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UMaine Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program Taking Applications

AUGUSTA, Maine — Are you a gardening enthusiast? Would you like to share your gardening knowledge with your community? If so, you may want to join the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteers training for Kennebec and Waldo counties this fall.

The program provides participants with more than 40 hours of in-depth training in the art and science of horticulture. In addition, the program trains volunteers to conduct and join sustainable horticulture projects in Kennebec and Waldo Counties.

Trainees receive the latest research-based information from UMaine Extension educators and industry experts. This coming program will focus on vegetable and fruit production and will be on Monday andWednesday afternoons from Oct. 16 through early December. Classes will be held at Colby College from 1 to 4:30 pm. Participants must attend two of three tours held at other area sites in spring of 2014 and pass a written exam. To complete the course, participants must volunteer a minimum of 40 hours at approved community projects the first year. There are many ways to volunteer – demonstration gardens, school programs, Harvest for Hunger campaigns, newsletter articles, public talks, and more.

For more information or to apply on-line, go to http://umaine.edu/kennebec/resources/master-gardeners/ or contact the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Kennebec County office by email atcfitzgerald@maine.edu or by phone at 207-622-7546 (local) or 1-800-287-1481 (toll-free, in Maine). The course application is due Sept. 11 for first consideration. If accepted, the program fee is due by October 9. If the fee is a barrier to a participant, please contact the county Master Gardener Coordinator. Limited scholarships are available. To request a disability accommodation, call Caragh Fitzgerald at 622.7546 /800.287.1481 / or TDD: 1.800.287.8957 to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 14 days before the program begins provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however all requests will be accepted.

About University of Maine Cooperative Extension:

As a trusted resource for almost 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.

University of Maine Cooperative Extension

125 State St. 3rd Floor

Augusta, ME 04330

Contact: Caragh Fitzgerald, 207-622-7546, cfitzgerald@maine.edu

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Website: umaine.edu/kennebec/resources/master-gardeners/
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