Extension Master Gardener Program – Sign Up Today

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Sign up today – Deadline is January 12th

Do you want to learn about gardening, and use your knowledge
to not only improve your own garden but to better the community?

The Extension Master Gardener program is a training program offered by North Carolina Cooperative Extension that educates the participants on a variety of gardening topics including proper pruning, fertilizing, care of trees and shrubs, how and when to plant, growing fruits and vegetables, composting, plant identification, disease and insect control, and much more. Participants use this knowledge to become better gardeners, and also pass their knowledge and expertise along to others by participating in volunteer projects throughout the county.

The next local training session will begin on February 1, 2018. The class will run for 13 weeks, meeting every Thursday from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the Nash County Agricultural Center in Nashville. The class will include lecture, demonstration, guest speakers and a field trip. Participants will receive a total of 40 hours of training and will be expected to contribute at least 40 hours of volunteer service for the Nash County Cooperative Extension horticulture program through Master Gardener community service projects.

NC Cooperative Extension, Nash County Center offers this training once each year and is accepting applicants for the upcoming class. Gardeners with all levels of experience and knowledge are welcome to apply for the class and will be accepted as space permits. The most important qualification for acceptance into the Master Gardener program is a love of gardening and the willingness to share what you have learned with others.

The cost of the training is $100, which includes the cost of all training materials used for the class, as well as the cost of field trips taken by the class. For more information or an application for the Master Gardener class, please contact Matthew Stevens at 252-459-9810 or matt_stevens@ncsu.edu. The deadline for application will be January 12th.

Many Master Gardeners who have completed the class and the initial volunteer requirement choose to remain active volunteers and continue to contribute to volunteer projects and training of new Master Gardeners. Our main project is design and maintenance of the Nash County Arboretum at the Nash County Agriculture Center, but we also have the Ask a Master Gardener booth at the Rocky Mount Farmers Market, annual wreathmaking workshops, youth programs, public speaking opportunities, our plant sale fundraiser, and various other projects that volunteers can participate in. While we hope that all Master Gardeners will stay active in the program for many years, only the initial 40 hours of volunteer service are a requirement of the program.

Matt Stevens is the horticulture agent for Nash County Cooperative Extension. If you have any questions about this article or gardening in general, he can be reached at matt_stevens@ncsu.edu.

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Photo of Matt StevensMatt StevensExtension Agent, Agriculture - Commercial and Consumer Horticulture (252) 459-9810 (Office) matt_stevens@ncsu.eduNash County, North Carolina
Updated on Jan 2, 2018
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