Webinar – Cultivating Volunteer Leaders with Michelle Prysby, September 27, 2018

Join Michelle Prysby for a presention on how volunteer programs often can be strengthened by having volunteers serve in leadership roles. How do you move volunteers from simply showing up for a volunteer activity to taking on greater responsibilities? What leadership skills are important to cultivate in volunteers? What are common challenges with volunteer leadership and how can they be overcome? We will discuss these ideas and more, and we welcome your own stories of volunteer leadership triumphs and disasters.

Additional Resources:

Presentation PDF

Fuller, J. M. and Friedel, C. R. 2017. Developing volunteer leaders: Let their intentions guide the way. Journal of Leadership Education 16(3): 45-66. DOI: 10.12806/V16/I3/R2


Lockett, L. L. and Boyd, B.  2012.  Enhancing leadership skills in volunteers.  Journal of Leadership Education 11(1): 233-244. DOI: 10.12806/V11/I1/AB2


The Lockett paper is also available as an Extension publication from Texas AgriLife Extension, but it’s pretty much the same as the peer-reviewed journal article.


Biweekly Update – September 17, 2018

New Announcements:

1. Virginia Farm to School Fall 2018 Newsletter

2. Registration for 2018 Arlington / Alexandria Urban Agriculture Symposium is OPEN, Arlington, VA – October, 5, 2018

  • To REGISTER or see the full schedule, click HERE

3. 42nd Annual Fall Forestry and Wildlife Field Tours 2018 (aka the Bus Tours)

4. Lewis Ginter PlantFest POSTPONED – Richmond, VA – September 28-29, 2018

5. FREE Gardening Workshops, Speakers, and Giveaways at Belle Grove – Middletown, VA – September 16, 2018

6. Turfgrass Tuesday Webinar on Bluebird Habitat – September 25, 2018

  • The Sept. 2018 VCE/VT Turfgrass Tuesday webinar features VA Master Naturalist and VA Bluebird Society member Sandy Weber discussing how turfgrass habitats can be utilized to promote cavity-nesting birds, with a focus on bluebirds. As always, it’s a FREE event and it takes place from 10-11 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, Sept 25.

7. Composting – What to do with all those leaves? – Monday, September 24, 2018—Arlington / Alexandria area.

September Announcements:

8. Saturdays in the Garden Series – Fauquier County – September 22

9. Home Horticulture Education – Eggleston Garden Center, Norfolk, VA – September 8th to October 13th

10. 12th Annual Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello – Charlottesville, VA – September 22, 2018

11. VMGA 2018 Educational Event – Appomattox, VA – September 29, 2018

12. Arlington / Alexandria Events – September

October Announcements:

13. Central Shenandoah Valley Garden Symposium: “Going Native” – Weyers Cave, VA – October 27, 2018

Janurary Announcements:

14. Save the Date: VAFHP 2010 Annual Conference – Blacksburg, VA – January 28-29, 2019

February Announcements:

15. Save the Date: Spring to Green – Danville, VA – February 2, 2019

Other Announcements:

16. Follow the State Office on social media:

17. Recorded Webinars: Recorded EMG Coordinator webinars hosted by the National Extension Master Gardener Coordinators Committee

18. Whether you attended the 2018 Master Gardener College or not, you should still check out the Brag Boards that were submitted! Click HERE to view the video of all of them! Make sure to send in a brag board next year to brag about your unit!

19. National EMG Coordinator’s Webinar Recordings

Webinar – Reimagining Highway Corridors with Scott Douglas, September 13, 2018

Scott’s presentation covers “Interstate Interventions”, exploring possible improvements that could be implemented within the planted shoulders and medians along the Interstates in Illinois. His work includes a review of The Ray, an 18-mile section of Interstate 85 in southwest Georgia that serves as a testing ground for new ideas and technologies to transform transportation infrastructure.

Additional Resources:

Presentation PDF