...answer gardening questions at garden centers, flower shows, libraries, shopping centers and in the Cooperative Extension Office.
...generate an appreciation and interest in environmental improvement.
...design and install community landscape and beautification projects.
...create and participate in programs for the handicapped and senior citizens.
...encourage safe use of garden equipment and pesticides.
...help people understand and appreciate where and how our food is grown, processed and distributed.
...instruct neighbors and neighborhoods on the proper care of lawns, shrubs, trees and flowers.
...present gardening information through radio, TV and video.
...identify plant cultural problems, insects and disease.
...expand community understanding of the role, selection and use of commercial turf, landscape, nursery and grounds management firms.
...promote the use of new and advanced gardening materials and techniques.
...test and evaluate new varieties of vegetables, roses, flowers, turf, shrubs and trees.
...expand and participate in integrated pest management programs.
...initiate and design new programs in gardening and community development.
...research and write newsletter and newspaper articles, information sheets, fliers and brochures.
...plan, develop and deliver training for garden center employees, grounds managers, nursery personnel, community groups and volunteers.
...participate in the development of public gardening policy.
...teach communities how to conserve and enjoy their natural resources.
...provide training for 4-H and youth.
...maintain an integrated pest management site to display horticultural practices that reduce pesticide use and enhance water quality.
...developed, planted and maintained a Learning Garden designed for the Peninsula with plants and practices adapted for the Peninsula.