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Master gardener candidates sought

People wanted in Ti, Crown Point, Schroon Lake

Do you have a green thumb? Would you like to have a green thumb? If so, Cornell Cooperative Extension would like to hear about it.

Do you have a green thumb? Would you like to have a green thumb? If so, Cornell Cooperative Extension would like to hear about it.

— Do you have a green thumb? Would you like to have a green thumb?

If so, Cornell Cooperative Extension would like to hear about it. The service is seeking master gardener candidates, particularly from Ticonderoga, Crown Point and Schroon Lake areas.

“Cornell Cooperative Extension is recruiting master gardener volunteers for Essex County,” Linda Gillilland, who leads the program in Essex County, said. “We are searching for master gardener volunteers who enjoy working with youth and seniors. We also highly encourage gardeners who live in the southern end of our county — Schroon, Ticonderoga, Crown Point, etc. — to apply.

“Master gardener volunteers receive an in depth training in a variety of horticultural topics,” she said. “In return, master gardener volunteers contribute a minimum of 50 hours per year as part of their program commitment. The purpose of the master gardener program is to train volunteers who will then teach others how to protect the environment and grow plants more effectively.”

Applications for the master gardener program are due June 1. Training starts Sept. 9. For more information or for an application contact Gillilland at 962-4810 or llg46@cornell.edu

Applicants will be interviewed this summer. Master gardeners will be selected based on their availability, willingness to volunteer, communication skills and background in gardening.

There is a $200 cost for the program, which includes 50 hours of training.

The master gardener program is a national effort.

“In our region, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Clinton and Essex Counties have a master gardener program which Amy Ivy oversees with the help of our horticulture educators in each county, Jolene Wallace in Clinton County and myself in Essex County,” Gillilland said. “This is a lot more than just an in-depth course in gardening. The purpose of the program is to train volunteers who will then teach others what they have learned, using a wide range of teaching methods.”

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