BROOKINGS — This spring SDSU Extension is offering a new format for Master Gardening training by combining eight weeks of online training and three day-long sessions of hands on-training. Online sessions start April 1 and are accessible anywhere there is internet access and whenever it is convenient for participants during the eight weeks.
The three, day-long, hands-on sessions give trainees the opportunity to learn skills such as pruning along with plant and insect identification by seeing and doing.
Participants will be able to choose from five locations for their hands-on training: McCrory Gardens in Brookings or the SDSU Extension Regional Centers in Aberdeen, Pierre, Rapid City and Yankton.
Master Gardeners work in their community to promote and teach gardening. Opportunities include writing articles, giving talks, working at fair booths, helping in community and school gardens, teaching and answering garden questions. The training gives a well-rounded education preparing them to help their communities.
In 2012 Master Gardeners contributed more than 9,000 hours, worth $140,400 to our communities.
Training costs $160 with 50 hours of volunteer payback during the first two years after training. Application forms and schedules can be found at iGrow.org/gardens/gardening, then click on Links under the Resource Library for a link to the Master Gardener website. Applications must be received by March 20, 2013.
For further information, contact Mary Roduner, SDSU Extension Consumer Horti-culture Field Specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 605-394-1722.For the complete article see the 02-01-2013 issue.
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