2016 Master Gardeners are announced
April 28, 2016
Fifteen area residents participated in the 2016 Jasper County University of Missouri Extension Council Master Gardener core training in Carthage. They completed approximately 30 hours of training including topics such as vegetable and fruit production, insects, lawn care, trees and plant diseases. They have been asked to provide 30 hours of volunteer service to their communities during the coming year. The 2016 class members were Pat Cloud, Bennie Ann Haeberle, Jim Swatsenbarg, Sam Swatsenbarg, and Gail Wright, Carthage; Grant Bell, Carl Junction; Leanna Harrison, Kim Splitter, JJ Spurlin, Scott Teal, and Mikell Warren, Joplin; Margie Mitchell and Bob Mitchell, Oronogo; Ann Yerrick, Webb City; and Vickie Duvall, Pittsburg, Ks.

Thirty-five past trainees maintained their certification by donating at least 20 hours, plus an additional six hours of continuing education, during the past year. Those maintaining certification in 2015 are Mel Anderson, Patty Compton, Dale Mermoud, Dennis Neil, Bruce Stark, Bev Sturgis, Kerry Sturgis, Karen Trotter, and Pat Wakefield, Carthage; Nancy Beckwith, Dave Gribben, Lee Hickman, Kathy McGowan, Amy Parker, Gina Robbins, Lee Rodriguez, Ron Wood, and Marilyn Wylie, Joplin; Marty Bennett, Debbie Fedie, Betty Houser, and Edie Sullivan, Carl Junction; Doris House, Loma Linda; Debbie Woodmansee and David Woodmansee, Oronogo; Chuck Evans, Miller; Paul Duncan and Sharon Duncan, Aurora; Karen Richardson, Monett; Don Kendrick and Colleen Kendrick, Neosho; Cheryl Layne and Linda Wenger, Webb City; and Mary Jean Hockman and Eric Osen, Diamond.

At the latest graduation ceremony special awards were presented to John Morrison, Rookie of the Year; Eric Osen, Coordinators' Service Award; Debbie Fedie, Lou Anne Herron Community Service Award; and, Chuck Evans, Betty Holland Volunteer of the Year Award.

The Master Gardener program is for people who may or may not have gardening experience, but are eager to acquire knowledge and share it with others. During 2015, local Master Gardeners reported 2,903 hours resulting in 1,238 contacts.

Additional information about the program may be obtained by contacting the Jasper County University of Missouri Extension Center in Carthage at (417) 358-2158.

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