Master Gardener Volunteer training scheduled

ELLSWORTH — The Hancock County office of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension is now taking applications for its 2019 Master Gardener Volunteer training.

The training will run on Friday mornings from Jan. 25-May 17, as well as two Tuesday evening classes.

The purpose of the Master Gardener program is to prepare participants to do gardening-related volunteer work in the local community.

After completing this 17-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.

To apply online and for more information, visit

More information is also available by calling the UMaine Cooperative Extension Office at 667-8212 or (800) 287-1479 (Maine).

The application deadline is Wednesday, Jan. 2.

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