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Becoming a Master Gardener Land Care Steward Unit 1

This first unit introduces Master Gardener—Land Care Stewards (MGLCS) and provides an overview of how MGLCS can bring about positive change in their communities. The resources in this chapter focus on two areas: 1) An explanation of the need for new approaches to land care, and 2) The ways in which volunteers are needed to help define and implement these new approaches to land care management in their communities.

Objectives:

  • Gain an understanding of the purpose and organization of Master Gardener—Land Care Stewards.

  • Gain an understanding the problems with current approaches to land management systems and the need for new solutions.

  • Learn the three “Rs” – Reduce, reuse & recycle.

  • Familiarize yourself with the issues inherent in living at the Wildland-Urban Interface.

  • Complete and return volunteer agreement form.

Understanding Land Care

  • Why there is a need for Land Care Stewards?

  • What is the place of Land Care Stewards in the community?

  • Becoming a Land Care Steward

  • Introduction to the program

  • Creating a lasting impact through education

Unit Review

The Master Gardener Handbook

Chapter 17. Who are the Master Gardeners? 515-563

Reading Materials

Note that articles cited as:

"Staff. 2004. (Title of article). Master Gardener—Land Care Steward. Virginia Cooperative Extension. "

Are available in the Handbook. To obtain the Handbook please contact the State Master Gardener Coordinator

Why there is a Need for Land Care Management?

US EPA. 2004. Municipal Solid Waste in the United States : 2003 Facts and Figures. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, http://www.epa.gov/epaoswer/non-hw/muncpl/msw99.htm 12pages,

Sustainable Landscape Management. 1995. The Virginia Gardener Newsletter. 14(7): 2.

A.H. Christian and G.K. Evanylo, Extension Specialists. 2001. Compost: What Is It and What's It To You: Department of Crop & Soil Environmental Sciences, Virginia Tech; R. Green, Office of Solid Waste , U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Organics Recycling and Composting Committee (ORCC). http://www.ext.vt.edu/pubs/compost/452-231/452-231.html

Gregory K. Evanylo, Caroline A. Sherony, James H. May, Thomas W. Simpson, and Archer H. Christian. 2000. Introduction to Yardwaste Management. The Virginia Yardwaste Management Manual 2nd Edition. pp. 1-2. VCE http://www.ext.vt.edu/pubs/compost/452-055/452-055.pdf

Staff. 2004. State Yardwaste Bans and Regulations. Master Gardener—Land Care Steward. Virginia Cooperative Extension.

Staff. 2004. The Three R’s of Yardwaste Management. Master Gardeners-Land Care Stewards. Virginia Cooperative Extension.

Living at the Wildlands-Urban Interface

Virginia Department of Forestry. 2004. Causes of Forest Fires. http://www.dof.virginia.gov/fire/fire-causes.shtml

Virginia Firewise Landscaping Task Force. Virginia Firescapes: Firewise Landscaping for Woodland Homes. Virginia Cooperative Extension Publication Number 430-300, 1998. http://www.ext.vt.edu/pubs/turf/430-300/430-300.html

Land Care Stewards and the Community

Staff. 2004. Land Care Stewards and the Master Gardener. Master Gardener—Land Care Steward. Virginia Cooperative Extension.

Becoming A Land Care Steward

Staff. 2004. MGLCM Program Organization Flow Chart. Master Gardeners-Land Care Stewards. Virginia Cooperative Extension.

Reilly, Francis J. & Stewart, Barb. 2004. Introduction to the Master Gardeners—Land Care Stewards Volunteer Program. Master Gardener—Land Care Steward. Virginia Cooperative Extension.

Staff. 2004. Volunteer Agreement Form. Master Gardener—Land Care Steward. Virginia Cooperative Extension.

Creating a Lasting Impact Through Education

Staff. 2004. Creating a Lasting Impact Through Education. Master Gardener—Land Care Steward. Virginia Cooperative Extension.

Firewise Communities/ USA Program http://www.interfacesouth.org/

Additional Resources

PowerPoint Presentations

Introduction to Advanced Master Gardener - Land Care by Frank Reilly, Master Gardener, Prince William County

Land Care Stewards Review Diagrams and Exercises - Colleen Calderwood, Extension Agent, Agriculture and Natural Resources

UNIT 1 Presentation for 2011 Land Care Stewards

Overview of Reduce Reuse Recycle Presentation

 

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