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Gardening program provides opportunities to learn and give back By Josie Sellers COSHOCTON – Seventeen dedicated gar- deners are part of Th e Ohio State Univer- sity Extension Master Gardener Volun- teer Program here in Coshocton County. “I joined to learn a little more about gardening and for the community in- volvement,” said Gail Piper. Marsha Duling enjoys being part of the group because it provides opportunities for lifelong learning. “We are always having workshops, conferences or bringing in someone to speak,” she said. “I love the relationships we’ve built too. We always have room for more people though.” In their fi rst year of training, master gardeners must complete 50 educational hours and 50 hours of volunteer work. Af- ter that, the commitment goes down to at least 10 education hours and 20 volunteer hours a year. “We’ve had some people do as many as 200 and some just do the minimum,” Piper said. “I love the relationships we’ve built too. We always have room for more people though.” - Marsha Duling Jandi Adams, who is fairly new to the group, said it may sound like a lot of work to get started, but it’s really not. “It’s just one night a week and you are always learning something interesting,” she said. Th e master gardeners work on many projects throughout the community including the fall foliage tour, Earth Day, the fair, and First Farm Fridays. Th ey also assist at Lake Park, Clary Gardens and with a parking lot garden at the county services building. As a fundraiser, they host a plant sale. “With what I’ve learned I was able to diagnose a problem with one of my trees. I love learning new things” - Cari Weaver Th e members also put out a newsletter and are regularly on the radio. Th is has helped them share news with the com- munity and learn from others. “I had been on the radio with Mike Bechtol and he told me that someone had called and wanted to talk, but didn’t want to be on the radio,” said Margaret Lowe. “He got their name and number and I called them back.” From that conversation, Lowe learned something new about trees. “Th ere are still American Chestnut trees growing in the county,” she said. “Th at is pretty rare.” Cari Weaver got involved with the master gardener program to gather information to help her with her 16 acres of property. “I like learning how everything con- nects,” she said. “With what I’ve learned I was able to diagnose a problem with one of my trees. I love learning new things.” For more information on the master gardener program or to get on the list for the 2020 training, contact David Marri- son, extension educator, agriculture and natural resources, at 740-622-2265 or Contributed Endsley shares importance of 4-H By Jen Jones COSHOCTON - Debra Endsley graduated in March of 1972 from Th e Ohio State University with a dual major in animal science and agricultural communica- tions. She started working for the OSU Extension Offi ce in Coshocton County as the 4-H agent soon after. “A number of 4-H agents has come and quickly gone in previous years. Caring and dedicated club advisors had kept clubs active and the youth learning valuable life skills through project work, leadership activities and community service,” said Endsley. She said her youth experience with 4-H had been only around horses so she had to learn about the 175 projects 4-H off ered in the early 1970s. “Fortunately, club advisors were friendly, patient and quick to share,” said Endsley. “Although most weeks expanded to 60-75 work hours, it was a well-loved labor.” Endsley believes that youth devel- opment is the biggest value of 4-H – teaching life skills that make daily lives better and careers more attainable. It also teaches that good decision making and hard work will bring satisfaction and sometimes external rewards. “4-H builds a work ethic that leads to strong families, good businesses and caring communities.” “4-H also off ers learning opportuni- ties to adults as volunteers and parents,” she said. It provides families with a way to have fun together, make the commu- nity better and to pass down traditions. “Families can make new memories together – these are the valuable ele- ments that make 4-H a treasure in our community.” Endsley is still heavily involved with 4-H. She has been the advisor of two clubs, Keene Junior Farmers and Coshocton County Sharpshooters. She has been on committees to start a local 4-H endowment and to build the 4-H and FFA building at the Coshocton County Fairgrounds. She is currently involved with the state-wide training of 4-H shooting sports instructors and two state-wide shooting education summer camps. CELEBRATING 100 YEARS! 740-545-6002 www .PEARLVALLEYCHEESE. com 54760 T.R. 90, FRESNO, OH 43824 • HOURS: MON-SAT, 8-5 APRIL 17, 2019 THE BEACON 9-B