As many of you know, I feel that private home visits are not the best use of a Master Gardener's time because:
- The impact is relatively low - teaching one person about a specific tree instance compared to teaching a more complete class about tree care and disease to a group of homeowners;
- Advising on personal property (trees) takes business away from local tree care companies;
- I also have a concern about volunteers entering a private property from the standpoint of a volunteer's personal safety.
Having said that, I understand that many of you in smaller communities are well-know for your knowledge as Master Gardeners and people seek you out. Likewise, personal consultation is sometimes a significant part of what you do as a Master Gardener volunteer, so personal consultations remains an option for volunteers ... for now.
I do ask that if you are asked to provide a personal consultation:
- take along a fellow Master Gardener / spouse / partner / friend;
- prior to going, please consult with your local Extension Educator, program coordinator, volunteer leader, or state director (me).
- have a minimum of three years' full-time experience working in the professional tree care industry
- have passed an extensive examination covering all
facets of arboriculture,
- has passed a certification exam
- receives, on a regular basis, continuing education administered by the International Society of Arboriculture or another certifying agency.
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