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LAPORTE – The LaPorte County Master Gardeners held their annual recognition meeting recently at Red Mill County Park. Ranger Ted Winterfeld, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, spoke about the art of foraging for wild plants as food.
Some of the projects for which Master Gardeners volunteered last year were: Ag Days for fourth grade students, Luhr Park Field Days for fifth graders, and growing spaces at several local schools that taught school children about gardening. In 2012 the LaPorte County Master Gardeners volunteered nearly 2,750 hours “helping others grow” in LaPorte County, a benefit of over $50,000 to the community.
During the meeting, Master Gardeners were recognized for their volunteer work and participation in education activities. Seventeen interns from the 2012 Master Gardener class were recognized. They were were Jan Manik of Chesterton; Lloyd Anderson, Jan Bradshaw, Pamela Coker, Faith Henry, Susan Kieffer, Dennis Lanie, Leslinda Leon, Patti Lovaas, Linda Weigel all of La Porte; Rima Binder of Long Beach; John Carington, Carl Drzewiecki, Mary Rooney, Stephen Zolvinski all of Michigan City; Raymond Borkowski and Jennifer Kuzdas both of Rolling Prairie.
The LaPorte County Master Gardener Association is one of the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service programs and helps fulfill the state motto of “Helping Others Grow” by training volunteers to promote good gardening and horticultural practices. The Association accomplishes this through its volunteers conducting educational activities and projects in the community throughout the year. For more information about the Master Gardener Program or about becoming a Master Gardener, please contact the LaPorte County Extension office at 219-324-9407 or visit www.ag.purdue.edu/counties/laporte.