Thank you for your interest in the Master Gardener Volunteer training. Master Gardeners are truly special people dedicated to sharing their horticultural knowledge and skills with their community.
All classes will be held at the UMaine Extension office in Piscataquis County (165 East Main Street, Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426) on Tuesdays 5:30-8:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Please check the dates and locations of the training. It is important that you’re able to attend at least 80% of all training sessions.
Sept 10: Master Gardener Program & Pre-Test / Composting
Sept 17: IPM & Pesticide Safety
Sept 24: Soil and Plant Nutrition
Oct 1: Weeds and Weed Control Methods/ Effective Master Gardener Volunteer
Oct 8: Plant Health — Beneficial & Pest Insects / Plant Diseases and Control
Oct 15: Botany & Plant Physiology
Oct 22: Garden Plan and Preparation
Oct 29: Vegetables Gardening in Maine / Nightshade Vegetables
Nov 5: Small Fruits
Nov 12: Greenhouse for Vegetable Garden / Introduction to Beekeeping
Nov 19: Attracting and Deterring Wildlife / Plant Propagation
Nov 26: Food Security & Season Extension
Dec 3: Tree Fruits
Dec 10: Final Exam / Wrap up
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 Ana Bonstedt if you have any concerns regarding your ability to access the online manual for the training.
Application process closed for 2013.
The fee for the course and materials is due at the first class meeting. PLEASE DO NOT SEND MONEY BEFORE THE 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 Ana Bonstedt. 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.
If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call Ana Bonstedt at 1.800.287.1491 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.
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