Published on July 27th, 2012 | by Michael O'Donnell0
Purdue Master Gardener Program Begins Aug. 21
Purdue Master Gardener Program Seeking New Crop of Volunteers
If you want to sharpen your gardening skills and you have an interest in sharing your knowledge with others, Purdue Extension has the ideal program for you.
Beginning August 21, a Purdue Master Gardener Program training series will be offered for residents of Delaware County and surrounding areas. The Purdue Master Gardener Program is a volunteer training program that provides a learning framework for participants to increase their knowledge on a wide variety of horticultural subjects. In turn, participants volunteer, representing Purdue University. As volunteers, participants grow by sharing knowledge while providing leadership and service in educational gardening activities within their communities.
Training will be held on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 at the Riverside United Methodist Church from August 21 through November 13. Participants will be exposed to a wide range of subjects, including soil and plant science, diagnosis of plant problems, pesticide safety, and culture of vegetable, flower, landscape, and fruit plants.
Materials and expenses for the series of classes cost $130 per participant, or $180 per couple (shared materials). This expense fee covers such items as reference notebooks, mailings, and name badges. The deadline for class registration is August 14 by 4:00 PM. Class size is limited to 40 students.
While the class will be encouraged to create new educational outreach programs, there are already plenty of opportunities for which volunteers are needed. Some of these projects include staffing information booths at gardening events, teaching public education classes, speaking to local clubs and organizations, and hands-on demonstration gardens.
If you’d like an application or have questions about the program, contact:
Extension Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources
Purdue Extension, Delaware County
Room 202, County Building
100 W. Main Street
Muncie, IN. 47305-2879
Visit http://www.hort.purdue.edu/mg/ for more information about the Purdue Master Gardener Program.