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Educational Resources - Master Gardeners in Kennebec and Waldo Counties

Enrollment for the 2013 Master Gardener Volunteer Training is open!

Thank you for your interest in the Master Gardener Volunteer training. Master Gardener Volunteers are truly special people dedicated to sharing their horticultural knowledge and skills with their community.

2013 Training Schedule

When: Mondays and Wednesdays, October 16 through December 4, 2013.  1:00 pm – 4:30 pm.  (Hold December 9 and 11 for snow dates.)

Where:  Colby College, Waterville, ME.  Building and room to be determined in September.  For a map and directions, check the Colby College web page, and look under the “Visitors” tab.

Requirements: Attend 80% of the classes, 2 out of 3 spring workshops, and do 40 hours of volunteer work following the program at an approved project. Participants not willing/able to complete 40 hours of volunteer service within a 12-month period following training should not apply for the Master Gardener Volunteers Program.  Participants in the Kennebec/Waldo training are expected to complete their volunteer time in Kennebec or Waldo Counties. 

Classes:

October 16      Welcome AND Vegetable Production, Part 1 – Mark Hutton, Extension Vegetable Specialist  (please arrive no later than 12:45)  Location:  Colby College, Diamond Hall, Room 223

October 21      Soils and Soil Fertility - Rick Kersbergen, Extension Educator, Agriculture  Location:  Colby College, Diamond Hall, Room 241

October 23      Basic Botany - Caragh Fitzgerald, Extension Educator, Agriculture  Location:  Colby College, Diamond Hall, Room 223

October 28      Small Fruit, Part 1 – David Handley, Extension Specialist, Small Fruit and Vegetables  (New date, originally scheduled for Oct. 30)  Location:  Colby College, Diamond Hall, Room 241

October 30     Vegetable Production, Part 2 AND Seed Saving - Mark Hutton, Extension Vegetable Specialist  (New date, originally scheduled for Oct. 28)  Location:  Colby College, Diamond Hall, Room 223

November 4     Small Fruit Production, Part 2  AND Garden Food Safety/GAP (Good Agricultural Practices – David Handley, Extension Specialist, Small Fruit and Vegetables  Location:  Colby College, Diamond Hall, Room 241

November 6     Diseases and Insect Pests - Clay Kirby & Bruce Watt, Extension Insect and Disease Diagnosticians  Location:  Colby College, Diamond Hall, Room 223

November 11   NO CLASS–VETERAN’S DAY

November 13   Compost – Mark Hutchinson, Extension Educator, Agriculture  Location:  Colby College, Diamond Hall, Room 223

November 18   Pesticide Use and Safety – Gary Fish, Maine Board of Pesticides Control  Location:  Colby College, Diamond Hall, Room 241

November 20   Tree Fruit Production – Renae Moran, Extension Tree Fruit Specialist  Location:  Colby College, Diamond Hall, Room 223

November 25   NO CLASS

November 27   NO CLASS

December 2     Volunteer Projects—Planning and Design – Liz Stanley, Horticulture Program Coordinator AND Season Extension – Caragh Fitzgerald, Extension Educator, Agriculture  Location:  Colby College, Diamond Hall, Room 241

December 4     Weed Management and Cover Crops – Mark Hutchinson, Extension Educator, Agriculture  Location:  Colby College, Diamond Hall, Room 223

December 9     HOLD FOR MAKEUP DAY

December 11   HOLD FOR MAKEUP DAY

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 Caragh Fitzgerald at 207.622.7546, 1.800.287.1481 (in Maine) or cfitzgerald@maine.edu if you have any concerns regarding your ability to access the online manual for the training.

How to Apply

Use our online form.

To request a printed application, please call 207.622.7546 or 1.800.287.1481 (in Maine).

Applications will be reviewed on September 12 and approximately weekly thereafter.  Please return this application by September 11 for first considerationWe will contact you by email or phone after the deadline regarding whether you are in the class. We accept as many applicants as possible, but space is limited.

Fees

The fee for the course and materials is due October 9.

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 cfitzgerald@maine.edu. 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 Caragh Fitzgerald at 207.622.7546 or 1.800.287.1481 (in Maine) to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 14 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however all requests will be considered.

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Cooperative Extension in Kennebec County
125 State Street, 3rd Floor
Augusta, Maine 04330-5692
Phone: 207.622.7546 or 1.800.287.1481 (in Maine)E-mail: ceken@umext.maine.edu
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