Extension Master Gardener Program

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Classes Begin January 30, 2020

Do you want to learn even more about gardening, and use your knowledge to not only improve your own garden but to better the community? The Extension Master Gardener℠ program of Nash County 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 January 30, 2019. The class will run for 13 weeks, meeting every Thursday from 1 to 4 p.m. 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 N.C. Cooperative Extension of Nash County horticulture program through Master Gardener℠ volunteer community service projects.

Nash County 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 Extension Master Gardener program of Nash County is a love of gardening and the willingness to share what you have learned with others.

The cost of the training is $150, which includes the cost of the Master Gardener training manual and other 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℠ volunteer class, please contact Matthew Stevens at 459-9810 or matt_stevens@ncsu.edu. The deadline for application will be January 15.

Many Master Gardener℠ volunteers 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 Gardener volunteers. 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℠ volunteer booth at the Nash County 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 Gardener volunteers will stay active in the program for many years, only the initial 40 hours of volunteer service are a requirement of the program.

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