BANGOR — Applications are now open for University of Maine Cooperative Extension 2019 Master Gardener Volunteers training in Penobscot and Piscataquis counties. Training sessions are scheduled weekly from 5-8:30 p.m. Feb. 26-May 21 and resume for four weeks in September. Classes meet at the UMaine Extension Penobscot office, 307 Maine Avenue. Some classes will meet on the UMaine campus and one satellite location will be available in Piscataquis County.
Extension horticulture staff Kate Garland and Trisha Smith will collaborate with experts from around the state on gardening topics including soils, composting, vegetables, landscape design, tree fruits and pest management. Participants are expected to contribute 40 hours of volunteer service in educational projects within a year of taking the training. Trainees will be connected with service projects that are best suited for their interests, skill set, schedule and location.
The program fee is $220; limited financial assistance is available. Apply online by Jan. 3, 2019. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, call 207.942.7396.
About University of Maine Cooperative Extension:
As a trusted resource for over 100 years, University of Maine Cooperative Extension has supported UMaine’s land and sea grant public education role by conducting community-driven, research-based programs in every Maine county. UMaine Extension helps support, sustain and grow the food-based economy. It is the only entity in our state that touches every aspect of the Maine Food System, where policy, research, production, processing, commerce, nutrition, and food security and safety are integral and interrelated. UMaine Extension also conducts the most successful out-of-school youth educational program in Maine through 4-H.