent electronic document(s).

6. All Pinal County Master Gardener volunteers must be certified as DCC.

It is the responsibility of the volunteer to maintain their credentials appropriately. The Master Gardener program year runs from January 1 to December 31 each year. Under normal circumstances there will be no exception to these requirements.

In order for activities to count toward approved volunteer service, the Master Gardener must be identified as a Master Gardener by wearing an approved Pinal County Master Gardener Badge. If applicable, promotion of the event should include reference to the contribution made by Master Gardeners. Hours beyond the minimum requirement may not be carried over to the next year.

The following activities are approved toward volunteer service while representing the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners under the conditions stated. The Working Group Coordinators will guide the development and completion of all projects. Final oversight of County programming is the responsibility of the Agent.

1. Performing free educational activities that provide information to the public on non- commercial horticulture and gardening.

2. Answering home gardening and pest management telephone calls and helping visitors at the Cooperative Extension office or its satellites.

3. Conducting unpaid horticulture presentations, demonstrations, tours, plant clinics; staffing exhibits, helping with seminars, or other approved activities.

4. Making unpaid radio, television, or other electronic media appearances.

5. Writing unpaid articles for a newspaper or newsletter; preparing publications. The byline must include "Master Gardener Volunteer, The University of Arizona."

6. Spending time organizing, researching, planning, and preparing for a talk, plant clinic, educational exhibit, seminar, or other approved Master Gardener projects or events.

7. Preparing art work, posters, fliers, or displays that benefit Master Gardener Program purposes.

8. Spending time on committees or as a coordinator for any Master Gardener Program purpose.

9. Working with other groups as an educator or organizer for a horticultural event.

10. Organizing reference materials and performing clerical or administrative work for the Master Gardner Program or for Cooperative Extension.

11. Picking up and delivering supplies for a talk, clinic, exhibit, seminar, or other Master Gardener functions.

12.Working on research projects and reports for the purpose of developing and disseminating information on non-commercial horticulture or pest control topics under the supervision of a Cooperative Extension Agent.

13. Traveling to and from a volunteer activity. As of January 1, 2015, travel time cannot be counted towards certification or recertification.

14. Other educational activities with the approval of the Cooperative Extension Agent assigned to the program.

Activities that do not count towards volunteer hours of service include:

1. Physical labor for a community garden, home gardener, or community group where no educational purpose is served.

2. Activities with no educational function.

3. Activities that violate University Policy.

4. Activities that violate USDA Policy, e.g. Affirmative Action.

5. Activities that distribute information that is not based upon approved University research information.

6. Any activity in which you personally stand to gain financially, such as sales of books or products that are not approved.

If you feel that something should be considered as service or education hours it should be directed to the Working Group Coordinator.

To present a new project for approval written application must be submitted to the Working Group Coordinator for preapproval before final approval by the Agent.

Continuing Education

As representatives of The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Master Gardener Volunteers are expected to keep abreast of current local horticulture issues and current University of Arizona recommendations relating to gardens and landscapes. The requirement of 6 hours of continuing education per calendar year can be achieved by attending such events as local garden seminars, agriculture-related classes (classroom time only), and talks by experts in specific horticulture or agriculture fields. If there are questions about the applicability, contact the Pinal Extension County Agent. Travel time is not counted toward continuing education hours.

Reporting Hours

Records of volunteer service and continuing education must be submitted on the official electronic or hard copy reporting form. Documentation must be legible and contain a sufficient description for each activity to give the reader a good understanding of the nature of the event. One copy must be submitted to the Pinal County Cooperative Extension office monthly and the volunteer should retain a copy as backup for their records. Both volunteer hours and continuing education hours must be reported by the end of business on the last day the office is open before December 31.

Exceptions

Master Gardener volunteers who have substantially, but not completely, fulfilled the volunteer hours and/or continuing education requirements may submit a written request to the assigned Extension Agent for permission to complete the missing hours during the next calendar year. Such hours would be in addition to the normal hours required during that calendar year.

Master Gardener volunteers who do not meet the criteria due to illness, family emergency, or other reasons may submit a written request to the assigned Extension Agent for a temporary inactive classification.

Temporarily inactive volunteers will be required to complete only the current year’s requirements during the next calendar year.

Any Master Gardener (Associate or Certified) who has resigned, been inactive, or for other reason wishes an exception for volunteer or education hour requirements needs to do so in writing to the County Agent. They should indicate the plan for completion of the requirement within the next 12 month upon approval. The County Agent will review and if necessary revise any hour requirements as necessary based on circumstances.

Any Master Gardener (Associate or Certified) who has been inactive up to 2 years must request reinstatement in writing to the County Agent. They should include their plan for completion of their requirements within the timeframe established by the County Agent. The plan must include:

Why do you want to come back?

What are you going to contribute to the group?

What activities are you going to perform?

Any Master Gardener (Associate or Certified) who has been inactive for more than two years, but less than 5 years, must take a recertification test administered by the County Agent or his/her representative, and complete their required hours within a timeframe established by the County Agent.

Any Master Gardener (Associate or Certified) inactive over 5 years must retake the Garden and Landscape Short Course, a certifying exam, and complete and document 50 hours of approved volunteer service by December 31st of the year following the completion of training. All 50 approved hours submitted for certification must be performed in Pinal County.

 


 

* The term SaddleBrooke  is meant to be inclusive of HOA 1, HOA 2 (including the Preserve) and SaddleBrooke Ranch.

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