Step into Spring

Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Pictured are, from left: Carolyn Smallwood, Mississippi County Extension Homemaker County Council president; Mylinda Nelson and Ann Judd, Mississippi County Master Gardener members and program presenters for Spring Mississippi County Extension Homemakers County Council meeting. (photo provided)

Step into Spring was the theme of the Mississippi County Extension Homemakers County Council meeting held in April at the Mississippi County Public Library in Blytheville. Helping members plan and prepare for planting their gardens were guest program presenters Mylinda Nelson and Ann Judd, accomplished members of the Mississippi County Master Gardeners.

Master Gardener Programs (also known as Extension Master Gardener Programs) are volunteer programs to advise and educate the public on gardening and horticulture. Mississippi County Master Gardeners members devote many volunteer hours to developing their horticulture skills and using them to help individuals and groups in the community learn more about gardening and horticulture. They also carry out horticulture projects that improve the appearance of the community as well as managing and working in the community garden.

The Next 100 Years was the theme of the Arkansas Extension Homemakers Clubs annual state meeting held at the Hot Springs Convention Center in June. Carolyn Smallwood, Mississippi County EHC County Council president; Marilyn Shearin, EHC County Council secretary; and Pam Pruett, County Extension Family and Consumer Sciences agent, represented Mississippi County EHC County Council at the meeting in June.

The mission of this organization shall be to empower individuals and families to improve their quality of living through continuing education, leadership development, and community service. Arkansas Extension Homemakers Club members across the state donate many rewarding hours to serving their families, communities, and the state of Arkansas in fulfilling their organizational mission.

Both Master Gardeners and Extension Homemakers Clubs in Mississippi County are open to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital status, or any other legally protected status. If anyone is interested in additional information about either of these outstanding community volunteer organizations, contact Jason Osborn, agriculture agent, or Pam Pruett, Family and Consumer Sciences agent, at 762-2075.

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