2019 Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Certification Training

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Do you enjoy gardening and talking with others about it? Do you have a passion for making a difference in your community? If so, consider becoming a part of the Extension Master Gardener℠ volunteers of Currituck County! The Extension Master Gardener volunteers are an outreach group part of N.C. Cooperative Extension and NC State University. These volunteers serve their community by sharing research-based information on horticulture-related issues and community beautification projects.

To become a certified Extension Master Gardener volunteer, individuals receive horticulture and plant science training from their local Cooperative Extension Center through a 13-week course given by a variety of local speakers and Extension personnel. New volunteers are encouraged to participate in a wide range of other activities and events throughout the year shadowing veteran volunteers. Some of these events include: hosting a community Flower and Garden Show each spring, an annual Fall Plant Sale, maintaining a local landscape demonstration garden, propagating and managing a greenhouse full of different plant varieties, presenting educational programs, and partnering with local 4-H horticulture clubs and elementary schools.

Master Gardeners at educational booth with plant

The Extension Master Gardener volunteers of Currituck County are currently accepting applications for interested individuals. Course classes begin on September 17, 2019, and will meet at the N.C. Cooperative Extension of Currituck County office every Tuesday and Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. ending December 12, 2019. The fee for the class is $125 which includes the coursebook, a name tag, a soil sample test, and other course supplies. Register online at https://currituckmgvolunteertraining.eventbrite.com. Registration must be submitted no later than September 12, 2019, five days before the event. Once registered, a basic information application must be filled out before the first day of class, either online at go.ncsu.edu/2019mgapplication, or at the N.C. Cooperative Extension of Currituck County office. Those with a strong interest in both gardening and their community are encouraged to apply. Applicants should be comfortable working with a diverse group of people and willing to share their knowledge with both new and experienced gardeners.

Payment must be received with registration and can only be made online at https://currituckmgvolunteertraining.eventbrite.com. For more information or accommodations for persons with disabilities please contact Chris Blaha at 252-232-2262 or ctblaha@ncsu.edu, no later than five business days before the course begins.

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