Junior Master Gardeners Graduate in Chester County

Posted: December 13, 2012

Eleven students make the grade as Junior Master Gardeners!
Chester County's new Junior Master Gardeners

Chester County's new Junior Master Gardeners

The Penn State Cooperative Extension’s Chester County Junior Master Gardener Program – one of the first of its kind in the state of Pennsylvania – graduated its first class of eleven students on Wednesday, November 14, 2012.

A graduation ceremony was held at the Manor House at Springton Manor Farm in Glenmoore, and the children made dishes for their graduation banquet using the types of vegetables they had grown in their raised beds during the course, which ran from March through November.

The children, all in third through fifth grade from various parts of the county, spent 90 classroom hours over 36 weeks learning 8 different modules for the course, including soil and water composition, conservation and composting, harvesting and preparing fruits and vegetables, pruning and landscaping and integrated pest management.  The children gave 244 “kid hours” of community service, including making over 100 jars of homemade applesauce which they donated to the Chester County Food Bank.  They also made homemade grape jelly and peanut butter. The group donated over 116.5 pounds of produce to the Food Bank, which they grew in two raised beds at Springton Manor Farms, where their meetings were held. 

A 12-week Nutrition From The Garden course will be held at Springton Manor Farm starting in March of 2013.
For further information, please contact Liz Alakszay at

Bottom Row:  Isaac Wills, Jacob Curtis-Smith, Shae Sweatman, Lydia wills, Misbah Quraishi
Middle Row: Laurie Nemec (Master Gardener, Chair), Meysoon Quraishi, Gwynette Chytla, Madeline Trevelino
Top Row:  Freg Gage (Master Gardener, Teacher), Evan Regn, Lili Zeblium, Michael Gondy, Diane Miller (Master Gardener , Teacher)
Missing:  Karen Owens (Master Gardener, Teacher)