Master Gardener Program Core Training


University of Missouri Extension in Jasper County is sponsoring an on-site Missouri Master Gardener volunteer training course. Classes will be held in Carthage Tuesday and Thursday mornings beginning July 12 and winding up in Early August. The course contains 10 sessions of three hours each. 

Course trainees will learn basic gardening and volunteerism skills with the goal of involvement in the Master Gardener mission of “Helping others learn to grow”. The Master Gardeners participate in a wide variety of community service projects and assist University of Missouri Extension in providing unbiased educational information to the public. 

Enrollment is limited to 20 dedicated people who are willing to volunteer 30 hours the first year and 20 volunteer hours, along with 6 continuing education hours in subsequent years to become an active member of the Ozark Gateway Master Gardeners, or chapter of their choice. Once trained, continuing education hours are available through attending monthly meetings, workshops, and classes. 

Session topics include botany and plant identification techniques, plant environments, soil health, diagnostics of diseases and pests, home fruit production, home vegetable production, landscaping with woody plants, landscaping with herbaceous plants, lawns and alternative lawns, tropical plants and plant propagation. Each session concludes with a strategy of educational volunteering on each topic. 

This years’ master gardener training classes are held in partnership with the Carthage Public Library. 

Cost: $200 (includes manual and supplies)

To apply for a space in the program or to obtain further information contact University of Missouri Extension in Jasper County at [email protected] or call 417-358-2158.

Application deadline is June 30.

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