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Public Value - Public Value Statements for Master Gardener Programs

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There are rough drafts for the Master Gardener program. While they illustrate the direct and indirect benefits well, often users will find it useful to start with a specific story about the work being discussed in the private value part of the statement. The videos from Harvest to Hunger are good examples of these stories.

Once you are comfortable with the idea of showing how the direct benefits to participants create indirect benefits for non-participants, even people that never heard of the program, describe this in any way that is comfortable for you. It is best not to memorize the following public value statements, but to explain the direct benefits and then the indirect in whatever way is most natural.

Sample Public Value Statements

Workshop participant working on an assignment“Our Master Gardener volunteer program is a great investment because it is a vital part of our community’s infrastructure. For example, if we support our Master Gardener volunteer, the community members and visitors to the downtown area using the public spaces created by Master Gardener volunteers will spend more time in the downtown areas, which not only benefits them but all of us by supporting local businesses and increasing awareness of and visits to our downtown areas.”

“Our Master Gardeners program is a great investment because it is a vital part of our community. For example, if we support the Master Gardener program, low-income citizens learning to grow vegetables and fruits better will donate food to food pantries, which not only benefits them but all of us by decreasing the need for public assistance and improves client’s health. It does this by increasing the quality and quantity of a valuable product.”

“Our Master Gardener volunteer program is a great investment because it is a vital part our community’s infrastructure. For example, if we support our Master Gardener volunteer program, the teachers and parents of the George Mitchell School using the school garden curriculum and school garden will garden more and more efficiently, which not only benefits them but all of us by increasing access to nutritional food in the garden and the school pantry at no additional cost to the tax payer.”

Workshop participant working on an assignment“Our Master Gardener program is a great investment because it is a vital part our community’s infrastructure. For example, if we support UMaine Cooperative Extension, the Master Gardener volunteers using Maine Harvest for Hunger will harvest or grow/donate/help distribute fresh produce to those in need, which not only benefits them but all of us by reducing financial demand on emergency food systems.”

“Our Master Gardener program is a great investment because it is a vital part of our community’s infrastructure. For example, if we support our Master Gardener program, the youth and families using the youth community gardening Kids Can Grow Program will develop strong relationships with Master Gardener mentors and their families while learning life skills, which not only benefits them but all of us by promoting positive social skills, work skills, healthy behaviors, and family cohesiveness. And may lead to reducing the demand in our public support structure.”

“Our Master Gardener volunteer civic beautification program is a great investment because it is a vital part of our community’s infrastructure. For example, if we support our Master Gardener civic beautification program, the citizens and tourists using and enjoying the city parks and main streets will come to town more often with their families, which not only benefits them but all of us by improving property values and improving business profits through tourism.”


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