Date of Award
Master of Science
Sustainable Agriculture; Horticulture
Retention of participants in volunteer organizations has been shown to be not only a challenge, but also a great benefit to the organization. Rising costs of training and continuing education make each interaction valuable from both perspectives. Volunteer opportunities are abundant but must be meaningful and engaging for the participants in order to keep them involved. Using electronic survey software, Iowa Master Gardeners were asked to respond to a series of questions investigating 1) the current demographics of the population, 2) reasons volunteers associate with the Master Gardener program, and 3) the continuing education topics and delivery methods most preferred by Iowa Master Gardeners.
Takle, Bryn, "Motivation and retention of Iowa’s Master Gardener volunteers" (2015). Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 14858.