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Master Gardener training offered for Frontier Extension District patrons

Are you interested in becoming an Extension Master Gardener? The Master Gardener program is a volunteer program in which K-State Research and Extension exchanges classroom training for volunteer time. Training consists of 48 hours of instruction in all aspects of horticulture. Instructors include state specialists from Kansas State University, local Extension agents and local experts in specific subject matter.

Training days will be on Tuesdays, Aug. 23-Oct. 18, from 5:30-8:30 p.m., and on Saturdays, Sept. 17 and Oct. 15, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

A fee of $125 per participant is required for course materials, payable to the Frontier Extension District. Trainings will be held at the Douglas County Extension Office, 2110 Harper Street, Lawrence, and carpooling can be coordinated, if desired.

After training is completed, volunteers donate 40 hours of educational service in their community. Service activities will be coordinated by Shannon Blocker, Frontier Extension District horticulture agent. Volunteer programs include educational days, demonstration gardens, diagnostic clinics, 4-H youth horticultural activities, hotline question and answer sessions, school outreach, speaker’s bureaus and special events.

Application forms are available at the Frontier District Extension Offices in Garnett, Ottawa and Lyndon, or online at Completed applications should be submitted on or prior to the deadline of Friday, Aug. 12, 2016. Applicants will be selected based on ability to attend all class sessions, commitment to satisfying a minimum of 40 volunteer hours, interest in Master Gardner program involvement, and training space availability. All applicants must participate in an informational interview prior to being accepted into the class.

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