Colorado Master Gardener Impacts
In 2016, thirty-four Colorado counties participated in the Colorado Master Gardener volunteer program. A statewide total of 1408 Colorado Master Gardeners volunteered 53,5610 hours to their Colorado communities, engaging 131,307 citizens. Although endorsed projects vary from county to county, they include activities such as public educational classes, telephone, email and walk-in assistance, field visits, youth and community garden education, blog-writing, television, radio and pod casts, farmer’s markets and educational booths.
Colorado Master Gardener support is invaluable to horticulture extension programs. Based on the 2015 figure from the Independent Sector’s Value of Volunteer Time, ($25.96/hour for Colorado), our volunteers donated nearly 1.4 million dollars to Colorado!