Applications are now available for the next Master Gardener Volunteer training with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in York County. Participants will receive 75+ hours of in-depth horticultural training beginning January 20th and running through early June. The training site will be the Anderson Learning Center, Springvale, ME, and the classes will be held on Friday afternoons from 12:30 – 4:00 PM. This winter’s program will focus on growing fruits and vegetables. UMaine Extension specialists, county educators, and other experts will provide training on Soils, Botany, Composting, Herbs, Seed Starting, Vegetables, Berries, Tree Fruits, Pruning, Pest Management, and much more.
Master Gardener Volunteers are required to give back 40 hours of volunteer time providing outreach education in gardening and community service through ongoing outreach projects such as demonstration gardens, the Maine Harvest for Hunger, “Kids Can Grow” programs, and the Garden Angel program. If you are interested in participating in the 2012 training, call UMaine Extension in York County at 1-800-287-1535 (toll free in Maine) or 324-2814 for an information packet and an application form. The deadline for applying is January 4th. You may also apply online via extension.umaine.edu/york/programs/master-gardener-volunteer-program.
Image Description: Volunteers collect onions for Maine Harvest for Hunger; photo by Edwin Remsberg