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by Nora Koenig
on June 23, 2021 at 11:44 AM
Congratulations, Heather !!
by Brook Gamble
on June 23, 2021 at 11:59 AM
Love this. Congratulations Heather!
by Randall Musser
on June 23, 2021 at 10:45 PM
Great job Heather! Very well deserved. Many thanks to Melissa and the statewide UC Master Gardener program for helping to spread the word about our outstanding volunteers!
by Yoon S. Lee
on June 25, 2021 at 9:00 AM
You are such an incredible inspiration to me, a first year Master Gardner!!!
by Marilyn Johnson
on June 25, 2021 at 12:01 PM
Congratulations Heather! If it wasn't for your presentation in our group I never would have known about the Monarchs in our area. Because of the information you gave to us I'm planning a butterfly area in my garden. Thank you for making so many aware of this special garden visitor. :)
by Stephanie Jeanne Erskine
on June 26, 2021 at 6:59 AM
Wow Heather, your contributions to the Master Gardener program are truly inspirational. Congratulations!
by Linda Ivie
on June 27, 2021 at 5:00 PM
Wonderful information....
by Elizabeth A Haffner
on June 29, 2021 at 2:40 PM
Congratulations Heather Hafner! I read this because your last name caught my attention and like you, I am really into Monarch's.
by Robin Jones
on June 29, 2021 at 9:29 PM
One of the biggest-hearted gardeners ever, and for butterflies, for certain! So we’ll deserved! Congrats Heather, it is everyone’s pleasure to know you, to learn from you and be around you. I’m so grateful for you, and the butterflies are so, so lucky to have you, too.
by Alice Burns
on July 8, 2021 at 9:25 PM
Heather - your story is inspiring and definitely heart warming. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of so many.
by Livia Tommasini Yanagihara
on July 11, 2021 at 3:30 PM
Congrats Heather!!
by Bonnie Brookhart
on July 20, 2021 at 10:36 PM
Heather, you are truly a wonderful human being! Thanks for all you have done for Monarchs and other butterflies, and for increasing the diversity of your local MG program, which of course will get science-based knowledge into hopefully every corner of your community. And how terrific for everyone to be part of such a talented and diverse team! You have accomplished so much through your curiosity, talent, and drive—it’s truly inspirational! Congratulations!  
—Bonnie Brookhart, MG Contra Costa County
by Bonnie Brookhart
on July 20, 2021 at 10:40 PM
Heather, you are truly a wonderful human being! Thanks for all you have done for Monarchs and other butterflies, and for increasing the diversity of your local MG program, which of course will get science-based knowledge into hopefully every corner of your community. And how terrific for everyone to be part of such a talented and diverse team! You have accomplished so much through your curiosity, talent, and drive—it’s truly inspirational! Congratulations!  
—Bonnie Brookhart, MG Contra Costa County
by Linda Denise Lanting
on July 24, 2021 at 1:11 PM
Heather, you are an inspiration! I am a fan of butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. My hope is to dedicate my backyard redo to them. Continue to enjoy your "Dream Come True" results.
by Jeff Biletnikoff
on July 27, 2021 at 9:33 PM
Increasing the Monarchs population is an important issue. The larger issue is the decrease in the world wide population of bees.  
We need to increase the growing 0f plants that require pollinating by bees. The bee population is in trouble Europe is doing a much better job of addressing this crisis All Master Gardener programs in California need to be working on this larger issue.  
Jeff Biletnikoff  
San Diego MG
by Elizabeth [GB] Cutter
on September 16, 2021 at 1:46 PM
Thank you for your leadership on multiple levels. Recruiting members from the many ethnic groups is a remarkable and important achievement for master gardeners. Working with youth is a way to plant the seeds necessary for sustainable garden habitats. Cheers and more cheers to you.
by Meredith Lavene
on October 3, 2021 at 10:14 PM
I loved reading about the many pollinator species: some are growing in my garden. I will plant others that were mentioned.  
Mostly I was so happy to hear about your efforts to promote Master Gardeners from many different groups and ethnicities. I would love to hear a workshop dedicated to ways to increase diversity - a California wide simposios??  
I’d love to hear more from you.
Reply by Melissa G. Womack
on October 4, 2021 at 10:52 AM
Hi Meredith, so happy you were inspired by Heather's work in Orange County! We posted a blog highlighting statewide DEI priorities here: https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=45727.  
 
Reach out to your local program coordinator about tools and resources available for volunteers interested in learning more about reaching a wider audience in your program.  
 
We are still working on sessions for the 2023 statewide conference (rescheduled from 2020), https://ucanr.edu/sites/2020MGConference/
by Todd Nicholson
on October 5, 2021 at 9:11 PM
Congratulations Heather. Well deserved!
 
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