Wanted: Lifelong learners with dirty fingernails

A T-shirt message that would define me would read, “Lifelong learner with dirty fingernails. Enjoys gardening and sharing knowledge with others.”

The abbreviated version reads: “Master Gardener Volunteer.”

If this sounds a bit like you — I invite you to join us.

If you would you like to meet like-minded people who enjoy helping others and learning more about the outdoors, you will fit right it.

If you enjoy growing healthy plants, watching bugs or even making garden art, you will fit right into our group.

Thus, we invite you to visit with us at the OSU Extension Office for our open house for those interested in becoming a Mater Gardener Volunteer.

Current MGVs will be there to explain exactly what our program is and the expectations to complete the training and become a volunteers. We will share information about current and past projects, services provided by OSU Extension, what our fun and informative training sessions look like and the continuing education opportunities for volunteers.

We will supplement our conversation with flyers, brochures, samples of our work and video displays. This casual gathering is a great opportunity to ask your questions, meet our extended group of friends and training staff.

The bonus is some home-made refreshments and some gardening door prizes.

The cost of the event is free. You do not have to be a Mahoning County resident to join. In fact, we have members from both Mahoning and Columbiana counties. All are welcome.

We typically wear jeans, shorts and T-shirts, and you should too.

The date is Wednesday, Sept. 27, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the OSU Extension Office, 490 S. Broad St., Canfield. You can stop in at any point during these times.

While walk-ins are welcome, an RSVP would better help us prepare. Simply call 330-533-5538 to let us know you are coming and to ask any questions you might have.

We hope to see you there! Hospitality is one of the things we do best.

And if you join the program, you can get a MGV logo T-shirt just like mine — but clean!

Merva is an Ohio State University Master Gardener Volunteer in Mahoning County.


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