Master Gardener Training to be Held Online this Fall

AMES, Iowa – Iowans who would like to expand their gardening knowledge and become community garden volunteers can do so by completing Master Gardener training this fall.
 
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Lucas County will offer Master Gardener training designed for those who are passionate about serving their communities and sharing gardening best practices.
 
Applicants must apply for the training before September 1st, and complete the online sessions held by each participating ISU Extension and Outreach county office. All classes will be held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
“We have really enjoyed offering the Master Gardener training as a hands-on experience for the past few years,” said Susan DeBlieck, Master Gardener state coordinator with ISU Extension and Outreach. “While we’ll miss out on some of the hands-on learning, participants will still get to connect with people and resources in their community. “
 
Selected applicants must pay the class fee of $195 (due before classes start) and complete 40 hours of plant education offered in the fall, and complete a 40-hour volunteer internship by the end of 2021.
 
As an alternative option, those not interested in volunteering can register for the core course as a Pro-Hort trainee ($550 fee) and receive a certificate upon completion of the training.
 
DeBlieck said it’s unfortunate that the classes cannot be in person, but that the online format will eliminate the need for travel.
 
“Becoming a Master Gardener volunteer will be even more accessible for people who live far from ISU Extension and Outreach county offices and for folks who have children at home,” she said.
 
Training will be held online, so internet access will be a requirement. Online meetings will be held on Tuesdays at 7 PM for 10 weeks starting September 8th. Contact Hannah at the Lucas County Extension and Outreach Office for more information.

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