Purdue Master Gardener Program Seeking New Crop of Volunteers

If you want to sharpen your gardening skills and you have an interest in sharing your knowledge with others, Purdue Extension has the ideal program for you.  Beginning August 7, 2014, a Purdue Master Gardener Basic Training Program will be offered by Purdue Extension in Delaware and Madison County.

The Purdue Master Gardener Program is a volunteer training program that provides a learning framework for participants to increase their knowledge on a wide variety of horticultural subjects.  In turn, participants volunteer as extensions of Purdue University.  As volunteers, participants grow by sharing knowledge while providing leadership and service in educational gardening activities within their communities.

Training will be held on Thursday evenings at 6:00 p.m. at the Madison County Fairgrounds in Alexandria, Ind., from August 7th through November 6th. Participants will be exposed to a wide range of subjects, including soil and plant science, diagnosis of plant problems, pesticide safety, and culture of vegetable, flower, landscape, and fruit plants.

Fee for the educational series is $140 a participant, or $190 for a couple (brother/sister, aunt/niece, husband/wife to share materials). The deadline for class registration is July 25, 2014 by 4:00 p.m. Class size is limited.

While the class will be encouraged to create new educational outreach programs, plenty of opportunities exist for volunteers to participate in. Some of these projects include staffing information booths at gardening events, teaching public education classes, speaking to local clubs and organizations, and hands-on demonstration gardens.

Please visit the Purdue Extension-Delaware County website at https://extension.purdue.edu/Delaware/Pages/article.aspx?intItemID=5281#.U4yYzk2YbIU for an application packet or call the office for mailed or faxed application forms. If you have questions about the program please contact Michael O’Donnell, (765) 747-7732 or modonnel@purdue.edu. Visit http://www.hort.purdue.edu/mg/ for more information about the Purdue Master Gardener Program.

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