Pictured left to right: Peg Hite, Sharon Reed, Janet Forbes, Steve Rees and Pat Martonis were recently recognized for their hours of service at the appreciation banquet at the Marvin House in Jamestown.

Several Master Gardeners were recently recognized for volunteering over 1,000 Hours.

CCE Master Gardeners Celebrate Over 1,000 Volunteer Hours

JAMESTOWN, NEW YORK (November 16, 2023) -- Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County’s Master Gardener Program is excited to celebrate several Master Gardeners that have reached a milestone of over 1,000 volunteer hours!

Congratulations and thank you to: Connie Dutcher, Mary Erlandson, Janet Forbes, Peg Hite, Mike Jabot, Pat Martonis, Sharon Reed, Steve Rees, and Carolyn Smallback!

The Master Gardener program is part of our community horticulture outreach with volunteers educating home gardeners, youth in schools and after school programs, community gardeners, and consumers of horticulture products. Neighbors teach neighbors about landscape, fruit, vegetables, herbs, beneficial and harmful insects, plant diseases, integrated pest management, wildlife, soils, composting and much more.

If you are interested in becoming a Master Gardener volunteer, our next training class will occur in Spring 2024. Please complete the short survey online https://chautauqua.cce.cornell.edu/gardening/master-gardener-volunteers or contact us at 716-664-9502 x224.

The Master Gardener Program is one of many programs offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County (CCE-Chautauqua). CCE-Chautauqua is a subordinate governmental agency with an educational mission that operates under a form of organization and administration approved by Cornell University as agent for the State of New York. It is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The association is part of the national cooperative extension system, an educational partnership between County, State, and Federal governments. As New York’s land grant university Cornell administers the system in this state. Each Cornell Cooperative Extension association is an independent employer that is governed by an elected Board of Directors with general oversight from Cornell. All associations work to meet the needs of the counties in which they are located as well as state and national goals. For more information, call 716-664-9502 or visit our website at www.cce.cornell.edu/chautauqua. Cornell University Cooperative Extension provides equal program and employment opportunities.


Shannon Rinow
Master Gardener Coordinator
716-664-9502 ext 224

Last updated November 16, 2023