News release: Online Master Gardener training

Tim Baker, MU Extension Horticulture Specialist
102 N. Main, Suite 1, Gallatin, MO 64640

Release date: Aug. 22, 2013

Title: Online Master Gardener Training

Every spring, University of Missouri Extension offers Master Gardener training at several locations around the Northwest Missouri Extension Region. These are popular classes, enjoyed by all kinds of students from many backgrounds. Many travel some distance to attend the classes.

But there are always people who find it difficult to commit to 12 weeks of training at a specific time each week.  Others may live at a location which is just too far from a class to drive.

If you are in one of those categories, you now have another option. University of Missouri Extension has recently developed an online Master Gardener training course.

The training will consist of 14 chapters, taken at your own pace online, using Moodle software. While you can take the class on your own time frame, each class must be completed within a given time frame, usually one week.  After completing the chapter, there will be an online test. Then, you are ready to move on to the next chapter.

The classes have a specified beginning point.  The first online class will begin on September 1, 2013. The next class will be offered next year in the spring semester, starting in February.

There are two options for taking the course.  If you wish to become a Master Gardener, you must have a passing grade on all the tests. Master Gardeners must also complete 30 hours of volunteer work.  This is most easily accomplished by joining a local Master Gardener group. The cost for Master Gardener trainees will be $175.

If you do not have the time to perform 30 hours of volunteer work, you may elect to take the class for $350.

If this class sounds like what you are looking for, you can sign up at:

If online training won’t work for you, or if you prefer a traditional classroom setting, then consider joining us next year for our annual Master Gardener training in the Northwest Region. Classes will be held in St. Joseph, and other locations to be determined.