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Master Gardeners Make A Difference in WV

Willa Izzo, WV Master Gardener, is a fixture in the State Fair Demonstration Garden by the WVU Building.

Dear Friends and Garden Enthusiasts,

Gardening is such an important part of our cultural heritage. As growing evolves, having experts and others who can keep our crops bountiful and safe is critical. In addition to our WVU Extension experts, we are very fortunate to have a dedicated group of volunteers who work to beautify, serve and enhance our West Virginia communities.

The WVU Extension Master Gardener program provides educational courses and training in various aspects of horticulture. Participants gain a better understanding of horticultural and environmental issues through community engagement in gardening and beautification projects at schools, parks, public institutions, community organizations, and locations throughout the state. From the State Fair of West Virginia to the Governor’s mansion in Charleston, more than 1,400 Master Gardener members provided the equivalent of $626,738 in volunteer service hours to our West Virginia communities in 2021. That is truly amazing – thank you for this outstanding service! Learn more about the Master Gardener program.

A new year will be here before we know it. As you’re making resolutions and setting goals, I encourage you to read through the “ Colors of the Garden” calendar, which features different variations of fruits and vegetables we grow and eat, including how they differ in certain vitamin content. We hope you’ll try your hand at growing some of these different and delicious varieties in your garden in 2023. 


Jorge Atiles, Ph.D.

Dean of Extension and Engagement 

WVU Extension