Frontier Extension seeks applicants for Master Gardener program

The Frontier Extension District is currently taking applications for Master Gardener training, which will take place this fall. The deadline to sign up for this year’s program is Aug. 27, 2020.

In the Master Gardner program, participants learn about plant biology, soils, flowers, trees and shrubs, lawn care, fruits, vegetables, indoor plants, insects, diseases and pesticides. The educational information participants receive can benefit them and their neighborhoods.

Giving back to the community is part of the Master Gardener program. Master Gardeners are asked to give back 40 hours of service and education after completing training. Some Master Gardener projects can include assisting with a garden show, helping with county landscaping plantings, teaching youth about gardening, helping in a community garden, going on tours for further education on gardening, as well as many more possibilities.

This year Master Gardner training will be different than in past due to COVID-19. The classes will be held 1-4 p.m. Thursday afternoons via Zoom from Sept. 3 through Dec. 17, with the exception of Nov. 26. The Zoom meetings will be recorded for participants to watch later if they can’t tune in live. In addition to the zoom meetings there will be in-class meetings to reinforce that learned from the presenters and to tell about the local Master Gardener program. These meetings will be spread throughout the district. Place and times will be announced at a later date.

If you are interested in becoming a Master Gardener, please note the signup deadline is Thursday, Aug. 27. To apply, see www.frontierdistrict.k-state.edu, click on the Lawn and Garden tab, then the Master Gardener tab; or stop by one of the offices to pick up an application. The cost of Master Gardener training is $70 per person.

For more information, contact Frontier Extension Districtt horticulture agent Ryan Schaub at 785-448-6826 or email [email protected].

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