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
A Boston Globe feature on Sharon Kitchens, a former city dweller who now lives off the land in Maine, mentioned the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardener Volunteers Program. Kitchens, who also writes the Portland Press Herald blog “The Root,” expects to complete the program this year and to begin the volunteer requirements.
Highbush blueberry plants and asparagus crowns for spring planting are being sold by University of Maine Cooperative Extension to benefit the statewide Master Gardener Volunteers program.
Orders are now being taken in the”Grow It Right!” plant sale for highbush blueberry plants — three young plants, two varieties per pack for $35.95 and asparagus — a pack of 10 crowns for $15.00. Plants must be ordered by April 30, 2013 and will be available for pickup at University of Maine Cooperative Extension county offices and at Highmoor Farm in Monmouth on Saturday, May 18. UMaine Extension county office locations are listed online.
UMaine Extension experts will provide advice on growing blueberries and asparagus, as well as take-home instructions from Master Gardener volunteers. Online resources are available to gardeners throughout the growing season and harvest.
“This is more than a plant sale. It is an educational experience with positive results,” says Richard Brzozowski, UMaine Extension educator in the Cumberland County office.
Money raised will assist Master Gardener Volunteer projects and provide scholarships for participants. Since its inception more than 30 years ago, the UMaine Extension Master Gardener Volunteers program has assisted in dozens of community horticultural projects across the state, including Maine Harvest for Hunger, youth gardening and other community-based volunteer efforts.
A soil test is recommended prior to planting to help gardeners get the most out of their garden site. Additional information is available at the plant sale website.
For more information about Grow It Right! contact Brzozowski at 207.781.6099 (toll-free in Maine 800.287.1471), or Marjorie Peronto at 207.667.8212 (toll-free in Maine 800.287.1479), or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.