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Central Shenandoah Valley Master Gardeners are part of a network of Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) Master Gardener volunteers, dedicated to working with the community to encourage and promote environmentally sound horticulture practices through sustainable landscape management educational programs.
The mission of the Central Shenandoah Valley Master Gardener Association (CSVMGA) is to partner with the Augusta and Rockingham Virginia Cooperative Extension units to promote and teach sound horticultural practice to the public.
Extension Master Gardeners are trained volunteer educators. We work within our local communities to encourage and promote environmentally sound horticulture practices. As an educational outreach component of Virginia Cooperative Extension, the Master Gardener program brings the resources of Virginia’s land-grant universities—Virginia Tech and Virginia State University—to the people of the Commonwealth. All volunteers are trained with at least 50 hours of horticultural classes and provide at least 50 hours of volunteer service in the community.
Statewide, the VCE Master Gardener program is made up of more than 5,500 active and certified Master Gardeners in 61 units. MG throughout the state contribute over 350,000 hours of volunteer service each year. Active Master Gardeners are required to give at least 20 hours of service with a minimum of 8 continued education hours annually.
While there were Master Gardeners who received training and served in the central valley region in earlier years, in 2009 the Central Shenandoah Valley Master Gardener Association (CSVMGA) formally came into existence. The early membership was 35 and today there are 79 Master Gardeners serving the residents of Augusta and Rockingham Counties.
From the beginning our mission has been to partner with the Virginia Cooperative Extension to promote and teach sound horticultural practices to the public.