Date: September 5, 2013 - December 12, 2013
Time: 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Kalamazoo RESA Auditorium, 1819 East Milham Avenue, Portage, MI Contact: Linda Whitlock: firstname.lastname@example.org or 269-383-8815
We’re pleased you are interested in the MSU Extension Master Gardener Program (MGP) and trust it will be a rich and rewarding experience for you. This class will run from September 5 to December 12, each Thursday from 4:00-8:00 pm at the Kalamazoo RESA Auditorium, 1819 East Milham Avenue, Portage, MI 49002. The cost of the program is $300.
Access to Work Class Gardening Knowledge. The MSU Extension Master Gardener Program connects gardeners across the state to MSU‘s faculty and resources. Participants have access to informaiton generated at one of the nation’s top plant science teaching and research universities and the change to use this knowledge to improve their communities and enrich their lives.
Master Gardener volunteers start by completing a 13-session practical curriculum ground in university research. This training consists of approximately 40 hours of training with classes on plant science, soil science, integrated pest management, diagnostics, annuals and perennials, woody ornamentals, lawns, vegetables, small fruits, tree fruits, household and nuisance pests and gardening practices to protect water quality. Participants must commit to attend all the training sessions and complete all quizzes and the final (open book) exam with an overall score of at least 80%. Missed classes may be made up in other locations or through viewing recorded sessions.
An Opportunity to Serve. After completing the training, Master Gardener trainees must complete 40 hours of horticulture-related service within one year to earn their Master Gardener certification. Through these volunteer activities educating others, trainees extend their classroom knowledge to their community. Volunteer projects and service may include:
Working with students to design an elementary school garden
Creating a horticulture therapy program at a senior center.
Helping a neighborhood association create an urban garden.
Staffing plant clinics.
Designing and caring for gardens at senior centers, parks and other public sites.
Teaching others how to garden.
Establishing vegetable gardens to meet local nutritional needs.
Sharing environmentally-friendly gardening practices at community events.
Beautifying community sites for special events or community activities that attract local residents and tourists.
After initial certification, 5 hours of education plus 15 hours of volunteering are required in succeeding years in order to maintain certified Master Gardener status.
Enrollment. To enroll in the Master Gardening training, please complete the registration. Prior to engaging in volunteer activities, trainees will be interviewed by current Master Gardeners and/or staff and must sign a Master Gardener “Code of Conduct” form. Depending on local requirements, trainees may also need to undergo a criminal background check before they volunteer. Questions regarding specific requirements for this training location can be answered by contacting Linda Whitlock at email@example.com or 269-383-8815.