Applications are available for the 2014 Master Gardener Volunteer training with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in York County.
From Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, through early June, participants will receive more than 66 hours of in-depth horticultural training. Classes will meet weekly each Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Anderson Learning Center, 21 Bradeen St., Springvale, Maine.
The winter program focus will be on growing fruits and vegetables. UMaine Extension specialists, county educators and other experts will train volunteers in a number of areas, including soils, botany, composting, starting seeds and pest management.
Master Gardener Volunteers are required to give back 40 hours of volunteer time by providing outreach education in gardening and community service projects, including with demonstration gardens, Maine Harvest for Hunger, “Kids Can Grow” and Garden Angel programs.
For more information and an application form, or to request a disability accommodation, call UMaine Extension at 1.800.287.1535 (in Maine) or 207.324.2814. The deadline to apply is Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. Additional information and applications are also online at http://extension.umaine.edu/york/programs/master-gardener-volunteer-program.
Image Description: Maine Master Gardener Volunteer with participants of Kids Can Grow
Applications are open for Master Gardener Volunteer Training beginning Sept.10, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Piscataquis County office, 165 East Main St., Dover-Foxcroft.
The 14-week program will focus on the art and science of growing garden vegetables and fruits, including soil and plant nutrition, botany, plant health and garden management. Program graduates then have the opportunity to give back to their communities by volunteering their time and skills.
Program fees are on a sliding scale, from $110 to $330, based on annual household income. A limited number of scholarships are available. All financial information is confidential. Applications are due Sept. 6.
For more information, to request an application, or to request a disability accommodation, contact the UMaine Extension Piscataquis County Office at 207.564.3301 or 1.800.287.1491 (in Maine), or email@example.com. Applications also are online.
Image Description: Master Gardener Volunteer working in vegetable garden
Kids Can Grow at UMaine Extension Knox-Lincoln counties office in Waldoboro
3:30-6:00 p.m., Wednesdays, May 1, May 15, June 19, July 17, August 7, and September 11
To register call 207.832.0343; or toll-free in Maine, 800.244.2104; or firstname.lastname@example.org
University of Maine Cooperative Extension is again offering Kids Can Grow, a youth gardening program for ages 6-12, at the Knox-Lincoln counties office in Waldoboro. The program has six hands-on gardening classes of fun, engaging science, art and cooking activities related to growing vegetables for healthy eating. The classes will be held from 3:30-6:00 p.m., on Wednesdays — May 1, May 15, June 19, July 17, August 7, and September 11. Youngsters design and grow group gardens at the Extension office, as well as their own 3×5-foot raised bed gardens at home using supplied materials and home visit help from a Master Gardener or 4-H volunteer mentor, who will mentor and inspire them. The garden produce grown at the county office will be donated to Maine Harvest for Hunger. A fee of $20 per participant includes healthy snacks, project supplies, and all materials for each youth’s home gardens. To register by April 19, call 207.832.0343; or toll-free in Maine, 800.244.2104. For more information or to request disability accommodations, contact Ellen Libby, UMaine Extension Knox-Lincoln office, 800.244.2104; email@example.com.
Also offering the Kids Can Grow program:
Kids Can Grow at Erickson Fields Preserve in Rockport
Offered by Maine Coast Heritage Trust.
Parent and Volunteer Orientation: April 9, 5:15-6:15 p.m.
Sessions for kids and parents will begin April 16, 5:15 p.m.
Classes will be held on the third Tuesday of every month through September.
To register: 207- 236-2739 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Image Description: Kids working on a raised bed garden
BANGOR, ME –Enrollment is now open for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer training in Penobscot county. UMaine Extension Horticulturist Kate Garland will collaborate with experts from around the state to present a 13-week course on sustainable horticulture topics including: botany, plant propagation, soils, composting, landscape design, pesticide safety, insects and plant diseases, ecology, plant selection, and more. All meetings will take place on Tuesday evenings 5:00-8:15 beginning in March, with the exception of one Saturday morning session on March 16th.
An online application may be found at the following website: http://umaine.edu/penobscot/programs/gardening/master-gardeners/. To request a printed application, please call Kate at 207-942-7396. Applications should be submitted no later than February 13th. The course fee is on a sliding scale from $110-$330. A limited number of scholarships are available. UMaine Extension programs are open and accessible to all in accordance with program goals.