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Master Gardener volunteers sought

WARRENSBURG - Cornell Cooperative Extension is now seeking volunteers to become Master Gardeners who help others with their gardening issues.

The 2009 training for Master Gardeners will begin Jan. 26 with a series of lectures to be offered in Ballston Spa, and Cooperative Extension is preparing its roster of volunteers.

The Master Gardener volunteer program provides Cornell University faculty, Extension staff, and local experts - including volunteers - to help others learn about a wide range of horticultural topics. Such issues include 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 the 12-week lecture series, volunteers begin the second phase of 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 public through lectures, 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 sponsored garden tours.

For more information, call Julie Nathanson at 623-3291.

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