Colorado Master Gardener Impacts
In 2015, thirty-four Colorado counties participated in the Colorado Master Gardener volunteer program. A statewide total of 1374 CMGs volunteered nearly 55,000 hours to their Colorado communities, engaging approximately 75,000 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 2014 figure from the Independent Sector’s Value of Volunteer Time, ($25.68/hour for Colorado), our volunteers donated nearly 1.4 million dollars to Colorado!