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Posted on: November 18, 2022

Colorado Master Gardeners grow impact and reach in 2022

Master gardeners show off their harvest

Each year, Arapahoe County CSU Extension trains 15-20 residents to become certified Colorado Master Gardeners through a competitive selection process. Congratulations to our 2022 cohorts for making a positive impact on our community. Recent graduates of the Colorado Master Gardeners–Arapahoe County program were honored last week for their accomplishments and volunteer leadership. Here are a few highlights from 2022:

  • 5,791lbs of food grown and donated to local food banks in Arapahoe County  
  • 897 residents educated via the Master Gardener Help Desk, a free community resource (303-730-1920, MasterGardener@Arapahoegov.com
  • 71 events offering residents gardening advice, resources and information 
  • 64 articles written and more than 20,000 people engaged via social media
  • 12 community presentations through the Speakers’ Bureau, on topics ranging from xeroscaping to insect identification 
  • Hundreds of data points collected for the Native Bee Watch program
  • 7 demonstration gardens managed and maintained throughout the county 
  • 250+ students reached through programming with Clayton Elementary and other local schools
  • 4,962 hours volunteer time donated

Learn more about the Colorado Master Gardener Program and sign up for the Garden Buzz Newsletter at https://arapahoe.extension.colostate.edu/

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