There is still time to enroll in the Jasper County University of Missouri Extension Missouri Master Gardener training program. Classes will meet Tuesday and Thursdays from 9am until noon, beginning April 2, and winding up May 2. The program contains 10 sessions, each designed to train volunteers in various aspects of horticulture. The Master Gardeners participate in a wide variety of community service projects and assist University of Missouri Extension in providing unbiased educational information to the public.
A person who wishes to become a Master Gardener is required to attend the training sessions (30 hours of training), and contribute 30 hours of volunteer service to Master Gardener projects during the following year. The fee for the training is $100.
The training sessions begin with an orientation to the Master Gardener program, and include science-based information on plants and their environment to include soils and fertility, as well as pest and disease identification and management. Sessions continue with practical gardener training in fruit and vegetable production, selection and establishment and care of woody and herbaceous landscape plants, home lawn establishment and maintenance, and plant propagation.
Visit University of Missouri Extension Jasper County Facebook page, or http://extension.missouri.edu/jasper for further information.
The Core Training Program has limited enrollment. Application deadline is March 22. To apply for a space in the program or to obtain further information, contact Robert Balek, Courthouse Basement, Carthage, MO 64836, 417-358-2158, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.