(LISBON FALLS) – Recently, ten dedicated volunteers were certified in the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Androscoggin-Sagadahoc Counties 2013 Master Gardener Volunteers Program. They include, from Androscoggin County, Mark Drummond, Paula Curtis-Everett, Nancy Morris, and Corbin Lichtinger, from Sagadahoc County Michelle Rines, and Ted Wolfe and from Cumberland County Teeter Bibber, Elly Dominguez, Ruth Klein and Peri Lanoue. Pictured from left to right; Ted Wolfe, Michelle Rines, Elly Dominguez, Peri Lanoue, Teeter Bibber and Mark Drummond.
The classroom portion of the 2014 program was held at the Good Shepherd Food Bank in Auburn and focused on vegetable and fruit production topics presented by Extension Educators, Extension Specialists, and the Maine Board of Pesticide Control Trainer, among others.
To complete their Master Gardener Volunteers Certification, 22 participants will complete 40 hours of volunteer time helping others learn about research-based, sustainable gardening. A variety of volunteers projects are underway, including, growing vegetables and fruit for the Maine Harvest for Hunger Project, helping friends and neighbors with gardening questions, assisting in maintaining the gardens established at the Maine Maritime Museum, the Sagadahoc County Courthouse, the Auburn P.A.L. Center and the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer, Hope and Healing.
The 2015 training will be held at the Topsham Public Library on Thursday afternoons beginning in late February.
To learn more about the Master Gardener Volunteers program, contact Administrative Assistant KymNoelle Sposato at the Androscoggin-Sagadahoc Counties Cooperative Extension Office, 24 Main St., Lisbon Falls, ME 04252 phone 353.5557 or in Maine 1.866.500.9088 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the UMaine Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer page online.