Master Gardener Volunteer Training Offered

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If you like horticulture and enjoy networking with others who share your interest in plants, gardening and community involvement, then you may be interested in becoming an Extension Master Gardener℠ volunteer. The Master Gardener volunteer program is an outreach of the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service. Through the course of several weeks, you will go beyond the basics of beginning horticulture and learn about all the aspects of growing plants in the garden and throughout the landscape. In all, you will receive over 40 hours of horticultural training from soils & fertilizers to insects & disease management, planting, pruning and everything in between.

As a certified Master Gardener volunteer, you become a volunteer of NC State Extension, capable of working with and educating others in various areas of horticulture. Volunteers agree to return 40 hours of service to the public through Extension and Master Gardener events and activities in the first year after the course. The class will begin on Tuesday, March 5, 2019, with an orientation intended to provide additional information and to answer any other questions regarding the program. Classes will continue on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s, 9 a.m.–1 p.m., through April 30.

The cost of the program is $100 without a printed manual or $140 with the manual. Some sessions will feature specialists in various fields of experience and Extension Agents from surrounding counties as well as some hands-on classes to allow personal experience on certain topics. The class size is limited and the deadline to register is March 1. To pre-register for the course or if you have questions about the program, please contact our office by phone at 837-2210 or email at keith_wood@ncsu.edu.