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Plant Clinics


2014 FISCAL YEAR CHAIR(S): Kristin Ikenberg and Scott Lake

MEETING LOCATION AND DAYS:
One set of plant clinics is held at Home Depot, Hwy 550, Rio Rancho and the second set of plant clinics is held at the Santa Ana Native Garden Center, Hwy 550. The Home Depot plant clinics are held the 1st Saturday of each month from May through September and the plant clinics at the Santa Ana Native Garden Center are held the 4th Saturday from May through September.

NUMBER OF VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: 4 or 5 volunteers

TYPICAL MEETING TIME(S)/ DURATION:
Both Plant Clinics are held from 10 to 2 p.m. On the 1st (Home Depot) and 4th (Santa Ana Nursery) Saturday from May to September.

BRIEF PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Public education and interface with nursery customers.

MAIN EDUCATION/ TRAINING TASKS:
Answering questions, sharing information on all gardening topics, researching, problem identification, problem solving.

BENEFICIARIES OF THE PROJECT: Sandoval County residents.

LIST ANY RESTRICTIONS OR SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: None

Contact: Committee chairs

Other Helpful Information for Chairs:
- In February contact managers at the Home Depot and the Santa Ana Native Garden Center to confirm that they want you to hold the Plant Clinic at their place of business.
- Meet with agent or coordinator to confirm the locations and dates of the plant clinics.
- In April, check the plant clinic banners condition; check the sign-up sheets and hand-outs for the 10 clinics at the Sandoval County Extension Office. Select handouts to distribute to clients. Replace copies of handouts for each plant clinic as needed. Get new handouts from the office as new information comes out.
- At the last Intern class in April have sign-up sheets ready for volunteers to sign up for either plant clinic. One week before each plant clinic send the volunteers an email reminder of their commitment and the time of the plant clinic. Remind each volunteer to bring water, a snack, sunscreen, a hat, a chair, and any gardening material they use for reference.
- Be sure that volunteers, as well as clients, sign the sign-up sheet. If a client has a question or requests further information, get their name, address and telephone number so you can send them the requested information from the Extension Office or call them after further research has been done. Work closely with the Home Visit chair-person to be able to address any current problems that may have risen in the county. Also, have any information the Extension Office may have sent out regarding plant or tree issues.
- At the end of the plant clinic, gather up your materials and put the table back. Be sure no items are left behind.
- After each plant clinic, give the Extension Office secretary the volunteer and client sign-up sheets.