Weld County Extension announces appointment of Master Gardener Program Coordinator
Jane Rozum has been named coordinator of the Colorado State University Master Gardener program-Weld County effective June 2.
Rozum has been a Master Gardener for more than 16 years. She has served on the Weld Master Gardener Steering committee and was instrumental in developing the program's first Executive Committee and served as its chair. In addition to coordinating the Master Gardeners program in this part-time position, Rozum works as a gardener for the City of Greeley Museums-Centennial Village utilizing her gardening expertise, managing employees and volunteers while designing and maintaining the 7 acre gardens and grounds.
"I am delighted that Jane will be guiding the efforts of the 40 volunteers who provide research based horticulture education and information to the citizens of Weld County," said JoAnn Powell, interim director of CSU Extension - Weld County and CSU Extension Northern Regional director. "I also want to thank the Weld County commissioners for demonstrating the value of the Master Gardener program to the community by funding this position."
Highly trained Master Gardener volunteers work with Colorado State University and Weld County Extension to provide the public with research-based home horticultural information and tips for environmentally responsible gardening and landscaping. The mission of the Master Gardener program centers around helping individuals making informed decisions about gardening to develop individuals, strengthen families, protect neighborhood environments, and build communities.
"There are several ways the public can receive assistance," says Rozum. Weld gardeners can call the Master Gardener Hotline at 970-356-4000, ext. 2065. Volunteers are available Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., to answer questions and discuss diagnostic solutions to gardening problems. Questions can be left on the hotline voice mail and a volunteer will return the call promptly. Solutions are supported with resources that include printed fact sheets and several helpful websites. Plant specimens can be brought in to the Extension office in Island Grove Park if necessary to identify problems.
Master Gardener volunteers are also available for diagnostic clinics at the Weld County Extension office and out in the community. Knowledgeable volunteers can share their expertise as speakers at gardening, school, and church groups and as consultants for community gardening projects. Master Gardeners sponsor an information booth at most Greeley Saturday farmers markets. Other activities include information booths at fairs and trade shows, community beautification projects and the annual Weld County Fair scheduled this year for July 27 and 28.
Master gardeners, in partnership with the Town of Windsor, also started and maintain a demonstration garden called Treasure Island along the Poudre River Trail adjacent to Laku Landing Road south of Eastman Park.
To schedule a Master Gardener speaker, or to learn more about the Master Gardener program, call Rozum, at 907-304-6535.
The Weld County Master Gardener program is administered by Colorado State University Extension and funded through Weld County Extension Service.