Cooperative Extension offering Master Gardener training



Master Gardener volunteers at the Hancock Community Gardens recently harvested produce to be delivered to local food pantries and community meal sites. The University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering its next Master Gardener Volunteer starting Jan. 29.
Master Gardener volunteers at the Hancock Community Gardens recently harvested produce to be delivered to local food pantries and community meal sites. The University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering its next Master Gardener Volunteer starting Jan. 29.

ELLSWORTH — The Hancock County Office of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension is now taking applications for its 2016 Master Gardener Volunteer training.

The training will run on Friday mornings from Jan. 29 through mid-May. The purpose of the Master Gardener program is to prepare participants to do gardening-related volunteer work in the local community.

After completing this 19-week intensive course in fruit, vegetable and ornamental gardening, participants are expected to volunteer at least 40 hours within one year, on an already established community project.

Most of the volunteer projects focus on growing food for hunger relief organizations and teaching others how to grow their own food.

Any individual who enjoys gardening and volunteering is encouraged to apply. Space is limited to 25.

The course fee is $220, due upon acceptance into the program. Some scholarship funds are available.

Applications and more information are available online at http://extension.umaine.edu/hancock/hancock-county-master-gardener-volunteers/.

Interested participants can also call the UMaine Cooperative Extension office at 667-8212 or (800) 287-1479.

The application deadline is Monday, Jan. 4.

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