MIDDLETOWN — On Feb. 13, the Master Gardener Volunteer Program of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Orange County held their bi-annual graduation. Seventeen Master Gardener Volunteer Trainees completed the 120-hour horticulture training program and joined the ranks of the 106 existing Master Gardener Volunteers. Graduates include: Ashley Justin of Circleville, Lore Orchowski and Robin Portelli of Cornwall, Pamela Golben of Florida, Judy Norelli and Sharon Lunden of Goshen, Linda Gayton of Highland Mills, Arnold Kornbluth and Barbara Clark of Middletown, Cecille Jones of Monroe, Donna Beyer and Mary Presutti of New Windsor, Pat Pawliczak and Sabrina Conti of Newburgh, Patricia Henighan of Walden, Nina Pierro of Warwick, and Kimberly Marshall of Washingtonville.


As Master Gardener Volunteers, they are the face of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Orange County. They assist with gardening projects, teach classes and workshops, work with school and community gardens, provide information at public events, write articles for the Gardening in Orange County Newsletter as well as local newspapers, and answer gardening questions through the Garden Helpline (mghelpline@cornell.edu / 343-0660).


For more information on becoming a Master Gardener Volunteer and Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Community Horticulture program contact Susan Ndiaye at 344-1234, or visit cceorangecounty.org.