We conducted a survey of Iowa master gardener volunteers to identify demographics of program participants. Majorities of respondents were female, 50 years old or older, and college educated, similar to participants in previous master gardener studies. Highly engaged older individuals may not be able to continue to participate at their current levels into the future. Consequently, recruitment and retention of younger and/or more diverse participants would be beneficial to sustaining the program and maintaining long-term community connections. Identifying the demographics of volunteers allows program coordinators to focus future recruitment and retention efforts. Additionally, implications of the study may be applicable to volunteer coordinators in other states.
Takle, B., Haynes, C., & Schrock, D. (2017). Using Demographic Survey Results to Target Master Gardener Volunteer Recruitment. The Journal of Extension, 55(3), Article 4. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol55/iss3/4