Growing Your Own Food in case of a Disaster/Emergency:
Master Gardener Programs are volunteer programs affiliated
with a Cooperative Extension Service office and a land-grant university
that educates the public on gardening and horticultural issues.
Typically Master Gardeners answer questions via phone,
speak at public events and participate in community gardening displays.
Master Gardeners are active in 48 states in the United States and
four Canadian provinces.
It is estimated that there have been over 60,000 master gardeners.
The Master Gardener Program started in Seattle Washington in 1972,
in response to repeated requests for gardening information
from community members.
Once volunteers are accepted into a master gardener program
they are trained by Cooperative Extension office, university,
and local industry staff in subjects such as: plant taxonomy,
plant pathology, entomology, taxonomy, cultural growing requirements,
wildlife control, and integrated pest management.