MONTROSE, Pa. — Perhaps you have heard the term Master Gardener, and wondered what do they do? How do they support my community and how can I get involved in Wyoming County? Penn State Extension Master Gardeners in Wyoming County are expanding their program and they would like you to join them! They are also looking for a part time Master Gardener Coordinator! Are you interested in horticulture and gardening and have a strong desire to serve the community and a passion for expanding their horticultural skills and knowledge? Then the Master Gardener program in Wyoming County is for you!
Penn State Extension Master Gardeners are volunteers who support Penn State Cooperative Extension’s educational programs in consumer horticulture. This volunteer program supports the outreach mission of Penn State Cooperative Extension by utilizing unbiased research-based information to educate the public on best practices in sustainable horticulture and environmental stewardship.
The main requirements to become a certified Master Gardener are; each trainee completes a broadly based and extensive program of a minimum of 40 hours of training, scores at least 80 percent on the final exam, and fulfills 50 hours of volunteer service in their first year of service. To maintain certification for every continuing year of service it is required to provide a minimum of 20 hours of community service and 10 hours of continuing education.
Would you like to become a Wyoming County Masters Gardener? Lots of exciting things are happening and you can take part! There will be a Penn State Master Gardener Basic Training beginning in October 2020 and be held at the Back Mountain Regional Emergency Services building next to Luzerne County Fairgrounds on Rt 118. Sign up now and receive more information!
Penn State Extension Master Gardeners are a wonderful group of people, from all walks of life, who provide education and support to their communities in a variety of ways. Master Gardeners have unlimited Penn State University resources at their hands including Extension specialists, Extension educators, extensive access to horticultural information as well as the latest University research.
Master Gardeners also work directly with Penn State’s Entomology and Plant Pathology Labs, which provide diagnostic support for horticultural issues at no charge to the client. Clients can also purchase soil test kits through their local Penn State Extension office and Master Gardeners are available to assist them and offer help understanding the analysis of the completed test.
The Master Gardener program provides workshops and lectures throughout the year on various gardening topics and environmental concerns. Free publications and literature are available as well as Penn State publications at reasonable prices. Master Gardeners often have a presence county fairs and offer gardening programs, displays, Q&A tables and literature.
The Master Gardener program in counties statewide often have demonstrations gardens to help educate their communities. Organizations and business groups can contact the Master Gardeners for speaking engagements on a variety of horticultural subjects for a small fee.
Wyoming County Master Gardeners in partnership with Creekside Gardens in Tunkhannock will host a Seed Exchange on Saturday, March 21st from 1 to 4 pm. A presentation on seed starting will be given at 2 pm. For a small donation, anyone can participate in a seed swap or pick up free seeds. Master Gardeners also have a demo garden at Creekside Gardens; so please do stop by and visit over the summer months! Beginning in June, a Farmers Market will be held at Creekside Gardens from 10am until 2pm and the Master Gardeners will be on hand twice a month to answer gardening questions during the Farmer Market hours.
Master Gardeners also have a demonstration garden at the Wyoming County fairgrounds and will have a booth open during fair week for questions and answers, during the day! They are also hosting a Bulb Fundraising Sale starting in July. Catalogs should be available by Founders Day, June 27th. Look for the Master Gardener’s table and pick one up.
Wyoming County is excited to grow this wonderful program and have the community take part! As part of the expansion of the Master Gardener program in Wyoming County, they are seeking a part time Master Gardener Coordinator. See job listing at: PSU Jobs: https://psu.jobs/job/list. Job # 93023. Join the excitement today! For more information about the Penn State Master Gardener program in Wyoming County call Lori Voll-Wallace, Area Master Gardener Coordinator at 570.666.9007 or email at: email@example.com. For your gardening questions email the Wyoming County Master Gardeners at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We invite you to learn more about Penn State Master Gardener program by visiting their website at: https://extension.psu.edu/programs/master-gardener
–Kimberly Grace, Penn State Extension,Susquehanna County