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UMaine Extension Offers Master Gardener Training

University of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteers training will be held Mondays, Sept. 8 through Nov. 17, 2014, and Mondays, Jan. 19through Feb. 9, 2015. Classes will meet 6-9 p.m. at the UMaine Extension Somerset County Office, Norridgewock Avenue, Skowhegan.

UMaine and state specialists will present 15 three-hour gardening sessions focused on vegetables, fruit, and volunteerism. Participants are expected to attend all sessions and, following the course, work on educationally based, volunteer projects. Projects may include assisting people taking part in community vegetable gardens and/or school gardens, designing and creating displays for fairs and other public functions, and answering public calls and requests.

Cost is $220; scholarships are available. The course features an online manual and requires an Internet connection. For more information, to request an application or disability accommodation, or if interested and do not have reliable Internet access, call Pete Bastien, 207.474.9622 or 800.287.1495 (in Maine). Completed applications are due by Aug. 22, 2014.

Image Description: Man weeding garden; photo by Edwin Remsberg

UMaine Extension Announces 2013 Master Gardener Course in Somerset County

Are you a gardening enthusiast? Would you like to share your gardening knowledge with your community? If so, you may want to consider joining the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Somerset County Master Gardeners.

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension is pleased to again offer its popular Master Gardener program in the Spring & Fall of 2013. This year the course will be run in a split session format with the first session starting on March 4th through May 6th. The second session will begin on September 9th and continue until October 7th. This year’s course will feature an online manual. Participants in the Master Gardener program will receive fifteen 3-hour training sessions on gardening starting March 4th. The 2013 program will focus on ornamental horticulture and volunteerism, therefore we expect each participant to attend all of the training sessions and work actively on volunteer projects following the course. Projects can include such things as community gardening, planting and maintaining a community vegetable garden, designing and creating a mobile display to be used at fairs and other public functions, or answering public calls and requests for gardening information. The fee is on a sliding scale determined by household income. Scholarships are available. The program will be held on Monday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. beginning March 4, 2013 at the UMaine Extension Somerset County office on Norridgewock Avenue in Skowhegan. For more information or to request an application, please call the UMaine Extension Somerset County office at 474-9622 or 1-800-287-1495 (in Maine). Applications are due on February 2, 2013.

If you are a person with a disability and will need any accommodations to participate in this program, please call Tom Goodspeed at the UMaine Extension Somerset County office at 1-800-287-1495 (in Maine) or TDD: 1-800-287-8957 to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodation at least 10 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however all requests will be accepted.

Image Description: Master Gardener working in garden; photo by Edwin Remsberg


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Cooperative Extension in Somerset County
7 County Drive
Skowhegan, Maine 04976-4209
Phone: 207.474.9622 or 1.800.287.1495 (in Maine)E-mail:
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Orono, Maine 04469
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