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 2014 Master Gardener Volunteer Training

Master Gardener Volunteer Report formThe purpose of the Master Gardener program is to provide training to prepare you to do gardening-related volunteer work in the local community.  After completing the training, you are expected to volunteer at least 40 hours within one year on an already established project.  We are looking for people who would like to volunteer on the following types of community projects:

  • Care for and conduct educational outreach from community demonstration gardens,
  • help coordinate a regional effort to grow & deliver food for those in need,
  • help plan and lead public workshops on a relevant gardening topic for small groups,
  • research and answer gardening questions in the Extension Office in Ellsworth,
  • help raise funds to support our Master Gardener Volunteer program, and
  • help with horticulture related research projects.

2014 Training Schedule *

The 2014 training will be held at the Hancock County Extension Office on Fridays from 8:30 am – noon, January 24th thru May 2nd.  There will also be two Saturday classes on February 15th and 22nd (snow date Feb. 29).  The focus on this year’s course is on vegetable and fruit production and volunteerism.  It will not cover ornamental horticulture or ecological landscaping.  If you commit to this program, you are expected to attend at least 80% of the classes and work actively on an approved volunteer project following the course.  Training will be held at the UMaine Cooperative Extension office in Hancock County, 63 Boggy Brook Road, Ellsworth.

Fri Jan 24

Intro to Master Gardener Program

Backyard & Winter Composting, Vermiculture

Fri Jan 31

Insects and Disease of Fruits & Vegetables

Fri Feb 7

Weed Management, Cover Crops, Garden Planning

Fri Feb 14

Soils & Fertilizers

Sat Feb 15

Botany Basics 1

Fri Feb 21

Vegetative Plant Propagation

Sat Feb 22

Botany Basics 2

Fri Feb 28

Growing Tree Fruits

Sat Mar 1

Snow Date – Botany

Fri Mar 7

Growing Small Fruits part 1

Fri Mar 14

Growing Small Fruits part 2

Good Agricultural Practices

Fri Mar 21

Pesticide Safety

Fri Mar 28

Volunteerism, VOLT

Volunteer Projects – Introductions

Fri Apr 4

Growing Seedlings, Food Security

Fri Apr 11

Growing Vegetables part 1

Fri Apr 18

Growing Vegetables part 2

Fri Apr 25

Volunteer Project Planning

Fri May 2*

Practical Final Exam, more project planning

Fri May 9

Alternate date, final exam

*schedule is subject to change

Training Materials

We’re pleased to announce that the newly revised Maine Master Gardener Manual is now online. This resource is a collection of bulletins, chapters, and links that have been carefully selected to provide you with timely, in-depth, and applied information on a number of important horticultural topics. The online format will allow you to access new and updated materials long after your training. Much of this wonderful resource is accessible to the general public. Some sections are password protected to ensure access only by Maine Master Gardeners. Please contact Sue Baez  if you have any concerns regarding your ability to access the online manual for the training.

Fees

PLEASE DO NOT SEND MONEY WITH YOUR APPLICATION – Those that are accepted will be prompted to send in their payment before the first class begins.

The Master Gardener Volunteers program is a statewide program and is one of the most popular and valued programs offered by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. This program is committed to offering high quality horticultural education to all interested Maine residents. To help us meet this goal and keep the program affordable, the program relies on tax dollars, donations, and program fees that until now have been the same for all applicants regardless of one’s household income.

County, state, and federal tax dollars and donations do not fully cover the true costs of offering this program. Consequently, we must charge a program fee that reflects each applicant’s income and ability to pay. We recognize that some individuals may not be able to pay the program fee attached to the annual household income scale. If this is the case, please select a lower household income category, or apply for a program scholarship with  Sue Baez. Upon acceptance to the program, you will be asked to self-select the program fee below based on your annual household income; this information will be confidential:

Annual household income Program Fee
$40,000 or less $110
$40,001 – $70,000 $220
$70,001 or more $330

To assist us in building the program scholarship fund that supports Maine residents of all incomes to participate in the program, we welcome tax-deductible donations.

For More Information

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call Sue Baez at 1-800-287-1479  to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least seven days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however all requests will be considered.

Master Gardener Volunteers submit volunteer hours at this link:
Master Gardener Volunteer Hours Reporting Form

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