Master Gardener Program - Kalamazoo (Portage)

Date: January 21, 2015 - April 29, 2015
Time: 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Location: Kalamazoo RESA Auditorium, 1819 E. Milham Ave., Portage, MI 49002
Contact: Linda Whitlock: whitlo13@anr.msu.edu or 269-383-8815

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. Examples of 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.

To maintain your certified Master Gardebner status in subsequent years, you will be required annually to complete 5 education and 15 volunteer hours as well as a 4-step re-certification process (which includes a $20 re-certification fee).

Visit the Master Gardener Program - Kalamazoo registration page for more information.

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