Extension Master Gardener Program of Nash County
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Nash County will be offering training for Extension Master Gardener Volunteers beginning on Tuesday, March 12th, 2024 through Tuesday, June 4th, 2024.
Classes will meet weekly on Tuesday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Nash County Agriculture Center.
During the course, participants will learn more about soils, fertilizer, pruning, propagation, and many other horticultural concepts, as well as learning how to diagnose insect and pest problems and make informed pest management decisions based on integrated pest management principles. Participants will also meet other engaged gardeners and learn about Extension Master Gardener Volunteer opportunities. Following completion of the class, the students transition to interns and will complete 40 hours of volunteering with the guidance of an Extension Master Gardener℠ mentor and the Horticulture Agent. Extension Master Gardener℠ Volunteer activities including design and maintenance of the gardens at the Nash County Arboretum, propagating plants for the Extension Master Gardener Plant Sale, answering questions at the Nash County Farmers Market “Ask a Master Gardener” booth, hosting educational gardening workshops for children and adults, collecting materials for the Christmas wreath-making workshops, and much more.
To apply for the course, complete the application linked below. It can be returned via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed/delivered to N.C. Cooperative Extension office located at 1006 Eastern Ave, Nashville, NC 27856. The fee for the course is $150, which will be due upon acceptance into the course. This fee covers training materials and state fees.
Application deadline is February 23rd, 2024.
ABOUT THE MASTER GARDENER PROGRAM
Master Gardener℠ volunteers of Nash County work with NC State Extension to provide gardeners with unbiased, science-based information on sustainable gardening, lawn, and landscape practices. Under the guidance of N.C. Cooperative Extension agents, volunteers complete an intensive (but fun), hands-on training program, pass an examination, and complete a 40-hour internship with N.C. Cooperative Extension in Nash County. To remain active in the program volunteers must log a minimum of 20 hours of volunteer service and 10 hours of continuing education each year. To help you decide if you should apply to become a Master Gardener℠ volunteer in Nash County, consider these questions:
- Do I want to learn more about growing many types of plants?
- Am I eager to participate in a practical and intense training program?
- Do I look forward to sharing my knowledge with people in my community?
- Do I have enough time to attend training sessions and to serve as a volunteer?
No previous training is necessary to become an Extension Master Gardener Volunteer in Nash County, just a passion for gardening and a desire to volunteer in your community. Benefits of serving as an Extension Master Gardener volunteer in Nash County include:
- Learn from outstanding horticulture experts
- Become knowledgeable and skilled in a variety of gardening subjects
- Teach others about gardening, lawns, and landscapes
- Help gardeners solve problems Learn how to identify and diagnose common diseases and insects
- Work with others who share your interests
- Continue to learn through workshops, field trips, conferences, and hands-on training
- Lead environmental education efforts in schools and neighborhoods
- Transform yards, people, and communities