Master Gardener training available

WARRENSBURG - Cornell Cooperative Extension of Warren County and neighboring counties are now accepting applications for Master Gardener volunteers. The 2010 training for Master Gardeners will commence on Jan. 25. The Master Gardener Training program provides Cornell University faculty, Extension staff, and local experts to instruct a wide range of horticultural topics including Basic Botany, Entomology, Soils, Home Lawn Care, Vegetable and Fruit Gardening, Composting, Organic Gardening, among others. Local regional training is held in Ballston Spa on Mondays from late January to mid April.

Upon completion of their 12 week lecture series, volunteers begin the real portion of their training. Master Gardeners are relied upon to help answer the enormous volume of calls that County Extension offices handle during the gardening season. Master Gardener volunteers also provide gardening information to community groups, school children, and the gardening public through lectures, pH soil clinics, demonstration gardens, articles in a monthly newsletter, and garden workshops.

Master Gardeners are also provided with advanced training and are encouraged to attend state and regional conferences as well as Master Gardener sponsored garden tours.

For more information call Julie Nathanson at 623-3291 or 668-4881.

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