Have you seen a painted rock hiding somewhere around Sampson County? If not, keep your eyes open, because the Sampson County Extension Master Gardener (EMG) volunteers are placing ‘happy rocks’ in various locations to help make someone’s day brighter, or to give a little encouragement to someone who needs it. Rocks can have anything painted on them, from words of encouragement, to vegetables and flowers, to superhero’s, or well-known characters. The objective of this project is to gather together, paint, and laugh while designing these rocks. The next step is to share these ‘happy’ times and designs with strangers, with the hope that finding one will make someone’s day brighter or encourage someone that needs it. Once found, the finder posts a picture on the SCEMGVA Facebook webpage (search SCEMGVA on Facebook), and re-hides for the next person to find.
‘Happy Rocks’ are just one project that the EMGV’s have or are participating in during the 2017/2018 year. Other projects include working with youth at LC Kerr School, College Street Pre-K, Hargrove Elementary, and Union Intermediate Schools. EMGV’s assist with teaching children at these locations where their food comes from, how to grow food from seed and transplants, and parts of plants.
EMGV’s also host a variety of programs called “In the park series”. These seminars and events range from learning about herbs, to constructing yard art, to having a scarecrow contest.
If any of these projects or programs interests you, you should consider becoming an Extension Master Gardener Volunteer.
To learn more about the Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program, you are invited to an informational meeting at 10am on Nov. 2 at the Sampson County Extension Livestock Facility, 93 Agriculture Place, Clinton. At the meeting, you will have a chance to meet several EMGV’s, learn about our programs, and get answers to any questions you may have about the EMGV program in Sampson County.
Training for the Sampson County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program begins in 2018.
Brad Hardison is an Agricultural Extension Agent specializing in horticulture. Contact Brad by calling the Sampson County Extension Center at (910) 592-7161 or by emailing [email protected]