Information on the 2013 Master Gardener Training Classes
The University of Missouri Master Gardener program is a great way to learn gardening and other horticultural topics in depth. After the classes, Master Gardeners meet monthly to learn about gardening. They also serve the community through volunteer projects.
To become a Master Gardener, you don’t have to be an expert. All that is required is an interest in gardening, and a desire to serve your community using your gardening skills.
Before someone is certified as a Master Gardener, they must undergo extensive training for 12 weeks. After an introductory class, Master Gardeners are taught about all aspects of gardening. Topics include plant growth, soils, diseases, insects, fruits, vegetables, flowers, trees, and many others.
After they graduate, Master Gardeners are required to fulfill 30 hours of service to the community. That’s really not too difficult. Every month, Master Gardeners meet as a group, and come up with volunteer projects to work on.
Volunteer service can include many types of projects. Many groups focus on beautification projects in their communities. Some teach gardening knowledge through speaking or writing. Youth gardening projects, and working with the elderly are good projects as well. There are many other projects that are possible, and as long as it’s some type of community service, only your imagination is the limit.
Master Gardeners include adults of all ages and come from a wide variety of backgrounds. Some have extensive knowledge, and others come ready to learn. But they all have two traits in common: a love of gardening and a desire to help others.
The Northwest Missouri Region of University of Missouri Extension covers an area of nineteen counties. The interest is great for Master Gardener training in many communities. In order to provide training for residents of this large area we will be utilizing ITV (interactive television) and web conferencing technology. The program will be presented live with the presenter at one location and other sites receiving the presenter over the ITV or web conferencing system.
At this time, we are still ascertaining the amount of interest in each community before making the final decision on which locations will be used. Proposed communities include Carrollton, Gallatin, Maryville, Plattsburg, St. Joseph, and Trenton.
The training will be held on Thursday evenings beginning April 4th and continuing into June. There will be some Tuesday evening classes as well. Starting time is 6 pm with each session wrapping up by 9 pm.
With this technology we will be able to bring experts in the horticultural topics to you. This will allow us to offer the twelve sessions for only $110.00 per person or $195.00 per couple.
Below, you will find an application form for the training. Download the form (pdf), fill out the application, and return it to the Buchanan County Extension office by Monday, April 1st. If you have applied in the past and the program was not held just simply send the payment and update any information that may have changed and write on the form “information on file”. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to give us a call or email. Again, thank-you for your interest in the Missouri Master Gardener program and we look forward to receiving your application.
Tom Fowler and Tim Baker (contact information below)