ONEIDA CO., N.Y. — Would you like to increase or sharpen your gardening skills? Become connected to the latest garden research and education from Cornell University? Are you interested in sharing and gaining garden knowledge from other gardeners? If you have a heart for educating and working with others than consider training to be a Cornell Cooperative Extension Oneida County Master Gardener Volunteer (MGV).
The MGV program will be hosting a hybrid Master Gardener Volunteer Training starting in June. This will include online course work and hands on learning at the Extension’s Parker F. Scripture Botanical Gardens located in Oriskany, NY. You must be able to connect remotely for online course work which consists of seven modules developed by Cornell Garden-Based Learning department.
The course topics include: plant fundamentals, food gardening, ornamental plants, ecosystem services and pest management strategies IPM (Integrated Pest Management). Train to be a master gardener from your own home with class assignments, quizzes, modules, exams, and active projects.
In-person hands-on learning sessions will take place on Tuesday evenings and some Saturday mornings at the Oneida County Extension’s Parker F. Scripture Botanical Gardens in Oriskany. The training fee is $150 and includes a large binder, printed handouts, and class materials that you will access again and again for gardening information. The training fee will be collected once accepted into the program. Class size is limited.
Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program’s Mission: To prepare volunteers to be peer educators who build relationships with community audiences to integrate local experience and research-based knowledge in planning for and initiating steps to manage gardens, lawns, and landscapes with an emphasis on food security and environmental stewardship.
Numbers are limited so call today to receive an application. Contact Holly Wise, Consumer Horticulture Resource Educator at 315-736-3394 ext. 125. Deadline to apply will be Friday, May 7th.
–Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County
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