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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Master Gardener’s Basic Training

Master Gardener’s Basic Training
Fall 2010
Cameron, Elk, McKean, and Potter Counties

To all Northern Tier Gardeners and those interested in Horticulture, Community Service, and Agroecology,

Penn State Master Gardeners are members of the community who have an interest in gardening and a desire to help others. What sets them apart from other home gardeners is the special training in horticulture they receive from Penn State Cooperative Extension. In exchange for their training, Penn State Master Gardeners serve as volunteers for extension horticulture programs.

Penn State Master Gardener programs will vary with each county, the following are some examples of common programs:

• Teach horticultural classes to the public.
• Develop demonstration gardens.
• Teach plant science to youth.
• Answer questions on county garden issues at farmer’s markets and fairs in the region.

To become a Master Gardener, you need a keen interest in gardening, a willingness to learn more, and, most importantly, a strong desire to help others learn. To become certified as a Penn State Master Gardener, you must complete a minimum of 30 hours of basic training, score at least 80 percent on a final exam, and fulfill 50 hours of volunteer service. You can maintain your Penn State Master Gardener status by giving at least 20 additional volunteer hours and attending at least 8 hours of update training annually. Certified Master Gardeners can attend classes as update credits without charge.

We will be offering the Basic Training for Master Gardeners this Fall tentatively in the Coudersport area; however, the location will depend upon enrollment and geography of the class. The Basic Training consists of 2 1/2 hr weekly sessions extended for 12 weeks, followed by a final exam. Class sessions are scheduled for Tuesday evenings, 6:30 to 9:00 pm, beginning September 7th. There will be two additional Saturday field trips added to our course to provide in-depth experiences and understanding of local soil landscapes, growing environments in the region, and becoming familiar with gardening resources at University Park.

Please contact Judy Eckert or Dr. Bill Waltman, Penn State Cooperative Extension, 24 Maple View Lane, Coudersport, PA 16915, or call (814)-274-8540 for additional information.

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