Oxford County Master Gardener Volunteers - Becoming a Master Gardener Volunteer
Dear Gardening Friend:
Thank you for your interest in the Master Gardener program. To learn more about the program, please see our application our program policy, a tentative class agenda and a list of community projects. The Winter/Spring 2013 training will be held in two locations:
- South Paris Extension office, Thursday evenings, 5:30 – 9:00, January 31 – May 9
- Region 9 Technical School, Mexico, Wednesday afternoons, 12:30 – 4:00, February 13 – May 22
The training will be interactive with lecture and hands on learning. Attendance is required for successful completion of training. The cost of the training is on a sliding scale and will include training materials, as well as extensive online resources and handouts. Scholarships are available and arrangements can be made for fee payments to be made over time.
Please do not send any payment with your application.
Participants in the 2012 Oxford County Master Gardener Program will receive more than 40 hours of in-depth training on horticulture and what is involved in becoming a Master Gardener Volunteer. The focus of the training is on growing fruits and vegetables. After successful completion of the training program, each Master Gardener Trainee is required to return 40 hours of time volunteering in gardening projects in order to complete the program and become a “certified” Master Gardener Volunteer. Becoming a “certified” Master Gardener Volunteer entitles you to continue to participate in advanced learning opportunities and to participate in other gardening-related events.
The 40 hours of volunteer time is really the most important aspect of the program. We have reached thousands of people in Oxford County with educational information through the outreach efforts of trained Master Gardener Volunteers. This is a big commitment, so if you think your life this year may be too busy to volunteer, please consider applying another time.
Class is limited to 30 participants. We do have an application screening process. This is not a first come, first serve application process. Applications must be received by January 18, 2013.
Sliding Scale Program Fee
The Master Gardener Volunteers program is one of the most popular and valued programs offered by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. The dedication of Master Gardener Volunteers to addressing local social issues through volunteerism is a model used by other organizations throughout the country.
The Master Gardener Volunteers program is committed to offering high quality horticultural education to all interested Maine citizens. To meet this goal, we offer a sliding tuition scale based on a Total Household Annual Gross Income and ability to pay as an equitable way to keep the program affordable for all. Tuition fees are listed as three values followed by the suggested household income range for each, you will self-select your category:
$110: $40,000 or less
$220: $40,000 – $70,000
$330: $70,000 or more
We recognize that some individuals may not be able to pay the tuition in the suggested category. These people are encouraged to choose a lower-income category or to apply for financial aid by checking off the “need scholarship” box on the application.
Note: Please do not send in a check with your application. Once accepted into the program, we will provide you with the payment procedures.