MGACRA :FREDERICKSBURG & THE COUNTIES OF STAFFORD, SPOTSYLVANIA, KING GEORGE & CAROLINE
The Master Gardener Association of the Central Rappahannock Area (MGACRA) offers educational opportunities for its members and for the general community, provides funding for community educational projects, and promotes service activities where Master Gardeners can interact with others who share a passion for gardening and a desire to improve the quality of life in their communities. Membership is open to anyone who shares these interests and is willing to participate in training and community service leading to certification. (See information on “How to Become a Master Gardener” in another section of this website.)
MGACRA offers a number of social activities for its members throughout the year, including an annual summer picnic and an annual Gala where service awards are presented. The Gala generally takes place in the spring of each year (late March or early April) at the Rowser Building in Stafford County for the purpose of recognizing Master Gardener achievements and accomplishments. It is a festive event with plenty of food and fellowship.
Partnership with the Virginia Cooperative Extension
The Master Gardener Association of the Central Rappahannock Area (MGACRA) is affiliated with Virginia Tech and Virginia State University through its sponsoring organization, the Virginia Cooperative Extension with administrative offices in the Rowser Building in Stafford. Master Gardeners are members of the local community who pledge to volunteer to educate the public within Planning District 16 (Fredericksburg and the counties of Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George, and Caroline) about horticultural and environmental-related information. Master Gardener volunteers act on behalf of the Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) to provide unbiased, research-based information and serve as a link between the state's land grant universities and the community. The program has become increasingly important as rapid growth has put more and more demands on local extension offices.