Okaloosa Master Gardeners celebrate accomplishments

Okaloosa County Master Gardeners President Stacey Taylor

Okaloosa County Master Gardeners President Stacey Taylor receives recognition as Master Gardener of the Year from county commissioner-elect Carolyn Ketchel.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Friday, August 1, 2014 at 06:29 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Okaloosa County Master Gardeners consistently attract statewide attention, former Master Gardeners president Lockey Buhrow said.

“We’ve had more state awards in the last 10 years than any other county in the state,” she said.

Wednesday, a dedicated cadre of Master Gardeners organized a luncheon and accepted kudos during the latest occasion for recognition.

MORE THAN 'WEEDS-AND-SEEDS'

In 2013, extension and Master Gardener volunteers provided $357,320 worth of free services totaling 19,149 hours of volunteer time, University of Florida/ Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences-Okaloosa County Extension Director Larry Williams said.

Excluding an approximately 300,000-person weekly audience for newspaper columns and radio and TV programs, almost 103,000 residents received advice and information, he said.

“I found out you guys do a lot more than weeds-and-seeds,” Okaloosa County Commissioner Dave Parisot said. “Forget the hours; it’s the quality of what you give back to the community that matters most.”



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