Master Gardener Development Board

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Meeting Dates

  • Thursday, January 5, 2017
  • Thursday, March 27, 2017
  • Wednesday, June 7, 2017
  • Wednesday, September 6, 2017
  • Wednesday, January 3, 2018

2016 Members

Tori JacksonTori Lee Jackson is Associate Professor of Agriculture and Natural Resources with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. She is based at the UMaine Extension Androscoggin and Sagadahoc Counties office in Lisbon Falls, where she coordinates the Master Gardner Volunteers program. Tori also works statewide in new and beginning farmer education and farm business management, spending time working with groups such as the Beginning Farmer Resource Network of Maine and the Crop Insurance Education Program. Tori lives in Wayne with her husband Mike French and their cats, Willow and Asher. When she is not working with farmers and gardeners, she enjoys music and photography. Contact: tori.jackson@maine.edu (November 2017).


Marjorie PerontoMarjorie Peronto is a Professor with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension based in Hancock County. She oversees the Down East region’s Master Gardener Volunteers program. Marjorie teaches classes in home food production, ecological landscaping with native plants, school gardening, pruning, and invasive plant species. She also works to address food insecurity issues with Hancock County hunger relief organizations. Marjorie and her partner Reeser Manley coauthored the award-winning book The New England Gardener’s Year. Contact:  marjorie.peronto@maine.edu (April 2017).


Phoebe CallPhoebe Call is a retired environmental consultant who lives in Otisfield with her husband Rick and dog, Sasha. Since completing her Master Gardener Volunteer training in Oxford County, she has been an active garden volunteer and supporter of the Maine Harvest for Hunger program. In addition to working in her vegetable and perennial gardens, Phoebe is an avid reader and also enjoys outdoor activities and travel. Contact: phoebecall13@gmail.com (October 2018).


Alice ElliottAlice Elliott is a Maine native and began gardening at a young age. An early gardening memory has her serving tiny new potatoes baked in her Easy Bake Oven for Sunday dinner. Alice became a Master Gardener in 2010, and has been an active volunteer for the program ever since, giving talks on seed-starting, container and/small-space gardening, and season extension throughout Central Maine. She has served on the Master Gardener Development Board since 2012. When not talking about gardening, Alice can be found in her large backyard, working in the vegetable garden, a flowerbed, or communing with her flock of hens. Contact: elliott.alice@gmail.com (October 2018).


Caragh FitzgeraldCaragh Fitzgerald is an Extension Educator for Agriculture, working primarily in Kennebec County. Her work includes production of vegetables, corn silage, and other forages as well as season extension and soil health. In Kennebec, she teaches and manages the Master Gardener Volunteers program and the Harvest for Hunger produce donation program. Contact: cfitzgerald@maine.edu (November 2017).


Kathryn HopkinsKathy Hopkins has worked for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in a variety of capacities from 1993 to the present. Since 1997, she has been an educator in the UMaine Cooperative Extension — Somerset County Office and has been responsible for Agriculture and Natural Resources programming in her county and statewide. As part of her responsibilities, Kathy serves as a statewide resource for the Maine maple syrup industry and coordinates UMaine Cooperative Extension’s Renewable Resources Extension Act. She coordinates and presents trainings and workshops; authors educational material and conducts research on maple syrup sap and syrup production issues. She is one of the creators of the IMSI Maple Grading School that has been presented annually since 2004. Contact: khopkins@maine.edu (January 2019).


Jane RiceJane Rice. Contact: DWR1026@cs.com (April 2018).


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