If you love gardening and sharing your knowledge with others, consider becoming a North Dakota Master Gardener volunteer in collaboration with the NDSU Extension Service.
This year's Master Gardener training program will run for 10 weeks beginning Sept. 9 and ending Dec. 2, with breaks for holidays.
The course will be offered online and in a traditional classroom setting. Classroom training is scheduled every Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Classes will not be held on Oct. 21, Veterans Day or the Friday after Thanksgiving.
“If weekday morning classes conflict with your schedule, watch online lectures in the comfort of your home on your own schedule,” said Esther McGinnis, NDSU Extension horticulturist and North Dakota Master Gardener director. “For those who prefer traditional learning, classroom training will be conducted in Bismarck, Cooperstown, Devils Lake, Grand Forks, Fargo, Jamestown, Langdon, Minot, Rugby, Stanley and Valley City.”
Course topics include annual and perennial flowers, tree selection and maintenance, soil health, composting, plant diseases and pests, and vegetable and fruit production. NDSU faculty and Extension personnel teach the classes.
Once participants complete the training, they are known as Master Gardener interns. They must volunteer 48 hours of time during a two-year period on horticultural projects in their home counties. After that, they will earn a Master Gardener certificate.
Projects include answering questions at county fairs, organizing horticultural workshops, and managing school and community gardens.
Tuition for the 2016 class is $150 for persons wishing to become a certified Master Gardener or $400 for people just interested in taking the class. Computer knowledge, internet access and an email account are required.
Class size is limited and filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The registration deadline is Aug. 12.
For more information, contact your county NDSU Extension Service office or McGinnis at 701-231-7406 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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