Now is the time to apply for the Guilford County Extension Master Gardener Program, one of the most popular volunteer programs in North Carolina. Applications are available from the Guilford County Extension Office; the application deadline for the 2013 class, which will start in January, 2013, is October 15. Volunteers receive more than 45 hours of intensive gardening education in exchange for 50 hours of volunteer time during the first year of the program. Ten hours of continuing education and thirty hours of volunteer service are program requirements during subsequent years.
The Master Gardener curriculum provides the volunteer with information and training on subjects such as botany, soil management, integrated pest management, and more. Upon completion of the course, Master Gardeners volunteer their time as Volunteer Educators, in coordination with plans developed by Extension Faculty. Extension Master Gardeners are involved in various community-centered activities such as staffing a phone-in hotline for home gardeners, offering publication education workshops, serving as mentors to both school and community gardens, and maintaining a demonstration garden at the Guilford County Agricultural Center that will be an education center for environmentally sound gardening practices suitable to our local climate and soil types.
For more information, contact Linda Brandon at the Guilford County Extension Office at 336-375-5876 or stop by the office at 3309 Burlington Road in Greensboro.