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UMaine Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program Taking Applications

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gardener working in vegetable gardenAre you a gardening enthusiast? Would you like to share your gardening knowledge with your community? If so, you may want to join the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteers training for Kennebec and Waldo Counties this fall.

The program provides participants with more than 40 hours of in-depth training in the art and science of horticulture. In addition, the program trains volunteers to conduct and join sustainable horticulture projects in Kennebec and Waldo Counties.

Trainees receive the latest research-based information from UMaine Extension educators and industry experts. This coming program will focus on vegetable and fruit production and will be on Monday and Wednesday afternoons from Oct. 16 through early December. Classes will be held at Colby College from 1:00 – 4:30 p.m. Participants must attend two of three tours held at other area sites in spring of 2014 and pass a written exam. To complete the course, participants must volunteer a minimum of 40 hours at approved community projects the first year. There are many ways to volunteer – demonstration gardens, school programs, Harvest for Hunger campaigns, newsletter articles, public talks, and more.

For more information or to apply online, go to or contact the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Kennebec County office by e-mail at or by phone at 207.622.7546 (local) or 1.800.287.1481 (toll-free, in Maine). The course application is due Sept. 11 for first consideration. If accepted, the program fee is due by October 9. If the fee is a barrier to a participant, please contact the county Master Gardener Coordinator. Limited scholarships are available. To request a disability accommodation, call Caragh Fitzgerald at 207.622.7546 / 1.800.287.1481 / or TDD: 1.800.287.8957 (in Maine0 to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 14 days before the program begins provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however all requests will be accepted.


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